Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Epimaco Densing III on Saturday said he has tested positive for COVID-19.
The DILG Undersecretary for Operations confirmed this on Facebook.
"As part of my obligation as a public official under this public health emergency, I would like to announce that I have been tested positive of the Covid19 Virus," Densing wrote.
"I am now being taken cared (sic) of at the hospital of my choice and my body has been responding positively."
The Philippines on Saturday reported 1,494 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, raising the nationwide total to 41,830.
The health ministry also reported 10 new fatalities from the contagious disease, bringing the death toll to 1,290.