The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) , in a statement on Saturday, July 31, said that Secretary Wendel will be on sick leave for two weeks starting Monday, August 2.

Secretary Wendel Avisado of the Department of Budget and Management. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

The Budget chief will undergo a medical checkup following his COVID-19 infection, said DBM.

A report however said that Avisado has already resigned.

A government source said Avisado, officially, is on leave, but that he has already resigned from his post, the online newssite Rappler said in a report on Sunday, August 1.

“DBM Secretary Wendel E. Avisado is on medical leave from August 2 to 13, 2021, following his recent bout with COVID-19 where he was hospitalized for eight days and quarantined for over a month,” the DBM said.

“Upon the advice of his doctor, [he would] undertake a series of examinations as it has been 14 years since [he went through] a quadruple open heart bypass,” DBM added.

Avisado will be on leave as the department is preparing the 2022 National Expenditure Program (NEP) or the proposed budget.

The 2022 budget should be submitted by August 25 as the Constitution requires the President to submit the NEP within 30 days from the opening of the congressional session.

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