Quezon City Mayor Josefina “Joy” Belmonte called on Angel Locsin to help in the planned massive swab testing of thousands of residents who lined up at the community pantry the actress set up to celebrate her 36th birthday last Friday.

Thanking Locsin for her various philanthropic work in the city, Belmonte appealed to the former to help the city government in identifying potential Covid-19 cases.

“Nananawagan ako kay Angel na makiisa sa hakbang ng lungsod na matugunan ang posibleng pagkalat ng Covid 19 sa pamamagitan ng maagang pagtukoy sa mga bagong kaso, lalo na sa hanay ng mga nagpunta sa community pantry na kanyang inorganisa (I am calling on Angel to get involved in the city’s move to act on possible Covid-19 transmission through early detection of new cases especially those who went to the community pantry she (Locsin) organized,” the mayor said.

The actress earlier apologized for the death of Rolando dela Cruz, 67, who collapsed and died while queuing at Locsin’s community pantry.

Belmonte confirmed that Locsin did not coordinate with city officials who could have helped maintain order and made sure that those who lined up followed health protocols.

“While Quezon City will continue to throw its full support behind community pantry initiatives, this unfortunate incident should serve as an important reminder for organizers to please be reminded of my appeal to coordinate all efforts with the barangay, and if necessary, with the LGU (local government unit),” she said.