Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony of Manila’s fifth walk-in Covid-19 testing center.
Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso has on Thursday, 24 September 2020, spearheaded the launch of the capital’s fifth walk-in COVID-19 serology testing center at the Ospital ng Tondo (OsTon).
Domagoso said the testing facility is capable of accommodating 100 persons a day from Monday to Friday starting at 6 a.m., the local chief executive said.
The mayor said the launch of the city’s fifth walk-in testing center is open to all Manileños and non-Manileños, emphasizing the local government’s inclusive approach against the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s going to be given for free by our Manila City government. Naaawa naman ako sa tao. May mga gusto na pumasok sa trabaho, gagastos pa sila. Ang negosyante, lugi-lugi na rin. Gagastos pa sila for testing. That is why we’ve always wanted to offer this service,” Domagoso said.
“Kahit sino, pwede magpa-test dito. Kahit hindi taga-Maynila. (The COVID-19 pandemic) is a universal problem. We have to approach it inclusively. That is why this is open for all and for free,” the mayor added.
Likewise, the Moreno bared to reporters that another swab testing laboratory will be opened by the Manila City government.
Domagoso said that once the swab testing laboratory is launched, the Manila City government will soon be capable of conducting about 1,000 swab tests a day.
“Palalakasin din namin ang capability ng local government sa pamamaraan ng ‘gold standard’ way of testing. We are about to finish an additional swab laboratory testing area with two machines given to us by DOH and DBM,” Domagoso said.
“Kapag natapos na namin itong laboratory, aabot kami ng isang libong swab tests kada araw, and it’s going to be offered for free,” he said.
Of this writing, the Manila City government now has five walk-in serology testing centers, two drive-thru testing sites, one swab testing laboratory and the regular mobile serology testing activities.
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