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Isko Moreno Orders Free Mass Swab Testing for Workers, Employees

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has ordered a free mass swab testing to workers and employees of certain sectors working in the city.

In a Facebook post of Manila Public Information Office, the local government of the City of Manila is offering free RT-PCR testing to workers and employees amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to the post, market vendors, mall employees, supermarket workers, hotel staff, restaurant workers, and e-trike, tricycle, pedicab, jeepney, and bus drivers could avail of the free swab testing.

The free swab test came after the Sta. Ana Hospitals’ second molecular laboratory was launched. The laboratory is capable of processing 1,000 swab tests daily, which can conduct 30,000 tests on a monthly basis.

“The real threat of COVID-19 will continue to persist in our community, thereby sending fear to every person of getting infected with it. This fear will affect not only the individual preferences and behavior or every person but also the economic growth (of the city),” Domagoso said.

“In order to allay the fear of getting infected with COVID-19, there is a need to assure the public that employees of these frequently visited establishments are COVID-19 free and thus spur economic activities,” the Mayor said.

Moreno also said that the city government heads of the Manila Bureau of Permits and Licensing Office, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila, and the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau are “further directed to require establishments under their jurisdiction to require filling up mandatory health declaration forms for contact tracing purposes.

“The city finds it imperative to provide the employees of these establishments with free RT-PCR testing as the city’s proactive initiative in balancing health and economy for the general welfare of ManileƱos,” said Manila Mayor.

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