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    Gov't to put up 4 mega swabbing centers in Metro Manila

    MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government announced to put up four mega swabbing centers across Metro Manila to boost COVID-19 testing capacity.
    Gov't to put up 4 mega swabbing centers in Metro Manila

    According to Bases Conversion and Development Authority on Friday, the testing centers in the central region will be put on the following areas:
    • Sports Stadium in Bulacan (North sector)
    • Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City (South sector)
    • Enderun Tent McKinley Hill in Taguig City (East sector)
    • Palacio Tent in Roxas Boulevard (West sector)

    This was initially announced during the turnover of the We Heal As One Center-Philippine Arena Ciudad de Victoria in Bulacan held Thursday, April 30, by National Task Force COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. and Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects and Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO Vince Dizon.

    BCDA said a total of 250 testing booths will be set up inside these centers.

    “Through the help of the Department of Transportation, ‘yong mga kababayan natin ay dadalhin through buses dito sa mga mega swabbing center na ito para sila’y mai-swab at ipapadala ‘yong mga specimen nila sa ating mga testing labs," Vince Dizon, BCDA president and deputy chief implementer of the government's response against COVID-19 said.

    The government is targeting 30,000 tests per day by end of the month.

    “Yung ating mga laboratories ay minomodernize natin kasama po ang Philippine Red Cross para magkaroon po tayo ng testing capacity na 10,000 and later on by May 15, 15,000, then May 30, 30,000,” Peace adviser Carlito Galvez Jr. said.

    Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte already ordered the plan to cover all provinces in the massive testing.

    “In the coming days, we will go around Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to look at the needs of our countrymen,” Galvez added.

    Galvez said the government's approach in the implementation of massive testing is “focused and targeted” which include COVID-19 carriers and immediate members of their families, suspected and probable cases, persons under monitoring (PUMs) who had contact with COVID patients, and frontliners, especially the health workers.

    Earlier, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) opened two molecular laboratories in its office in Mandaluyong City. The laboratories can run up to 8,000 tests per day.

    The Philippine Red Cross-Molecular Laboratory in Clark, Pampanga meanwhile will have three polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines, capable of conducting up to 1,500 tests per day, once fully operational.

    As of Friday, the Philippines logged 8,772 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. There are 1,084 who have so far recovered from the disease, while 579 died.

    — The Summit Express

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