Using Technology to Fight COVID-19

Published March 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

Drone pilot testing the DJI drones for simulation at Rizal High School in Pasig City

Pasig City, one of the 17 member city inside Metro Manila and is under the leadership of Mayor Vico Sotto, recently procured drones to carry out disinfection in the city. Three units ofwere procured  to help stop the spread of the coronavirus infection in the city as the whole of Luzon is under the state of Enhanced Community Quarantine.

The DJI MG-1P is  an octocopter drone with a 10-liter payload that has a value costs of P1 million in retail per set. This type of drone was originally intended for aerial pesticide spray in farms but is now used to fight COVID-19. The drones are manufactured by DJI, Asia’s largest smart drone manufacturer.

The drones were first tested at Rizal High School in Pasig for simulation before it is ready for its official flight deployment.

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Electric kick scooter user in Pasig.

Also in Pasig City, electric kick scooters are allowed by the city government to be used inside the designated bike lanes for safe passageways of people who have no private cars but intend to go out to buy for their essential needs.

And to help city government frontline employees and health workers to travel to and from neighboring cities, the city, in partnership with GET Philippines, received two 2nd generation Community Managed Electric Transport (Comet) units to provide free rides in Pasig City. Schedule of operations are set from 7:00am-10:00am and 5:00pm-9:00pm.


Meanwhile in Manila City, 189 e-trikes are to be deployed under the joint program of the national government and the Department of Labor and Employment for frontliners in Manila, as per the  announcement made by Mayor Isko Moreno. Doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers from different hospitals in Manila will be regularly transported to and from their respective destinations.

And in Marikina, the city government has set up its own laboratory and COVID-19 testing facility with available equipment that will be provided free of charge for city health workers and suspected COVID-19 cases.

Mayor Marcy Teodoro inspects the COVID-19 testing kits prior to the opening of the laboratory and facility on Tuesday in Marikina City. (Marikina PIO Facebook)

Marikina City had set up a molecular biology laboratory for the collection of the specimens for COVID-19 testing to be opened on Tuesday, March 24, according to Mayor Marcy Teodoro. The specimens will then be put in COVID-19 testing kits which will be processed by the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machine which the city procured for P2.7 million.

Based on the the study made by Statista, the number of COVID-19 cases in Pasig City remains at 14; Manila City with 13; and in Marikina City with 6 patients as of March 19, 2020 by place of residence.

The whole of the country, on the other hand, has at least 217 COVID-19 cases as of March 19. Of this number,17 have died while eight others recovered. The Philippines has 380 PUIs and 4,929 PUMs as of March 19. However, only 1,172 individuals were tested, according to the Health department.