1,100 BI employees undergo rapid antibody testing

Published June 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jun Ramirez

Some 1,100 Bureau of Immigration (BI) employees had already undergone rapid antibody test since last week when the agency ordered the mandatory testing of all its personnel for COVID-19.

MB FILE - Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente (Ali Vicoy / MANILA BULLETIN)
Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente said only about a third of the bureau’s more than 3,000 employees have yet to undergo the tests.

“We will continue to conduct tests for our employees until all of them are tested. We have to make sure that our frontliners are not infected with this virus,” Morente said.

Meanwhile Morente thanked Manila Mayor Isko Moreno for favorably acting on the request that the mandatory tests for BI employees be conducted by healthcare workers from the city health office.

“We owe a great deal of gratitude to Mayor Moreno for sending a team of frontliners from the city health department despite their hectic schedule in conducting COVID tests for residents of Manila,” Morente said

BI employees who need isolation after being exposed to the virus may also be confined in the city’s quarantine facilities for free, he added.

In a related development, BI port operations chief Grifton Medina said a total of 328 immigration personnel assigned at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) underwent the rapid tests conducted by Manila’s city health wokers at the Terminal 3 in Pasay City.

He also reported that more than a hundred BI frontliners at the international airport in Cebu were scheduled today to begin undergoing rapid tests that will be spearheaded by management of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).