Mayor Isko appeals for donations to sustain free COVID-19 testing operations

Published July 20, 2020, 2:23 PM

by Minka Klaudia Tiangco

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso on Monday appealed for donations to the city government to help sustain the free coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) walk-in and drive-thru testing center operations.

Motorists queue up for the drive thru COVID-19 testing area in front of Kartilya ng Katipunan (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Domagoso said that the donations will be used to buy more reagents needed to test blood samples.

He also bared that they received a donation amounting to P10 million and are planning to use the amount to purchase more serology testing machines to ramp up expanded testing efforts. 

Both residents and non-residents of Manila are accommodated at the newly-opened testing facilities for free.

The Manila mayor earlier said that they wanted a more inclusive approach in fighting the pandemic. 

The drive-thru COVID-19 testing center at the Quirino Grandstand currently has a capacity of 700 tests per day, while the one in front of the Andres Bonifacio Monument has a capacity of 200 tests per day.

The three testing facilities are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Members of the Manila Health Department (MHD) collect blood samples that are processed by the city government’s three serology testing machines that have an accuracy rate of 99.6 percent.

Results from the COVID-19 tests taken at these facilities are released within 24 hours by the MHD through text message. 

Certification of the results are personally delivered to the homes of Manila residents, while certification for non-residents may be picked up at the releasing lane at the Quirino Grandstand testing site.