Pasig LGU targets to test 3,000 workers

Published November 3, 2020, 4:14 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

Mayor Vico Sotto said the city government, with the help of Project ARK, targets to swab test some 1,000 market vendors, 1,000 public transport drivers, and 1,000 food handlers working within the city using pooled reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing.

“I understand the concern of others that they would lose income while they have COVID. But I hope that we should keep in mind that if we are positive and have no symptoms, we may infect other and the pandemic may last longer,” Sotto said recently in a Facebook post.

“And if the pandemic would last longer, more people will suffer. Don’t we all want to slow down the spread of the virus, end the pandemic, and revitalize the economy?” he added.

The Project ARK is a private sector-led initiative which seeks to boost the country’s testing capacity and determine individuals infected with COVID-19 using a pooled swab testing method.

Under the pooled testing method, swab samples of multiple individuals are tested at the same time. 

If the result is positive, all swab samples from a single batch of a pooled tests will be tested separately. If the swab test is negative, there is no need to conduct individual tests.

Sotto urged residents to avail of the free COVID-19 testing offered by the local government, and reminded them not only to think of their own welfare but also the welfare of others.