Robredo’s office gives incentives to encourage testing in QC

Published April 17, 2021, 7:50 PM

by Raymund Antonio

The Office of the Vice President’s Swab Cab on Saturday, April 17, conducted 651 antigen tests for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in three barangays in Quezon City–Barangays Culiat, Tandang Sora and Pasong Tamo. 

(Photo from VP Robredo’s Facebook page/MANILA BULLETIN)

Out of that 651 tests, 54 turned out to be positive for COVID-19. 

Similar to what the OVP did when it piloted the Swab Cab program in Malabon City, they provided rice and hygiene kits to those who got tested while those who tested positive got food packs for their families for the next two weeks. They also received COVID care kits. 
In a Facebook post, Vice President Leni Robredo said the people who decided to self-isolate at home “will still be monitored by our volunteers, two times each day.”

“There was a slight difference with the protocols compared to Malabon. In Malabon, there was already an ambulance on hand to bring all those who tested positive to the designated isolation center,” she noted. 

“In Quezon City, there was also an ambulance on standby but they were turned over to their respective barangays because the City’s protocol is to have all those who tested positive undergo xray and some lab works at designated hospitals,” she added. 

The OVP piloted the Swab Cab program earlier this month in Malabon City where they tested over 1,300 individuals who either had symptoms or were direct contacts of confirmed COVID-19 positive patients. 

This is available in areas under the National Capital Region Plus (NCR Plus) bubble, which also includes Laguna, Cavite, Bulacan, and Rizal. The region is under the moderate enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) until April 30.

The vice president thanked Quezon City 6th District Rep. Kit Belmonte, the barangay officials, and the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) “for doing all the groundwork to make this happen.”

Belmonte is a member and the secretary-general of the opposition Liberal Party, which Robredo chairs as its highest elected official.