The Office of the Vice President (OVP) is in talks with the local goverment units of Dasmariñas, Cavite and Tondo, Manila for the rollout of its free mobile antigen testing for COVID-19 in their communities.
Vice President Leni Robredo said they have discussions with the LGUs that are being planned to be the next destinations of her office’s Swab Cab initiative.
The OVP had brought its community testing project to Quezon City, Malabon City, and Marikina City in the past weeks to support their mass testing capacity.
Outside Metro Manila, the communities in Imus City, Cavite were also among those visited by the Swab Cab.
“Ngayon mayroon kaming mga discussions kung saan ang susunod (Now we have discussions on where would be its next destination),“ Robredo said over dzXL.
“Isang tinitingnan baka Dasmariñas City, Cavite. Iyong isang tinitingnan, Tondo sa Manila. So ito tuloy-tuloy (One of those we are looking at could be Dasmariñas, Cavite. The other is Tondo in Manila. So this is continuous),” she added.
The Swab Cab, which was officially launched in Malabon on March 30, aims to conduct a mass antigen testing in communities where COVID-19 transmission is very high.
This project was made possible under OVP’s partnership with Kaya Natin! Movement and UBE Express, Inc. which had also provided the free shuttle service for health workers at the height of the pandemic last year.
Robredo’s office has been offering “incentives” to encourage more people to be tested for COVID-19. They are giving out bags of rice and hygiene kits to those who volunteer for antigen test, while families of patients who tested positive are given food packs.
The vice president noted the “encouraging results” that came out from the mobile community testing in Marikina City ast week.
The Swab Cab was deployed in the barangays of Concepcion Uno, Concepcion Dos, and Marikina Heights.
“Pareho siya noong Malabon, na kapag marami talagang tinitest, napapababa namin ang percentage or iyong positivity rate halos mga 5 percent (It is the same with Malabon that if many individuals were tested, we lower the percentage or positivity rate to almost 5 percent),” Robredo said.
Under the World Health Organization (WHO) standards, the positivity rate must be less five percent. Positivity rate is the percentage of positive individuals out of all patients tested in a day.
When the positivity rate is too high, this means that the country isn’t doing enough tests.