Vice President Leni Robredo’s Swab Cab, a mobile antigen testing program, has arrived in her hometown of Naga City to help its local government unit to curb rising coronavirus cases.
On her personal Facebook page, Robredo shared photos of her fellow Nagueños lining up to get themselves tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The free mobile testing service started on Friday, July 1, with 11 more barangays and 83 patients to be covered by the swab facility this weekend.
There are three Swab Cabs going around in communities to bring the COVID-19 testing close to residents.
“With this, we hope to test more people and do immediate contact tracing and isolation,” the vice president said in a post.
The Office of the Vice President (OVP) officially launched the Swab Cab project in its pilot area Malabon City in March.
Robredo’s office since then brought the antigen swab center service to Quezon City and Marikina City.
Outside Metro Manila, the communities in Imus City, Cavite were also among those serviced by the Swab Cab.
The roll out of the mobile COVID-19 testing center in Naga City came after the OVP made available the Bayanihan E-Ataman, an extension of its free medical teleconsultation service Bayanihan E-Konsulta, in Camarines Sur.
According to Robredo, patients are being monitored twice per day by volunteers from the office of Camarines Sur 3rd District Rep. Gabriel Bordado.
In Camarines Sur, the vice president’s home province, she has been meeting with doctors and volunteers from civil society to “look for more ways to help with the surge.”