QC acquires additional 100K antigen kits to expand free testing program

Published January 21, 2022, 4:08 PM

by Allysa Nievera

The Quezon City government has acquired 100,000 rapid antigen test kits to expand its free COVID-19 testing program.

The city government has decided to expand its free testing program to cope with the volume of individuals who would want to get tested at the soonest possible time for immediate action.

“Timely confirmation of the virus’ presence is essential, especially given the upsurge in cases. More than ever, we must think of our priority sectors such as senior citizens and those with comorbidities, who rely on speedy test results in order to receive immediate and appropriate medical care,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said. City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CESU) chief Dr. Rolando Cruz said the city continues its collaboration with the Philippine National Red Cross for the allocation of Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR ) test kits.

Cruz also said that they have additional community-based testing centers located in each congressional district to accommodate and identify more residents who might have the virus.

“CESU-initiated testing centers have been operating since last year and have been offering free testing to mostly symptomatic, close contacts and persons needing hospitalization as part of the protocol. Each testing center is equipped with swab booths and can accommodate between 100 and 200 individuals per day,” Dr. Cruz said.

As of Jan. 19, the city has 17community-based testing centers (CBTs).

In District 1, the testing sites are the Toro Hills Basketball Court in Barangay Bahay Toro and Barangay Sta. Teresita Health Facility in Barangay Sta. Teresita.

In District 2, the sites are the Melencio Castelo Training Center in Barangay Commonwealth, Talanay A3 Covered Court in Barangay Batasan Hills, and 5 Faustino St. in Barangay Holy Spirit.

In District 3, the sites are the Old Balara Annex Court in Barangay Old Balara; 157 Barangay Quirino 2B, and Kalantiaw Elementary School in Barangay Bagumbuhay.

In District 4, the sites are the Amoranto Sports Complex in Barangay Paligsahan, 10 Granada St. in Barangay Valencia, and Baluyot Court in Barangay Krus na Ligas.

In District 5, the sites are SB Plaza in Barangay Novaliches Proper, HB Bistekville Park 6 in Barangay Fairview, and San Bartolome Elementary School in Barangay San Bartolome.

In District 6, the sites are the Talipapa Senior High School in Barangay Talipapa, and HB Park Emerald St. in Barangay Pasong Tamo.

The QC Xperience (QCX) Museum located at the Quezon Memorial Circle, Elliptical Road has also been turned into a testing center.

CESU has also partnered with councilors, congressmen, and philanthropists in order to conduct free rapid antigen testing in different communities daily.