Manila needs P2 million a day to sustain the free mass COVID-19 testing

  • Manila Mayor Isko Moreno admitted they need P2 million a day or P60 million a month to sustain their free COVID-19 mass testing
  • Their free COVID-19 testing is not limited to Manila residents only but even those outside the city
  • Mayor Isko earlier called for donations to help maximize their testing centers

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said they need at least P2 million a day for them to sustain their free mass COVID-19 testing.

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The local government of Manila has opened two drive through facilities at the Quirino Grandstand and in front of the Andres Bonifacio Monument and two walk-in testing centers at the Ospital ng Sampaloc and Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center (GABMMC). The free COVID-19 testing is not only limited for Manila residents but for those outside the city as well.

Mayor Isko said that to sustain and “maximize” their free testing centers they need an average of around P60 million per month. He said on ANC, “If we are going to maximize our (testing) machines because there is a load capacity, at least kakailanganin namin ng P2 million a day and that means to say P60 million a month.”

He said they already had around 5,000 people tested in these facilities within a week of operations. About 670 persons who were tested at the drive-thru centers were found to be positive for COVID-19. The results usually come out after 24 hours after being analyzed by the city’s four serology testing machines, that have an accuracy rate of 99.6 percent.

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The city mayor said the Manila government had already spent P4 million and around P9 million in donations but needs more to continue their operations.

Mayor Isko calls for donations to sustain free COVID-19 mass testing

Earlier, Mayor Isko called for donations for the local government to help procure more reagents which are needed to test patients.