Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said the city government would offer free RT-PCR or swab testing to frontliners in essential services as part of efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the city's Public Information Office said Wednesday.
The "gold standard" of coronavirus tests will be free to the following: market vendors, mall employees, hotel staffers, restaurant workers, e-trike drivers, tricycle drivers, pedicab drivers, jeepney drivers and bus drivers, the Manila PIO said.
On Monday, Moreno inaugurated the second molecular laboratory in Sta. Ana Hospital that is expected to make the processing of tests faster. Free RT-PCR testing is a "proactive initiative in balancing health and economy," he said.
“In order to allay the fear of getting infected with COVID-19, there is a need to assure the public that employees of these frequently visited establishments are COVID-19 free and thus spur economic activities,” Moreno said.