The Archdiocese of Manila on Thursday expressed support to the city government’s conduct of free reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing for the private sector including informal workers.
Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo lauded the effort of Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso to have these workers tested as part of the efforts to fight the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“It is a good move that the LGU provides free testing to those who serve so as to arrest the spread of the virus,” he said in a statement. “I encourage all to avail of this free service.”
On Wednesday, Domagoso ordered the city government to conduct free swab testing for market sellers, drivers of e-trikes, pedicabs, tricycles, jeepneys, and buses.
Under Executive Order No. 39, Moreno directed the Manila Health Department to provide free swab testing to vendors, public transport drivers, and employees of malls, hotels, restaurants, and supermarkets.
Workers who would like to be tested can visit the Sta. Ana Hospital or wait for members of the city government to go to their workplace.
Domagoso said the move aims to strike a balance between protecting public health and keeping the economy open.
“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-free and thus spur economic activities,” he said.
Source: Philippines News Agency