LCP cites Iloilo City for mass testing efforts
ILOILO CITY, May 13 (PIA6) — The League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) has recognized the mass testing initiative of the Iloilo City Government to effectively contain the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
According to the LCP, a number of policymakers and leaders from the public and private sectors in the country believe that mass testing is key to reopening the economy in the absence of a vaccine or a reliable treatment for the coronavirus.
Iloilo City is one of the cities in the country that currently have mass testing or community-based initiatives in place, based on data gathered by LCP.
“A good number of these programs are made possible by partnerships with public health institutions and the private sector,” the organization said.
Meanwhile, the Iloilo City government said that, to date, a total of 1,969 individuals have been swabbed for the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests.
Some 600 results were released while 1,300 specimens are pending. These include contacts of confirmed cases, health and security frontliners and frontline employees of the City Hall here.
Repatriated Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who recently arrived were also tested. (LTP/PIA-Iloilo/Thumbnail Photo courtesy of Iloilo City Government)