A large number of swab tests conducted by the medical team from the Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Fire Protection were noted Saturday afternoon.
In a statement, National Policy against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Secretary Vince Dizon said the government wants to increase the number of testing laboratories by 78 before the end of May by which it is expected to achieve the target of 30, 000 tests per day.
“The government plans to increase the number of COVID-19 testing laboratories to a total of 78 by the end of the month. We expect this to ramp up the country’s testing capacity, hitting 30,000 daily tests by end-may,” said Dizon.
Dizon added that the swab test will target 25,000 seafarers and land-based OFWs as well as overseas Filipinos.
The establishment of swabbing centers is part of the test, trace, and treat strategy to boost the country’s capacity for COVID-19 testing.
Among the designated swabbing centers is the Enderun Tent in Taguig City, the Mall of Asia in Pasay City, the Philippine Sports Stadium at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
The Palacio de Maynila swabbing facility has 65 specimen collection booths that began operations last Thursday.