The Manila City government is now capable of conducting more than a thousand COVID-19 swab tests a week as it begins its localized targeted mass testing operations in the nation’s capital.

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has given the green light to conduct localized targeted mass testing for the Manila Health Department (MHD) and the city’s six district hospitals.

Domagoso has designated Manila City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan to lead the localized targeted mass testing operations.

The following health facilities operated by the city government are now capable of conducting about 232 COVID-19 swab tests per day, or 1,624 per week:

MHD/Delpan Quarantine Facility — 50 tests per day
Ospital ng Maynila — 20 tests per day
Sta. Ana Hospital/MIDCC — 30 tests per day
Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center — 50 tests per day
Ospital ng Tondo — 17 tests per day
Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital — 15 tests per day
Ospital ng Sampaloc — 50 tests per day

All swab tests will be processed either by the Department of Health’s Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) or the University of the Philippines Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH).

Dr. Gap Legaspi, UP-PGH Director, has committed to the Manila City government that they can release the results in two to three days.

As of writing, about 934 swab tests have already been conducted by the Manila City government. The breakdown is as follows:

Sta Ana Hospital/MIDCC — 451 tests
Manila Health Department — 190 tests
Ospital ng Maynila — 106 tests
Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center — 55 tests
Ospital ng Tondo — 30 tests
Ospital ng Sampaloc — 44 tests
Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital — 40 tests

This is in line with Domagoso’s CODE COVID-19 (Contain and Delay) action plan which aims to slow the spread of the disease while the government tries to isolate infected patients from the communities.

Likewise, hospitals operated by the Manila City government are now authorized to send COVID-19 patients to the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, which was recently turned into a quarantine facility by the national government.

Manila City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan said the local government will be sending three COVID-19 patients to the facility today, April 13.