Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso appealed for donations to the city government in order to sustain the operations of the city’s free COVID-19 walk-in and drive thru testing centers.

Donations to the city government will be used to buy more reagents needed to test more blood samples taken from patients, Domagoso said on Monday, July 20.

Domagoso said that the city’s testing areas are open for both Manila City residents and non-Manila City residents as the city is promoting an inclusive approach in battling COVID-19.

“I want every Manileño to be good people to others, like how Manila is trying to be a good neighbor to other cities,” Domagoso said.

“Yakapin natin lahat hanggang kaya nating yakapin lahat. We cannot survive alone. Kakayanin natin ang hamong ito,” the Mayor added.

Currently, the testing area at the Quirino Grandstand has a capacity of 700 tests a day while the Lawton drive thru area has a capacity of 200 tests a day.

The two drive thru areas are scheduled to operate from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

On the same day, the Manila City government opened its first Walk-In Testing Center at the Ospital ng Sampaloc.

Like the two drive thru testing sites, the Walk-In Testing Center is also open to both Manila City residents and non-Manila City residents.

Results from the COVID-19 tests taken at these facilities are released within 24 hours by the Manila Health Department (MHD) through SMS.

Certification of the results are personally delivered to the homes of Manila City residents, while certification for non-Manila City residents will be picked up at the Releasing Lane at the Quirino Grandstand testing site. —JNL