As part of concerted efforts to contain COVID-19 in the Philippines, private companies and groups have been relentlessly working with the government. This time, BDO Foundation is partnering with Go Negosyo, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, and the local government of Mandaluyong. This is for the implementation of Project Ark RT-PCR testing — a pooled testing effort in Mandaluyong City.
The Project Ark RT-PCR Testing in Mandaluyong City
During the virtual event, messages of support from the different stakeholders were highlighted. Among those present are:
- BDO Foundation leadership
- Joey Concepcion, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder
- Mayor Menchie Abalos, Mandaluyong City
- Dr. Julius Lecciones, Philippine Children’s Medical Center executive director
- Dr. Janette Garin, Iloilo 1st District representative
For this endeavor, Dr. Garin serves as project consultant.
Successful Covid-19 Testings for the Public
The Project Ark RT-PCR Testing initiative was previously implemented in the cities of Makati and Cebu.
An estimated 8,000 public market vendors and PUV drivers were covered in the Project Ark RT-PCR Testing.
Testing in Makati City has already been completed and a report is being prepared. Meanwhile, the training in Cebu City has begun and actual pooled testing will be performed soon.
Why Pooled Covid-19 Testing is Integral
Pooled testing is considered a game-changer in efforts to slow the spread of the Covid-19.
What is pooled testing?
The pooled RT-PCR testing combines swab samples from individuals and examines them together using a single RT-PCR test kit. RT PCR means reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction.
Pools of five, 10, or 20 persons are tested depending on the prevalence of COVID-19 in an area. This method is expected to boost testing capacities, expedite tests, and significantly reduce costs for the government