Getting tested for the highly contagious coronavirus is quite expensive, especially at private hospitals and other testing facilities across the country. However, it is a necessary expense especially for front liners and those out on the field every day. Thankfully, the Manila City Government is now offering free RT-PCR swab tests at the Quirino Grandstand starting today, January 18. The best part of all? It is open to both residents of Manila City residents and non-residents.
Before you grab the keys to your car and head to the Quirino Grandstand, you should know that walk-ins are not accepted. Those planning to avail of the free swab test will have to book an appointment with the Manila Emergency Operating Center (MEOC). After booking an appointment, all you have to do is arrive at the venue in a vehicle.
According to Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno, scheduling an appointment is important. It will ensure that the data of the individual undergoing a swab test will be handled properly. At the same time, it will ensure that the person tested will be traced and contacted immediately if needed.
The Manila Public Information Office says drive-thru testing at the Quirino Grandstand will be available from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Only 100 individuals will be accommodated per day.
This isn't the first time the City of Manila has offered free swab testing. The LGU previously offered free drive-thru rapid tests in July 2020. Similarly, it was also open to all, both residents and non-residents.
Planning to get a free swab test at Manila's drive-thru testing center? Schedule an appointment with the MEOC by contacting 0905-2423327/ 0998-3226367/ 0963-6023177/ 0955-5875976.