Drive-thru COVID-19 test site opens in BGC
Location: Taguig City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Date Published: April 30, 2020
In an effort to accommodate residents with vehicles who are not able to get tested in hospitals and health centers, the Taguig City government has opened a drive-thru coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing center in the Bonifacio Global City (BGC).
The drive-thru testing site was opened on Wednesday and is located at the Northeast Parking Area in front of Kidzania, beside CitiBank and IBM One World Place.
On the first day of the testing site, 10 suspected COVID-19 cases were tested, with each test taking only five minutes, the city government said in a Facebook post.
“We are making testing accessible to the most number of Taguigeños we possibly can. Testing is a very important part of a successful COVID-19 response. It saves lives,” Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano said.
Those who want to get tested through the drive-thru site need to do the following:
- Call COVID-19 hotline at 878-93200 or 0966-419-4510 where you will be assessed by the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CEDSU)
- The resident will receive a control number to be presented to testing center; visit drive-thru testing facility located in Lakeshore or the BGC
- Present the digital copy of control number to Receiving Booth
- Proceed to the testing area to get tested
- Receive Anti-COVID Kit with monitoring sheet
- CEDSU will contact the resident for results 3-5 days after testing
A person will be asked to go to the isolation area if he/she exhibits COVID-19 symptoms such as fever. An ambulance will also be posted near the testing site for cases of hospitalization.
The Taguig City government said it has partnered with the Department of Health, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, St. Luke’s Medical Center in BGC and the Philippine Red Cross to ensure that samples can more speedily be tested.
The drive-thru testing initiative is a part of the city government’s Systematic Mass Approach to Responsible Testing (SMART) program which includes barangay-based testing, visit from the CEDSU testing team, tests in private and public hospitals, and drive-thru testing.
“SMART is a framework that ensures that everyone who needs to be tested will be tested,” Cayetano said.
As of April 29, there are 8,212 COVID-19 cases in the country, with the death toll at 558. A total of 1,023 patients have also recovered from the disease.
Meanwhile, a part of a condominium building in Makati City collapsed before noon Thursday.
Mayor Abby Binay identified the commercial-residential building involved as SMDC’s Jazz Residences, which is located at Nicanor Garcia Street in Barangay Bel-Air Village.
In a statement, SMDC said the facade wall of the parking level at the building sustained damage that caused its outer slab to collapse to the driveway at around 11 a.m.
"As a safety precaution residents were directed to stay near Metropolitan Avenue," it said.
Citing the initial report, Binay said an explosion was heard when the part of the building collapsed. Due to this, she said a bomb squad was deployed to the area to inspect.
Binay said the building was relatively new.
There is no instruction yet for the residents to evacuate, Binay said. At least three vehicles were damaged but no casualty was reported so far, she said.
The area was already cordoned off while some building officials are inspecting the condominium.
Makati City Police chief Colonel Rogelio Simon said the collapsed wall was found at the Tower D of Jazz Residences, which has four towers.
He also said probers did not find traces of explosion.
“Walang nakitang traces nang pagsabog. Siguro yung sinasabi ng mga residente ay yung sounds ng debris at wall na bumagsak,” Simon said.
The management of the building ordered all residents even in Towers A, B, and C to get out of the building. Simon said the authorities had a hard time controlling the people in panic.
He said the residents still have to observe social distancing.
The authorities are assessing if it is safe for residents to return to Tower D.