MANILA – At least 700 government employees responded to Malacañang’s call to volunteer in the conduct of swabbing and in patient care centers as the country ramps up its testing capacity for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), National Policy Against Covid-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Vivencio Dizon said on Friday.
During the Laging Handa public briefing, Dizon said there are 700 to 800 government employees that volunteered as encoders, barcoders, and swabbers that can be deployed in four mega swabbing centers in Metro Manila.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea earlier issued an order mandating all government agencies and government-owned and controlled corporations “to contribute their personnel” in the swabbing and testing efforts.
Dizon also reiterated the call of the government to the private sector, medical-related schools, medical professionals, and students to volunteer in swabbing, testing, and patient care centers.
“The Department of Health (DOH) will give compensation and hazard pay under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, and we will give all the protection for our volunteer front-liners,” he said in Filipino.
He added that those interested may call the DOH hotline to inquire about the process of volunteering.
Under the “Trace, Test, Treat” or T3 Program, the government targets to ramp up testing capacity to 30,000 tests per day, by putting up more swabbing centers and laboratory testing centers in strategic parts of the country, Dizon said. (ia/PNA)