Returning residents of Manila who spent their holiday vacation outside the city would be required to undergo a swab test for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) before they are allowed entry in their respective barangays (villages) starting on Saturday.
This was stated in a memorandum issued by the Manila Health Department (MHD) and was cascaded by the Manila Barangay Bureau to the city’s 897 barangays on Dec. 29, 2020.
“Upang maiwasan ang muling pagtaas ng kaso ng Covid-19 sa lungsod ng Maynila pagkatapos ng panahon ng kapaskuhan, ang lahat ng tao na babalik sa ating lungsod simula Enero 2, 2021 ay kinakailangan na sumailalim sa RT-PCR o swab test bago tanggapin sa kanilang barangay (To avoid a spike in the cases of Covid-19 in Manila after the Christmas season, everyone who returns to the city starting January 2, 2021, are required to undergo RT-PCR or swab test before they are allowed entry in their barangay),” the memorandum read.
Manila public information officer Julius Leonen said returning residents should go directly to the quarantine facility upon their return and that the swab test will be given for free.
The memorandum states that all those who will undergo the swab test may go to the nearest quarantine/swabbing facility in their district as follows:
District 1 – T. Paez Quarantine Facility
District 2 – Patricia Sports Complex Quarantine Facility
District 3 – Arellano Quarantine Facility
District 4 – Dapitan Sports Complex Quarantine Facility
District 5 – San Andres Sports Complex Quarantine Facility
District 6 – Bacood Quarantine Facility
While waiting for their test results, those who underwent the swab test may stay at a facility nearest to their barangay.
Those who would yield a positive swab test result will be brought to the quarantine facility for confirmed Covid-19 cases.Meanwhile, a medical certificate stating a negative swab test result will be issued to those who will be found negative for Covid-19 and would have to be presented to barangay officials for them to be allowed to return to their homes. SOVEREIGNPH