Pogo workers, traders rush to Bulacan town’s drive-thru testing center for COVID-19

By: - Correspondent / @inquirerdotnet
/ 05:27 PM September 11, 2020

The newly opened Guiguinto Drive-Thru Testing Center for COVID-19 has been accommodating individuals who need to return to work immediately. The center can turn in swab test results within 48-72 hours. (Photo by Carmela Reyes-Estrope)

GUIGUINTO, Bulacan –– Workers of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) companies and businessmen were the first to avail themselves of the drive-thru testing center for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) here.

The Guiguinto Drive-Thru Testing Center is located beside the Balagtas Exit of the North Luzon Expressway along Plaridel Bypass Road in Barangay Tiaong. It opened on Monday and can process 300 to 400 walk-in clients daily.


Roy Del Rosario, manager of Marilao Medical Diagnostic Clinic Inc. (MMDCI) that operates the testing center, said overseas Filipino workers and other professionals, who were rushing to go back to work, were also among their first clients this week.

The specimens of individuals undergoing swab tests at the drive-thru testing center are processed at the Joni Villanueva Testing Center, which is also being operated by MMDCI.


Guiguinto Mayor Ambrosio Cruz, president of the league of municipalities of the Philippines, funded the testing facility that is made of container vans.

Cruz said the testing center would not only serve his constituents in this town but also residents in other Bulacan areas.

Personnel of the drive-thru testing center can approach clients while inside their vehicles if they cannot step outside for the swabbing.

Del Rosario said the result could be available between 48-72 hours and the copies of which will be sent via e-mail or messenger.


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