Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto urged residents who have evacuated during the onslaught of typhoon “Ulysses” to voluntarily take the free coronavirus antibody testing of the local government.

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With the ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Sotto underscored the importance of undertaking such test, saying that by doing so is to avoid the possible transmission of the disease in the community.

“Sa mga nag-evacuation center, kusa na po tayong magpa-test. Malaking tulong po ito sa laban natin kontra COVID. Para sa kaligtasan po ito ng buong komunidad natin (To evacuees, let’s take the test voluntarily. This is a big help in our fight against COVID. This is for the safety of our entire community),” Sotto said Wednesday.

“Libre naman po. Isipin po natin yung nanay, tatay, lola, at lolo na maaari nating mahawaan kung positibo pala tayo. Kahit na wala tayong sintomas, baka di sila maging kasing swerte (It’s free. Think of your mother, father, grandmother, and grandfather that you might infect them if you are positive. Even if you have no symptoms, they may not be as lucky),” he added.

The local government has taken the initiative to conduct enhanced chemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA) testing to evacuees of the recent typhoon, as a measure to ensure the safety of residents and prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Around 10,000 city residents, mostly from flood-prone areas in Pasig, have taken shelter in evacuation centers prepared by the local government.

With such a large number of people, Sotto lamented that it was difficult to enforce physical distancing in evacuation sites at all times.

“Since health protocols were difficult to maintain 100 percent of the time, we will test everyone who stayed in the evacuation centers,” the mayor had said earlier.

The Pasig City government has also called on all evacuees as well as those still staying at evacuation centers to go to the nearest barangay health center for the free antibody testing.

“Ang ECLIA antibody test ay ginagawa para matukoy kung ang isang tao ay na-expose sa COVID-19, at kung siya ay nakapag-develop ng antibodies laban dito (The ECLIA antibody test is performed to determine if a person has been exposed to COVID-19, and if he or she has developed antibodies against it),” it said.

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