The Pasig City government and McDonald’s Philippines will test 1,000 tricycle drivers in Pasig, as part of the expanded testing efforts to stop the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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(Photo from Mayor Vico Sotto’s FB page/ MANILA BULLETIN)

Mayor Vico Sotto said Friday that McDonald’s, in addition to its employees, will test tricycle drivers in Pasig, who are among sectors that are “highly exposed” for they are always outside and on the road.

“Thank you, McDo! In addition to their employees, we will test 1,000 Pasig tricycle drivers—isang sektor na mataas ang exposure dahil araw-araw nasa biyahe (a sector with high exposure because they are on the road every day),” Sotto said.

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(Photo from Mayor Vico Sotto’s FB page/ MANILA BULLETIN)

The testing of McDonald’s employees and tricycle drivers will be done at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, using the “gold standard” reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests.

During the program launch on Friday, Sotto underscored the importance of conducting more tests in order to overcome the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

“Let’s intensify our fight against COVID-19,” the mayor said. “Steps like this, the testing, with the help of McDonald’s … this is really one of the first important steps that we have to take in this long fight against COVID-19.”

McDonald’s Philippines President and CEO Kenneth Yang said safety has been their priority not just with the food they serve but with the people as well.

“In McDonald’s, we believe that if our employees, who are our frontliners, are safe, then we are able to keep our customers safe,” Yang said.

Through the project, he said McDonald’s is further strengthening its safety and health standards to protect its customers and provide testing to all its frontliners.

Yang said around 20,000 McDonald’s employees in the National Capital Region will be subjected to testing.

“We hope that by doing that we can assure our customers that our stores are safe to come to,” he said.

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