Walang Iwanan! SMC donates swabbing booths, test kits to boost community-level COVID-19 testing in NCR

Walang Iwanan! SMC donates swabbing booths, test kits to boost community-level COVID-19 testing in NCR

“Walang iwanan!”

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) continues to set the gold standard with respect to being the big corporation with a golden heart as it would donate swabbing booths and test kits to local government units (LGU’s) in Metro Manila to further expand COVID-19 testing at the barangay level.

SMC announced that they have partnered with all 17 local government units (LGU’s) in the national capital region (NCR) to set up more testing booths in areas with a high density of COVID-19 cases, while also providing the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction or RT-PCR tests.

(photo credit to SMC)

SMC President and Chief Operating Officer (COO)Ramon Ang said the donation will complement the national government’s desire to expand COVID-19 testing, which is now more focused on the major commercial areas and for the mass testing of returning overseas Filipino workers (OFW).

“Our aim is to help flatten the curve in our less fortunate barangays, especially in areas where there have been outbreaks,” Ang said in a statement on Tuesday. "Our less-fortunate countrymen are really vulnerable, because their living conditions make it harder to observe social distancing and other preventive measures. So we want to focus our efforts on helping them."

SMC also will donate RT-PCR machines, to help significantly increase the number of tests that can be processed daily.

"We need to produce more test kits, and make testing affordable, if not free, to the hardest-hit communities," Ang said. "We also need enough equipment to be able to process all these tests. We have to mobilize all these components to be able to test at scale."

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