DILG urges fast-tracking of regulatory process to boost mass testing capacity

Aileen Cerrudo

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has recommended fast-tracking the regulatory process so that the country can begin mass testing for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In an interview on ‘Get it Straight with Daniel Razon’, DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said they target to have 8,000 COVID-19 tests per day.

“Talagang target natin lahat ng persons under investigation (PUIs),” he said.

The DILG Secretary also said that mass testing would help in identifying asymptomatic individuals who are more likely to spread the virus.

He said that the Department of Health (DOH) is already working on the protocols for the antibodies rapid test kits to check more individuals who might be COVID-19 positive.

“Ia-allow na ring gamitin iyan para sa mga persons under monitoring (PUMs),” according to Año.

Meanwhile, Chief Implementor of National Plan on COVID-19 Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. clarified that the mass testing will prioritize the targeted population including PUIs, high-risk individuals like health workers, pregnant women, and the immunocompromised.

He also said that mass testing will be first done in the National Capital Region (NCR) which records 80% of the total COVID-19 cases in the country, followed by Regions 4, 3, Davao Region, and the Zamboanga Peninsula.

“We will focus more on testing so that we could detect and immediately isolate possible carriers,” he said. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

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