Malacañang lauded the Supreme Court (SC) decision rejecting the plea of a group seeking the government to implement free mass testing for coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Mass testing should be ramped up to restore investor and consumer confidence as the economy reopens, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Ramon Ang said.
The Supreme Court (SC) has been asked on Friday (June 3) to compel the government to conduct mass tests to find who have the deadly COVID-19 virus.
Senator Francis Pangilinan wants to know where the government spent P353 billion in government funds which Congress sourced for the COVID-19 crisis.
Health Sec. Francisco Duque III on Thursday, May 21 admitted to members of the House committee on health that mass testing was never done by government during the peak of the coronavirus outbreak.
Citing the government’s limited capacity to conduct mass testing, Malacañang is leaving it up to private companies to test their employees.
Testing the entire population of the Philippines for the coronavirus is “physically impossible,” Malacañang said Tuesday.
The appointment of Bases and Conversion Development Authority (BCDA) chief Vince Dizon as COVID-19 testing czar has done nothing to improve the government’s ability to do mass testing.
Gabriela party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas said President Rodrigo Duterte’s Balik-Probinsya Program under Executive Order 114 is “a haphazard and ill-conceived program which aims to conceal the government’s failed social amelioration program and refusal to conduct mass testing.”
Iloilo Rep. Janette Garin, a former health secretary, has filed a bill prioritizing sickly patients, healthcare workers, food handlers, public market vendors, sales people in groceries and supermarkets, house helpers, pregnant women, salon workers, media people, and factory and construction workers for Covid-19 testing.
The government is taking steps to increase its coronavirus testing capacity, according to Malacañang.
Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III on Sunday (May 10) urged the Department of Health (DOH) to step up mass testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as the government mulls easing the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status in Metro Manila.
OWWA deputy administrator Mocha Uson denied violating the quarantine regulations when she met a group of OFWs in Lian, Batangas. Some netizens demanded her resignation over the alleged mass gathering.
Speeding up mass testing is now the key for the government to assess and correctly respond to the COVID-19 situation in the Philippines, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday.
With the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon set to end on April 30, Senators Sonny Angara and Grace Poe urged the government on Saturday (April 18) to ramp up mass testing to find out who have been infected with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The government is still studying the possibility of conducting mass testing, Malacañang said.
Solicitor General Florin Hilbay has urged the government to proceed with the mass testing of Filipinos to curb the further spread of the 2019 coronavirus (COVID-19).
Sen. Panfilo Lacson gave Health Secretary Francisco Duque III a stern lecture Friday on mass testing for COVID-19, as he warned the country may be doomed if the Health Department does not change its handling of the crisis.