Roque: Govt won’t pay for mass testing of private employees

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Roque: Govt won’t pay for mass testing of private employees

Citing lack of resources, Malacañang said Monday the government will not shoulder the costs of mass testing for COVID-19 to employees amid the eased quarantine measures which allowed people to go back to work.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made the response amid calls for mass testing and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III saying that workers need not be tested for COVID-19 before allowing them to report back to work, unless they show COVID-19 symptoms.
“In an ideal world, dapat lahat ng tao, ma-test [for COVID-19]. Pero ang RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction) testing laboratories natin ay 30 pa lang. Eh dapat, di bababa sa 90. Nagkakaubusan rin ng rapid test kits,” Roque said.
“Alam ko ito for a fact. Sa China, hindi na rin sila naglalabas ng rapid test kits kasi sa Wuhan, 11 million ang gusto nilang i test. Ang US naman po, binibili lahat ng test kits na available. Kaya pahirapan po talaga kaya po private sector na ang bahala bumili para sa mga empleyado,” Roque added.
Roque’s position was contrary to the call of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) which said on Monday that the government should provide for COVID-19 mass testing for private employees as most businesses do not have the capacity to finance having their workforce tested.

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