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DOST sets up specimen collection booths to support mass testing for COVID-19

A total of 132 collection booths will be made available in different regions nationwide—from north to south!

As mass testing for COVID-19 is now being done in the country, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is looking to set up specimen collection booths so that there will be more facilities that can administer testing. These specimen collection booths will be set up nationwide and will be done in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), according to DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña. 

All DOST regional offices will be partnering with the health department to set up the booths in all regions from north to south. “Aming ilalabas ang karagdagang detalye ng mga napiling pasilidad na mapagkakalooban ng mga collection booths sa mga susunod na araw,” the DOST secretary said in a Facebook post


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Initially, the department is planning to set up 132 booths nationwide, with the number of booths varying from region to region:

  • National Capital Region (NCR) – 34
  • Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) – 6
  • Region 1 (Ilocos Region) – 6
  • Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) – 6
  • Region 3 (Central Luzon) – 8
  • Region 4-A (CALABARZON) – 4
  • Region 4-B (MIMAROPA) – 2
  • Region 5 (Bicol Region) – 5
  • Region 6 (Western Visayas) – 6
  • Region 7 (Central Visayas) – 7
  • Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) – 3
  • Region 9 (Zamboanga Peninsula) – 10 
  • Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) – 5
  • Region 11 (Davao Region) – 4
  • Region 12 (SOCCSKSARGEN) – 3
  • Caraga Region – 4


Mass Testing

Antipolo to start mass testing for COVID-19 this weekend

“Progressive” mass testing started last Tuesday, April 14, to detect COVID-19 cases in the country. Individuals who are deemed to be at high risk of contracting the disease are prioritized for the mass testing. High-risk individuals are those who have co-morbidities, such as diabetes and hypertension, pregnant women with mild symptoms, and frontliners who are showing symptoms.

As of writing, there are 16 subnational laboratories who are authorized to conduct COVID-19 testing. Several other institutions are also in the process of acquiring certifications from DOH to become accredited testing centers.

Text by Katie Rojas.

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