BACOLOD CITY–A total of 548 food delivery service drivers from the 10 food delivery companies in Bacolod and some policemen were swab-tested for the coronavirus over the weekend.
Ernie Pineda, executive assistant for sectoral concerns, said 81 were tested on Saturday, November 28, and 467 were tested on Sunday at the Bacolod Respiratory Outpatient (BRO) Center at the Bacolod Arts, Youth, and Sports Center.
The city government had earlier targeted 800 delivery drivers for testing.
The swab specimens of the 528 will be sent to Cebu City for RT-PCR testing with the results expected for release by Wednesday or Thursday.
Those who test positive will be quarantined.
Pineda considers the food delivery service workers that were tested over the weekend as “a majority of the total number of food delivery drivers.”
The riders who were tested during the weekend were given stickers to indicate that they had undergone surveillance testing, he said.
This will let people who order food know that their delivery person had undergone testing, he said.
More proactively, they can ask the company that delivers their food to deploy only personnel who had undergone surveillance testing as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, Pineda added.
It was learned that “pool testing”, as was done this last weekend, allows the workers to continue working until the results come out.
Pineda said that those who were not able to make it can still sign up for next weekend’s testing.
Set for testing next weekend as well are personnel of the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office and jeepney drivers, Pineda said.
The testing is part of the efforts of the city government to conduct surveillance testing for the transport sector.
Amid concerns that their income will be affected should they not be readily deployed, Pineda assured the drivers that the city government will provide food packs for their families if necessary./(Eugene Y. Adiong/ INews Bacolod- Negros Bureau)