San Miguel donates COVID-19 testing booths, kits

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 12 2020 04:35 PM

San Miguel Corp donates swabbing booths and COVID-19 test kits to Metro Manila LGUs. Handout

MANILA - San Miguel Corp said Tuesday it donated sample collection booths and testing kits to all Metro Manila local government units as part of efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The facilities will be deployed to areas in "dire need," San Miguel President and COO Ramon Ang said in a statement. Swab samples will be taken in the booths.

“This is the best way we can help our local governments ramp up or expand their testing capacity--in particular, for poorer barangays and communities, even as national government takes care of building our mega swabbing centers, which for now will be focused on our returning OFWs,” Ang said.

San Miguel's efforts compliment the government's massive testing program and would expand its capacity, he said.

SMC also plans to put up its own testing laboratory for its 70,000 employees and extended workforce, it said.

Ang is also calling for the regulation of test kit prices.