Globe Telecom starts weekly COVID-19 rapid tests for its frontline workers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 21 2020 06:47 PM

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MANILA - Globe Telecom on Thursday said it has started weekly tests for its frontline employees to check for possible novel coronavirus infection. 

Globe said 15 percent of its 8,000 employees have been working as skeleton staff, maintaining its systems since the start of the COVID-19 lockdowns in mid-March.

Another 5 percent of its workforce is expected to return to work as Globe reopens stores and fields more people for network expansion and maintenance, the company said. 

The Ayala-led telco said it will screen its workers using rapid test kits that look for antibodies in the blood of subjects, which can release results in just 30 minutes. 

“If some sort of positivity appears in that particular test, then we are going to do a more extensive test, ” said Renato Jiao, Globe chief human resource officer.

Globe said it is working with Ayala Healthcare Holdings (AC Health) in screening its own employees and those of its service contractors. 

The use of rapid test kits by the private sector is supported by a Malacanang adviser on business. 

A group of doctors, however, have opposed their use. 

Globe meanwhile said the rapid test kits that it will use passed the high standards set by AC Health.

"Aside from rapid testing, Globe will continue to observe strict health protocols as mandated by government guidelines upon those who are returning to work," the company said.