As thousands of residents fled their homes during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses and were left with no choice but to stay in evacuation centers, the Pasig City government has started to conduct COVID-19 testing to prevent the transmission of the viral disease while disaster response is ongoing.

In a Facebook post, Mayor Vico Sotto said: “Since health protocols were difficult to maintain 100% of the time, we will test everyone who stayed in the evacuation centers.”

Sotto added that during the first round of testing that was conducted at the evacuation sites in Barangays Bagong Ilog, Maybunga, and Santolan, around 1,500 residents had undergone enhanced chemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA) tests.

High flood due to heavy rainfall submerged some villages in the city, forcing around 10,000 Pasig residents to evacuate.

As the COVID-19 pandemic is still raging, implementing physical distancing in evacuation centers became a challenge for the local government.

Ulysses also left around 9,000 households without electricity, resulting in the suspension of classes in some levels.

“Pipilitin nating mabigyan ng ayuda ang bawat pamilyang binaha,” Sotto added.

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