Today on the Long List of What Not to Do: People Are Falsifying COVID-19 Test Results
Plus, we list down places you can get testing for free.
(SPOT.ph) There's a lot of crazy stuff going on right now. Amid government officials prioritizing anything but the pandemic, mass testing still being a dream, and the curve not flattening, it looks like people are also faking COVID-19 test results. Yes, you read that right. Pictures of what looks to be a sari-sari store with added services (read: falsifying documents) have made the rounds online, with folks wondering, simply, "Why?" about everything happening.
Based on the multiple posts, the dude in green shorts paid the lady to edit a different name onto the COVID-19 test result certificate—which appears to show a negative result. While we can't verify if this is, in fact, what is happening here, the situation honestly doesn't seem to far-fetched. The person might be in need of a certificate as part of a job requirement, and if he doesn't have a job, then he may not be able to afford proper testing—hence the super sketchy backroad transaction. At least, that's our best guess.
The pandemic has left millions unemployed, and more and more people are having their livelihoods put at stake by the continuing circumstances. Looking for a job—and getting hired—is sure to be one heck of a stressful experience. A COVID-19 clearance, though completely and understandably necessary, is just another nail in the coffin for folks desparate to get back on their feet.
If the tweet above is anything to go by, the cheapest testing one could get in a private institution in Metro Manila will most likely still be more than P1,000—around twice the minimum daily wage. We don't know the full story of the guy in green shorts, but we list down free testing sites in Manila in case they—or others—still need it.
Here are free testing sites in the City of Manila:
The administration of Isko Moreno set up several testing centers where both Manila residents and non-residents can avail of the service. They utilize a serology testing method which, similar to the rapid antibody kind, will require them to draw blood. You can either walk in to any of testing centers at the Gat. Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center, the Ospital ng Sampaloc, and the Ospital ng Maynila, or use the drive-thru sites listed below. Motorized and non-motorized vehicles are welcome.
Where: In front of the Andres Bonifacio Monument
Schedule: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays to Fridays
Where: Quirino Grandstand
Schedule: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays to Fridays