You need a swab test for various reasons. Obviously, if you suspect you or your loved ones have the virus, you should get tested right away. You could also be required to present a negative coronavirus test for work, travel, or medical purposes. Regardless of what you need it for, swab tests are part of our lives now. However, these tests are expensive, some even go up to P4,000+ per person. It’s a good thing some LGUs and hospitals in NCR offer free COVID-19 tests. Check out places where you can get your free swab testing:
Aside from these, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno also said that a team from the Manila Health Department (MHD) is visiting different barangays in Manila for free home swab testing. PUV drivers, mall workers, hotel employees, and market vendors can also get free swab testing at any time.
Here are numbers to call in case of COVID emergency in Manila:
0960 822 9384
0977 729 7572
0915 065 6335
0961 628 1414
0995 496 6176
0961 062 7013
0905 139 3560
0905 139 3563
Aside from this, there are other ways you can get swab tested in the city. Taguig has also opened drive-thru testing at BGC every Wednesday and at Lakeshore every Friday. Park ‘N Test is open every Monday at Vista Mall Parking Building. Lastly, you can wait for the Mobile Testing Truck to visit your area.
Contact the Taguig COVID-19 hotlines for emergencies:
0966 419 4510
This free swab testing is also limited to those who’ve had close contact with COVID-positive patients and individuals with symptoms of the virus.
Call the Quezon City contact tracing hotline for concerns:
0953 126 5127
0977 239 3931
You can reach the Parañaque COVID emergency hotline here:
We brought Swab Cab to Quezon City today. We were able to conduct 651 tests in 3 barangays – Culiat, Tandang Sora and Pasong Tamo. 54 of those tests turned out Covid Positive. pic.twitter.com/T6jriWXB4j
— Leni Robredo (@lenirobredo) April 17, 2021
VP Leni Robredo’s Swab Cab project was launched in late March. It offers free antigen swab testing to detect those asymptomatic and isolate them early on. This initiative also prevents people from mass gathering in hospitals and traveling just for a swab test. As of writing, the Swab Cab has been to areas in Malabon, Marikina, Quezon City, and Imus, Cavite. You can check for updates through VP Leni’s Facebook page.
East Avenue Medical Center
As long as you have a PhilHealth ID, you can get a free swab test at East Avenue Medical Center’s Malasakit building. All you have to do is get to the hospital as early as 4 AM, Mondays to Fridays, and get a queuing number. Bring at least 2 valid IDs and your PhilHealth ID. You will be assessed and given a time and date for swab testing which is usually less than a week from the day you visited.
Those who don’t have their PhilHealth ID have to pay P900 for the swab test.
Ninoy Aquino Stadium
Ninoy Aquino Stadium at Rizal Memorial Complex in Manila offers free swab testing. To schedule an appointment, accomplish this form. You can also contact 0945 993 3154 or send an email to email@example.com for questions. Make sure you schedule yours since they will not be accepting walk-ins.
If you can’t get access to any of these places for free swab testing, you can refer to the Department of Health’s directory of licensed COVID-19 testing laboratories in the Philippines. It lists a mix of private and public institutions offering RT-PCR testing and cartridge-based PCR testing.