OF THE 3,058 tricycle and public utility vehicle (PUV) drivers who availed themselves of the free coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) test offered by the Lapu-Lapu City Government, five were found positive.
Grace Mary Carungay, epidemiological and surveillance unit officer, told SunStar Cebu on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, that they were able to secure their target of testing around 3,000 tricycle and PUV drivers in the city between Sept. 30 and Oct. 9.
Mayor Junard Chan thanked the transport sector for their cooperation, considering that only a few drivers availed themselves of the test when it first started out.
Those who participated in the program also received free vitamins and supplements from the City.
Following the success of the free Covid-19 test on members of the city’s transport sector, Chan said he plans to test market vendors next.
The mayor said he will make it compulsory, adding that those who refuse will not be allowed to sell their products in public markets.
He said more drivers showed up at the Hoops Dome in Barangay Gun-ob to get tested when he made it compulsory. He had warned them that if they didn’t submit to the test, they could not drive.
Chan said market vendors are vulnerable to a highly infectious disease like Covid-19 because they are exposed to a lot of different people every day. (GCM / JKV)