Sep 4, 2020

The last time we talked about the rising number of COVID-19 cases, we talked about what happens during a swab test, all the hospitals you can contact if you want to get a test done and how much money you’ll need to prepare to get it.

[READ: How much does a COVID-19 test cost in your nearby hospital?]

But if finances are tight and you can’t get a test from a hospital, bookmark this list. Your local government may be offering free tests—and here’s how you can get a schedule.


Manila City

‪LOOK: Photos taken at around 7:00 am show vehicles already lining up at Manila City’s second Drive Thru Testing Site at…

Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Friday, July 17, 2020

Manila City’s testing sites are open to everyone—including non-residents. Their drive-thru testing sites are located at Plaza Lawton and Quirino Grandstand; while the Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital, Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center and Ospital ng Sampaloc are accepting walk-ins.

These testing sites use serology antibody tests, which detects antibodies in blood samples from patients. Results are sent through text or email after 24 hours. Residents will have certificates delivered to their homes in sealed envelopes, while non-residents can claim their certificates from a designated lane at Quirino Grandstand.

[READ: Manila has 2 new free testing drive-thru and walk-in sites but Mayor Isko calls for donations]


Pasig City


[UPDATE as of august 13: maaaring tumawag mula 9am hanggang 4pm. inaayos din namin ngayon ang online registration para…

Posted by Vico Sotto on Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Pasig City residents can also avail of free COVID-19 testing from their local government. Free tests are conducted at Tanghalang Pasigueño, and they use an antibody test called enhanced chemiluminescence immunoassay (Eclia) testing, which looks for antibodies in blood samples.

Residents who want to avail of free testing will need to schedule an appointment and undergo a medical evaluation before testing. 


Taguig City


𝐺𝑒𝑡 𝑡𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 5 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑢𝑡𝑒𝑠 𝐓𝐚𝐠𝐮𝐢𝐠 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐁𝐆𝐂 𝐝𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐞-𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐮 𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐞; 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐛𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐚𝐲-𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧…

Posted by I Love Taguig on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Open only to Taguig residents, free COVID-19 testing sites are located at Bonifacio Global City’s Northeast Parking Area and Lakeshore Hall. Residents who want to get tested have to take a self-assessment test online. Qualified residents will receive a schedule and a control number, which should be presented at the testing area on their appointment.

Residents will receive their results after three to five days, through a call from the City Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance Unit (CEDSU).


Quezon City

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Dalawa na ang Mobile Community Testing Unit ng ating QC Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QC-ESU) na iikot sa…

Posted by Quezon City Government on Friday, August 21, 2020

Quezon City has opened a number of community testing centers, which offer free RT-PCR tests for qualified residents in these sites:

  • Quezon City General Hospital
  • Nova District Hospital
  • Maclang General Hospital
  • Esteban Abada Elementary School (District 1)
  • Batasan National High School (District 2)
  • Matandang Balara Covered Court (District 3)
  • Quezon City Experience (QCX) in Quezon Memorial Circle (District 4)
  • SB Park Novaliches (District 5)
  • UP Asian Institute of Tourism East Wing along Commonwealth Ave. (District 6)

Walk-ins are not allowed and Quezon City residents who want to get tested have to schedule an interview and assessment at your nearest barangay health center. Qualified residents will be directed to a testing center for an x-ray, blood and swab test.

Last month, Quezon City also rolled out mobile testing units that can conduct rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) and polymerase chain reaction tests (PCRT). These are equipped with a generator, a mini-laboratory and a self-decontamination area.


Header photo courtesy of the Manila Public Information Office

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