The Quezon City Government sternly warns all Barangay officials to refrain from conducting rapid testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) without proper coordination with the local government pursuant to the Memorandum of the City Mayor dated 29 May 2020 which provided Guidelines for General Community Quarantine.
It came to the City's attention that Barangay South Triangle allegedly had 168 of its Barangay employees undergo rapid testing on June 4 without informing concerned City Hall offices, particularly the City Health Department.
This is a clear violation of Item No. 6 on the Responsibility of the Barangays, which requires that each Barangay must obtain the approval of the City, pursuant to the recommendation of the City Health Department, before imposing any health or safety measures.
The lack of coordination resulted in panic and confusion as 30 employees were allegedly declared as COVID-19 positive due to their lack of proper knowledge regarding IgG and IgM results.
The 30 employees who tested "positive" were then required to undergo swab test at the QCX Community Testing Center.
Upon evaluation of the City Health Department's Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QC-ESU) personnel assigned at QCX, it was learned that the employees were IgG positive and do not need to undergo swabbing for confirmation.
The City will impose disciplinary measures on the erring Barangay officials at the proper time. In the meantime, we call on residents not to panic as the 30 Barangay employees are COVID-19 free, as confirmed by the QC-ESU.