By TERESA ISLA
The Alliance Global Group (AGI) has begun providing free rapid antibody tests for employees under its companies as the conglomerate goes into the process of restarting its various businesses.
In a recent interview with Cathy Yang of ANC, AGI chief executive office (CEO) Kevin L. Tan said that the rapid testing is currently being done in phases.
Following the government’s pronouncement allowing private companies to operate with 50 percent manpower, AGI employees who are allowed to physically go back to work were the first to undergo the COVID-19 test.
“So far, we have tested about 1,500 employees. We have set up two testing centers near our headquarters with a testing capacity of only about 400 a day, but right now we’re only doing maybe half of that but we’re ramping it up,” said Tan.
The rapid test centers were set up near AGI’s headquarters, Alliance Global Tower in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig. Testing is done every 14 days.
A total of 45,000 rapid antibody test kits were procured. However, Tan said there is an option to purchase more kits should there be a need to test employees again.
“We actually divided the workforce into three categories: those who work from home, those who have to work in the office, and those who have to work in the field. Right now, the priority is to test those who work in the office and in the field. We also conduct separate testing for all our frontliners and our construction workers as well,” added Tan.
Tan also explained that in the event an employee test yields a positive result in the rapid testing, they are immediately sent to undergo swab testing for validation.
“We are following the protocols of the DOH and the government for the testing for our employees. We re also doing interviews and contact tracing to make sure that we qualify the right set of employees for these tests. Right now, our focus remains on restarting our various companies and bringing people back to work safely and slowly,” he said.