Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso announced on Monday that the city government has realigned P40 million from its 2020 budget to ramp up free Covid-19 testing.

City Ordinance 8657, signed and enacted on July 27, authorizes the reallocation of P40 million to cover expenses for medical equipment and medical supplies for Covid-19 testing in Manila.

“Nais nating mapanatag ang kalooban, maipagkaloob ang peace of mind, at maging mas produktibo ang mga taga Maynila sa gitna ng pandemya sa pamamagitan ng massive Covid-19 testing na ipinagkakaloob ng inyong Pamahalaang Panglungsod,” Moreno said in a Facebook post.

Of the total, P20 million will be allocated for maintenance and other operating expenses under medical, dental and laboratory supplies.

P10 million will each be allotted for maintenance and operating expenses under Covid-19 laboratory testing and purchase of various medical equipment.

“Ang City Ordinance No. 8657 ay bahagi ng tuloy-tuloy na pagsisikap ng inyong pamahalaan upang kayo ay aming mapaglingkuran sa aming maliit na kaparaanan,” Moreno said.

Manila has two drive-thru Covid-19 testing centers: one in front of the Andres Bonifacio Monument in Manila and one at Quirino Grandstand.

Aside from the drive-thru testing centers, walk-in tests are available at the Ospital ng Sampaloc, Ospital ng Maynila, Gat Andres Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center and health centers. John Ezekiel J. Hirro