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The Outlets At Lipa Hosts Red Cross' Drive-Thru COVID Saliva Testing Site

The Philippine Red Cross’ Saliva RT-PCR Test Collection Site at ‘The Outlets at Lipa’ was launched last February 17.

To further support the country’s mass testing efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has partnered with The Outlets at Lipa to offer drive-thru saliva RT-PCR test collection.

With its convenient location, strict COVID-19 protocols, and wide open spaces, the LIMA Estate provides employees as well as residents of Lipa City and neighboring areas a more affordable, less-invasive, and safer way to get tested. The collection process only takes about 10 minutes and costs PHP2,000.

“We at The Outlets at Lipa are very happy to do our part in helping Batangueños combat the spread of COVID-19. Through this partnership, we offer our mall as a convenient place to do saliva test collection with all safety protocols in place,” said Rob Del Rosario, National Operations Head of Aboitiz InfraCapital’s Commercial Business Unit.

Sen. Richard Gordon,Philippine Red Cross Chairman, also emphasized the importance of testing along with the vaccine rollout.

“We are heading towards the nationwide rollout of saliva RT-PCR testing to help schools and industries open in this new normal. Kahit dumating na ang bakuna, mahalaga pa rin ang pagte-test para labanan ang virus. Kaya patuloy na gumagawa ang Red Cross ng paraan upang mapadali at mapabilis ang testing sa ating mga kababayan (Even if the vaccines have arrived, it is still important to get tested to fight the virus. This is why Red Cross continues to find ways to make testing easier and quicker for our countrymen),” the senator said.

Testing is still the key. Kung hindi tayo gagalaw, maghihirap lalo ang mga Pilipino  (If we don’t act now, all the more Filipinos will suffer).  With these drive-thru centers, accurate testing will be much quicker and easier.

Sen. Richard Gordon, Chairman, Philippine Red Cross

Clients may book their appointments online at 143.redcross.org.ph and select The Outlets at Lipa on the map. Fill out the form, choose a time slot, and proceed to checkout. Payment options include credit card, GCash, or GrabPay. They may also call PRC Lipa Chapter at (0998) 957-0443 and pay through bank transfer.

On site, clients are limited to 10 people per hour to minimize and control the crowd. There are currently two PRC volunteers manning the testing site, one encoder and one specimen collector.

Results will be emailed to the client within 12 to 40 hours after the test.

The site is open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Outlets at Lipa is one of Luzon’s largest outlet shopping destinations located within LIMA Estate in Lipa-Malvar, Batangas. LIMA Estate is a 700-hectare Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) – registered economic zone that is home to 127 locators, 167 retail and restaurants spaces, 138-room four-star hotel, a transportation hub, over 2,000 households, and more than 58,000 employees.

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