Richard J. Gordon

Gordon calls for public to get tested for Covid

August 16, 2022 People's Tonight 280 views

Amid spike in cases

AS the country sees an increasing number of new cases of COVID-19, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon encourage the public to get tested to prevent the undetected transmission of the virus.

The Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 tracker shows an increasing number of new cases added daily, based on a 7-day moving average.

“With the alarming increase in positivity rates in the past weeks, and as we see more and more of our friends and family developing symptoms, we at the PRC encourage everyone to get tested to ensure that our loved ones and we are safe from Covid,” Gordon said.

At the onset of the pandemic, in 2020, the PRC was the first to set up a molecular laboratory in the country that is capable of conducting automated RT-PCR tests to detect COVID-19.

The PRC’s first molecular laboratory started operations in April 2020, one month after former President Rodrigo Duterte declared a community quarantine in the National Capital Region (NCR).

The setting up of molecular laboratories was the PRC’s response to the need for “unmasking the enemy,” or revealing infections so that persons infected could be isolated and not infect others.

As of August 14, 2022, the PRC has completed more than 5.6 million swabs and saliva RT-PCR tests in the country.

Go to to book an RT-PCR test. The PRC molecular laboratories offer discounts to senior citizens and persons with disability.