Concepcion Extends Go Negosyo Project ARK Roll Outs in Antipolo, Batangas, QC, Pasig, Taguig and Makati
Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion confirms more local government units in Metro Manila and nearby provinces will be joining the Project ARK (Antibody Rapid test Kits) initiative.
To date, Project ARK is working with LGUs of Antipolo, Batangas, Quezon City, Pasig, Taguig, and Makati to bring mass testing down to the community level. These will be conducted through the help of donors such as the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII), Wilcon Depot, RFM Corp., Angkas, and the Aboitiz Group.
Launched last April 24, Project Ark’s massive rapid testing initiative kicked off in Sampaloc, Manila, successfully conducting 854 tests out of the target 1,500 sampling size. From those tests, 31 persons were consequently identified as presumptive positive for COVID-19.
Another mass screening was conducted in District 1, Tondo, on May 3. A total of 1,409 successful tests were done, using antibody rapid test kits donated by Angkas. From the tests conducted, 109 individuals were identified as presumptive positive.
Concepcion emphasizes that in order for the economy to safely reopen and restart, mass testing must be done. “We are at war with an invisible enemy. That is why the key is visibility. We have to test, test, test! Mass testing is the key to reopening our economy and reinstating public confidence.”
Project ARK - an initiative led by Concepcion that bands together the biggest economic players and business conglomerates in the country - aims to ramp up mass testing in order to safely revive the economy. With the data collected from the massive testing of Project Ark, the government and different industries can gain a better visibility of the pandemic and formulate better strategies to combat the virus.
Barangay implementation is part of Project ARK’s bayanihan initiative. In addition to encouraging the screening of employees to ensure safety at work, Project ARK supports companies to lead the voluntary testing of barangay citizens.
As of date, Project ARK has generated 1,015,752 rapid test kits from 177 companies. 877,272 will be used by its partner companies while 138,480 will go to barangay donations.