Malabon City Mayor Lenlen Oreta said he was surprised to learn that Vice President Leni Robredo’s daughter, Dr. Tricia Robredo, was one of the medical professionals conducting swab tests for COVID-19 in their city on Tuesday, April 6.
“Nagulat ako ng malaman ko na si Dra. Tricia Robredo ang attending doctor sa ginawang SWAB CAB kanina,” Oreta said in a Facebook post.
“Dra. Tricia, Maraming Salamat sa iyong efforts, ngunit more than the number of Antigen Tests you conducted today, we are more thankful for the inspiration your family provides. For us to overcome this pandemic we all have to do our part,” he added.
The Swab Cab project is a free mobile antigen COVID-19 testing for areas with high coronavirus cases by the Office of the Vice President (OVP).
In a Facebook post, the Vice President herself confirmed that Tricia — who just recently passed the licensure exam last year — was indeed part of OVP team that was in Malabon for the Swab Cab program.
“Tricia was one of the volunteer swabbers of our Swab Cab today and a number of people she was with sent me pics and tagged me on facebook,” Robredo wrote.
“Thank you very much to everyone!! Thank you most especially to the BHERTs who did a great job in the immediate contact tracing,” she added.
According to Robredo, out of the 711 individuals who were tested in Malabon City, 46 yielded a positive result.
For the two days of the SWAB CAB Operations in the city, a total of 80 tested positive.
“The good thing about swab antigen tests is results are out in 15 minutes. Whenever there is one who tests positive, an ambulance on standby brings him/her directly to a pre-designated isolation center. Then, contact tracing immediately ensues,” Robredo said.
“Thank you to our team, including our volunteer swabbers, Mayor Len Oreta and LGU Malabon for this meaningful partnership. Thank you to Ube Express for the buses and Kaya Natin Movement for the support. Thank you also to the Rotary Club of North Bay East for lending us heavy duty Iwata fans which we are using in our buses. Thank you also to Trina Gitsis of AirIntellipure for lending us the air purifiers we have been using for our operations.”