Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno has signed Executive Order No. 080, series of 2020 which mandates all private diagnostics and laboratory centers in the city to have prior consultation and coordination with the City Health Office (CHO) or the Regional Office of the Department of Health (DOH-10) before they conduct any rapid test procedures on their clients.
The new directive comes in the wake of reports of some diagnostic centers operating in the city which conducted rapid tests without complying with legal requirements. Said activity was also conducted without prior consultation with either CHO or DOH-10. Read EO 080 below.
It can be recalled that based on the Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19 issued on April 30, 2020, COVID-19 testing is not a requisite before workers can return to work but employers who choose to test their employees must comply with the DOH guidelines on Expanded Testing for COVID-19.