Parañaque City probes reported testing of POGO workers in a subdivision

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 28) - The Parañaque City government said it is investigating an alleged COVID-19 testing of workers of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) in one of its subdivisions.

Mayor Edwin Olivarez said his government has nothing to do with the testing.

"The City Government of Parañaque denies any involvement in the reported mass testing of POGO workers for COVID-19 held at the BF Homes Club House," said Olivarez in a statement.

"[Those] found to have breached any health protocols and prevailing laws, rules and regulations will be dealt with accordingly," he also said.

A resident earlier posted photos of people lined up at the clubhouse, claiming that about 500 POGO workers were about to be "exclusively" tested for COVID-19. The post said the city government was to conduct the tests.

The country has logged more than 15,000 cases of COVID-19, with 921 deaths and 3,598 recoveries, as the public and some officials continue to call for "mass testing."

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the country's testing capacity has already exceeded its month-end target of 30,000 but health officials were quick to clarify that it is only the estimated capacity.