McDonald’s conducts free COVID-19 RT-PCR tests for NCR-restaurants-based employees

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Close to 20,000 McDonald’s Philippines employees based in its Metro Manila branches are set to be given free RT-PCR tests in any of the four mega swabbing facilities NTF has put up across NCR.

As early as September 28, 2020, McDonald’s employees started undergoing their free RT-PCR testing in one of these MSF sites, Palacio de Maynila in Pasay. The initiative was officially launched last October 16, 2020, via a media briefing event at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig, which also served as a temporary swabbing facility for the run of the initiative. About 1,000 tricycle drivers of Pasig, as well as residents from Rizal province also benefitted from the free testing provided at the site.

'The safety of our employees and customers has always been at the core of our operating culture,' said McDonald’s Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth Yang.

National Policy Against COVID-19 Chief Implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., praised McDonald’s for its proactive efforts to protect their workers and by extension, their customers from the health risks.

'Ito ay napakagandang halimbawa na sana pamarisan din ng ibang mga business sector na (This is a very good example to replicate by other business sectors) they have to protect their own front-liners, at the same time, they can protect the [confidence] of the consumers to dine-in,' said Galvez said.

This extra step is on top of McDonald’s efforts to comply with the basic health and safety protocols set by the government. Guided by the principle of its M Safe program, McDonald’s believes that by keeping its people safe, their customers stay safe.

Each McDonald’s branch has a dedicated safety manager to ensure all protocols are followed by their crew, such as: wearing of face masks and face shields, use of gloves, daily submission of health check forms, temperature checks before and after every shift, and increased hand-washing frequency to every 30 minutes, among others. M Safe managers also ensure that customers are properly guided and compliant with all the health safety protocols while in the store.

McDonald’s also shared that it uses fresh air ventilation and air conditioning mechanism in all its stores. Its fresh air supply system is certified by the Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers (Mandaluyong Chapter).

With its design, McDonald’s stores are equipped with the following, ensuring a safer environment in the store:

• centralized air conditioners that are equipped with higher filtration systems

• low air velocity for lower risk of the spread of airborne contaminants

• proper air humidity and comfortable temperature where contaminants are less active

• efficient utilization of outdoor fresh air for better ventilation.

Yang added that McDonald’s is committed to continue partnering with the government to keep the public safe and help smoothly restart the economy safely.

Customers are also encouraged to send their feedback and suggestions on M Safe to