Mayor Evelio: Bacolod City, DOH Open 1st Hospital-Based Level 3 Biolab In PH

Mayor Evelio: Bacolod City, DOH Open 1st Hospital-Based Level 3 Biolab In PH

Spotlight

Phoenix Introduces New FamilyMart Retail Format Through Cebu Stores

FamilyMart opens three new compact stores in Cebu, offering a unique customer experience in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Globe Introduces Mobile Health Solution With GoHealth

For just P20, you can now enjoy up to P,1000 health insurance from Pacific Cross!

SM Wins 15 Awards From HK’s CG Asia Magazine

SM Investments Corporation continues to be recognized abroad as it recently bagged 15 awards in the 10th Asian Excellence Awards 2020 of Hong Kong magazine Corporate Governance Asia.

GSIS Offers Computer Loan For Members

GSIS, ilulunsad ang Computer Loan Program upang matulungan ang mga miyembro nito at kanilang pamilya sa pagbili ng computer o laptop na gagamitin para sa kanilang mga trabaho o virtual classes ng kanilang mga anak.

The City of Bacolod has partnered with the Department of Health (DOH) in establishing the first hospital-based Level 3 testing laboratory in the country to strengthen its response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Lone District Rep. Greg Gasataya together with Dr. Marlyn Convocar, regional director of DOH-Western Visayas, and Dr. Julius Drilon, medical center chief of Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) led the cutting of the ribbon and the unveiling of the marker for the nearly PHP30-million facility over the weekend.

It will be officially named the CLMMRH-Bacolod City Bio-safety Level 3 (BSL3) Molecular Laboratory.

“This biolab, which we have long waited for, is now a reality. This is definitely a scientific and more effective way to fight Covid-19,” Leonardia said during the inauguration rites.

“This means we can do more testing and expect speedy release of results. Therefore, we can do contact-tracing as soon as possible to contain the virus,” he added.

The CLMMRH-Bacolod City Biolab can perform an initial 100 reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT -PCR) tests per day with a turnaround time of three days.

Convocar said the biolab here is also the first Covid-19 laboratory established through a partnership between a local government unit (LGU) and the DOH.

“This is the first time that an LGU assisted the DOH in setting up a molecular laboratory,” she added.

The two of the only three Level 3 biosafety laboratories in the country are hosted by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH), which are both located in Metro Manila.

“The PHP20 million (from Bacolod City) is really commendable as this (project) was not included in the budget of DOH. We did not anticipate Covid in our 2019 plan and even in our General Appropriations Act,” Convocar said.

Drilon said the almost PHP30-million fund was used for the building renovation and the purchase of equipment.

The city government allocated PHP20 million, of which PHP14.7 million was spent for the building and the rest for a starter supply of consumables such as test kits, extraction kits, and reagents.

The CLMMRH shelled out some PHP15 million for the equipment and PHP2 million also for consumables.

“Our preparations actually started on the first week of February. I personally talked to our officers in the DOH that we need a laboratory that will help us identify SARS-Covid-2, in order for us to better respond and better plan our treatment protocol and responses in the city,” Drilon said.

As of Sunday night, Bacolod has 61 Covid-19 cases, with 27 recoveries. Three deaths have been recorded.

In Negros Occidental, the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital Molecular Laboratory in Silay City is also licensed to operate as a Covid-19 testing facility. (PNA)

Student In Pangasinan Town Holds Online Raffle For Sick Dad

A third year AB Communication student in Pangasinan is conducting an online raffle through Facebook to help raise funds for his father diagnosed with cancer who lives a thousand kilometers away from him.

Google’s Newest Feature ‘Hum To Search’ Lets You Find Songs Without Lyrics

Trying to describe a song based on its tune but don't know its title and lyrics? Google's Hum To Search feature has your back!

Nueva Ecija IP Group Gets Training On Mushroom Processing

The Department of Agriculture in Central Luzon is promoting the processing of mushroom products that can give benefits to one’s health and provide additional source of income amid the challenges brought by the health pandemic.

JTF Covid Shield Braces For More Economic Activities

Will your plans for the upcoming holidays push through?

India: Doctors On Strike As Virus Cases Soar Past 7.9M

Senior doctors at government-run hospitals in India’s capital Delhi wore black ribbons on their arms on Monday to support their colleagues for non-payment of salaries since June.

‘Snowdrop’ Starring Jisoo And Jung Hae In Begins Production

BLACKPINK's Jisoo is set to play the female lead alongside Jung Hae-In! What do you think of this pairing?!

Palace Leaves SEA Games Probe To House Panel

Malacañang is leaving to the discretion of a House of Representatives panel whether it would investigate alleged corruption and irregularities in the use of government funds during the 30th Southeast Asian Games which the Philippines hosted in 2019.

Bacolod City Shares Best COVID-19 Practices With Other LGUs

Bacolod City shares its best practices in responding to the COVID-19 crisis with some LGUs in Negros Occidental and other provinces in Western Visayas.

Manila Opens 14th, Biggest Quarantine Facility In PLM

A 66-bed quarantine facility at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila was launched in the city of Manila on Thursday, the biggest one that the government has opened so far.