£ 5.6million initiative by bank and private research firm to support distribution of COVID-19 detection kits developed by UP – Manila Bulletin

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£ 5.6million initiative by bank and private research firm to support distribution of COVID-19 detection kits developed by UP

Written by Enzo Luna

A virtual deed signing ceremony with Manila HealthTek, Inc. and recipient institutions was held on July 9 in the presence of HealthTek CEO Dr Raul Destura, UP-NIH Executive Director and chairman of the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. and executive director of GT. Aniceto “Chito” Mangahas Sobrepeña for the distribution of COVID-19 Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) detection kits developed by UP. A total of 3,800 kits will be donated to the UP National Institutes of Health (UP-NIH), the Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital in the city of Cagayan de Oro and the Ilocos Regional Medical and Training Center (ITRMC) of the town of San Fernando, La Union. .

A virtual deed signing ceremony with Manila HealthTek, Inc. and recipient institutions was held on July 9 in the presence of HealthTek CEO Dr Raul Destura, the Executive Director of UP-NIH and the Dr Eva Maria Cutiongco, Outstanding Filipino from Metrobank Foundation 2019. -de La Paz, President of Xavier University Fr. Roberto Yap, OIC Director of Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital, Sr. Evelyn Aguilar, and ITRMC Molecular Biology Laboratory Section Chief, Dr Jimmy Rosales. It was Dr Destura who led the UP-NIH and Philippine Genome Center team in the development of these low-cost kits.

“We have worked hard to support various initiatives to deal with and combat the effects of the pandemic since the start of the lockdown. Given the need for a gold standard in testing, we are privileged to support the very first test kits developed in the Philippines for COVID19, ”said MBFI President Sobrepeña.

The donation program is part of the social responsibility of MBFI and GT Foundation, Inc. to support initiatives to fight covid-19 since the lockdown

“We commend and admire the work of our local experts led by Dr Destura and his team, as well as the UP-NIH in the development, testing and production of these kits,” added Sobrepeña.

The donation is part of a contribution of more than PhP 220 million by Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Group to fund and support efforts to fight the pandemic and help those in need. The amount was allocated to the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the benefit of health and safety first aid; “Ugnayan Project” led by the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation; distribution of meals and food packages to underprivileged families; construction and equipment of molecular laboratories for case detection in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the Philippine Red Cross and the Ayala group; and the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation’s Go Negosyo ARK project (rapid antibody test kits). Most recently, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation donated 30 units of Toyota Vios to DOH for the mobility of primary healthcare and local public hospitals.


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