Articles worth reading

Graft charges eyed against FDA for allegedly accepting ‘lobby’ grants

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

Consumer groups said they plan to file graft charges before the Ombudsman against the officials of Food and Drugs Administration who confirmed in a public hearing that they received grants from foreign vested interest groups. Anton Israel, president...

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar

DPWH given chance to stop corruption 

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is given a chance to curb alleged corruption in the agency that President Rodrigo Duterte recently flagged, according to a report by ABS-CBN. Public Works Secretary Mark Villar earlier in the day cr...

Photo Courtesy of Michael Varcas, The Philippine STAR

QC taps citizens in reporting erring establishments 

account_balanceQuezon City access_time5 days ago

To avoid a spike in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with the impending opening of the economy and enforcement of relaxed quarantine guidelines, the Quezon City government plans to elicit the cooperation of its citizens in reporting establishments...

Marikina News

Photo courtesy of: Marikina PIO

IATF-EID asks DOH to expedite accreditation of Marikina testing center

account_balanceMarikina News account_circleGab dela Cruz chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) wants the Department of Health (DOH) to hasten the accreditation of Marikina city’s COVID-19 testing center, according to Mayor Marcelino Teodoro.

The IATF-EID, he said, has pledged their support for the testing center because of the “urgency and the necessity” amid the current health crisis due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“The good news is that the Inter-Agency Task Force has given the Department of Health a directive to expedite the accreditation […] of the Marikina testing center for it to be opened [at] the soonest possible time,” said Teodoro in a statement on April 16, Thursday.

“This will be a part of a network of testing centers to do mass testing as prescribed by the directive of President Duterte,” he said, noting that “early detection and early testing means early treatment to save lives and effectively avoid transmission of the virus.”

To recall, the local chief executive has earlier said that they will open their COVID-19 testing center, with or without the approval of the DOH, saying that he has invoked the city’s “local government autonomy.”

Teodoro assured that local government is taking all necessary steps to comply with the protocols and standards set by the Health department.

He said laboratory technicians and medical technologists of the testing center are currently undergoing the required Biosafety Level 2 training.

They are also currently taking proficiency training to determine their skills level and the functionality of the laboratory. This is to ensure their safety as well as that of the community.

He also added that they are currently calibrating the machines that will be used at the facility.

After the training, the mayor said that they will take a proficiency test that will be followed by the accreditation of the testing center.

Teodoro stressed the importance of mass testing in order to slow down the spread of the disease in the city.

For nearly a month, the scheduled mass testing of the local government has been put to a halt after the Health department rejected the city’s proposed COVID-19 testing center. The facility was previously set up at the sixth floor of the City Health Office.

After an assessment, the DOH earlier said that the facility needed “further enhancement and [to] adhere [to] existing standards for biosafety and biosecurity.” The DOH also noted that it should be transferred to another location.

In response, the local government has identified a new location for the testing center—a two-story, free-standing building in Barangay Concepcion Uno—and transferred the machines and equipment they have procured for the facility.

The mayor expressed his gratitude to the IATF-EID for directing the DOH to expedite the accreditation of the “much-needed” testing facility, particularly Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdia.

“I am very thankful to IATF, especially to Sec. Año and Executive Secretary Medialdea, for backing our testing facility,” he said.

According to Teodoro, the testing facility of Marikina is for less fortunate Filipinos who do not have the money to get tested for COVID-19.

“This facility is for free,” he explained. “It is for every Filipino—for those without the means to get tested for COVID-19.”

date_rangeDate Published
6 months ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Covid-19 reproduction in Quezon City drops to 6-week low

account_balanceQuezon City chrome_reader_mode1 week ago

The Quezon City coronavirus disease (Covid-19) reproduction number fell to its lowest in six weeks. According to OCTA Research, the city’s reproduction number, which shows how contagious an infectious disease is or the number of people who can...

Quezon City suspends 'bike helmet' policy 

account_balanceQuezon City chrome_reader_mode1 week ago

Bicycle riders in Quezon City welcomed the suspension by the city government of an ordinance requiring a biker to wear a helmet or else be slapped with a fine, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. Mayor Joy Belmonte said they will i...

The struggles in 2020 of the casino industry in the Philippines

account_balanceMetro Manila chrome_reader_mode1 month ago

Do you want to learn more about the challenges and predictions for the gambling industry in the Philippines? Find all answers in this article!

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
Click on the article to continue reading
Manila won't hold Traslacion 2021 SMC expressways ready for 100% cashless tolls by Nov. 2 Pope supports same-sex union Angkas allowed to resume operations LTFRB authorizes more jeeps, UV Express vans LTO releases new motorcycle plates Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature