Tagum City—Being complacent amidst this coronavirus outbreak is a big NO for the leaders of Davao del Norte. Even after flattening the curve of COVID-19 cases, a partnership was formed to establish a COVID-19 Testing Facility at the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) last May 19 which is aimed to combat unforeseen circumstances in Davao Region in the future.
Through the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) among the member representatives of parties involved such as the DRMC, the University of the Philippines Mindanao, Maer Summit Konstrukt Company, Provincial Government of Davao del Norte, City Government of Tagum, Panabo and Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS), the partnership to put up the facility was made.
Each of the parties has a respective role to play.
The DRMC will be in-charge of shouldering the operational cost and expenses of performing up to 2,500 tests per month on top of providing manpower and maintaining the facility.
The UP Mindanao, on the other hand, will provide the personnel’s capacity building on aspects such as, but not limited to, biosafety training for highly infectious human pathogens and molecular diagnostics training for RITM arrangement. They will also provide consultancy services and facilitate developmental programs for the expanded use of the facility.
Maer Summit Konstrukt Co. will ensure that the construction and laboratory design of the testing center is in accordance with the approved design of the DOH.
The Provincial Government of Davao del Norte and the local government units of Tagum, Panabo, and IGACOS will provide funding assistance for the establishment of the COVID-19 Testing Facility which will sum up to P12 million. Each LGU will contribute P2 million, P4 million, P3 million, and another P3 million, respectively.
The establishment of this facility will also serve other relevant purposes even after the COVID-19 pandemic such as infectious disease surveillance and venue for collaborative research, among others.
Present in the MOA signing were Dr. Bryan O. Dalid, DRMC Medical Center Chief II, Larry N. Digal, the Chancellor of UP-Mindanao, Davao del Norte Governor Edwin I. Jubahib, Tagum City Mayor Allan L. Rellon and Dino Mae Suelto, Managing Partner of Maer Summit Konstrukt Co. JP Cordovero/CIO Tagum