GOVERNOR Dennis Pineda personally accepted the Anti-body Rapid test Kit-Polymerase Chain Reaction (ARK-PCR) and Nucleic Acid Extraction machines given by GO Negosyo, through the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship (OPAE).
The turnover was done at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital (JBLMRH) on Wednesday, May 27.
Iloilo 1st District Rep. Janette Loreto Garin, private sector chief implementer of Project ARK-PCR, said the donation was made possible under the Project ARK-PCR initiative of GO Negosyo.
“It aims to make mass testing available nationwide, augment the testing capacity of the province, and assist the frontline health workers during this time of pandemic,” Rep. Garin said.
She said Pampanga was chosen as recipient because the project initiators have seen the efforts of the provincial government in addressing the issues that concern the people of the province, especially in the field of health.
“Noong nagkaroon ng pagnanasa ang bawat bayan, bawat probinsiya na magkaroon ng testing center, isa sa mga nakita naming pinaka-agresibo ang probinsiya ng Pampanga, of course not only because of the united, persevering and hardworking officials, but also because the leadership in the province is beyond description,” she said.
GO Negosyo is a non-profit organization founded by Secretary Joey Concepcion. It advocates poverty reduction through compassionate entrepreneurship.
Delta thanks Go Negosyo “Kami po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat sa pagpili ninyo sa Pampanga bilang recipient nitong napakahalagang PCR machine.”
The governor said the testing machines would be temporarily lend to JBLMRH while they are still preparing the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) Testing Center at Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital (DPMMH).
He also expressed his overwhelming gratitude for the untiring support of the private sectors to the provincial government in curbing the spread of the Covid-19 in the province.
“Malaking bagay po para sa amin dito sa probinsiya ng Pampanga na madagdagan ang testing capacity ng ospital na magca-cater po sa mga Kapampangan, kaya mula sa aming lahat, maraming salamat po,” he said.
The governor also advised the people residing in Pampanga to seek immediate medical attention once they manifest flu-like symptoms.
“Kung nakakaramdam na po kayo ng sintomas, mag-report na po kayo kaagad sa amin. Kasi kung patatagalin niyo pa, hindi lang katawan ninyo ang sisirain ninyo, maaari niyo ring mahawa ang mga mahal ninyo sa buhay,” Governor Delta said.
Also present during the said event were GO Negosyo Deputy Executive Director Aeron Christian Morado; Dr. Monserrat Chichioco, medical center chief II; and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Members.
Prior to this, Century Peak Group of Companies Chair Wilfredo Keng has donated a PCR machine to the provincial government of Pampanga which was also lent to JBLMRH last Thursday, May 21. (PR)