Articles worth reading

Youth council officials to get monthly honoraria 

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed a law expanding the functions of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) to revitalize the youth participation in local governance, according to a report by Philippine News Agency. Republic Act (RA) 11768, inked b...

Navotas offers free cervical cancer screening

account_balanceNavotas access_time5 days ago

The City Government of Navotas provided free cervical cancer screening and chest x-ray, Tuesday. An initial 220 Navoteñas aged 21 and up underwent visual inspection of cervix with acetic acid (VIA) screening test conducted in all health cente...

Accelerating Asia announces Q1 investments in 13 startups

account_balanceMetro Manila access_time5 days ago

International early-stage VC fund, Accelerating Asia has announced its latest round of investments today including nine new companies joining Cohort 6 of the flagship program and additional capital into four existing portfolio companies. The new inv...

Pasig News

Pasig receives license for molecular laboratory

account_balancePasig chat_bubble_outline0 Comments

Pasig City's molecular laboratory has passed the final stage of the Department of Health's (DOH) process for laboratory registration and certification, allowing it to operate starting next week.

Secretary Vince Dizon, National Policy against Covid-19 Deputy Chief Implementer, on Friday announced the good news during the visit of officials of the Covid-19 Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) team headed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF) and NTF in Pasig City.

Dizon said the Pasig city government has passed the final proficiency testing for its molecular laboratory and now licensed to conduct testing for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

"I just want to congratulate Mayor Vico Sotto and the entire Pasig team dahil po yung laboratoryo sa (because your laboratory at the) Pasig City Children's Hospital ay pumasa na (has passed). Congratulations," he said, adding that the city government has passed the proficiency testing with only one take.

He said the DOH is set to release the city's license to operate.

"Makakapag-test na po kayo (You can now conduct testing) starting next week," said Dizon.

Meanwhile, Mayor Vico Sotto expressed delight over this development.

“This is the best news I’ve received this week,” Sotto said on his social media post.

Sotto congratulated the city’s molecular lab personnel for passing the test, which would help the local government to settle some recent backlogs on the Covid-19 testing.

“In the coming weeks, Pasigueños will feel the difference in the speed of testing and results,” he said.

Pasig City has been catering polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and enhanced chemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA) testing.

Sotto has earlier explained that ECLIA, a method used for antibody test for Covid-19, has a sensitivity or specificity rate of about 100 percent if used properly and the test results will be readily available in 24 hours.

He added that the molecular laboratory can also be useful even after the pandemic.

The machines and other equipment installed at the laboratory could also be used to test blood samples for other diseases including as dengue, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), among others.

During the visit, the DOH also turned over face masks, personal protective equipment (PPE) gears, and hygiene kits to the local government, as part of the "Masks Para sa Masa program," a government plan which aims to provide about 30 million free domestically manufactured washable face masks to Filipinos amid the crisis.

At the sidelines of the visit, some barangay officials from the 201 villages in the city took their oath as part of the "Barangay Bida Brigades" under the "BIDA ang may Disiplina" campaign of the government.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government and the DOH earlier launched the “BIDA ang may Disiplina: Solusyon sa Covid-19,” an advocacy campaign to encourage public participation to combat the dreaded disease and further contain the local transmission within villages.

The 'Barangay Disiplina Brigades' are composed of community members, including barangay officials and other village personnel, who are tasked to remind their constituents to adhere to the minimum health standards and call the attention of those who violate health protocols.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier recognized the vital role of the barangays in the fight against pandemic saying “I have articulated here time and again. In case of emergencies, in the case of mobilization, the role of the barangay captains cannot be overemphasized.”

On the other hand, DILG Undersecretary Marjorie Jalosjos commended the Pasig city government for setting a good example to manage the Covid-19 in the city.

"Malaki rin po ang naging role ng mga barangay officials sa pagsugpo ng Covid-19. Tuluy-tuloy po tayo at hindi po tayo titigil kaya nga po kailangan may disiplina tayo sa ating mga sarili (Those barangay officials played a vital role in combating Covid-19. We will continue and we will not stop so we need to have self-discipline)," she said.

Jalosjos reminded the public to adhere to the government's health protocols and preventive measures against Covid-19 and continue embrace the 'new normal' set up.

"Napakasimple lang po ang hinhingi sa ating ng gobyerno, patuloy tayong maghuhugas ng kamay, magsusuot ng face masks at face shield at kahit po magkaroon na tayong vaccine, eto na po muna ang magiging itsura natin (The government has only very simple request, continue the regular handwashing, wearing of face masks and face shields, and even if we could have our vaccines, these should be our image for the meantime)," Jalosjos added.

date_rangeDate Published
1 year ago
shareShare article
folder_openArticle tags
content_copyCategorized under

Share your thoughts with us

Related Articles

Photo Courtesy of Mayor Vico Sotto

Pasig job order retirees receive benefits 

account_balancePasig chrome_reader_mode4 days ago

Several retired job-order employees of the Pasig City local government on Tuesday, May 17, received retirement benefits as part of the local government unit’s advocacy to reform and improve the city’s services to both the public and its e...

Let's Stay Connected Like us on our Facebook page.
Click on the article to continue reading
Quezon City adopts no contact apprehension system Red Cross pushes saliva test Vaccines from COVAX to arrive in Q1 Makati Shangri-La to close doors on Feb. 1 Cities in NCR to start vaccination simultaneously Mother, girlfriend of Filipino infected with UK variant also test positive Send Press Release MNC Facebook Page MNC Twitter Page MNC Instagram Page LGU Spotlight Barangay Front Business Sports Entertainment Metro Gen Metro Feature