Pasig gets P3M testing kits from SM Foundation

April 28, 2020

THE local government of Pasig City received P3 million worth of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing kits from SM Foundation to further boost the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing capacity of the city.

Mayor Vico Sotto said at least 2000 PCR test kits were donated by the SM Foundation.

“Na-deliver na ito sa The Medical City (It has been delivered to The Medical City,” he said in a Facebook post Tuesday.

Each testing kits cost around P1,400 or with a total amount of P2,956,800.

“The local government unit’s (LGU) health workers will swab the patients, and TMC will process the tests,” he added.

The Pasig City government has earlier partnered with TMC to increase its COVID-19 testing capacity to up to 270 tests every week.

Sotto said the partnership was to address the backlog in testing of persons suspected with the disease in Pasig.

He noted that a “broad-based testing” is the key to slowing down the spread of COVID-19, which has already infected over 300 people in Pasig, according to the local government’s latest tally.

The agreement came after TMC was granted Stage 5 accreditation by the Department of Health (DOH).

Meanwhile, the city mayor noted that the local government does not accept cash donations, and only those in-kind donations are accepted.

“Bukod sa mahirap ang proseso ng pagtanggap, paggastos, at pag-audit nito, ayokong magkaroon ng duda sa kung saan napunta ang pera,” Sotto explained.

He urged the public to report those posing on behalf of the local government asking and accepting cash donations.