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Metrobank, GT donate test kits to La Union and Cagayan de Oro hospitals


Officials of Metrobank Foundation Inc., UP-NIH, Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital, and Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center sign Thursday (July 9, 2020) the agreement for Covid-19 test kits donation. Metrobank Foundation has donated PHP5.6 million to Manila HealthTek Inc. for the distribution of UP-developed reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kits. (Photo: MBF)
Officials of Metrobank Foundation Inc., UP-NIH, Maria Reyna-Xavier University Hospital, and Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center sign Thursday (July 9, 2020) the agreement for Covid-19 test kits donation. Metrobank Foundation has donated PHP5.6 million to Manila HealthTek Inc. for the distribution of UP-developed reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kits. (Photo: MBF)

Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings donated University of the Philippines-developed testing kits to the UP National Institutes of Health, the Maria Reyna Hospital in Cagayan de Oro, and the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center in San Fernando, La Union.

The Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI) with the help of private research and development company Manila HealthTek Inc. distributed the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test kits.

In a ceremonial signing of the deed of donation, MBFI president Aniceto Sobrepena cited the contribution of local experts in the development and production of the test kits through video conferencing.

The donation is part of the PHP220 million contribution from Metrobank and GT Capital Holdings Group to support efforts against COVID-19.

He said the company is privileged to be part of the development of the first locally produced Covid-19 testing kits.

“We commend and admire the works of our local experts led by (HealthTek CEO) Dr. (Raul) Destura and his team, together with the UP-NIH in the development, testing and production of these kits,” said Sobrepena.

UP-NIH executive director and 2019 MBFI Outstanding Filipino Dr. Eva Maria Cutiongco-de la Paz said UP-NIH, being one of the first laboratories that responded to the fight against the virus, has experienced challenges such as on the supply chain.

She said most of the test kits currently used in the country to date are imported.

“In many accounts, the presence of this donation by GT Foundation to different laboratories will really help accelerate and assist the government to test, trace and treat,” said Dela Paz.

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