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Marawi, Lanao Sur LGUs to develop testing labs

ILIGAN CITY —- The local government unit (LGU) of Marawi City turned-over on Friday (May 29) two million peso check (P2M) as the city government share to set up a P20-M biomolecular testing laboratory inside the premises of Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC) here.

Earlier on May 14, Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal Adiong, Jr. confirmed that the provincial government and the Marawi city governments would develop a a testing laboratory as part of the efforts of the two LGUs in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

 Included in the allocated amounts is the purchase of a testing machine.

 Adiong said they are targeting to operate the laboratory starting this month.

 “The provincial government shared P10-M from our Bayanihan Grant Fund with the balance of the expenses to be shared by the LGU Marawi and the APMC,” Adiong said in an interview.

 The provincial government of Lanao del Sur received P117-Man amount equivalent to 50% of its one-month internal revenue allotment (IRA) while Marawi City received P50-M.

 ‘Negative of antibodies

 Aside from the P2-M check for the testing laboratory, Gandamra also turned-over to the City Health Office 3,000 rapid diagnostic testing kits to be used for the testing of city hall employees and frontliners manning checkpoints.

 Mayor Majul Gandamra was amongthe first batch to get tested on Friday.

 “Nagpa-test din ako (I also get tested) and it’s negative. Other results will be released on Monday (June 1),” Gandamra said referring to being non-reactive or negative of antibodies.

 “Although tayo po ay zero-record (ng COVID case) based doon sa report ng ating health sector, pero hindi po tayo nagkumpiyansa. Kailangan po na ma-check natin ang ating mga frontliners nang sa ganoon ay maiwasan natin na magkaroon ng transmission ng virus (sa Marawi),” Gandamra said.

 (Although we are zero-record (of COVID case) based on the report of our health sector but we are not complacent. We need to check our frontliners so that we can avoid the transmission of the virus (in Marawi)

 Gandamra said the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 in Marawi City and Lanao del Sur will continue observing all the protocols established under the community quarantine guidelines even if the present level of the community quarantine in Marawi will be lifted already.

 “In the coming days, magkakaroon uli tayo ng shifting. Maaring magkakaroon ng modification ang ating general community quarantine or maari ring magkakaroon tayo ng lifting of the community quarantine. But this time we will be observing the new normal which is ang ating nakagawian ay magbabago,” Gandamra said.

 (We will be having a shift. We might modify our general community quarantine or we might lifting it, but this time we will be observing the new normal.)

 Gandamra said the city council of Marawi is passing city ordinances to support all the policies that will address the fight against the transmission of the coronavirus and other infectious diseases.

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