Mayor Marcy to DOH: Allow our city’s COVID testing lab, Marikina’s not a client but a partner

  • Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro asked the DOH to allow his city’s COVID-19 testing center to operate
  • Teodoro reminded the health department that Marikina is not a client applying for a license to operate a laboratory, but a partner
  • He noted that three to four additional cities will benefit from the Marikina Testing Center

Amid the threat of COVID-19, Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro asked the Department of Health (DOH) to allow the Marikina Testing Center to operate; reminding the agency that Marikina is not a client applying for a license to operate a laboratory, but a partner.

Image via Marikina LGU

“DOH should not treat Marikina as a client applying for a license to operate a laboratory like this, kung ‘di it should be a partnership. This is a whole of government approach kung saan nagtutulong-tulong ang lokal at national. Kung ano ang kakulangan sa national ay pinupunan ng mga lokal na pamahalaan,” Teodoro explained in a meeting with key officials of the DOH, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the World Health Organization, and Marikina City Health Office on Monday, March 23.

He stressed that the health department should allow the city’s testing center and let the locally developed testing kits to be used for mass testing.

“We should make this test kits commercially available for all. We should be able to ensure that testing is ‘democratize’, open access sa lahat ng Pilipino, lalo dun sa mga mahihirap na hindi kaya magpatingin sa mga pribadong ospital,” he noted. “Marami tayong mga kababayan na nasa poverty line, nabubuhay sa kahirapan, at ito yung gusto natin mapagsilbihan at matugunan ang kanilang pangangailangan. Desperate times call for extraordinary meausres.”

The mayor noted that three to four additional cities will benefit from the Marikina Testing Center; including the nearby Rizal province and Pasig City.

Image via Marikina LGU

Meanwhile, Dr. Imelda Mateo of Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center assured that all standards and protocols set by the DOH will be followed.

“We are making sure na wala pong standards na maba-violate, masusunod po lahat. RITM is here with us and they are working with us po para tingnan ang facilities,” she said. “I am so grateful kay Mayor Marcy na shared facility ang gusto niyang mangyari sa testing center ng Marikina.”

“Bilang mayor nakita ko na kailangan ng mga tao na makapagpa-test agad at makuha agad ang result para mabigyan agad ng supportive treatment kung infected at makapag-quarantine para di na makahawa pa,” Teodoro replied, noting that the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health helped the local government of Marikina by supervising the set up of its special laboratory for testing COVID-19.


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