A P15-million facility featuring the Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) procedure, the gold standard testing method to detect the COVID-19 virus, was inaugurated this week by Maynilad Water Services, Inc. at the Quezon City grounds of the De Los Santos Medical Center (DLSMC).
The facility was made possible by a Php 15-M donation by Maynilad in response to the need for more RT-PCR testing centers in the country.
The Maynilad-DLSMC testing center will boost the capacity of the 30 existing RT-PCR laboratories and five GeneXpert facilities licensed to operate by the Department of Health (DOH), to speed up the processing and release of COVID-19 confirmatory test results.
At the inauguration ceremonies were Metro Pacific Investments (MPIC) chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan; DLSMC president Raul C. Pagdanganan; Maynilad CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandes; and Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings, Inc. (MPHHI) chairman Augusto P. Palisoc, Jr. Maynilad is a company of infrastructure conglomerate MPIC. DLSMC is a member hospital of MPHHI, MPIC’s medical arm.