The testing capacity of the country’s biggest city gets a boost as the Ayala Group of Companies donates testing kits and other medical supplies via the Ayala Foundation.
In a virtual turnover ceremony, Mayor Joy Belmonte received P4.5 million worth of supplies that would further expand the city’s mass testing efforts. The partners in this effort are the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship Foundation Inc., who led the Pooled PCR Testing Program with QC LGU, and Assurance Controls Technologies Co. Inc., who assured the efficient supply of the needed test materials and consumables to the accredited laboratories for the Pooled PCR testing.
“We appreciate the support that we have been receiving from many stakeholders, including the private sector who have been truly supportive and helpful throughout this ordeal,” Belmonte said.
“The Ayala group is not just among the top corporate icons in the country but is also one of the leading private organizations leading the COVID-19 response in our country. And Quezon City is blessed to have received your generosity and kindness.”
Last September 2020, the Ayala group, through Ayala Foundation Inc., also donated a Bio Rad PCR machine to capacitate QC’s first molecular laboratory, which passed the Department of Health’s proficiency test last October 13. The Quezon City Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory obtained a perfect score after it obtained accurate results from five samples, as verified by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.
About 4 months ago, on September 18, we met with you, Mayor Joy, and your team to turn over our donation of a Bio Rad PCR machine for the newly constructed Quezon City Bio-Molecular Laboratory. At that time, our country badly needed to increase its testing, treatment and tracing capacity,” said Ayala Corporation President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala.
“So we built facilities and procured equipment. And, while we have made significant progress since then, the need remains for continuous testing, treating and tracing; the need remains for replenishment test kits and medical supplies.”