Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio donated a Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) machine with 20 sampling kits to Bacolod City Monday, May 3.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, councilors Cindy Rojas and Renecito Novero, City Administrator Em Ang, and several city government executives received the RT-PCR machine on its arrival at the Bacolod-Silay Airport from Davao via Manila, a press release from the Bacolod Public Information Office said.
“This is a big, big help in our fight against COVID and it comes at a time when we need it the most. The RT-PCR machine will help augment and speed up our testing capacity as the surge of COVID-19 cases in Bacolod City continues,” Leonardia said.
“What makes this uplifting and inspiring is the fact that Mayor Sara has personally volunteered to offer this to us in Bacolod. Indeed, a concrete show of her concern and affection for Bacolodnons…For this we are truly grateful and appreciative,” said Leonardia, who thanked the Davao mayor for the machine.
The Davao mayor is expected to participate in the virtual turnover of the Molarray MA-6000 Real-time Quantitative PCR machine.
Ang, who is also the executive director of the Emergency Operations Center, said the EOC has tested 78,491 persons since the start of the pandemic.
“While this is a big number already, the new RT-PCR machine that will operate in Bacolod will further accelerate our effort to locate where COVID is,” the city administrator added.
Bacolod City has recorded a total of 7,707 COVID-19 cases as of May 3, the press release said.*