EDC donates RNA extractor to hasten Covid-19 testing

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson (center) with Disaster Management Program Division head Zeaphard Caelian and Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz receive the RNA Extractor from EDC’s community partners Marie Christine Jamiana and Jayvi Valenzuela (l-r) at the Capitol today, December 3.*

The Energy Development Corp. (EDC) donated an RNA extractor to the Negros Occidental provincial government to further strengthen its COVID-19 resiliency.

The P3 million RNA extractor was turned over to Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson by EDC community partners Marie Christine Jamiana and Jayvi Valenzuela at the Capitol in Bacolod City today, December 3.

“We are one with Negros Occidental in its fight against COVID-19,” Norreen Bautista, head of EDC’s Corporate Social Responsibility team in Negros island, said.

“Through the molecular laboratory at the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) where the RNA extractor will be used and with the Negrenses’ observance of all health and safety protocols, we believe that Bacolod City and the rest of the province will soon be able to win this war by flattening the curve even before the release of a COVID-19 vaccine”, she said.

This initiative of EDC is part of its series of COVID-19 community assistance to the Visayas Region, specifically in Negros Island, Ormoc City, and Iloilo, an EDC press release said.

Negros Oriental’s first molecular laboratory that EDC funded just began operating last week while Ormoc City’s first testing facility just got the green light to operate from the Department of Health this week, it added,

EDC has already provided more than P6 million in aid to its partner communities in Bago City and Murcia, to the Diocese of Bacolod City, various local government units, and to its customers in Negros Occidental since the onset of the pandemic, the press release said.

Assistance provided included rice, food packs, alcohol, medical supplies that were distributed in three phases, it added.*

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