A medical technician of the Philippine Army shows to media how procedures on coronavirus tests would be done in the newly-opened molecular laboratory in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Thursday, October 15, 2020.
The PA waited at least two months for accreditation with Department of Health but the wait was worth it as Army chief Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said it will speed up COVID-19 testing among its 104,000-strong organization together with members of their immediate families.
Armed and uniformed men are considered as front-liners in PH’s battle against the virus as they help enforce strict quarantine restrictions nationwide.
Sobejana said the new laboratory will accommodate swab samples from its soldiers and their dependents, civil human resource employees and other authorized civilians.
The facility can accommodate about 90 samples a day. It had a funding of around ₱20 million borne out of the organization’s travel and logistical savings during the pandemic.
Currently, the PA has 125 active COVID-19 cases and two deaths related to the disease. It is eyeing to set up two more molecular laboratories in the Visayas and Mindanao. Jhun Mabanag / Benjie Cuaresma