The Davao Region’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic will get a big boost from the Covid-19 Molecular Laboratory being constructed in Montevista town in Davao de Oro.

The Montevista Molecular Laboratory is an offshoot of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in July by Davao de Oro Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy with the University of the Philippines-Mindanao, the Philippine Genome Center and the Department of Science and Technology to construct a COVID-19 laboratory in Davao de Oro.

The laboratory is funded by a grant under the Bayanihan to Heal as One fund.

Gov. Uy said the facility at the Davao de Oro Provincial Hospital is on way to completion and is expected to strengthen the testing capacity of the hospital to serve Covid-19 patients not only from Davao de Oro but also those from other provinces and cities..

We need to have our own laboratory with the current trend of local and community transmission in the different parts of the Davao Region, said the governor.

The Davao Region is composed of the provinces of Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental and Davao Oriental and the cities of Davao, Tagum, Panabo, Igacos, Mati and Digos.

The Department of Health-Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (DOH-RITM) visited the facility last week as construction of the laboratory is on its final stage.

Gov. Uy said Capitol is in the thick of preparation for the opening of the laboratory with doctors, medical technologists, nurses and other health personnel undergoing training, courses, and seminars conducted in partnership with Philippine Genome Center of the University of the Philippines-Mindanao and the Department of Science and Technology-XI (DOST-XI). (ROGER M. BALANZA)

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