PRC chair recognizes active involvement of Caraganon volunteers

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 15 (PIA) – In time with his visit in Caraga region as guest of honor during the blessing and inauguration of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Molecular Laboratory in Surigao City, Senator Richard “Dick” Gordon recognized the Caraganon volunteers who continue to help others amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
The senator who is also the current PRC chairperson and chief executive officer (CEO) also emphasized how Caraganons unite and work together in achieving common goals. With the completion and anticipated operation of the newly-built molecular laboratory, Gordon highlighted the active involvement and contribution of the private sector particularly the mining companies.
“With your dedication to provide better services to the people in Caraga, many will also experience better opportunities and development in the region,” cited Gordon.
First District of Surigao del Norte Representative Francisco Jose Matugas II expressed his thanks on behalf of the residents of the city to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and partners from the private sector such as the Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation for their generosity, which resulted in the establishment of a PRC Molecular Laboratory in Surigao City.
"Despite the many disasters that your agency needed to attend to, you chose to make us your priority to which we are truly grateful for," the official said. He added that the opening of the testing facility is a timely development, as the entire province opens its borders to local tourists. His gratitude was also extended to the medical staff and volunteers who will be manning the laboratory operations.
Vice Governor Eddie Geed Gokiangkee, Jr. also bared that the facility is a manifestation of the continued commitment of the stakeholders to fight COVID-19 and to assist in the gradual recovery of the economic activities.
Meanwhile, Jose Bayani Baylon of the Nickel Asia Corporation said that the establishment of the facility is a result of the "performance, trust, and leadership" among the institutions involved in the said initiative, such as the Taganito HPAL Nickel Corporation and the Surigao State College of Technology (SSCT).
He added that the project was also a way for the company to lend help in more relevant ways, as the entire country grapples with the effects of the pandemic. (JPG/VLG/PIA-Caraga)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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