Public-private partnership key to addressing Covid-19 in Santa Rosa City — Mayor Arcillas

PPP WORKS. Santa Rosa City Mayor Arcillas expressed her gratitude to the Ayala Corporation for supporting and helping the city in its Covid-19 response and other health programs. (File Photo: PIA Laguna)

SANTA ROSA CITY, Laguna, Mar 8 (PIA) — For Santa Rosa City Mayor Arlene Arcillas, the key to resolving the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic is through active partnership between the public and private sectors.
 
In her message during the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout in Qualimed Hospital - Santa Rosa on Sunday, March 7, Arcillas underscored that the combined efforts of the city government, national government, and private sectors especially with the Ayala Corporation have enabled them to ease the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
“We were able to weather this pandemic because of the partnership of the national, local and of course the private sectors—and that happened in the City of Santa Rosa,” Arcillas said.
 
This was emphasized by Mayor Arcillas as she expressed her gratitude to the Ayala Corporation for supporting and helping the city in its Covid-19 response and other health programs. She said the Qualimed Hospital managed by the Ayala Corporation was the first to establish an RT-PCR laboratory and isolation facility in the city.
 
Mayor Arcillas added that the Qualimed Hospital will be one of its partners in rolling out the citywide vaccination drive as they tap private hospitals in the city to serve as vaccination centers.
 
“Ayala Corporation has been helping us all through these years. I’m very happy because in the City of Santa Rosa, public-private partnership truly works and it is happening now,” the City Mayor said.
 
Arcillas also thanked the National Task Force Against Covid-19 for authorizing them to secure doses of AstraZeneca vaccines through a tripartite agreement. She said the vaccines would benefit not only the residents of Santa Rosa but also the private sectors and economic frontliners within the city.
 
She also expressed hope that the public-private partnership would remain in Santa Rosa not only in its Covid-19 response programs but also to other initiatives of the city government.
 
Meanwhile, the Ayala Corporation also believes that “the best way to beat the virus is for the public and private sector to work together collaboratively.”
 
Ayala Corporation President and Chief Operating Officer Fernando Zobel De Ayala said with the help of the government, they were able to establish an RT-PCR testing laboratory to perform Covid-19 tests.
 
He said since the opening of the laboratory and Covid-19 facilities they were able to perform almost 150,000 of tests throughout our network of labs and triage over 500,000 patients accross their Qualimed Hospitals and healthway clinics.
 
“This is proof of how a successful partnership between the government and the private sector ultimately translates to improve healthcare services for more Filipinos,” the Ayala Corporation President and COO said.
 
On Sunday, March 7, the Qulaimed Hospital – Santa Rosa began its Covid-19 vaccination program for its medical healthcare workers after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccines from the national government. At least 150 medical frontliners, received AstraZeneca jabs during the rollout of the vaccination program. (FSC)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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