NegOr receives add'l RT-PCR kits from EDC

NEGROS ORIENTAL, May 3 (PIA) -- Negros Oriental has received an additional RT-PCR detection machine and extraction test kits and other consumables worth P5.6-M for the province’s molecular laboratory from Energy Development Corporation (EDC).

Gov. Roel Degamo personally received the apparatus, as he thanked EDC for continuously extending assistance and for a being a strong partner to the provincial government in its fight against COVID-19.

The donated machines and other kits were officially turned over through EDC’s representative, Norreen Bautista, EDC’s corporate social responsibility head, earlier this week. 

The governor said the donation will greatly help as well as strengthen the tracing and testing of contacts of confirmed positive cases in the province in an effort to curb the current rise of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases where community transmission is already prevalent provincewide.

“I am very grateful to EDC for its continuous support and assistance to the Province of Negros Oriental, most particularly this period wherein we are combating COVID-19. EDC is a partner in so many instances, and until today they are helping us," said Degamo. 

This donation was given in addition to the state-of-the-art RT-PCR machines and peripherals that EDC has provided to help the province put up its own molecular laboratory, which is crucial to managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the two RT-PCR machines that can process up to 200 swab tests per day, the laboratory is now able to expedite the processing of COVID-19 swab samples, with results released within the day unlike before when it took up to ten days for Negrenses to get them from the nearest testing centers in Cebu City.

"We all need to keep working together and giving whatever we can to manage the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases. This is crucial for the province and for each one of us to thrive and not just survive this economic and health crisis,” said Bautista.

The turn over was witnessed by Assistant Provincial Health Officer and the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force Ground Commander, Dr. Liland Zoila Estacion, and Dr. Rafael Duhaylungsod, EDC-CSR for Negros external and stakeholder relations officer. (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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