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Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro expresses frustration over DOH delay in approving COVID-19 testing center

Mayor Marcy Teodoro requested for the immediate approval of the locally established COVID-19 testing center. 

  • He expressed his frustration with the current situation as people are dying without even knowing if they are COVID-positive.
  • Netizens praised Teodoro and his projects to speed up the testing process in the country. 

Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro continued to urge the government to approve the Php 3.8 million molecular laboratory the local government has set up to test for COVID-19. This was made possible with the help of the University of the Philippines National Institute of Health.

The mayor added that the members of the Department of Health, World Health Organization, and Research Institute for Tropical Medicine already conducted training and assessment of the laboratory.

“Ang feeling ko we’re treated as an applicant for a license to operate. Sabi ko sa kanila they should not treat us as an applicant, kung di partner sana na local government kasi crisis situation, public health emergency,” Teodoro said in an interview with DZMM.

The issue started when DOH called out the local government unit, saying that the laboratory has to be accredited by the department before it conducts COVID-19 testing. Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said that this is because the virus is a biosafety hazard.

“Ang mungkahi natin is tulungan, bigyan ng technical assistance itong laboratory sa Marikina para magamit. Sa ngayon po talagang kailangan natin ng testing center dahil available na po ang testing kits dito.”

He expressed his frustration as people are dying without even knowing if they are COVID-positive.

“Ang nangyayari ngayon, COVID-positive na, namatay na ‘yung pasyente hindi pa natetest eh. Kaya mahalaga yung testing para sa’min, yung access ng ordinaryong Pilipino hindi yung mga may kaya.”

On March 24, Teodoro also said he can’t help but feel anger upon seeing his fellow Filipinos suffer because they have no access to such facilities.

Netizens have also expressed their support regarding Marikina City’s efforts to conduct more tests to combat COVID-19 while questioning DOH’s decision to prolong the usage of the laboratories.

Teodoro was also commended as he distributed eco bags with basic necessities without his name on it, unlike Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte who had her slogan “Joy Para Sa Bayan” printed on the bags.

Written by J M

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