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Does Rep. Eric Yap wish to die early? Netizens react to Benguet laboratory being named after him

The building where the molecular biology laboratory at the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) is located has now been named the ‘Eric Yap Building.’

Rep. Eric Yap of the Anti-Crime and Terrorism through Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Party-list has netizens wondering why a building was named after him when he is in fact still alive.

The building where the molecular biology laboratory at the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) is located has now been named the ‘Eric Yap Building.’

Netizens pointed out that according to the Revised Guidelines on the Naming and Renaming of Streets, Public Schools, Plazas, Building, Bridges, and other Public Structures (NHCP), “No local government units, institutions, places or buildings shall be named or renamed after a living person.”

People joked about Yap wanting to be dead.

Last June, Yap announced that he’ll personally finance the construction of the said laboratory which was expected to operate by August. He also contributed more than P5 million from his personal resources to buy the reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and automated extraction machines which were received by BeGH.

Yap explained that the laboratory will take longer to finish if it were government-implemented due to the bidding process. This is why he initially put up P1.8 million for the construction.

The RT-PCR and automated extraction machines that he donated will come from the health department and other available suppliers to improve testing capacity.

Thanks to Yap, Benguet will be the first local government in the Cordillera to have a molecular laboratory once the project is finished.


Yap also recently said that he has allotted P100 million for the construction of Benguet school buildings. He added that students won’t have to travel far once face to face classes are given the green light.

Written by JO-EST B. TAN

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