Gov. Dennis “Delta” Pineda with Iloilo 1stDistrict Rep. Janette Garin, Dr. Monserrat Chichioco, Go Negosyo officials, and the SP members. Photo Courtesy of Daniel Ombina/Pampanga PIO
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Gov. Dennis “Delta” Pineda personally received the anti-body rapid test kit-polymerase chain reaction (ARK-PCR) and nucleic acid extraction machines donated to the province by Go Negosyo through the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship.
During the May 27 turn-over at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital, Iloilo 1st District Rep. Janette Loreto Garin, private sector chief implementer of Project ARK-PCR, said the donation aimed “to make mass testing available nationwide, augment the testing capacity of the province, and assist the frontline health workers during this time of pandemic.”
She said Pampanga was chosen as recipient because the project initiators saw the efforts of the provincial government in addressing the issues that concern the people of the province, especially in the field of health.
“Noong nagkaroon ng pagnanasa ang bawat bayan, bawat probinsiya na magkaroon ng testing center, isa sa mga nakita naming pinaka-agresibo ang probinsiya ng Pampanga, of course not only because of the united, persevering and hardworking officials, but also because the leadership in the province is beyond description,” she said.
Go Negosyo is a non-profit organization founded by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion. It advocates poverty reduction through compassionate entrepreneurship.
Pineda thanked Go Negosyo for choosing the province to be the recipient of what he said as “napakahalagang PCR machine.”
The governor said the testing machines would be temporarily lent to JBLMRH while they are still preparing the coronavirus disease testing center at the Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital.
He also expressed his gratitude for the untiring support of the private sectors to the provincial government in curbing the spread of Covid-19 in the province.
“Malaking bagay po para sa amin dito sa probinsiya ng Pampanga na madagdagan ang testing capacity ng ospital na magke-cater po sa mga Kapampangan, kaya mula sa aming lahat, maraming salamat po,” he said.
The governor also advised the people residing in Pampanga to seek immediate medical attention once they manifest flu-like symptoms: “Kung nakakaramdam na po kayo ng sintomas, mag-report na po kayo kaagad sa amin. Kasi kung patatagalin niyo pa, hindi lang katawan ninyo ang sisirain ninyo, maaari niyo ring mahawa ang mga mahal ninyo sa buhay.”
Present during the turn-over were Go Negosyo deputy executive director Aeron Christian Morado, JBL chiefDr. Monserrat Chichioco, and members of the sangguniang panlalawigan Board Members.
Prior to this, Century Peak Group of Companies Chair Wilfredo Keng donated a PCR machine to the provincial government of Pampanga which was also lent to JBLMRH last May 21.