Araneta City, through J. Amado Araneta Foundation (JAAF), their social development arm pledges to donate locally-produced COVID-19 test kits to the Quezon City government.
In the media release sent to THEPHILBIZNEWS, Antonio T. Mardo, Senior Vice President of Araneta City said that Araneta City relayed the pledge to Mayor Joy Belmonte on March 10, 2020 to assist the local government in the immediate mitigation and containment of the disease.
“Araneta City values the health and safety of the entire community. This is our way of showing our cooperation to the government in this time of crisis,” the SVP of Araneta City said.
JAAF is looking at donating kits that are enough to test 500 samples at the Quezon City General Hospital. The Foundation has started coordinating with the LGU on March 16, 2020 on the preparedness of the public hospital to conduct the test.
The pledge was made immediately after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Certificate of Exemption for the SARS CoV-2 PCR Detection Kit (COVID-19 kit). The kit was developed by scientists from the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health (UP-NIH), with the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD).
The test kit is yet to be made available commercially. Once available, it will help confirm more cases of COVID-19 by detecting viral presence in samples taken from patients who are under observation.
Araneta City, through JAAF, understands the need to contribute to the immediate resolution of this urgent health concern. Through its initiative, JAAF fosters a spirit of unity from the private sector in supporting government initiatives.
(Press release/Araneta City)