Senator Richard Gordon visited Friday, June 19, the Philippine Red Cross' first molecular laboratory in Clark, Pampanga which will be used in processing COVID-19 tests.
Gordon, who's also the chairman and CEO of Philippine Red Cross, was joined by National Action Plan Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer and Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO Vince Dizon, Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda, Tarlac Governor Susan Yap, Bamban Mayor Jose Antonio Feliciano, Mabalacat City Mayor Crisostomo Garbo, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority General Manager Usec. Arturo Garcia, and Clark Development Corporation President and CEO Noel Manankil.
Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Ma. Elizabeth Zavalla and former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial were also present during the event.
The laboratory has two RT-PCR machines which can process up to 2,000 tests per day.
Once fully operational, the lab will strengthen implementation of an expanded targeted testing in Central Luzon, especially in Pampanga and Tarlac.
The lab will also be used in processing tests of Filipino repatriates arriving in Clark International Airport and patients staying in We Heal As One Centers at the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark and New Clark City.