Just recently, Former Health Secretary Rep. Janette Loreto-Garin expressed her thoughts on the recent forging of the partnership between GoNegosyo (Phil Center for Entrepreneurship) and six hospitals. Here is the statement below:
In our continuous effort to help the government in the fight against COVID-19, Go Negosyo has partnered with six hospitals for the Balik Trabaho Program. The Memorandum of Agreement was signed on May 9.
The program aims to help Filipinos transition to the new normal and go back to work. The program will, thanks to the private sector and Go Negosyo, fund COVID-19 Testing Laboratories including the provision of automated extraction machines, RT-PCR machines, biosafety cabinets, and other equipment needed by the hospital to be accredited as a PCR COVID testing center.
Automated PCR testing will allow more tests to be conducted, from 150 per day to 1200 per day, likewise providing more protection to our laboratory specialists
Pilot implementation will be at the following hospitals:
- Philippine Children’s Medical Center (Quezon City)
- Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium (Tala, Caloocan City)
- Quirino Memorial Medical Center (Quezon City)
- Cebu Molecular Laboratory (DOH Regional Office – VII)
- Zamboanga Medical Center
- Perpetual Hospital – Las Piñas and Biñan, Laguna
This will not be possible without the help of our generous sponsors: Sec. Joey Concepcion of Go Negosyo, Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala of Ayala Corporation, Federation of Chinese Businessmen, Indian Chamber of Commerce, Global Aseana Land Development Corporation, RFM Corporation, SM Investments Corporation, Lloyd Laboratories, Uratex, Bounty Fresh and Jollibee.
With this, we will increase the government’s current testing capability by 7,000 tests a day.
We cannot overemphasize the need for mass testing. Other countries have flattened the curve and lifted lockdowns and quarantines because they had mass testing. To fight COVID-19, we need to find, test, isolate, and treat.
Remember that 40-50% of COVID-positive cases are asymptomatic, making them silent carriers. They are the ones we need to isolate and treat to avoid further viral transmission so we can peacefully transition to the new normal.
We cannot say we are flattening the curve when we have less than 10% of Filipinos tested. We can only win the war against COVID-19 if we, both public and the private sector, work hand-in-hand.
It’s time we provide the testing the public demands and needs. Sama-sama, tulung-tulong ang bawat Pilipino kontra COVID-19.
Note: Rep. Janette Loreto Garin, MD, MBA-H was named as the Chief Implementer of the Balik Trabaho Program. She led the initiative from its inception.