Test lab, dorm for frontliners in Antique

Rhodora Cadiao media interview

The Provincial Government of Antique is setting up a COVID-19 testing laboratory, said Gov. Rhodora Cadiao.

Cadiao told a local radio station interview yesterday the planned Real Time, Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) laboratory is undergoing procurement processes with the Provincial bids and awards committee.

The project has been planned for months dating to the early part of the pandemic but actual start of work has remained indefinite.

The province has so far appropriated P22 million for the project, as reported by the “Inside Antique” digital media site.

Meanwhile, Inside Antique host Roger Tamon Jr. also today quoted reports on the proposed P16 million dormitory projects for medical frontliners in Antique.

“The dormitory projects are to be constructed in two sites, at the Angel Salazar Memorial Provincial Hospital in San Jose and at the Culasi District Hospital in northern Antique,” Tamon reported.

A resolution was earlier passed by the Antique provincial board authorizing Gov. Cadiao to sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DPWH-Antique engineering district for project implementation.

The MOA is necessary since the two hospitals are being supervised and operated by the Antique provincial government, while funding and construction are through the DPWH.*

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