Gov. Pineda Thanks Go Negosyo ARK-PCR Initiative, Pampanga Economy More Ready to Restart

Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda received the PCR machines donated to the province under the Go Negosyo Project ARK-PCR initiative last May 27. In the photo were Gov. Pineda, Rep. Jannette Garin, Dr. Montserrat Chichioco, Go Negosyo’s Aeron Morado, among others.

Last May 27, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion and ARK-PCR Private Sector Chief Implementor and Iloilo 1st District Rep. Jannette Garin led the Project ARK-PCR Initiative ceremonial turn-over of PCR equipment and Nucleic Acid Extraction machines to the province of Pampanga through Governor Dennis "Delta" Pineda at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital (JBLMGH), San Fernando City Pampanga. A virtual presser was held simultaneously along with JBLMGH Chief Dr. Montserrat Chichioco and ARK Project Lead Josephine Romero.

“Malaking bagay po para sa amin dito sa probinsiya ng Pampanga na madagdagan ang testing capacity ng ospital na magca-cater po sa mga Kapampangan, kaya mula sa aming lahat, maraming salamat po,” Pineda said as the province accepted the equipment from Go Negosyo in partnership with Global Aseana Development Corporation as the main donor.

The governor also said that the province is now more confident in resuming its economic activity because of the added capacity in PCR swab testing brought by the private sector.

Moreover, Garin shared that Pampanga is one of the most aggressive provinces to establish testing centers. “Go Negosyo initiative is something that the Province of Pampanga saw as something that will enhance their efforts towards surviving the new normal. The current capacity of JB Lingad hospital is at 1,500 catering people from Central Luzon. Through this donation, the tests can ramp up to 3,000 per day. With the ongoing rate of COVID-19 transmission in the country, the need to work together is crucial. Both the government and the private sector must work hand-in-hand to save more Filipinos from contracting the virus.”

“We’re looking forward to increasing the PCR capacity on a daily basis. All of these efforts pool together will be a big help. Hopefully, by the end of June, we will be hitting close to 50,000 tests combining the efforts of the government, the Philippine Red Cross, and us in the private sector,” Concepcion reiterated during the virtual presser.

He also added: “This is an effort that we are doing to help micro, small, and medium enterprises in your area (Pampanga) niyo. It’s about time that we really help them. I’m confident that proper testing, isolating, and tracing will be the key to prevent a recurrence.”

The donated testing machines will temporarily be lent to the JB Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital while they were still preparing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Testing Center at the Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital (DPMMH).

Project ARK - PCR an initiative led by Concepcion that bands together with the biggest economic players and business conglomerates in the country - aims to ramp up both rapid and PCR testing in the country. Combining these tests is an effective strategy to help restart the economy while keeping the people as safe as possible. With the data collected from these efforts, the government and different industries can gain better visibility of the enemy and develop better strategies to combat the virus.

The initiative will be generating additional 24,000 tests per day by the end of June, complementing the government’s testing capacity. A total of 12 laboratories in the hospitals/health facilities have been automated through the project. In the coming weeks, Go Negosyo, Ayala Foundation, and San Miguel Foundation together with the House of Representatives will be activating and automating more than 20 hospitals.