Marikina City Mayor Marcy Teodoro successfully summoned the Department of Health to inspect the City’s COVID testing center.
This is after announcing that he will open the testing center on Friday even with approval from the health department.
The City’s request for approval has been pending with DOH despite several follow ups. It has been two weeks since they first submitted their request, yet no trace of DOH inspectors in the said laboratory.
Mayor Teodoro, therefore, said that he will practice local autonomy amidst public emergency.
“Namamatay ang mga tao, hindi nila nate-test. Walang kapasidad, kulang na kulang ang testing center sa bansa, malinaw ‘yan… Minabuti naming magkaroon ng initative dahil dumadami ang kaso namin ng COVID-19 dito sa Marikina at malaking kasalanan sa tao, tingin ko, kung saan wala kang gagawin,” Mayor Marcy explained in an interview with CNN.
(The people are dying without getting tested. There is no capacity, we are quite lacking testing centers in the country. That’s very apparent. We initiated this because COVID-19 cases in Marikina City keep on increasing. If we do not take action, that’s a major offense against our constituents.)
When news about Mayor Marcy’s brave decision disseminated, a team from DOH arrived to examine the proposed testing center.
The team, however, did not provide any feedback after the inspection. They just informed the Marikina LGU will have to wait for the license.
DOH will only provide the license after studying the inspection report and its findings.
Mayor Marcy then urged the department to give him the feedback on or before Friday. According to him, Marikina’s proposed testing center is far off the standards given by authorities.
What’s so good about Marikina’s proposed testing center?
The laboratory has two PCR machines, which can all process up to 400 samples daily.
“Mga expert ang nagtayo ng laboratoryong ito… Mas maganda pa itong aming pasilidad kaysa sa RITM (Research Institute for Tropical Medicine) kapag nakikita ng marami (Top-notch experts founded this laboratory. This even has better facilities than RITM),” the mayor exclaimed.
He also prided Marikina City for having good doctors in earlier interviews. The said testing center, once operational, will also benefit nearby towns.
Mayor Marcy is just one of the sought-after government officials for being brave and proactive in the fight against COVID-19.
Other Metro Manila mayors, like Pasig City’s Vico Sotto and Manila City’s Isko Moreno, who earlier announced donating his salary to PGH, have also been receiving praises from the public.