EDC donates P25 million worth of COVID-19 testing equipment to Ormoc facility

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 13 2020 01:46 PM

Representatives from the Ormoc City LGU, OSPA–FMC and Energy Development Corporation at the signing of the memorandum of agreement establishing a Joint Molecular Diagnostic Center for COVID-19 testing. Handout

MANILA - The Energy Development Corp said Monday it donated P25 million worth of RT-PCR equipment to Ormoc City's first COVID-19 testing facility to boost the capacity in the area and nearby provinces.

EDC signed an agreement with the local government of Ormoc, and the OSPA Farmers Medical Center for the creation of a molecular diagnostic center, the Lopez-led firm said in a statement. 

“We can get our results in less than a day. This project will bring very good news to the beautiful people of Ormoc City. This is something we really need in this time of crisis," Ormoc City Mayor Richard I. Gomez said.

“We are very privileged to have an opportunity to address a clear gap for Ormoc City, the western part of Leyte, the province of Biliran, and Southern Leyte, that of having an RT-PCR testing center,” EDC president and chief operating officer Richard B. Tantoco said.

The RT-PCR test is considered as the "gold standard" in detecting COVID-19, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III earlier said.

EDC owns and operates the 711-megawatt Leyte Geothermal Project. The company said it generates over 40 percent of the country's renewable energy output and serves about 10 percent of the overall electricity demand.