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Gov. Espino to enter into and sign MOA with DOH CHD-I to augment COVID-19 testing laboratories

May 20, 2021

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) in its regular session on May 17, approved a resolution that authorized Governor Amado I. Espino III to enter into and sign a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Health Center for Health Development-I (DOH CHD-I) for the transfer or sub-allotment of funds to Pangasinan Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory to augment the operations of COVID-19 testing laboratories.

Authored by SP Member Jeremy Agerico B. Rosario, Provincial Resolution No. 2382-2021 disclosed that, “The Department of Health is mandated to sub-allot funds in the total amount of P240,000,000 to COVID-19 partner laboratories and the Pangasinan Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory is allotted the amount of P5,000,000.”

As stated in the resolution, “The Provincial Government of Pangasinan recognizes the need to maintain the operation of the Pangasinan Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory during this period of public health crisis.”

“The fund shall be used solely for the procurement of supplies, consumables and other COVID-19 testing-related needs for the Pangasinan Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory,” the resolution further noted.

DO No. 2021-0133 of the Department of Health provides for the Guidelines on the Sub-Allotment and Utilization of Funds to the Centers for Health Development for the Procurement of Supplies and Consumables in Response to COVID-19.

/Diane A. Tinambacan