- Mayor Marcy Teodoro announced that the Marikina City will open its COVID-19 testing center even without the accreditation of the Department of Health
- Teodoro said that the teams of DOH failed to inspect the facility on Monday and Tuesday morning
- However, minutes after his announcement, the teams of DOH arrived to check the testing center
- He added that the local government will comply with the recommendations by the DOH regarding the testing facility
Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro announced on Tuesday morning that the local government will open the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing center even without the accreditation of the Department of Health (DOH).
KAMI learned that Teodoro said they had been contacting the DOH to inspect the testing center but its teams did not arrive.
As reported by CNN Philippines, Teodoro cited “local autonomy” and decided to push through with the local testing on Friday even without accreditation.
"The DOH has been contacted several times by the city government for it to check the new facility, but its team did not arrive," he said.
The local government signed a deal with Manila HealthTek, Inc. to produce rapid test kits designed by the University of the Philippines.
In a report by GMA News Online, Teodoro called out the DOH for its supposed lack of action during the national health emergency. He added that the local government will comply with the recommendations by the DOH regarding the testing facility.
“Idemanda na nila ako para sa kababayan ko. Sa tingin ko mas malaking kasalanan sa batas at tao ang kawalan ng aksyon ng DOH ngayon,” he said.
According to Teodoro, the teams of DOH failed to inspect the facility on Monday and Tuesday morning. However, minutes after the mayor announced he would be pushing through with the local testing, the team of DOH arrived.
"This is to dispel claims that DOH is not coordinating," DOH said in a statement.
Earlier, the DOH rejected the testing center of Marikina City due to its location. The local government complied and made some revisions with the facility.
As of Monday afternoon, there are 59 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Marikina City. Meanwhile, 6 patients have recovered and 14 have passed away.
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