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Filminera Resources Corporation and Phil. Gold Processing and Refining Corporation otherwise known as the Masbate Gold Project (MGP), a mining firm in Aroroy, Masbate proceeds to install a Bio-molecular testing facility or Covid-19 Testing Laboratory in Masbate Provincial Health Office.

This project is funded with the firm’s realigned Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) for CY 2019 carried over to 2020 pursuant to Memorandum Order issued by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) dated March 27, 2020 authorizing all regional offices to allow mining companies to re-align their total unspent Annual SDMP budget for 2019 carried over to 2020 to assist the affected impact and non-impact communities in their respective localities during the ECQ due to Covid-19.

The realignment of the Social Development Management Program of MGP for the establishment of Masbate Provincial Bio-molecular testing facility for Covid-19 virus amounting to Php 8 Million last July 29, 2020 was approved by RD Guillermo A. Molina, Jr. IV, Regional Director of MGB R.O.-V in accordance with the said Memorandum Order.

The establishment of the said bio-molecular testing facility will be a big boost to DOH-Bicol to have a faster testing time for suspected individuals in the Province. It is to be noted that swab samples for suspected Covid-19 virus carrier from Masbate are first shipped to BRTTH Albay for testing that takes longer time for results to be known.

The said facility will deliver faster results thereby improving contact tracing, isolation, and treatment for Masbateños.