Bangsamoro gov’t extends P15-M aid for Lanao del Sur Covid-19 lab


The Bangsamoro government turned over Monday, July 6, P15-million cash assistance to Amai Pakpak Medical Center (APMC) in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

The cash aid will be used for the establishment of a biomolecular laboratory in order to test for SARS-COV-2 that is compliant to Department of Health (DOH) standards.

Bangsamoro government Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim and Dr. Shalimar Sani-Rakiin, Medical Center Chief of the APMC, signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for its collaboration and cooperation in battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under the agreement, the APMC shall receive and process specimens for testing from Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), whether Covid-19-related or not, which shall follow the DOH guidelines in laboratory testing of patients, even beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This signing of MOA is another manifestation of our shared commitment with APMC in fighting Covid-19. We are confident that our dear friends and counterparts from APMC can help us in this continuing battle,” Ebrahim said.

He also expressed optimism that the contribution to APMC will help in providing great leap for Covid-19 response in Lanao del Sur.

“Not only did the AMPC assured the accreditation of their Covid-19 testing laboratory but they are also finishing up a biomolecular laboratory that is as equally important to help out in conducting more tests daily,” Ebrahim added.