Villanueva thanks Bulacan mayors’ league for molecular lab named after his sister

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BOCAUE, Bulacan — Senator Joel Villanueva has expressed gratitude to the officials of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines-Bulacan (LMP-Bulacan) for fulfilling the vision of her late sister who pushed for the establishment of a molecular laboratory in Bocaue to augment the testing capacity of Bulacan province.

On Friday morning (July 17), Villanueva inaugurated the Joni Villanueva Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory (JVMDL) in Bocaue together with Guiguinto Mayor Ambrosio Cruz Jr., LMP-Bulacan president, Bulacan Gov. Daniel Fernando, and members of the LMP-Bulacan such as Paombong Mayor Mary Anne Marcos, Angat Mayor Narding de Leon, Balagtas Mayor Eladio Gonzales, as well as other local chief executives.

“Magsisilbi po itong karagdagang testing lab para sa ating mga kababayan dito sa Bulacan at kalapit na mga lugar. Malaking tulong po ito sa kakayahan ng ating Pamahalaang Panlalawigan na palawakin ang kanilang surveillance laban sa COVID-19,” Villanueva said.

“Nagpapasalamat rin po tayo sa LMP-Bulacan sa pagbibigay ng karangalan sa ating mahal na kapatid na si Mayor Joni, na siyang nagsulong ng proyekto na ito noong kasagsagan ng pandemya. Sa pamamagitan po ng laboratoryong ito, papalawigin pa po natin ang paglilingkod sa ating mga kababayan,” continued the lawmaker, the brother of Bocaue Mayor Joni Villanueva, who passed away in May.

The JVMDL is equipped with two Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) machines which, at full capacity, can process up to 4,500 samples a day. It is expected to be operational once the facility attains accreditation from the Department of Health.

For his part, Villanueva assured his fellow Bulakenyos of his continued support for projects that local governments intend to pursue, especially efforts which would generate jobs and livelihood opportunities for the unemployed local workers and returning overseas Filipino workers.

One of the bills he is pursuing in the Senate is the institutionalization of the Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program to help displaced workers in the formal and informal economy.

The TUPAD bill seeks to expand the period of work to up to 90 days and envisions to include jobs other than labor-intensive jobs. Once passed, this program can be used to implement the cash-for-work program of the government to hire contact tracers, data analysts, among others, explained Villanueva, who chairs the Senate labor committee. (RONDA BALITA Online News)

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