The Molecular Laboratory at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport starts running the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests after getting the official accreditation from the Department of Health (DOH).

“Last Friday nigawas ang atoang license (Last Friday our license was released) for our laboratory…it can now officially test Covid-19,” Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte announced over the city-owned Davao City Disaster Radio on Monday.

The laboratory was donated by the United Laboratories in September last year. The laboratory can process 96 specimens per run and can reach up to more or less 300 per day. 

Before the official DoH accreditation, the laboratory was used for the training of medical technologists and validation of result purposes, but not for testing for the city government.  

The airport molecular laboratory is in addition to the existing testing laboratories in Davao City – the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and private-owned Davao One World Diagnostic Center. 

Soon to operate is another city government-owned testing center, the Los Amigos Testing Laboratory located in Tugbok District. CIO