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Senator Lacson questions the 125,000 test kits held by the Bureau of Customs

MANILA - Senator Panfilo Lacson questions Bureau of Customs for not releasing the 125,000 testing kits for COVID-19 donated by China and South Korea. He said on his statement that the Department of Health and Food and Drugs Administration must do something urgent about this situation that our country is facing right now, to reduce the cases and death toll of Coronovirus disease.

"As of last Monday, [March 23], when we were deliberating on the just-signed Bayanihan To Heal As One Act, we tested only 1,500 Filipinos, more or less. With a population of 107 million, the worst is yet to come unless DOH and FDA act with urgency," Lacson said in a statement on Wednesday.

The "Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine" imposed by the government is obviously working, he said. Lacson also suggested conducting mass testing to slow down the spread of the virus.

Lacson suggested that what the government lacks is "more flexibility" from DOH, as donated test kits are sitting at the Bureau of Customs due to the slow bureaucratic processes.

The senator asked: "Hundreds of thousands of rapid test kits for donation by some local businessmen and procured from South Korea and China…have already arrived at least over a week ago. Yet, a big volume is still being held by Customs. Why?"

'Worst is yet to come unless DOH, FDA act with urgency' says Lacson


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