Bohol is acquiring not just a machine but a laboratory and a “solution” to COVID-19.

This was clarified by ENDEC, Inc. Chief Executive Officer William Michael Johnson in a briefing to the provincial officials and mayors today.

ENDEC is the supplier of the  province’s first containerized RT-PCR laboratory, which is separate from the molecular laboratory for COVID-19 testing at the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH).

Some rabid critics insinuated that government officials must be making money out of the essential laboratory purchase.

They misled by their false claim that the facility would have only costed not less than P2 million.

Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s Davao and Zamboanga had earlier bought the same containerized COVID-19 testing facilities at almost P20 million each. (Also see photos during the facility blessing in Davao City.)

Johnson clarified that Bohol is not just buying an RT-PCR machine.

It is the entire program that the province will be paying for, includes the set-up of the laboratory, all the equipment, training of the laboratorians, protocol, all the paperworks for the laboratory to operate, and preventive maintenance for one year, he said during the briefing.

Johnson emphasized, “We are not selling you a product. We are providing you a solution. When we deliver the laboratory, we don’t just drop a machine. We help you from installation of the laboratory to commissioning, and to training your people.”

Johnson came to Bohol along with Global Medical Technologist (GMT) CEO Mich Genato, SciLore Chief Science Officer Anna Giselle Gibson, and GMT Medical Director Ronnel Matibag.

They made the clarification in response to the queries of Gov. Arthur Yap, Provincial Administrator Kathyrin Pioquinto and the mayors.

The mayors in the briefing included Juliet Dano (Sevilla), Manuel Jayectin (Bilar), Nila Montero (Panglao), Jec-jec Ellorimo (Sikatuna), Costan Reyes (Ubay), Virgilio Mendez (San Miguel), William Jao (Tubigon), Jose Cepedoza (Danao), Dave Duallo (Buenavista), Hilario Tocmo (Corella), Randolph Ang (Dimiao), Benecio Uy (Baclayon), Elvi Relampagos (Loon), Leon Calipusan (Loboc), Nita Cubrado (Pilar), Romulo Manuta (Maribojoc), Lilioso Nunag (Antequera), Janet Garcia (Talibon), Kat Lim (Valencia) and Rene Borenaga (Bien Unido). Carmen was represented by Municipal Administrator Eliezer Cagol.

Also present were Provincial Board Members Ricky Masamayor and Aldner Damalerio, Niel Oclarit of the Depaetment of Health (DOH), and DILG Provincial Director Jerome Gonzales.

Notorious critics spread intrigue that buying the vital infectious disease testing facility is a waste of people’s taxes because public officials would only steal the money.

There is fear that COVID-19 may remain in this lifetime.

With timely intervention and proper tmanagement of cases, far many have recovered from the killer COVID.

But some politically-motivated critics to the provincial administration have still not from their defeat long after the election. (Ven rebo Arigo)