By Roy Mabasa
The government of Singapore is donating 3,000 sets of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test kits and one Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Machine to the Philippines, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said on Sunday.
Locsin made this announcement in a tweet, saying that he is sending President Duterte a memo regarding the donation.
“Singapore is donation (sic) 3,000 COVID19 test kits and one PCR machine. Memoing the President right now. Thank you Singapore,” Locsin said.
In an earlier tweet, Locsin was ranting on the disposition of donations intended for the government as he called for concerned agencies to “fix it.”
“All donations for med supplies said all donations for medical supplies must go to the government for disposition. Private hospitals cannot receive them. They can buy from abroad but their shipments will be detained by Customs. The doctors and HCWs (health care workers) are too busy getting exposed to do the paperwork. Fix this, p_____ i__,” he said.
Last Saturday, Locsin personally received China’s donation of testing kits, masks, and personal protective equipment when it arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Locsin also called on the Bureau of Customs to facilitate the release of the medical supplies shipment since the test kits are “perishable and need to stay refrigeration.”