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Virology research institute to rise in New Clark City

Philippine Information Agency
10 Aug 2020, 22:38 GMT+10

TARLAC CITY, Aug.10 (PIA) -- Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines, which will forward the country's fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), is set to rise at New Clark City (NCC) in Tarlac.

Bases Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO, and Presidential Adviser on Flagship Programs and Projects Vince Dizon said Department of Science and Technology's proposed research institute has become part of the Infrastructure Flagship Projects of the government, and is being eyed to be built at NCC by 2021.

"Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines, which will be prioritizing research on infectious diseases will be hosted by NCC, and this was just recently approved by the Economic Development Cluster," Dizon said.

The official likewise stressed the vital role of the infrastructure projects in the government's efforts in the country's continuous fight against the health crisis.

"Resiliency was the major characteristic that we wanted for NCC to have. The pandemic has highlighted that [with] the use of facilities over the past couple of months in the major response efforts," Dizon emphasized.

NCC was the first quarantine facility used by repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers in February.

At present, NCC is being used as a quarantine facility for COVID-19 positive patients with mild or no symptoms as well as suspect and probable individuals, in coordination with local government units. (CLJD/GLSB-PIA 3)

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