Clergy of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan have donated Covid-19 testing equipment and kits to help increase testing capacity in Baguio City.

“In the spirit of stewardship, the clergy of the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan purchased one unit of a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) equipment for the detection of the COVID19 virus and is now functional at the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center,” the archdiocese said in a statement.

“The clergy also donated testing kits to the Department of Health in order to help in stemming the tide of this pandemic. This a collaborative effort of all the priests in the spirit of stewardship which is called Pananabangan in the archdiocese,” it added.

The PCR testing equipment will increase the number of tests at the Baguio hospital by 360 cases per day, the statement said.

The archdiocese said the equipment would be donated to a hospital in Dagupan City when the crisis is over, “so that the poor and the sick may have better access to health facilities.”

“Even before this donation, the priests have been quietly offering our people their daily Masses, sacrifices and prayers. They continue tirelessly to go to the barangays with no internet access to offer the Church’s absolution and pardon for sins. The food bags and hygiene kits coming from various unknown donors literally come flowing,” Archbishop Socrates Villegas said. (