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DOST’s Virology Science Institute included in national infra program

By Dhel Nazario

The Cabinet Infrastructure Cluster has approved the inclusion of the proposed Virology Science and Technology Institute of the Philippines (VIP) in the National Infrastructure Program.

Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña (TOTO LOZANO/ Presidential Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña (TOTO LOZANO/ Presidential Photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

The VIP was proposed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

This was announced by DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Pena on the DOSTv Facebook page on Friday.

“Kung sakaling maaprubahan yung proposed bill creating that institute, ay sinabayan na rin namin ng proposal sa Cabinet Infrastructure Cluster para sila na ang magpondo (In case the proposed bill creating that institute is approved, we also submitted a proposal to the Cabinet Infrastructure Cluster so they will fund it),” he said.

In a meeting on June 17, the Infrastructure Cluster approved the inclusion of the P500.28 million building and facilities of the VIP to be constructed at the New Clark Economic Zone in Capas, Tarlac.

Dela Pena said that the Cabinet Cluster considered the importance and urgency of pursuing priority virology research and developing diagnostic kits, therapeutics, and vaccines for diseases caused by viruses.

“The establishment of the VIP is one of the strategies to be adopted to attain a significant level of self-reliance in generating knowledge on viruses and developing products that the country needs to address viral diseases,” the secretary added.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).has expressed support for the establishment of a Virology S&T Institute in New Clark City; and the reactivation of the Pharmaceutical Development Unit at DOST-ITDI (Industrial Technology Development Institute) as a Tuklas Lunas Center for Pharmaceuticals Development.

According to Resolution No. 39 the research centers can initiate and strengthen local vaccine development.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/06/20/dosts-virology-science-institute-included-in-national-infra-program/)

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