Since 2021, through the National biosurveillance efforts of the UP-PGC in UP Diliman, PGC Mindanao, in collaboration with the DOH and the Southern Philippines Medical Center are working to sequence the genomes of different variations of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the illness COVID-19, that are circulating in Mindanao.
To date, the center has sequenced 3,683 samples. Our goal is to understand how the virus is evolving as it spreads and how well containment efforts are working.
As the world is confronted with the challenges brought by COVID-19, PGC Mindanao started its mission to capacitate hospitals and train volunteers on laboratory techniques and procedures used in SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics since April 2020.
The UP network has come up with a UP TRAINS Program to assist Department of Health (Philippines) in COVID-19 training by streamlining all training initiatives in the entire system, with UP National Institutes Of Health (NIH) and Philippine Genome Center (PGC) as the training arms.
The training was conducted at the microbiology and molecular biotechnology laboratory of the College of Science and Mathematics, UP Mindanao, under the supervision of the faculty and laboratory staff of PGC Mindanao.
PGC Mindanao provides the capacity building of medical personnel from institutions with concrete plans to build COVID-19 testing facilities.
The training was conceptualized to capacitate hospitals and volunteers for technical skills on COVID diagnostics and deploy them for the diagnostic laboratory in Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC), Tagum City to give free testing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the region.
On April 2020, PGC Mindanao opened the call for volunteers to work in Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC), Tagum City to give free testing for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the region.
Part of the COVID-19 testing training is on biosafety protocols such as proper wearing of personal protective equipment.
PPEs are used in order to protect the laboratory personnel during work with infectious materials.
PGC Mindanao staff giving lecture on the proper use of micropipettes to Lanao del Norte Medical Center and Butuan Medical Center trainees.
Trainee from the Lanao del Norte Medical Center extracting Viral RNA using a micropipette.
Trainee from Northern Mindanao Medical Center extracting RNA in a biosafety cabinet at the Isolation room of UP Mindanao.
PGC Mindanao staff discussing principles of RNA Extraction.
Since the start of COVID-19 pandemic, PGC Mindanao has trained 133 allied health workers from more than 22 different hospitals and institutions in Mindanao.
From all of us in PGC Mindanao, we are happy to serve you. We are together on this battle against COVID-19!
For the National biosurveillance efforts of the UP-PGC in UPDiliman, PGC
Mindanao, in collaboration with the DOH and the Southern Philippines Medical Center
has also conducted genome sequencing to identify COVID-19 variants in Mindanao. To
date, the center has sequenced 2,347 samples.
𝗘𝘅𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗦𝗔𝗥𝗦-𝗖𝗼𝗩-𝟮 𝗥𝗡𝗔 𝗦𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲𝘀 from the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) were transported by the Department of Health (DOH) – Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) to PGC Mindanao for processing for 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗲-𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴.
PGC Mindanao in UP Mindanao, in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) conduct 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗳𝘆 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗 -𝟭𝟵 𝘃𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗼.
This venture is funded by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to augment the national biosurveillance efforts of the PGC Main in Diliman, Quezon City. Moreover, the program was also instituted to expand and enhance regional preparedness and response to COVID-19.
PGC Mindanao continues to help capacitate hospitals and train volunteers on laboratory techniques and procedures used in SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics, the genome center called for donations of items to be used during the training of the medical personnel.
Sample Receiving and Biobanking; Library Preparation and Sequencing
As the world is being confronted with the challenge brought by COVID-19, the Philippine Genome Center Mindanao (PGC Mindanao), the first ever omics facility in Mindanao has been actively engaged in the COVID-19 efforts through our expertise, manpower, and facilities.
As a DOH-recognized training center for COVID-19 diagnostics, we started our mission to capacitate hospitals and train volunteers on laboratory techniques and procedures used in SARS-CoV-2 diagnostics. In line with this, we made series of calls for donations which you have responded positively. Your sponsorship have provided necessary items needed in the lab during the training such as PPE, kits,, travel expenses and accommodation of our trainees.