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PH virology institute to rise in Tarlac – DOST

May 25, 2021 @ 15:18
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Plans are afoot to construct the Virology Institute of the Philippines (VIP) in Tarlac in the next two years, according to an ABS-CBN report.

The report quoted an official of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as saying that the agency was discussing the project with other departments, including the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).

“Nakikipag-usap na ang DOST sa BCDA at DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) para sa lupa… para next year maumpisahan na ‘yung construction,” DOST Undersecretary Rowena Guevara was quoted as saying.

The BCDA has reportedly reserved five hectares of land for the facility.

Guevara said in the report that it would take about two years to build the building.

“So end of 2023, 2024 nakabukas na ‘yung building (the building will be opened),” she said.

The facility will house biosafety laboratories, an animal house and a greenhouse for animal and plant virus research, Guevara said.

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