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PVBLIC JAM is a live online concert by We The Pvblic (WTP) that aims to be a new form of music appreciation. Beyond performances, fans get to interact with their favorite artists in real time, giving an added layer to the usual gigs and shows.
With the current lockdown, PVBLIC JAM is more relevant than ever. Fans are given another reason to stay safely indoors, while artists, whose gigs were cancelled due to the lockdown, get to keep in touch with their audience - and gain new ones - in the comforts of their homes.
In addition, the online event will also host a live donation drive for those affected by COVID-19. With We The Pvblic’s wide reach and following, PVBLIC JAM is a win-win scenario for both publicity and charity work.
ONLINE STREAMING DETAILS
Site: We The Pvblic’s Facebook Page
Title: RC Cola’s Pvblic Jam
Date: April 4, 2020
Time: 7PM -8PM
Talent: Yael Yuzon of Sponge Cola
The Beneficiary: Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Diliman Foundation Inc (MBBDFI)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. Who is the MBBDFI?
MBBDFI, a SEC-registered organization (CN 200306722), incorporated in 2003 by a group of faculty members, students, and affiliates of the MBB Program in University of the Philippines Diliman. Since it started, the MBBDFI has promoted instruction and research in molecular biology and helped build essential scientific work force and capacity in the Philippines. Current members include distinguished scientists, medical doctors, government workers and industry partners that are brought together by their desire to promote molecular biology and its valuable applications to society.
2. What is this fund-raising for?
In light of the current COVID 19 crisis, MBBDFI is facilitating the efficient validation of available test kits and supporting the operation of accredited test centers. Donations coursed through the MBBDFI will be used for the purchase of the necessary equipment (e.g. PPEs and consumables) and supplies or reagents (e.g. RNA extraction kits) that will keep these centers running, allowing continued services for the detection of potentially infectious individuals, while providing much needed protection for the laboratory personnel.
3. Where will these donations be used?
Your generous contribution allows MBBDFI to purchase the necessary equipment for immediate deployment and use.The cash donations will be used to purchase the following items:
▪ Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
o disposable gowns
o shoe cover
o hair cover
o N95 masks
o Gloves (S, M, L)
o Ethanol (100% or 70%)
▪ RNA extraction kits to be used for COVID-19 testing
o QIAmp Viral RNA Mini Kit (QIAGEN cat no: 52906; Php 106,500 for 250 reactions)
▪ Plastics and consumables used in running the COVID-19 test
o 1.5 mL microcentrifuge tubes
o Filter tips (1-10 uL, 2-20 uL, 20- 200 uL, 200-1000 uL)
o Regular tips (white, yellow, blue)
o 96 well qPCR plates and sticker cover
4. Who will be the recipients of the donations?
PPEs will be given as needed and requested to the UP Health Services and to hospitals close to the University of the Philippines such as the Lung Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Heart Center, NKTI.
PPEs will also be provided to volunteers (mostly graduates of National Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology ) deployed to different testing facilities (RITM, Philippine Genome Center (PGC), UP-NIH, Lung Center) to run the COVID-19 test.
Other supplies such as RNA extraction kits, plastics, and consumables will be given to PGC as soon as PGC receives BSL2+ biosafety accreditation from DOH (accreditation in advanced stage of process). The kits and consumables can also be donated to other accredited testing centers (RITM, Lung Center, UP NIH).
The MBBDFI has an oversight committee tasked to evaluate and review the disbursement of items to various recipient institutes.
5. If the government will provide the testing kits, why are you still raising funds for COVID-19 testing?
The COVID-19 diagnostic test is a two-step process that involves:
(a) extraction of RNA from nasopharyngeal swabs, and;
(b) reverse transcription (RT) or conversion of the viral RNA into complementary DNA (cDNA), followed by amplification of the cDNA using PCR machine.
The second step is commonly referred to as RT-PCR. This test can only be conducted within a biosafety level 2 (BSL2) laboratory and requires the use of a real-time or quantitative PCR (qPCR) machine, which does the cDNA amplification and detection of amplified products. This two-step process takes 4-6 hours depending on the number of samples being processed.
We expect that DOH and LGUs will be able to provide the testing kits to the accredited testing centers. DOH has also received donated test kits from different countries. However, some of these kits, such as those from Singapore are only good for the second step of the COVID-19 Testing. This means that testing labs will have to provide the RNA extraction reagents for the panel 2 process. In addition, the testing kits do not include microcentrifuge tubes, pipet tips, and PCR plates that are also essential in the testing process.
6. How much money are you trying to raise?
The MBBDFI aims to raise enough funds to purchase the necessary reagents and equipment in support of the testing centers for the duration of the lockdown period. The project has the ability to test at least 700 people per day at a significantly lower cost compared to what private hospitals charge. This would then pave the way for MORE and FASTER TESTING that our people should have access to.
For appreciation of everyone, we have estimated costs to be at Php 2,000 per test performed.
- Glenna Gonzaga
- Business Unit Head
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