Security Bank donates COVID-19 test kits

  (From left to right: SBFI Project Officer Scott James Choa, SBFI Program Manager Louie De Real, Philippine Genome Center Lab Technician Jason Jomandre, and Manila HealthTek, Inc. Administrative Aide Louise May Destura)

In an effort to help contain the spread of COVID-19, Security Bank donated real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) test kits to the University of the Philippines National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Philippine Genome Center (PGC) turned over last September 11 and 15, 2020.

Security Bank tapped Manila Health Tek, Inc. (MHTI) to produce the test kits and Security Bank Foundation, Inc. (SBFI), the Bank’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm, to facilitate the donation. The MHTI is the local research and development company founded by Dr. Raul Destura who led the team that developed the local low-cost COVID-19 test kit known as GenAmplifyTM.

“Security Bank gives us a lot of inspiration to continue working, serving and doing good science that will help our country solve our COVID-19 testing problem,” expressed Dr. Destura in appreciation of Security Bank’s involvement in strengthening the mass testing program.

(From left to right: SBFI Program Manager Louie De Real, SBFI Project Officer Racquel Tanyag, UP National Institutes of Health Pathologist Dr. Karen Sotalbo, Manila HealthTek, Inc. Administrative Aide Louise May Destura and Manila HealthTek, Inc. Laboratory Aide Nelly Belle Genotiva)

The funding for Security Bank’s test kit donation was generated through the deals for donation initiative by the Bank’s Treasury Group. Clients were encouraged to place foreign exchange and fixed income investments with a portion of the gains going to the fund for test kits.

“Putting people at the heart of the business is not only important for us – it’s also necessary. We are always proactively looking for opportunities that enrich and save lives, including efforts that would help the nation overcome the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Security Bank President and CEO Sanjiv Vohra.

Security Bank is one with the nation in building healthy and safe communities against COVID-19 as part of its #GetBetter corporate social responsibility campaign. To know more, visit