Turnover Ceremony of BSL 3 Container Laboratory


Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) - Press Release No.43 - 2018

Turnover Ceremony of BSL3 Group photo
Facade of the BSL3 Laboratory Biosafety cabinet in the Laboratory

Japanese Embassy's Second Secretary Takeo Okada and DOH Director Mar Wynn Bellola attended the turn over ceremony of the Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) Laboratory*1 under Japan’s Grant Aid on August 28, 2018 at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine(RITM) in Alabang. 
The aim of this project is to enable conducting research on higher-risk bacteria and viruses, and thereby dramatically improving the functions of RITM. Through this project, it is expected that RITM will further contribute to the prevention and control of emerging and re-emerging infectious and tropical diseases in the Asia-Pacific region.
The RITM had been constructed through grant aid from the Japanese Government in 1981. For more than thirty years, RITM has played a central role in the field of research and human resources development for preventing infectious diseases in the Philippines.
*1A biosafety levelBSL is a set of biocontainment precautions required to isolate dangerous biological agents in an enclosed laboratory facility. The levels of containment range from the lowest biosafety level 1 (BSL-1) to the highest at level 4 (BSL-4).