Six COVID-19 “We Heal As One Centers” with a total 1,500-bed capacity were converted in a span of one week through the partnership of government and private sector. These centers are now able to accommodate patients with mild symptoms, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said.
These centers are Ninoy Aquino Stadium and Rizal Memorial Stadium at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex, the Philippine International Convention Center Forum Halls and the World Trade Center in the National Capital Region; the ASEAN Convention Center in Clark, Pampanga; and the National Government Administrative Center in New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac.
All centers have air-conditioned cubicles with plug-in outlets, free food for patients and the medical staff, free internet connection, and round-the-clock medical assistance
“The fast-tracking of these facilities is a display of bayanihan spirit, and we thank the private sector for supporting the government in this initiative,” said Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar.
“That’s the kind of scale we are building to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the communities and decongest our hospitals so we can treat all patients in the best and most effective way possible,” said Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects and BCDA President and CEO Vince Dizon.
Philippine Arena in Bulacan, the PhilSports Arena or ULTRA in Pasig, and the Filinvest Tent in Alabang are next to be converted.
BCDA said the national government partnered with the private sector in this initiative namely, the Razon Group (Prime Metro BMD Corporation and the Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, Inc.), EEI Corporation, Vista Land, the Ayala Group (AC Energy, Ayala Land, Makati Development Corporation), Filinvest, Investment & Capital Corporation of the Philippines, Aboitiz, World Trade Center Metro Manila, Lina Group of Companies, Megawide, Meralco, PLDT, Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, D.M. Consunji, Inc., the Concepcion Industrial Corporation, and Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, Inc.