World Trade Center ‘Quarantine Facility’ now open to serve OFWs
PASIG CITY, April 24 (PIA)–The World Trade Center “We Heal As One” Quarantine Facility is now ready to accept COVID-19 patients to help in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
AFP Vice Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Gaudencio Collado Jr led the simple ceremony of the Emergency Quarantine Facility (EQF) in Pasay City Thursday, April 23 that will serve overseas Filipino workers requiring a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.
The conversion of the premier event place was made possible with the partnership of the national government, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority, the Ayala Group of Companies, Investment Capital Corporation of the Philippines, and the Manila Exposition Complex.
“We are proud to have Filipinos of different backgrounds to join us in this national endeavor. From the construction workers, to the planners and contractors, we are truly grateful of your support and participation in this Bayanihan,” VAdm Collado Jr said.
The 500-bed EQF will be managed by 18 military doctors, 30 nurses, and 60 medical aides from the AFP. The AFP will also provide security and administrative personnel to help manage the facility.
VAdm Collado Jr was joined by senior officers of the AFP including Rear Admiral Alberto Carlos, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, J4; MGen Edgardo De Leon, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Civil Military Operations, J7; The Chief Nurse BGen Venus Bajarin; Colonel Edgar Cardinoza, Commander of AFP Health Service Command; and Colonel Nelson Pecache, the Chief Surgeon General.
Also present were Ms Annabelle Natividad, Vice President for Development of AC Energy, and Mr Jowell San Jose, General Manager of Makati Development Corporation.
The Office of the Chief Chaplain also donated 500 copies of the Bible during the ceremony.
“Despite this great achievement we are still faced with a great challenge of sustaining our gains in flattening the curve of this pandemic,” VAdm Collador Jr said.
“It is in this critical period that we would need more from the private sector and individuals. Fortunately for us as a nation, we will never be lacking of Filipinos who are willing to step up when they are needed,” VAdm Collado Jr. said. (AFP/PIA-NCR)