Diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC) will build 10 emergency quarantine facilities (EQF) located beside military hospitals, to house personnel who tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) but have mild or no symptoms.
In a statement, SMC said the 10 facilities will have 15 beds each, and will be located beside military health facilities — NOLCOM Hospital in Tarlac, SOLCOM Hospital in Lucena City, Eastmincom Hospital in Davao City, CENTCOM Hospital in Cebu City, Westmincom Hospital in Zamboanga City, Veterans Memorial Center, CJVAB Hospital in Pasay City, Naval Air Group in Cavite City, and WESCOM Hospital in Palawan.
“We are thankful to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for giving us the opportunity to collaborate with them on this initiative. This is one way we can help our hospitals efficiently attend to COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms as well those suffering from other life-threatening conditions,” said SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang.
“We are one with the country in finding ways to accommodate more patients as hospitals reach their full capacity. These emergency COVID facilities we are helping build will serve not just our military front liners but also other PUIs in surrounding communities,” he elaborated.
Ang earlier personally donated P100 million to efforts against COVID-19, bringing total donations from SMC to nearly P900 million as of April 6, 2020.
SMC has allocated P500 million for the acquisition of personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline health care workers. — RSJ, GMA News