MOA Arena transformed into mega swabbing facility
The initiative is in partnership with the Department of Health, Philippine Red Cross, and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA). SM, through the Sy family, has allowed the use of the events and concert venue into a testing facility following discussions with BCDA. SM will support the initiative by providing the various logistical needs of the testing center, such as manpower support, utilities, and internet, among others. “The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is early detection and having people tested. I believe the first batch of those to be tested are our returning OFWs and if they are tested negative, they can go back to their places of residence with peace of mind,” said Herman Medina Cue, SM Lifestyle Inc. Chief Operating Officer. With a total of 72 test booths manned by nurses, medical technicians, nursing assistants and encoders, and other staff – the mega swabbing facility can accommodate 1,000 to 1,500 tests per day.