- The Palacio De Maynila was converted to be the Philippines’ first-ever mega swabbing center for COVID-19 mass testing
- It was converted into a swabbing center within three days
- It starts operation by May 6
From being a place for weddings celebrations and grand gatherings, an events venue in Manila was converted into a mega swabbing facility during this pandemic.
Palacio De Maynila, an events place situated along Roxas Boulevard with the magnificent view of the Manila Bay, have been converted to be the Philippines’ first-ever mega swabbing center for COVID-19mass testing.
The construction of the venue into a swabbing center took only three days and can finally start operation by May 6 to expand the country’s testing capacity for COVID-19.
“The facility is really well-made, well-planned and well-executed. Maganda naman talaga ang lugar, malaki ang lugar at yung mga booths na tinayo dito. More than 60 booths, these will really ramp up our testing capacity,” Department of Health Francisco Duque III was quoted in a report.
It was bared that the swabbing center can accommodate 7,680 individuals a day. This, according to Duque, will help achieve the country’s goal to conduct 30,000 tests daily by May 30.
The Department of Public Works and Highways, the lead agency in carrying out civil works in the conversion of venues into medical facilities, said that the swabbing booths are equipped with safety features that would minimize actual physical contact between the healthcare workers and the person being examined.
It was also bared that the mega testing swab center materialized through the help of Yap Group of Companies, Ayala Group of Companies, Razon Group of Companies, and Villar Group of Companies.
The government said the Palacio de Maynila mega swabbing facility is one of the four swabbing centers that would be opened for mass testing in the coming days.