SM Mall of Asia Arena all set to serve as a mega swabbing facility
The SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City has recently been converted into a COVID-19 mega swabbing facility. The initiative is in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Red Cross, and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).
SM, through the Sy Family, has allowed the use of the events and concert venue as a testing facility, after discussions with the 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.
With a total of 72 test booths manned by nurses, medical technicians, nursing assistants, encoders, and other staff, the mega swabbing facility can accommodate from 1,000 to 1,500 tests per day. The facility will be operational from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., from May 11 to May 22.
(L-R) DOH Sec. Francisco Duque, Sen. Dick Gordon, BCDA’s Vince Dizon at the inspection of the mega swabbing facility last May 8 at SM MOA Arena
The conversion of the SM MOA Arena to a mega swabbing facility is one of the many ways SM is helping mitigate the spread of COVID-19.