Villar Group turns over PhilSports Arena to Medical Corps

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Villar Group turns over PhilSports Arena to Medical Corps
From left: DPWH regional director Ador Canlas, National Task Force Against COVID-19 deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon, PNP chief Archie Gamboa, OCD administrator Ricardo Jalad, and DPWH Build, Build, Build committee chair Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo inspect the facility before the turnover.
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MANILA, Philippines — Medical personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) will oversee and lead operations at Philippine Sports (PhilSports) Arena or ULTRA (University of Life Training and Recreational Arena) “We Heal As One” Center.

This was after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Villar Group of Companies turned over the 132-bed COVID-19 facility to the PNP Medical Corps.

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City, which was repurposed by DPWH into 132 cubicles with hospital beds, was turned over to the PNP Health Service for the operation and management of this health facility under the supervision of Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

Hospital beds and medical equipment at PhilSports Arena were donated by the Villar Group of Companies.

Villar, with his DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Local & National Health Facilities, earlier coordinated the repurposing of ULTRA with the Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), operator of the indoor sporting arena.

The team of workers from the DPWH National Capital Region worked round-the-clock and completed the conversion of ULTRA in only three days.

Villar said this only shows the responsiveness of DPWH to the urgency of the present situation to make additional medical treatment facility completed and be operational as soon as possible to accept COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate cases.

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