RAZON-led Prime Metro BMD Corp. (Prime BMD) is working with the government to transform the Ninoy Aquino Stadium at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex into a facility for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients.

In a statement Monday, the infrastructure firm said it is building a Level 2 COVID-19 emergency facility at the sporting arena located in Malate, Manila. Funding for phases 1 and 2 of the project is supported by the foundation arm of Razon-led Bloomberry Resorts Corp., the operator of Solaire Resort & Casino.

Retrofitting works for phase 1 started on April 1 and is so far 75% complete. This covers the construction of 116 patients’ cubicles, two nurses’ stations and drywall partition wall, installation of temporary furniture, and conversion of facility common areas.

Phase 2 will begin on Tuesday which involves building 108 patients’ cubicles.

“We feel it our duty to provide as much support as possible to the interagency task force and to the Filipinos to respond to this crisis,” Prime BMD Chairman Enrique K. Razon, Jr. was quoted as saying in the statement.

“The combined resources of Solaire’s social responsibility arm and our construction company, Prime BMD, puts us in an ideal position to continue working hand in hand with the government agencies to deliver much needed facilities,” he added. — Denise A. Valdez