SAN MIGUEL Corp. (SMC) is building emergency quarantine facilities near military hospitals across the country for uniformed personnel infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In a statement on Tuesday, the conglomerate said it is constructing 10 emergency facilities with 15 beds each to avoid overcrowding situations in hospitals serving a huge number of patients with COVID-19.

“We are one with the country in finding ways to accommodate more patients as hospitals reach their full capacity,” SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon S. Ang said.

The emergency centers will be built beside military hospitals located in Pasay City, Tarlac, Lucena City in Quezon Province, Cavite City, Palawan, Davao City, Cebu City, Zamboanga City, as well as near Veterans Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.

Mr. Ang said that the COVID facilities will also be open for Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for the coronavirus disease 2019 from surrounding communities.

“These emergency COVID facilities we are helping build will serve not just our military front liners but also other PUIs in surrounding communities,” he said.

Recently, SMC, which has earmarked P500 million to purchase protective gear and other supplies, pledged to purchase 10,000 protective personal equipment (PPE) from a local garment manufacturer for medical workers in the frontline to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. — Adam J. Ang