Century Properties Group (CPG) took part in the conversion of the Philippine Sports Stadium to a COVID-19 mega testing facility, which opened in May 2020 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
The said facility is the designated northern sector swabbing center of the government’s ‘Test, Trace, and Treat’ strategy that is being spearheaded by the National Action Plan Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer and Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Vivencio Dizon, together with the Department of Health. It will have six (6) healthcare station tents with 96 test booths, and a minimum testing capacity of 1,500 per day.
CPG contributed a significant portion for the said facility’s construction and operations, and is looking at ways it can further assist government efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
“In addressing a health crisis, it is very important to act swiftly and decisively, that’s why we immediately heeded this call to get the much-needed resources in place,” said CPG Executive Chairman Jose E.B. Antonio.
“We recognize BCDA for its valuable efforts and quick action in rolling out these four mega testing facilities and executing this immense task for the Filipino people. It is in the same spirit of bayanihan that we commit our full support to this cause. We believe that by joining forces with government and other organizations in this fight against COVID-19, we can emerge from this public health crisis as a stronger, united, and a better nation,” Antonio said.
The Philippine Arena is the fourth mega swabbing center converted to ramp up implementation of massive testing in the country.
“We, in government, are grateful for the huge support and active participation of our private partners in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The Century Properties Group has largely contributed in building up the country’s testing capacity by providing healthcare stations and testing booths inside the Philippine Arena mega swabbing center,” Secretary Dizon underscored.
“This pandemic has brought us great uncertainty but our sustained and collective efforts will go a long way in saving more lives and successfully overcoming this crisis,” he added.
The other mega swabbing centers are the Palacio de Maynila along Roxas Boulevard, the Enderun Tent in Taguig City, and the Mall of Asia arena in Pasay City.
In January 2020, CPGI and its community of employees and residents joined forces to conduct two relief missions for the displaced families in Batangas as a result of the Taal Volcano eruption on January 12.
On January 18, CPGI with the Century City Estate Association, Century Properties Management, Inc., and PHirst Park Homes; the staff of its business units from Centuria Medical Makati, Siglo Suites, and Century City Mall; and Century residents and private individuals, with the help of RRCG Transport, reached up to 6 evacuation sites with 400 bags of relief goods, gallons upon gallons of drinking water, and clothing. The mission went to:
- Padre Pio Shrine, Santo Tomas Batangas
- Barangay San Roque Elementary School, Santo Tomas Batangas
- Barangay Hall and Gym of San Antonio, Santo Tomas Batangas
- Tambo Elementary School, Lipa, Batangas
- Mercado, Tanauan, Batangas
- Inosloban Marawoy Elementary School, Lipa, Batangas
Round 2 of CPGI’s Tulong Para Sa Taal on January 28, 2020 brought two teams of employees and Century City community members to different parts of Batangas: Lipa, where the team helped the Art Relief Mobile Kitchen prepare a lunch meal for 2,000 people; Laurel, where the team served the Batangas Goto that it helped prepare to the LGU officials, fire brigade, and evacuees who have returned home for the first time to find their locality in very thick ash; and farther down south in San Luis near Balayan Bay, where about 10,000 evacuees from Agoncillo still could not go home.
CPG President and CEO Marco R. Antonio joined the employees in the meal preparation in Lipa and the actual meal service in Laurel. For this mission, the team also prepared 500 large sako bags purchased and filled them with substantial family hygiene packs: shampoos, toothbrushes, toothpaste, alcohol, bath soaps, feminine hygiene pads, and towels. Washable eating utensils were added, as requested by San Luis disaster response officials, to help them manage the waste and prevent disease in the evacuation centers.
All the donated canned goods, milk, coffee, noodles, biscuits, vitamins, medicines, and other food and hygiene items donated by Century City Mall patrons were dropped into the 500 bags. Sacks of donated clothes, blankets, sleeping mats, and shoes were sorted and given out.
Rice donations were all brought to the Art Relief Mobile Kitchen, which cooks hot meals at the Redemptorist Church gym in Lipa and delivers them to the Taal evacuees. CPGI also brought the barbers of SanBry Grooming House to Batangas to give free haircuts to the San Luis evacuees. Participants and donors to this mission include CPGI employees, Century Properties Management Inc., Centuria Medical Makati, Siglo Suites, Century City Mall, and the Century City Estate Association.