By Donna Rempillo
CLARK FREEPORT ZONE, Pampanga – Twenty-nine healthcare professionals hired by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), one of the main proponents in developing alternative facilities to house coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)- related cases, will now serve at the “We Heal as One” centers here.
Facilities converted to accommodate COVID-19 patients were the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Convention Center in Clark, and the New Clark City Government Building in Capas, Tarlac.
The two facilities will be able to handle 1,000 patients with mild symptoms of COVID-19, while the New Clark City Athletes’ Village was designated as quarantine site for persons under investigation (PUIs).
On Saturday, April 11, Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs ang Projects and
BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Vince Dizon, together with Clark Development Corporation Head Dra. Maria Clemencita Dobles, conducted walkthrough at the converted facilities before its full operation starting the 3 rd week of April.
Jaime De Jesus, Jr, one of the hired nurses for the COVID-19 facilities in Clark, said he wanted to serve his fellow Kapampangan. The Macabebe-native has been a nurse for eight years, and had worked at the emergency room of a Saudi Arabia hospital.
“Kaya gusto ko magtrabaho bilang isang frontliner ulit dito sa Pilipinas kasi gusto ko tulungan yung mga kapwa nating Pilipino na nagkakaroon ng sakit. Nasa isang krisis tayo; kailangan kaming mga nurse at medical professionals’ ng bansa natin para lumaban dito sa COVID crisis,” [The reason why I wanted to work in the Philippines as a frontliner was because I wanted to help our fellow Filipinos infected by the disease. We
are in the same crisis — nurses and medical professionals are needed here to fight this
COVID crisis],” De Jesus said
To maintain strict guidelines and eradicate transmission of corona virus, the hiredmedical professionals will be given free meals and accommodation for the duration of their stay.
Frontliners assigned in ASEAN Convention Center will stay at the Stotsenberg Hotel in Clark, Pampanga while those who would be working at New Clark City will be accommodated at ‘The Residence, according to the BCDA.