Philsports, Rizal Memorial will be used as temporary medical facilities: PSC


Posted at Mar 29 2020 04:56 PM | Updated as of Mar 30 2020 09:06 AM

MANILA - Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William "Butch" Ramirez confirmed on Sunday that some of their buildings will be converted to temporary medical facilities, to help with the government's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

"You might have read news articles about certain government buildings to be converted to temporary medical facilities, the PSC's Philsports Complex included. This is true," Ramirez wrote.

"Not only the Multi-Purpose Arena and the Philsports track oval, the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex is being considered as well," he added.

Ramirez said they offered the facilities to help decongest hospitals. 

The Department of Public Works and Highways have already surveyed Philsports, and will do the same at Rizal Memorial next week.

"We have the space -- newly renovated, fully air conditioned, with a steady water supply," Ramirez said. "We have already discussed this with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea."

Ramirez assured that the athletes will not be put at risk with the move, as most have already left the complex to go back to their homes. 

"If anyone, it would be my wife, myself and the medical and security staff manning the facilities which would be nearest the risk as we all live in the complex," he revealed.

"Rest assured though that we will make every step to ensure that safety of all concerned will be ensured and that the facilities are disinfected thoroughly after that virus finally say goodbye," he added.

For Ramirez, this move is the sporting community's way of stepping up to help in combating the pandemic that has forced virtually all events -- including sports activities -- to come to a halt.

"These times call for unselfish patriotism. These times call for everyone to be heroes, even. Let us step up to the plate, so to speak," he said.

As of Saturday, the Philippines has recorded 1,075 cases of COVID-19, with 68 deaths and 35 recoveries.

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