Ayala Land frontliners undergo COVID-19 rapid testing
In coordination with the medical team of Makati Development Corporation, the initial batch of tests were performed from May 7 to 8 on security guards, maintenance personnel, and other employees delivering services to Ayala Land properties in Makati City. The company used rapid antibody-based test kits procured from AC Health.
APMC welcomes the favorable results of the tests, as this shows that the health and safety protocols it has in place are effective in countering the spread of COVID-19.
“We are happy to report that our frontliners at APMC remain healthy and protected from COVID-19 because of the strict measures we have implemented since the start of the ECQ,” APMC President and CEO Laurent Lamasuta said.
“We will continue to follow guidelines issued by the national government and the Department of Health to ensure that as we progress into a new normal, our managed properties continue to be free of COVID-19 or only have minimal exposure to the virus,” Lamasuta added.
The company is working to procure more testing kits for the rest of its frontliners, so that it can assess the vulnerability of its workforce against the virus and protect the larger community.
Testing for APMC frontliners is part of Ayala Land Inc.’s initial efforts to start conducting tests for frontliners across its subsidiaries, including its malls and other commercial properties. This would prepare the company for the resumption of business operations once the ECQ is lifted, or as soon as the National Government permits.
This is also in line with Task Force T3, which stands for Test, Trace, Treat — an initiative between the government and the private sector to increase the national health care system’s ability to beat COVID-19.
To aid Task Force T3’s testing efforts, the Ayala Group of Companies donated testing booths for four Mega Swabbing Centers in Metro Manila and Bulacan.
These centers target to swab 55,000 individuals in the Greater Manila Area over the next three weeks, prioritizing 25,000 repatriated overseas Filipino workers currently in quarantine facilities and 30,000 individuals who may be carriers of the virus.
Aside from mass testing, APMC continues to implement several measures that aim to ensure that their customers feel safe inside the properties and could reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The company has temperature screening at property entrances, shoe sole sanitation, a “no mask, no entry” policy, social distancing policies and signages, intensified sanitation and disinfection procedures, and medical assistance ready for emergency situations, among others.
To ease the impacts caused by the ECQ on its customers, APMC has provided additional services to its residents, including the establishment of mobile markets within the property, giving access to shuttle services during market day, and providing delivery and purchase assistance for essential needs.
The company also ensures that residents are kept up-to-date with latest information on the virus by releasing advisories, circulars, infographics and videos from data provided by the respective local government units and public health authorities where their properties are located.