Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III today announced that the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), and World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) are due to open this week as community quarantine facilities during his visit to the sites this morning.

Initially, all three community quarantine facilities will admit COVID-19 positive patients who are asymptomatic and with mild symptoms only.

“This protocol may change depending on the number of PUIs & PUMs. If a patient’s condition worsens, he or she will be rushed immediately to a hospital for proper management and treatment,” Secretary Duque said.

PICC can accommodate a maximum of 294 patients, WTCMM can admit 502, and Rizal Memorial Coliseum can accept 112.

PICC will be managed by the Philippine National Police Medical Corps while WTCMM will be managed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Both the PNP and AFP will supervise the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The DOH healthcare workforce will also be supporting these three quarantine facilities.

The conversion of the three quarantine facilities is a collaboration between government and private sector, composed of the DOH, Department of Public Works and Highways, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Bases Conversion Development Authority headed by Secretary Vince Dizon, who is also the Presidential Adviser for Flagship Programs and Projects.