Chavit offers MetroWalk as home for frontliners

Dubbed as the modern day heroes and heroines, former Ilocos Sur Luis “Chavit” Singson said yesterday he offered to frontliners of The Medical City (TMC) his MetroTent Convention Center inside MetroWalk in Pasig as their temporary home for free.

Now the town mayor of Narvacan town, Chavit Singson who is also the national president of the League of the Municipalities of the Philippines, told newsmen that frontliners’ sacrifices in battling Covid-19 cannot be quantified and that they deserve full support as they are risking their lives and limbs.

Singson, who owns the facility, said he partnered with Lopez firm First Philippine Holdings (FPH) Corporation and its construction arm First Balfour to turn MetroTent into a 120-bed accommodation for health workers.

The Lopez group has earlier asked Singson for the free accommodation of the Front liners from The Medical City which is just located near the Metro Walk.

“I’m happy that we were able to resolve the problems of our many heroes at the TMC who were finding it difficult to commute to the hospital and their homes due to the lack of public transport during the enhanced community quarantine,” Singson said.

“My offer for free temporary home is not enough to compensate the heroism of TMC employees, who risked their lives just to attend to COVID-19 patients,” he added.

The private hospital placed its own COVID-19 protocols in the facility to assure the safety of its staff, Singson said.

Chavit said the First Balfour provided individual tents for female medical staff, while male employees may use mattresses, pillows, and blankets.

The hospital’s employees can also keep contact with friends and family through the internet service provided by Sky Cable, another member of the Lopez Group.

“My commendation also goes to FPH subsidiaries First Gen Corporation and Energy Development Corporation, which shared the cost not only of MetroTent’s retrofitting, but also the cost of providing food and even free wifi for the TMC employees there,” Singson added.