SMC offers free virus testing for PBA staff


    SAN Miguel Corporation is making sure the health and safety of its own PBA family is secured.

    All 41 employees of the league led by commissioner Willie Marcial are scheduled to undergo free COVID-19 testing, courtesy of no less than SMC President and COO Ramon S. Ang.

    The firm, which has been at the forefront of providing support to the government in slowing down the outbreak, recently provided testing booths and kits to all 17 Local Government Units in the National Capital Region (NCR) to expand the country’s testing capacity for the coronavirus.

    The umbrella group of teams San Miguel Beer, Magnolia, and Ginebra earlier also donated RT-PCR testing machines and automate RNA machines to key government hospitals.

    Ginebra board of governor and SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua visited the PBA office on Monday as the league management committee personally convened for the first time in two months since the country was put under an enhanced community quarantine.

    Chua told Marcial and the league ManCom of Ang’s generous offer to have all regular PBA employees undergo COVID-19 testing for free.

    Marcial profusely thanked the SMC executive for his kindhearted act.

    “Pinapaabot namin ang taos-pusong pasasalamat kay SMC President Ramon Ang sa malaking tulong na kanyang ibinabahagi upang matiyak ang kalusugan at kaligtasan ng mga empleyado ng PBA,” said the commissioner.

    Marcial added the move is a major step towards the right direction in the league’s bid to finally resume its 45th season that was stalled indefinitely following the outbreak of the pandemic.

    “Kailangan talaga may testing para makikita natin na safe ang lahat. Kapag hindi ka nag-test, baka mag-alangan siyempre ang mga players. Pero pag may testing and sinabi mong safe tayong lahat, all-out talagang maglalaro ang mga yan.”

    The COVID-19 testing will be done at the SMC headquarters in Ortigas.