The corporate social responsibility arms of Meralco and PLDT-Smart joined hands to set up a pop-up molecular laboratory at the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Quezon City. The containerized laboratory enables the hospital, which was designated as a COVID-19 primary care facility, to conduct its own reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests to detect the presence of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
One Meralco Foundation (OMF) and PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) donated laboratory equipment, while construction firm EEI Corporation provided the container vans used to temporarily house the laboratory. Previously, OMF and PSF also turned over more than PhP 30 million worth of hospital equipment to the EAMC for its newly-inaugurated Center for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (CERID) facility. The pop-up laboratory will soon be transferred to the said facility.