PrimeBMD: A force for good, ally in the recovery

Written by Amy R. Remo

Faced with an unprecedented crisis, she took up the challenge of becoming a force for good.

Even at the onset of the pandemic last year, as economies around the world began to recover from the massive disruptions and hardships that turned lives and businesses upside down, Prime Metro BMD Corporation (PrimeBMD) led by Razon stepped forward. quickly mobilized to provide expertise, support and assistance, not only for its own employees, but also for the country.

As early as April of last year, PrimeBMD, a company engaged in infrastructure development, had started upgrading existing structures into quarantine and isolation facilities for COVID-19 patients, starting with the Ninoy Aquino Stadium and the Rizal Memorial sports complex. This was aimed at strengthening the health infrastructure of the Philippines which, like many other countries, has not been prepared for the onslaught of the pandemic.

“The Razon group has been very proactive in helping the government at the start of this pandemic; and as the group’s infrastructure development company, we have not hesitated to support and support as best we can. We are fortunate to have a dedicated and selfless staff and workers who were truly committed to completing the construction of the Instant Hospitals as quickly as possible, ”said Sebastian Arsenio R. Lacson, Managing Director of PrimeBMD.

“The initiative highlighted the need for cooperation between government and the private sector to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our health system, and if we were asked to do it again, we would be more than willing to reach out, “he added.

Ninoy Aquino Stadium was among the first to be redeveloped by PrimeBMD into an isolation center for COVID-19 patients.

Completed installations

After 18 months, PrimeBMD already has a lot to show. During that short time, he also converted the Philippine Ports Authority cruise ship terminal, which provided quarantine space for returning sailors and overseas workers, and completed the mega facility of 600-bed Solar-Pagcor quarantine, the largest quarantine facility project it has embarked on. .

In addition to the isolation facilities, the group converted three event halls, namely Enderun, Palacio De Manila and the Mall of Asia Arena.

“The latest project we completed is the Nayong Pilipino Mega Vaccination Center in Parañaque, and has the capacity to deliver 15,000 vaccines per day. Funded by the ICTSI Foundation, the vaccination site includes drive-thru vaccination booths and outpatient courts for walk-in visits, ”added Lacson.

For these initiatives, PrimeBMD, a joint venture between Prime Infrastructure Holdings, Inc. and BMD Group, one of Australia’s largest private construction companies, won one of six Grand Stevie Awards, as well as a Gold Stevie Award. in the Most Valuable Corporate Response category of the Asia Pacific Stevie Awards.

“Better lives, resilient economies”

These facilities are, without a doubt, a clear testament to PrimeBMD’s deep commitment to its mission to build better lives and resilient economies. After all, PrimeBMD embarked on these projects despite the challenges of the pandemic. Like other companies, it has also had to deploy new health and safety protocols, innovate, recalibrate, restructure and retool within the organization.

“(The year) 2020 has been difficult for businesses, especially for our industry. With the global pandemic and lockdown restrictions limiting movement and causing delays and disruption to operations, the industry has suffered tremendously. To address these challenges, we have developed a detailed business continuity plan to support our ongoing business operations while supporting and prioritizing the health and safety of our employees and stakeholders, ”said Lacson.

“PrimeBMD’s top priority is the health and safety of our employees and business partners. We have mobilized our resources to support and ensure the livelihoods of our people. The safe continuation of our operations is essential to maintain the employment of our people and to support the economic recovery … By putting in place controls and measures and by constantly working to ensure that we have the necessary supplies and equipment. , we are able to continue to maintain a healthy and safe environment. workplace and operate efficiently to support the business, ”he added.

The rapid construction of quarantine facilities has shown PrimeBMD’s commitment to supporting the government in these difficult times.

Force for good

To support business continuity, PrimeBMD is also adopting strategies that will become a key driver of revenue and business value, leveraging digital trends and innovative business models that will allow it to “thrive in the digital age, achieve a competitive advantage during the recovery, and achieve healthy and sustainable growth.

“We want to establish a stronger presence in the Luzon infrastructure space, as well as start doing more projects in the Visayas, which we are very optimistic about. We are also developing our dredging capacity and moving up the value chain where it is warranted, such as the supply of certain prefabricated components for the various tunnel projects currently on the market, ”added Lacson.

By ensuring the sustainability of its activities and meeting the needs of a country plagued by a pandemic, PrimeBMD is stepping up to become a force for good. Add to that, of course, the fact that infrastructure is seen by many circles as a key part of the country’s recovery.

“At PrimeBMD, we aim to build better lives and resilient economies through critical infrastructure. Our commitment to support and assist the government in increasing its COVID response through the rapid construction of health facilities not only reflects this goal, but is testament to the critical role that infrastructure development plays in revitalizing economies and stimulating the postpandemic recovery, ”concluded Lacson.


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