Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
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Ateneo de Manila University's actions and response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic
Ateneo de Manila University is closely monitoring and actively engaging in the fight against the ongoing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
From relief efforts to ongoing research activities, the University has mobilized its resources and community to respond to the global health emergency. This page is a repository of Ateneo's activities in the COVID-19 response; this also serves to collect information and resources for current and prospective students, faculty, staff, members of the extended Ateneo community, and the general public.
AMPLify: Ateneo’s Way of Amplifying Testing and Increasing Innovations in Health Care and Research (15 April 2021)
"AMPLify aims to allocate 15% of its weekly income to administer free tests to identified marginalized communities. We hope to increase this number through sponsorships to enable us to help more people."
Ateneo de Manila University established the Ateneo Molecular Pathology Laboratory (AMPLify) in response to the nation’s call for more diagnostic facilities to help ramp up testing capacity as one way to fight the pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 and all other notifiable infectious diseases.
It is a laboratory with Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) containment designed in accordance with the provisions of the World Health Organization (WHO). The facility is currently designed for the detection of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID 19, using real time RT-PCR.
AMPLify is fully-equipped with top of the line automated machines and high quality reagents, and manned by a group of well-trained laboratory personnel that are dedicated to COVID-19 testing. It was granted a License to Operate (LTO) by the Department of Health-Health Facilities and Services Regulatory Bureau effective 23 March 2021.
AMPLify is also looking at plans for a possible drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility in the coming weeks, as a way to further increase testing facilities available to the public.
Ateneo de Manila's Loyola Heights campus has opened its gates for Quezon City residents, as one of the city's designated vaccination sites. The Ateneo Grade School cafeteria has been opened to serve as the venue for vaccinations.
Ateneo de Manila has procured 18,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the University, with its workforce as the primary beneficiaries. This is made possible with the assistance of the Management Association of the Philippines, the ICTSI Foundation, Unilab, and AC Health.
Quezon City LGU vaccination site opens at Grade School cafeteria (4 May 2021)
Hundreds of Quezon City residents received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Ateneo Grade School cafeteria, which is being used as a vaccination site operated by the Quezon City local government unit and opened Tuesday, 4 May 2021.
Working together with the PRC and the Quezon City local government, the Ateneo de Manila community is taking this step to help in any way it can, whoever it can during this critical point in our fight to defeat this pandemic. We call on the community to pray for the success of this endeavor, as this operation will be an important element in ensuring our city can isolate and lead patients towards recovery.
- Fr Bobby Yap SJ
In a memo to the University community, 8 April 2021
Philippine Red Cross-Quezon City LGU Isolation Facility
Ateneo de Manila University has partnered with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the local government of Quezon City, putting up an isolation facility for Quezon City residents who are asymptomatic or with mild COVID-19 symptoms, and cannot isolate at home.
Ateneo de Manila is providing the prefabricated building complex of the Ateneo de Manila Junior High School in the Loyola Heights campus as the location for the facility. PRC and the QC LGU are managing the facility.
Ateneo-PRC-QC Isolation Facility: Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Isolation Facility?
It is a concrete response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases as of late, especially in Metro Manila. Ateneo, PRC, and the Quezon City government teamed up to establish this additional isolation facility for COVID-19 patients who cannot isolate safely in their homes. The facility is intended to help control the spread of the virus among other family members of COVID-19 positive patients.
Who is in charge of the facility?
The Philippine Red Cross is managing the facility. Ateneo de Manila only provided the physical facility.
Who can be admitted?
It is intended for COVID-19 patients who are asymptomatic or exhibiting only mild symptoms. Only patients referred by the QC LGU and PRC will be admitted to the facility. Walk-in patients are strictly not allowed.
Will Ateneo de Manila employees/faculty/students be prioritized?
No. The admission of patients is managed by the QC LGU and PRC, therefore priority is determined by them, not by Ateneo.
How safe are the other occupants of the Ateneo Loyola Heights campus?
The isolation facility is of considerable distance from other on-campus locations where people are working or living (ex. dormitories and Jesuit Residence), so there is very little or no risk of them being infected by those at the facility.
Strict health, safety, and security protocols will be enforced, to ensure the safety of the patients, staff, and the people who are residing or working inside the campus. In addition, PRC will also implement stringent guidelines and regulations for the well-being of admitted patients and staff.
Staff and supplies for the isolation facility will only be able to enter and exit the campus via Gate 2. There will be a PRC shuttle that will take care of transporting to and from the isolation facility.
What happens when a patient develops more serious symptoms?
A PRC ambulance will be on stand-by at all times to transport any patient who manifests more serious symptoms to a PRC partner hospital.
Where can I get more information?
For more information, you may contact the Quezon City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (QCESU) Mondays-Saturday, 8am-5pm, at these numbers:
You may also email or message QCESU at
You may also contact the Philippine Red Cross via their hotline, 1158.
Making Sense of COVID-19:
Research, Analysis, and Creative Work
Research, Analysis, and Creative Work
Highlights of research, policy papers, and other activities of Ateneo de Manila University’s various units,
in relation to understanding the COVID-19 pandemic.
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