ONE hundred seventeen Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets have tested negative for the virus that causes the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
The cadets were among those tested during the three-day Aggressive Community Testing (ACT) sponsored by the National Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (NTF-EID) program, in coordination with the local government units, Bases Conversion Development Authority (BCDA), and John Hay Management Corporation (JHMC).
Seventy-one cadets were first swabbed, then 46 more were tested on November 6 in the academy.
PMA Commandant of Cadets Brigadier General Romeo Brawner Jr. said 117 cadets showing symptoms of the disease were chosen to take part in the testing conducted last week.
PMA in February imposed an institution-wide lockdown as a proactive measure against the virus.
As of Monday, November 9, Brawner said the academy remained on lockdown.
During the 122nd Founding anniversary of the PMA on October 24, Superintendent and Vice Admiral Alex Cusi said they are doing their best not only to keep the academy Covid-free since the pandemic erupted, but continue to be a world-class training and education facility for the Filipino cadets.
Cadets in the academy were also asked to adapt to the trend of the new normal having a stable mind and fit body to save them from the adverse effects of the pandemic.