By Raymund Antonio
Stepping up efforts to address the plight of health workers and frontliners, the Office of Vice President Leni Robredo and its private partners will open a dormitory for them amid the health crisis.
Situated in Cubao, Quezon City, Robredo said the dormitory will serve as temporary housing for the frontliners who have worked tirelessly to fight the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Bukas ito para sa mga health workers, medical practitioners, at iba pang frontliners tulad ng mga security guards at iba pang volunteers sa mga programa kaugnay sa laban sa banta ng COVID-19,” she said in a Facebook post.
(This will be open for health workers, medical practitioners, and other frontliners like security guards and other volunteers in the programs related to the fight against COVID-19.)
Traveling health workers and frontliners may stay in the dormitory for free, but due to space limitations, this will be on a first come, first served basis.
Robredo’s office partnered with Rotary Club of San Juan del Monte, Spouses of Rotary Club of San Juan North, and a certain Jay Ignacio, to turn the dormitory into temporary housing for COVID-19 frontliners.
The OVP advised those interested to contact Andrea using the number 0998-5917408 to reserve a slot in the dormitory.
Robredo has responded in various ways to contain the novel coronavirus outbreak, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared to be a pandemic.
Her office and partners have provided free shuttle service for health workers after the mass transport was suspended due to the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
The OVP has so far distributed 20,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE), including extraction kits worth P5.3 million, in various hospitals in and outside Metro Manila.
The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City received the extraction kits that may be used for 12,750 coronavirus tests. (Raymund F. Antonio)