By Betheena Unite
Close to 300 sanitation tents have been set up on major highways in the country to disinfect vehicles plying the roads to counter the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Thursday.
A total of 289 sanitation tents were installed on vital national roads in the country and at the entrances of every DPWH office around the country.
Through the combined efforts of 16 regional and 184 district engineering offices nationwide, the disinfection procedures for people and vehicles were put in place as part of the nationwide disinfection operation of the department, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said.
As of Thursday noon, Senior Undersecretary Rafael Yabut said the sanitation tents applying disinfecting procedures are in the following areas: Cordillera Administrative Region with 18, Region 1 with 35, Region 2 with seven; Region 3 with four, Region 4A with 65, Region 4B with 18, Region 5 with 16, Region 6 with 18, Region 7 with 15, Region 8 with 17, Region 9 with 14, Region 10 with 43, Region 11 with three, Region 12 with eight, and Region 13 with eight.
Staff manning the sanitation tents are provided with personal protective equipment such as surgical masks, gloves, rubber boots, and safety goggles to also protect them from the virus, Yabut said.
Twenty-one gantry facilities were also installed on major routes to wash off possible virus being transported by vehicles along the highways. These are located in some checkpoint areas in Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, and Western Visayas.
“DPWH Regional and District Engineering Offices nationwide are closely coordinating with national government agencies and local government units to offer our service in any way that we can. Right now, we are beginning to set up sanitation tents and stations to at least minimize the spread of the virus,” said Villar.
“This disinfection operation will continue for the whole duration of the enhanced community quarantine, beyond if necessary.”