DPWH to convert mega tents at Cuidad de Victoria as COVID-19 quarantine facilities

Published April 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Betheena Unite 

Three mega tents at Cuidad de Victoria in Bulacan are being eyed as quarantine facilities for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) bared Tuesday.

The department said it is “working for the modification of three mega tents” at the Ciudad de Victoria in Bocaue, Bulacan, to augment the country’s facilities in the fight against the dreaded disease.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said the DPWH Task Force on Augmentation of Healthcare Facilities, headed by Undersecretary Emil Sadain, assessed the three mega tents Monday.

Villar said “the mega tent facilities were offered by the Igleasia Ni Cristo to help the government curb the spread of COVID-19.”

The three mega tents, once converted, can accommodate about 440 patients exhibiting mild symptoms of COVID-19 and those who are asymptomatic.

Based on the assessment conducted by the agency, the existing steel frame and other partition materials in the mega tents have to be modified to ensure that it complies with the Department of Health (DOH) standards for health facilities.

Villar said the DPWH-Region 3 was tapped to extend manpower assistance in the modification works of quarantine facility the soonest time possible. The department “is now preparing the design plan for all development activities at the said site and will refer to hospital design specialist Architect Dan Lichauco for comments and approval,” Villar added.

Sadain, on the other hand, said the support of private contractors and other partners similar to that provided at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), World Trade Center, and Rizal Memorial Coliseum would consequently speed up the development of facility at Ciudad de Victoria to meet the needs for urgent health care.

The INC is also offering its Garden Suites, also part of the Ciudad de Victoria estate, as separate housing facilities for assigned healthcare workers.

“The DPWH is also preparing to convert the Philippine Institute of Sports Multi-Purpose Arena or Philsports Arena (formerly Ultra) in Pasig City into quarantine center for healthcare monitoring and treatment of 156 patients,” Villar said.