Palma Hall in UP Diliman to be used as quarantine facility

Published April 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Marjaleen Ramos

A building at the University of the Philippines Diliman in Quezon City will temporarily serve as an isolation area for people suspected of having the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

(Jefferson VIllacruz via UP Diliman official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)
(Jefferson VIllacruz via UP Diliman official Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN)

In a statement released last April 17, Friday, UP’s College of Social Sciences and Philosophy or CSSP, announced that the lobby and the classrooms on the first floor of Palma Hall will be converted into a quarantine facility for COVID-19 suspects.

The department added classrooms on the second and third floors could also be used.

On Saturday, the CSSP, along with the UPD Office of the Campus Architect, said it has already started preparing the classrooms in Palma Hall.

The department said several custodial workers of CSSP have volunteered to work.

The CSSP, meanwhile, assured it is observing proper health protocols to keep its school personnel safe and has also requested for personal protective equipment for their security guards.

Sanitation, disinfection, and other health measures already in placed and practiced in other buildings also designated for COVID-19 purposes will also be applied to Palma hall, the department added.

“As we are not returning to our physical classes, for the rest of the semester and the midyear, this will not constitute a risk to our students, faculty, and staff members.”