By Betheena Unite
Another health facility that will serve as a quarantine site for COVID-19 in southern Metro Manila is now under construction, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
This time, the Filinvest Tent in Alabang, Muntinlupa City is being converted into a quarantine facility. It will house more than a hundred hospital beds for patients who have to undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar announced the construction Thursday, April 30, saying that the 20-square-meter events place Filinvest Tent was among the large-scale venues identified by the government to be used as isolation sites for the treatment and health monitoring of COVID-19 patients.
The place, Villar added, was chosen for its accessibility to major thoroughfares in the south with its major entry and exit points of only a few minutes of travel time from Makati through the South Luzon Expressway and the Skyway.
“Just like the rest of the DPWH-completed isolation sites, Filinvest ‘We Heal as One Center’ will be fully-air-conditioned and complete with necessary facilities,” the secretary said. “
Target completion of Filinvest ‘We Heal as One Center’ is by May 7, 2020 or earlier.” T
he secretary furthered that the Filinvest Development Corporation will sponsor all construction materials for the repurposing of Filinvest Tent into a quarantine facility while the Yuchengco-led construction firm EEI Corporation will provide manpower.
The EEI Corporation, Villar said, has worked with DPWH Task Force and the Villar Group of Companies in building the ‘We Heal As One Center’ at the Philippine International Convention Center Forum Halls in just seven days.
Meanwhile, the department has turned over the newly-completed mega quarantine facility at the Philippine Arena Complex in Bocaue, Bulacan to the Inter-Agency Task Force for Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) and Philippine Coast Guard after a thorough inspection on the 300-capacity mega community quarantine facility was made.
The health facility consists of three fully-air-conditioned tents with bed cubicles. It was completed by the DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Health Facilities formed by Secretary Mark A. Villar, together with Regional Office 3 based on the DOH-approved space of 3.05 square meters per patient.
Medical operations handled by the Coast Guard will soon start for COVID-19 patients, including returning Filipino workers from abroad who will undergo mandatory 14-day facility-based quarantine.