P275-M allotted for quarantine facilities in Caraga

Published July 29, 2020, 8:20 AM

by Mike Crismundo

BUTUAN CITY – In an effort to assist the local government units in attending to the needs of local stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipino workers (ROFs) in Northeastern Mindanao or Caraga region, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allocated funds amounting to P275 million to build community quarantine facilities in the five provinces and cities in the region. 

The government has already laid out a plan in bringing home all the remaining LSIs and ROFs still in Manila and Cebu.

Of this allocated budget, DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar has already given the green light for the initial release of P175 million on Friday (July 24) for Caraga region.

The establishment of community quarantine facilities was also in full support of President Duterte’s “Hatid Tulong Program” (HTP) for LSIs and ROFs.

Villar is currently supervising and monitoring all constructed community quarantine facilities throughout the country.

“We are now in the process in building up all these community quarantine facilities in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur and Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands,” DPWH 13 Regional Director Engr. Pol M. Delos Santos said.

Community quarantine facilities are also set to be constructed in the cities of Butuan, Surigao, Bislig, Cabadbaran, Tandag and Bayugan, he said. 

Each community quarantine facility has 50-bed capacity.

These community quarantine facilities are equipped with nursing home, comfort room, beds, WIFI and CCTV, the region’s top DPWH 13 official said.

“This is emergency and we are in a hurry to complete these and we are targeting three weeks to complete these facilities,” stressed Delos Santos, in an exclusive interview with Manila Bulletin on Tuesday.

There are more than 3,000 LSIs and ROFs expected to return to Caraga region, who are stranded in Metro Manila and Cebu due to lockdown cause by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

“The ground works of these community quarantine facilities are now moving in said targeted provinces and cities spread all over the region,” Delos Santos added.