Biggest quarantine facility in Metro Manila set to open later this month

Published August 11, 2020, 12:04 PM

by Dhel Nazario

The biggest mega quarantine facility in Metro Manila by far is set to open later this month to accommodate COVID-positive patients who are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms.

National Action Plan (NAP) Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Secretary Vince Dizon announced this during an inspection of the facility’s ongoing construction on Monday.

Located in Parañaque City, the 525-bed mega quarantine facility is funded by the Razon Group through its construction arm Prime Metro BMD Corporation, and Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, Inc.

Dizon expressed gratitude to the Razon Group as well as Meralco and the Maynilad Water Services Inc. for providing power and water connections to the facility.

The mega quarantine center is one of the additional COVID-19 facilities that will be built to service Metro Manila, Bulacan, and the CALABARZON Region and will have a total capacity of 3,000 beds.

“A lot of the cases are mild and asymptomatic cases, up to 98.5% to 99%. We are going to have to house them and allow them to get better, roughly for two weeks, and these are the facilities that are going to house them,” he added.

Also present during the inspection was undersecretary Emil Sadain who said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has finished a total of 300 quarantine facilities all over the country.

The DPWH is also constructing 95 more for completion this month until the early part of September and that these facilities have a total capacity of around 13,000 beds.  

Prime BMD Chief Executive Officer Jeff Gallus said they are aiming for the facility to be used by August 25.

“It’s an immense source of pride for us to be able to support the IATF and the government in achieving this outcome…This is a great opportunity for us to be involved; and certainly for Mr. Razon, for his support, so we can continue to help in this crisis,” Gallus said.