Filipino-owned construction firm plans to build more isolation centers in PH

Published September 30, 2020, 7:00 AM

by Madelaine B. Miraflor

Filipino-owned Smarthouse Corporation expects the demand for COVID-19 isolation centers to increase until next year, a top company official said.

“As the pandemic is expected to be around until next year, according to authorities, there will be a constant need for the installation of health facilities,” said Smarthouse Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher Kyle Malig.

Together with partners and various LGUs, Smarthouse Corporation continue to fulfill construction requirements for fellow Filipinos as we all continue to fight the COVID-19 situation.

Smarthouse Corp. was commissioned by the government’s Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to build isolation centers nationwide as part of the measures to contain COVID-19.

A 100-percent Filipino company, Smarthouse Corp. offers alternative and cost-efficient building materials through the use of prefabricated technology.  

To be specific, it was tapped by various local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao for the construction of local quarantine facilities to isolate confirmed cases, persons under investigation, local stranded individuals, and returning overseas Filipino workers.

The company was also tasked by various LGUs to build dormitories for medical personnel to help prevent the families of the frontliners from being infected with the virus.

According to Malig, the firm now has a track record in building the most numbers of health, isolation and quarantine facilities across the archipelago.

“We offer the same products and services to various government agencies and private companies, and they have seen the functionality and durability of these health facilities. This patented technology shifts the focus away from home isolation to community quarantine, as the need for these types of facilities is given top priority by government authorities,” he said.

Among the notable projects the company has undertaken so far are the testing and dialysis center in Cebu, the Land Transportation Office Testing Center in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan, isolation centers in Davao, Samar, and the testing laboratories in Iloilo, Makati, and Pasay.

Malig added that their prefab structures are resilient to typhoons, strong winds, and earthquakes up to intensity eight, and are ideal for either permanent or recreational living.

The patented luxury container van units it developed, which include insulated walls, roofs, windows, doors and steel structures, are also easy to dismantle and transport, making relocation quick and cost-efficient, he added.

Smarthouse Corp. currently has site offices in key areas such as Manila, Iloilo, Leyte, Palawan, Cebu and Davao.

It delivers and installs prefabricated modular buildings anywhere in the Philippines.