The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has now completed a total of 300 quarantine facilities nationwide, with 308 more that are under construction.
During Monday’s Laging Handa public briefing, Undersecretary and head of DPWH Task Force Head for Augmentation of Health Facilities Emil K. Sadain said the completed quarantine facilities accounts to a total of 84,000 bed capacity intended for COVID-19 infected patients, including those who are asymptomatic.
Sadain said the DPWH is prioritizing those areas that have the most number of COVID-19 cases such as the National Capital Region (NCR) which remains under a general community quarantine (GCQ) classification, as well as Regions 7, 3, and 6.
But despite the government’s efforts to build more isolation facilities to manage the infections, many remain reluctant to temporarily live in these areas to get treatment. Hence, Sadain said all the concerned local government units (LGU) should expand their information campaign about the importance of quarantine facilities.
“Alam po natin marami na pong mga kapatid natin na nasa bahay lang pero ito po ay alinsunod po sa kautusan ng IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) na hangga’t maari, lahat po na may sakit na COVID-infected should actually go to isolation facilities. So, mahalaga po ang pakikipagtulungan ng local government down to the barangay [level] para po ipaalam yung mga isolation facilities na available sa mga lugar,” he said.
“Ito pong isolation facilities na ginagawa natin ito po ay makakatulong para po pigilin ang pagkalat ng COVID-19,” he added, citing that the remaining sites are nearing completion.
The DPWH is also continuing the construction of offsite dormitories nationwide intended for the country’s medical frontline workers. This, as majority Philippine hospitals have now reached a maximum bed capacity amid the surge in COVID-19 patients.