Metro COVID bed occupancy rate eases at 66 percent, but NCR still has highest usage

Published April 13, 2021, 4:07 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

The National Capital Region (NCR) or Metro Manila still has the highest bed occupancy rate in the country as far as Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMF) for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases is concerned.

Isolation czar and Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sec. Mark A. Villar made this revelation Tuesday, April 13 during a virtual public briefing led by Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque.

“Kung titignan po natin ang chart, makikita po natin na 66 percent na ang capacity sa NCR. Ang pinakamataas na capacity ay nasa NCR…Kaya medyo dito kami nakatutok (If we look at the chart, we can see that NCR is using 66 percent of its capacity. The highest capacity usage is with NCR…that why we are focused there),” Villar said.

Specifically, 4,622 out of the 6,985 total beds at Metro Manila TTMFs are occupied. This is equal to an occupancy rate of 66.17 percent.

For context, Villar reported an occupancy rate of 75 percent among quarantine facilities in NCR during the Laging Handa public briefing last April 6. The 9 percentage point difference suggests that the quarantine facilities in the metropolis have gained some breathing room the past week.

The number of available beds for COVID-19 cases is also steadily increasing; last March 29, the total number such beds in NCR stood at 5,751.
It was early March when local authorities noticed a surge in COVID infections, particularly in NCR.

Rounding up the top five regions with the highest occupancy rates are the following: Region II (Cagayan Valley), with 3,616 out of 7,384 beds occupied, or 48.97 percent; Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR),1,029 out of 2,552, or 40.32 percent; Region I (Ilocos Region), 707 out of 2,267, or 31.19 percent; and Region III (Central Luzon), 1,202 out of 3,931, or 30.58 percent

Villar said the national occupancy rate for TTMFs is a rather manageable 17.40 percent (22,282 out of 128,037 total beds used).

The DPWH boss said they would continue to build more TTMFs and modular hospitals for COVID-19 patients in the coming days.