Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Roger Mercado inspected an operational modular health facility suitable for mandatory quarantine put up by DPWH National Capital Region (NCR) in Pasay City.
“We are checking if facilities, after months of use, remain conducive to people experiencing mild symptoms or if we need to undertake preventive maintenance of some parts,” Mercado said during his inspection of an isolation facility with an off-site dormitory for medical personnel along J.W. Diokno Boulevard, Pasay City together with DPWH Senior Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, Undersecretary Maximo Carvajal, Assistant Secretary Wilfredo Mallari, and DPWH National Capital Region Director Nomer Abel Canlas.
“Our isolation facilities, although temporary, must be properly maintained, so that we can continue to address the needs of patients.”
“Our isolation facilities, although temporary, must be properly maintained, so that we can continue to address the needs of patients who are recovering while preventing the spread of infection to healthcare workers,” the public works chief added.
In NCR, the DPWH has built and converted a total of 34 isolation facilities with a 3,787-bed capacity.
Seven facilities are in Pasay City, two each in Pasig and Muntinlupa City, one each in Makati, Marikina, San Juan, Las Piñas, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela City, three in Parañaque City, four in the city of Manila, and eight in Quezon City.
Each facility is equipped with fully air-conditioned rooms, beds, toilets, and baths, some with dormitories for healthcare workers that have living, dining, kitchen, and laundry areas.