PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF BALITANG SANTA CRUZ DPWH efforts against the spread of Covid-19 are mostly about building quarantine facilities, like this isolation tent in Barangay Jasaan, Santa Cruz, Laguna.
BORONGAN CITY — While focus is now centered on securing vaccines against coronavirus disease, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Eastern Samar will continue to build quarantine facilities.
District Engineer Manolo Rojas said DPWH is planning to build 25 more facilities in the entire province this year. The target is to put one each in the 22 municipalities and more in strategic locations in this city, being the provincial capital with a bigger population.
DPWH technical personnel are already doing site validation and preparing the program of work to determine the budget.
“We have high hopes that this project will be funded because quarantine facilities are identified as priority projects by the government,” he said. “These projects will greatly benefit local government units that are hard up in building a comfortable quarantine facility. Even after the pandemic, these facilities can be used as evacuation centers during disasters.”
The proposed quarantine facilities will be similar to “We Heal As One” Centers and will be equipped with patients’ wards, nurse room, nurse station, swabbing area and comfort rooms.
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