More isolation facilities and vaccination centers are being constructed in collaboration with the DPWH, DOH and the DOT to combat the surge of infections of the virus Nationwide.
A total of 635 isolation facilities nationwide were completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar announced that “139 out of 635 isolation facilities and off-site dormitories are in NCR. The Nationwide utilization rate is 16.91 percent or 21,362 out of 126,358 beds.”
The current utilization rate in the National Capital Region, noted by Villar, is at 75 percent or 4,938 out of 6,576 beds. The data did not include beds in hotels under Oplan Kalinga.
The DPWH, together with the Department of Health (DOH) assisted in adding extensions for level 3 hospitals utilizing modular construction. The Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Tala, Caloocan City with 22-rooms, operational since last March 2021; and the 16-bed pop-up hospital at the Lung Center of the Philippines which was turned over in November 2020 were among the hospitals that were extended.
According to the Wernick Buildings Website, modular hospitals are quick to manufacture and install. Modular construction provides hospitals and other health providers the most efficient solution for patient accommodation without compromising the safety and quality of care.
Recently, the Quezon Institute Modular Hospital which has a total bed capacity of 110 beds were also constructed.
“More COVID-19 isolation facilities are to be completed in the coming days not only within the NCR Plus to ensure patients, especially severe cases, are catered to. Simultaneously, we continue to build more facilities in other areas across the country,” said Villar.
“We continue to expand both the temporary treatment and isolation/monitoring facilities, and rest assured that we are doing our best to fast-track completion of health facilities that will back our health care system,” he added.
The National government is also building at least four other more modular hospitals at the following locations: National Kidney Transplant Institute, Lung Center, Southern Philippine Medical Center, and Dr. Jose Rodriguez Hospital.
Furthermore, the Department of Tourism played a role in constructing a vaccination facility in Nayong Pilipino Property.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) commemorates the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) agreement with the DOT-endorsed initiative regarding the construction of a free and temporary vaccination center at the Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF).
The chosen vacant lot is a DOT-attached agency in Paranaque City. Newly-made vaccination centers will be a step-up to the government's vaccination program.
The facility is said to have a public-private partnership and promising to vaccinate 12,000 people or more per day.
The National Task Force against COVID-19 (NTF), as authorized by the IATF, agreed with the Nayong Pilipino Foundation, to which the NPF already gives its finest preliminary approval of the project when it was proposed and suggests having it executed immediately.
The DOT stands firm on its commitment in supporting the vaccination program with its proposal of the temporary use of the NPF property. Its actions lay consistently with the approved endorsement and with the NTF approving the Tourism front lines to be included in the priority list.
Sources: DOT, PhilStar