6 evacuation centers converted into surge quarantine hubs in Central Luzon
Six evacuation centers constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Central Luzon are now being readied as temporary facilities for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients.
DPWH-Region 3 Director Roseller Tolentino said on Monday that the evacuation centers located in Talavera, Nueva Ecija and Dingalan, Aurora will be utilized as quarantine/isolation facilities for the health monitoring and treatment of persons under monitoring (PUMs) and patients under investigation (PUIs).
Tolentino said upon the instruction of DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, they coordinated with the Department of Health (DOH) and the concerned local government units (LGUs) for the operation of converted evacuation centers as temporary medical facilities for Covid-19 patients.
He said the facilities in Nueva Ecija and Aurora can accommodate 17 and 50 patients, respectively.
“Four other evacuation centers are available and ready for use in Central Luzon with two units each in the provinces of Pampanga and Zambales,” he said in a statement.
Earlier, Tolentino said the DOH as well as the concerned LGUs approved the use of evacuation centers in Barangay San Roque, Mexico and Barangay Santa Catalina, Lubao in Pampanga.
Tolentino said the two centers in Pampanga have passed the inspections conducted on April 1 by the DOH and Office of Civil Defense.
The evacuation centers in Zambales are located in the towns of Castillejos and Botolan.
Tolentino said the DPWH team is ready to extend assistance in the conversion into a “mega” quarantine facility several properties of Iglesia Ni Cristo including the Philippine Arena in Bulacan, which is considered as the largest multi-purpose indoor arena with a floor area of 99,000 square meters. (PNA)
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