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Pineda: Lodging offered to Pampanga health workers experiencing discrimination

Apr 4, 2020 @ 11:49
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Pampanga Gov. Dennis Pineda on Friday offered temporary accommodation for the health care workers and personnel of two hospitals in his province, especially those experiencing discrimination from landlords or homeowners.

The offer was made to workers from Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital (DPPMH) and Jose B. Lingad Regional Memorial Hospital (JBLRMH) “who preferred not to go home amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine,” the Pampanga public information office said.

Board Members Ananias Canlas Jr. and Anthony Joseph Torres said Pineda decided to provide free accommodation due to “discrimination experienced by the healthcare workers in their respective boarding houses where the owners want them to temporarily vacate the housing facilities to avoid the possible spread of COVID 19 in their respective areas.”

They said other healthcare workers decided not to go home to protect the health of their families from possible contamination and infection.

The temporary shelter is a “hotel-like facility with a 70-room capacity that can accommodate two personnel in every room with consideration to physical or social distancing,” the Pampanga PIO said.

Aside from the accommodation, the governor will also provide free food and free transportation for the health care workers.

Initially, 55 personnel from DPMMH and 30 from JBLRMH signified their intention to accept the offer by the provincial government, according to the PIO.

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