The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) turned over on Friday, October 23 the newly repaired and converted facilities of the Province of Cebu which will be used as temporary treatment and monitoring facilities for Covid-19.
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, in a message read by 7th District Provincial Board (PB) Member Christopher Baricuatro, thanked President Rodrigo Duterte and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar for helping local government units address the Covid-19 pandemic.
The two facilities are Apas Evacuation Center worth P3.5 million and the Cebu Provincial Women and Children Development Center worth P2.5 million in Sitio Sudlon, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City. The Women Center is now used as a quarantine facility of the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) after the Capitol granted them access to it.
“We are confident that the health facilities turned over today will go a long way in helping the Province of Cebu strengthen its response in this fight against Covid-19 and in the delivery of health care for our men in uniform and the general public,” Garcia said.
“With this, we can limit home isolation and hopefully prevent the spread of Covid-19,” she added.
The governor also lauded other national government agencies including the Department of Health, Department of National Defense, Inter Agency Task Force on Covid-19, and the Office of the Presidential Assistance for the Visayas through Secretary Michael Dino “in their continuous efforts to expand isolation capacities throughout the region.”
“These projects are part of the interventions provided by the national government to help LGUs and augment resources to address problems brought about by Covid-19 pandemic in the country,” her message read.
She also commended those who have worked hard to complete the project despite the limited time.
“Your commitment and dedication has been vital for the realization of this endeavor. I sincerely hope that through our collective efforts we can overcome this pandemic,” she said.
CPPO Chief Aladdin Collado expressed his gratitude for the temporary use of the Capitol facility which he said will benefit police personnel who are mostly in the frontlines manning checkpoints all over the Province.
“Malaking tulong po eto sa mga pulis natin kasi ang mga pulis po natin ay susceptible sa sakit. Nakikita naman natin ang kahalagahan nang quarantine facilities. So sa pamamagitan ng maganda at maayos na quarantine facilities masisigurado natin na ang kapulisan natin ay magkakaroon ng tamang kaayosan sa kanilang kalusugan,” Collado said.
The Women Center is located a few meters beside the CPPO Headquarters in Sitio Sudlon.
Provincial Health Office Chief Dr. Cristina Giango disclosed that the Apas Evacuation Center will be used by the Province to accommodate Covid-19 positive patients who are unable to go back to their hometowns like Overseas Filipino Workers or other residents.
Aside from the Capitol properties, the DPWH also turned over temporary treatment and monitoring facilities in Mactan-Cebu International Airport and Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City; Cebu City Quarantine Center; former North Bus Terminal in Mandaue City; and DPWH-7 located in South Road Properties, Cebu City. (Vanessa L. Almeda)