120-bed isolation facilities to be opened in Iligan City – DPWH
Robie de Guzman • August 28, 2020 • 368
MANILA, Philippines – The construction of new quarantine facilities in Iligan City, Lanao del Norte that will help free up hospital beds for moderate, critical or severe novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases has been completed, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced.
In a statement, DPWH Secretary and the government’s COVID-19 isolation czar Mark Villar said three multi-purpose buildings in Iligan City were converted into isolation facilities with a total of 120-bed capacity by the department in partnership with the city government.
The DPWH said a 40-bed capacity quarantine facility located at Barangay Poblacion has been turned over to the local government on Wednesday, August 26.
Two similar multi-purpose buildings in Barangay Acmac (Sta. Felomina) and Barangay Tomas Cabili were also converted into quarantine facilities each with 40-bed cubicles, the department said.
These facilities will help enable immediate isolation of asymptomatic, mild, suspect or probable cases to help curb the spread of coronavirus in the city, it added.
The DPWH said these facilities, which will be operated by the city health department, will provide not only the much needed treatment of COVID-19 patients but also the proper care of locally stranded individuals and returning overseas Filipino workers undergoing mandatory 14-day period of self-isolation for the protection of their families.
The department said it is planning to build more quarantine facilities will be constructed in Northern Mindanao to ensure that those who cannot undergo self-isolation have a place to stay where they will be cared for and treated by health professionals.
One will be located at Barangay Lunotan, Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental with 37-bed capacity; Talairon, Oroquieta City, Misamis Occidental with 90-bed capacity; and Upper Puerto and Barangay Macasandig, both in Cagayan De Oro City with 20 and 30-bed capacity, respectively.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in an advisory said they are not engaged in any solicitation activity.
In its official Facebook post, the department said they received reports on an individual posing as a DPWH Regional Director and was asking for donations for the unemployed.
“A call was made to a contractor using the number 0966-406-0147 impersonating DPWH Regional Director Lea Delfinado soliciting donations and monetary entitlements for unemployed people, particularly in the National Capital Region (NCR) who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” the post reads.
The department also advised that no individual or organization is authorized to use the names of any DPWH officials for a donation. It also urged the public to report any fraudulent activities through (033) 329-9706 or the DPWH hotline: 165-02. AAC
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday evening (August 31) announced new quarantine measures in some parts of the country as part of the national government’s response to the prevailing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Effective Tuesday (September 1), Iligan City is reverted back to modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the area.
Metro Manila, meanwhile, will remain under general community quarantine (GCQ) along with the provinces of Bulacan, Batangas, Tacloban, Bacolod.
The rest of the country will be under modified general community quarantine (GCQ), the President said,
As of Monday, the country has a total of 220,819 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.
These include 3,558 deaths and 157,562 recoveries based on data from the Department of Health.
MANILA, Philippines – The detailed engineering design preparation for the construction of Panguil Bay Bridge included in the flagship infrastructure projects of the Duterte administration is now ongoing, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar said.
In a statement, Villar said the DPWH’s Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations is fast-tracking the conduct of geotechnical investigation to acquire necessary data for the P7.375 billion design and build of the bridge.
According to DPWH Undersecretary for UPMO Operations Emil Sadain, the final design of the main bridge and the two approaches and viaducts is seen to be completed by December 2020.
The civil works may immediately commence first quarter of 2021, he added.
About 23 more borehole test analysis out of the 45 geotechnical tests are needed to be undertaken to ensure reliable reference for the final design of Panguil Bay Bridge.
The result of this geotechnical investigation onshore and offshore as well as bathymetric data from the study of the underwater depth of ocean floors is vital to ensuring that the Panguil Bay Bridge is built on good foundations with high strength to weight ratio, Sadain said.
The bridge is envisioned to connect Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod in Lanao del Norte. It is also expected to shorten the land travel time from two and a half hours to just seven minutes.
Once completed, Panguil Bay Bridge will become the longest in the Philippines at 3.7 kilometers, overtaking San Juanico Bridge in Eastern Visayas which spans 2.164 kilometers.
The project is funded by a loan agreement between the Government of the Philippine and Korean Export Import Bank with DPWH UPMO Project Manager Teresita Bauzon in-charge of this project.
Villar said Panguil Bay Bridge is a realization of the government’s promise to make Filipinos even more connected by building a mega bridge that will provide convenient inter-island travel in the archipelagic topography of Northern Mindanao.
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