DPWH eyes completion of offsite dormitories for QC medical frontliners by end of June
Robie de Guzman • June 22, 2020 • 348
MANILA, Philippines – The construction of six cluster dormitories for medical frontline workers in Quezon City is expected to be completed by the end of June, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the dormitories, which are being built inside the Quezon Memorial Circle, will have 16 rooms with own toilet and bath with hot and cold water.
Each room for each dormitory cluster can accommodate 32 people or a total capacity of 192 people for six dormitories, he added.
The DPWH chief also said that the offsite dormitories are made of collapsible components fabricated to assemble 16 rooms, with spaces intended for living room, common dining, and laundry and kitchen areas.
Medical personnel of Quezon City-based hospitals such as National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Veterans Memorial Hospital, Childrens Hospital, V. Luna General Hospital, Quezon City General Hospital and other government hospitals in QC will benefit from the temporary shelter project.
Villar, together with Quezon City officials, inspected the ongoing construction of the dormitories last Friday, June 19.
The offsite dormitories were conceptualized by the DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Health Facilities headed by Undersecretary Emil Sadain to support the need for accommodation facilities of hospital workers on the front lines of caring for COVID-19 patients.
Operation of the dormitories after its completion by the DPWH will be undertaken by the local government unit.
This is in accordance with the memorandum of agreement signed by Villar and Quezon City Mayor Belmonte in putting up ‘We Heal as One Offsite Dormitory’ solely for use by doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working in hospitals within the jurisdiction of Quezon City who need space to rest between shifts.
When the structure is no longer needed, the DPWH said the temporary dormitories can be dismantled and removed on site.
The department said each of the components can be safely stored as part of its property for other related requirements such as temporary shelter during disaster/calamity response.
The Quezon City Government has released the guidelines it has drafted to expedite contact tracing of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in large companies.
QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said this is to further contain the virus and minimize the employee risk of infection and economic effects of COVID-19.
Based on the guidelines, an individual is considered a close contact if he or she had face-to-face contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case within one-meter distance, for more than 15 minutes and within a 14 day period from the confirmed case’s onset of symptoms.
Those in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case should undergo a 14-day quarantine and should undertake the swab testing if he or she is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
“In either case, close contacts should not be allowed to report for work immediately upon identification as such, and should be required to self-isolate at home,” Belmonte said.
Companies are also mandated to require their employees to list down all usual close contacts, both inside and outside work, even prior to any confirmed or suspect COVID-19 case.
“Companies are also mandated to provide the City Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (CESU), through email@example.com, with updates regarding confirmed cases and close contacts among the workforce,” the guidelines also stated. AAC
The Quezon City government has warned officials of private subdivisions and condominiums in the city who will hamper measures to contain the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
In a statement, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said imprisonment and hefty fine will be imposed on subdivision and condominium officials who will refuse to cooperate in the local government’s contact tracing efforts.
Belmonte issued the warning after officials of a condominium building in Barangay Sto. Cristo and a subdivision in Barangay Matandang Balara prevented the entry of contact tracers into their premises despite intervention from the barangay officers.
“Hindi tayo magdadalawang-isip na kasuhan ang mga opisyal ng subdivision at condominium na hindi makikipagtulungan sa ating mga pagkilos laban sa virus,” Belmonte said in a statement.
“Nakakalungkot ang nangyaring ito dahil dapat ay nagkakaisa tayo sa paglaban kontra sa COVID-19, na kung hindi agarang maagapan ay maaring humantong sa lalong pagkalat ng virus sa mga natukoy na lugar,” she added.
The city government said it will file charges against officials of the said condominium and subdivision for violation of Republic Act No. 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.
“The city is also mulling to file other charges against them for their non-cooperation and for preventing our health personnel from doing their duty,” Assistant City Administrator for Operations Alberto Kimpo said in the same statement.
The violation carries a penalty of ₱20,000 but not more than ₱50,000 in fines, or imprisonment of not less than one month but not more than six months.
“If other homeowners and condominium associations remain uncooperative, we have no other option but to hale them to court as well,” Belmonte stressed.
“Pero huwag na sanang umabot pa sa korte ang usapan. Nananawagan ako sa homeowners and condominium associations na makiisa sa ating kampanya laban sa COVID-19 alang-alang sa kaligtasan ng lahat,” she added.
MANILA, Philippines – The conduct of a limited number of protests during President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) next week will be allowed in Quezon City, Mayor Joy Belmonte said on Tuesday.
In a virtual press briefing, Belmonte said demonstrations with limited number of participants will be allowed but would have to comply with the minimum health standards such as the mandatory wearing of face masks and the observance of physical distancing.
She also reminded demonstrators who wish to join protests on Monday, July 27, to coordinate with the city government and the police to get a permit as provided for under the law.
Belmonte warned that protesters will be dispersed if they fail to comply with the rules.
“We will be very strict in ensuring that all of these protesters or demonstrators or rallyist will be complying with minimum health standards. Otherwise, we have to right to of course remind them or disperse them peacefully of course kung nakikita natin na nagiging public health hazard na po sila,” she said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Joan Nano)
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