Mandaluyong City closes vaccination sites for disinfection

Marje Pelayo   •   April 15, 2021   •   163

MANILA, Philippines — The Mandaluyong City government has announced the temporary closure of some of the city’s vaccination sites for disinfection.

These include the Andres Bonifacio Integrated School, the Isaac Lopez Integrated School, the Hulo Integrated School, and the Pedro P. Cruz Elementary School.

The temporary suspension of operations starts Thursday (April 15) and ends on Friday (April 16).

For updates on the resumption of operations in the said vaccination sites, Mandaluyong City constituents are encouraged to visit the city government’s official Facebook page @mandaluyongpio.

DPWH begins construction of mega modular hospital in Mandaluyong City

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 30, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has begun the groundworks for the construction of the Mega Modular Hospital Project in Mandaluyong City.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the construction is to increase health care capacity and better serve the needs of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.

He reported that the equipment and manpower are now working on-site for the construction of 11 cluster units of modular health facilities which will be located at the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) compound.

“We initiated the construction of the additional pop-up hospital to further augment the country’s healthcare facilities and ensure care is not hampered for Covid-19 patients and to protect the welfare of the Filipino people,” he said.

The project consists of eight cluster units of modular hospital with 176 total bed capacity. In addition, three cluster units of off-site dormitories will be built for hospital personnel and other health service frontliners. AAC

Universities offer facilities to serve as vaccination sites

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Several universities have offered their facilities to be used as vaccination sites for local government units (LGUs).

According to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the agency and the Union of the Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) are collaborating with 17 public and private higher education institutions (HEIs) in establishing additional vaccination centers inside school premises.

The 17 HEIs that offered their facilities to serve as vaccination sites of local government units are:

  1. Our Lady of Fatima University – Valenzuela
  2. Manila Central University
  3. University of Perpetual Help System Dalta – Las Piñas Campus
  4. De La Salle University – Dasmariñas
  5. St. Louis University
  6. Central Philippine University
  7. West Visayas State University
  8. OLFU- San Fernando, Pampanga
  9. University of Baguio
  10. Benguet State University
  11. University of Cebu
  12. University of Perpetual Help – Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University
  13. OLFU-Quezon City
  14. De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute
  15. Notre Dame Kidapawan College
  16. North Valley College Foundation
  17. Cotabato Medical Foundation

CHED Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III said that more HEIs have signified their interest to become vaccination sites.

“These HEIs have been inspected by the CHED, the local IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force), and LGUs so we are sure that the proper health protocols, retrofitting of facilities, and the requirements for safety are already being implemented by these universities. These HEIs also have big facilities like gymnasiums that can be used for vaccination. They have the necessary health personnel who can assist in the vaccination drive,” De Vera said. AAC

1,212 schools nationwide turned over as vaccination, isolation sites — DepEd

Marje Pelayo   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 1,212 schools nationwide have been utilized as vaccination and temporary isolation facilities for COVID-19 patients, Education Secretary Leonor Briones confirmed on Tuesday, April 13.

Aside from classrooms and gymnasiums, school grounds are also converted into quarantine areas.

Ito ay ni-review ng DepEd , local government and DOH. Dapat papasa sa requirements ng DOH, dahil ayaw natin ma-expose kung sino mang andiyan sa eskwelahan at this time (The DepEd , local government and the DOH have reviewed these facilities. The areas should pass the requirements of DOH because we do not want to expose anyone present at the school premises at this time),” Briones said.

As requested by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Metro Manila mayors, the DepEd has allowed the use of some school buildings for government health-related activities.

May schools kami na one room lang ang clinic, mayroon kaming schools na medyo may lugar talaga for isolation centers. Ayaw natin gamitin ang schools na walang tubig, malayo sa health facilities at nasa crowded (We have schools with only one room for a clinic and we have schools with a place to spare for isolation centers. We do not want to use schools that lack water supply; too far from health facilities and located in crowded areas),” Briones explained, giving responsibility to local government units to manage and monitor all concerned schools.

Of the 1,212 schools used as quarantine facilities, only four are located in Metro Manila; 422 in Eastern Visayas and 216 in Bicol.

Education Undersecretary for Administration Alain Pascua explained that while the surge of infection is higher in Metro Manila, only a few schools were turned over for medical purposes because the region already has a lot of hospitals and facilities.

 

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