April 27, 2020, Bulacan– Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar announced the opening of the 300-bed quarantine facility at the Philippine Arena Complex’s “We Heal as One” center for suspected COVID-19 cases before April 29 due date.
“May mga tatapusin today, at bukas ang final inspection. 80% na siya, electrical works na lang, and installation ng Wi-Fi ng Smart,” Villar said in an interview on Dobol B sa News TV.
Villar said they are hoping that the facility will be fully operational by weekend.
Manning the Philippine Arena as quarantine facility are medical professionals from the ranks of the police and the military.
“May mga doctor and nurses rin po from Armed Forces and the police, at kailangan po talaga sila para mabuo ang work force,” Villar said.
Tent number 1, with a floor space of 26 by 195 meter, houses cubicles of 92 beds; while the other two tents have 104 beds, and with identical areas of 50 meters by 60 meters, said Sadain.
The quarantine facility installed three 40-footer container vans as toilet facility of health workers, medical personnel’s mess hall, disinfecting tents and supply storage area.
Aside from Philippine Arena, other buildings converted to quarantine facilities include the World Trade Center and Philippine Intertional Convention Center in Pasay, Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Manila, Philsports Arena in Pasig and Asean Convention Center in New Clark City.
All in all, these facilities will have 2,386 beds, including the 300 in the Philippine Arena.
“The target of DPWH Task Force and Region 3 is to be able to complete all cubicles 3.05 meter by 3.05 meter in size, nurse stations, sanitizing chambers, and test booths of the center by April 27 and turn-over to the Department of Health and National Task Force-Covid 19 to immediately operate the mega-quarantine facilities”, Sadain said.
Helping accelerate the progress of works are augmentation workers from the District Engineering Offices of Bulacan 1 and 2, and Pampanga 1.
The DPWH Task Force plans to finish all civil works at the three mega tents today, or ahead of the April 29 schedule.