MANILA — A fundraiser spearheaded by actress Julia Barretto and her sisters, Dani and Claudia, has led to the construction of a quarantine facility for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients at a Quezon City hospital.
The celebrity siblings launched the relief project, dubbed #ParaMayBukas, on April 4, with the goal of raising P600,000 to fund the construction of the facility designed by architecture firm WTA Design Studio.
The aim, Julia said, is to help address the issue of overcrowding at hospitals due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.
Each 6x26-meter facility has 15 beds and two toilets, with airflow that is directed from front to rear through vents to prevent recirculation, according to WTA Design Studio's website.
On April 11, or a week after the Barretto sisters announced their project, #ParaMayBukas exceeded its goal, with a total of P651,952.22.
The remainder of the money raised, they said, will be used to provide personal protective equipment and meals to builders and volunteers.
The quarantine facility funded by the Barrettos and their donors is now under construction at Fe Del Mundo Medical Center in Quezon City — one of 60 sites where the same architecture group is aiming to reach with the help of donations.