MANILA - The government has converted shipping containers into quarantine facilities for health workers and suspected COVID-19 patients, the Department of Public Works and Highways said Monday.
The agency said it inspected 10 shipping containers that it turned into 40 air-conditioned rooms with their own bathrooms at the open grounds of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City.
The facility will be ready for turnover to the National Task Force against COVID-19 within the week, the DPWH said.
“Napaka-strategic po ng CCP grounds. Ito po ay malapit sa World Trade Center, sa PICC, sa Rizal Memorial, at malapit din po sa referral hospitals like PGH, at Ospital ng Maynila,” DPWH-Metro Manila regional director Ador Canlas said.
The agency said it is considering to convert 20 more shipping containers into 80 rooms, which will also be located at the CCP grounds.
The DPWH said it is looking into the possibility of putting up a similar quarantine facility at the Quezon Memorial Circle.
“Ang kailangan lang naman ho dito ay ‘yung ganitong klaseng space, para ho ma-accommodate. Mayroon din silang areas for parking. Kasi ito individually, may kanya-kanyang septic tanks. So kailangan malapit sa water source, at malapit sa electrical power source,” Canlas said.
The DPWH partnered with the Villar Group for the quarantine facility's prototype, which will be submitted to the National Task Force for consideration of a mass rollout.
“Ang commitment po namin is to show the final prototype for the (suspect and probable COVID-19 patients) and for medical personnel within the week,” DPWH spokesperson Anna Mae Lamentillo said.