MANILA - A lawmaker on Tuesday urged the Department of Health and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to prepare plans for building quarantine facilities in every region of the Philippines.
Cagayan de Oro 2nd District Rep. Rufus Rodriguez in a statement said the DPWH should lay out the plans for construction of isolation centers in each region, while the DOH should begin training personnel in running the facilities.
Rodriguez said isolation and treatment centers for novel coronavirus patients are concentrated in Metro Manila.
“Since there is now an increase in COVID-19 cases in the provinces, we need these regional quarantine facilities to serve our people in the countryside," he said.
Rodriguez said that in Northern Mindanao, where Cagayan de Oro is located, cases of the fast-spreading COVID-19 spiked.
"Region 10 has no dedicated quarantine building with complete equipment and the required number of trained medical personnel for these kinds of pandemic,” he said."
The lawmaker said he supports the bill authored by Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte, in which DOH would be mandated to identify the location of every quarantine facility in coordination with the DPWH and local government units.
Under the measure, every quarantine facility will be easily accessible to a DOH hospital and shall be strategically located to ensure the safety of local communities. The health office will also supervise the operations of the isolation centers.
The DOH would also be tasked to issue implementing rules and regulations of the facilities.
The DPWH, in coordination with LGUs, meanwhile will be in charge of the construction of the facilities.