The government will convert Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna into mega quarantine facility for the isolation and treatment of patients from the Southern Tagalog Region particularly Laguna Province.
The sports arena south of Metro Manila was inspected Thursday, May 14, 2020 by National Task Force COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. together with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, head of DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Health Facilities formed by Secretary Mark A. Villar; and DPWH COVID-19 Coordination Committee Vice Chair John Dominic Pulido.
The repurposing of the sports arena into quarantine facility is fully supported by Biñan City Lone Congressional District Representative Marlyn B. Alonte, Mayor Walfredo R. Dimaguila, Jr., and Vice Mayor Angelo B. Alonte.
Alonte Sports Arena will be transformed into makeshift hospital with bed cubicles, nursing stations, sanitation chambers, and designated storage areas.
Works for the repurposing of the sports arena will start by next week and expected to be completed within seven (7) working days.
The site will be the 10th mega quarantine facility provided by the government under its Bayanihan to Heal as One program.
Members of the DPWH Task Force namely Bureau of Construction Director Eric Ayapana and Bureau of Design Director Aristarco Doroy as well as DPWH Region IV-A Assistant Regional Director Jovel Mendoza and Laguna 2nd District Engineer Juliana Vergara were also present during the site inspection to provide technical recommendations.
Meanwhile, the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infection Diseases (IATF-EID) of which DPWH is part of the expanded membership donated surgical masks, rapid testing kits, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to the Biñan local government.