The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has recently completed and handed over a new P12.5-million isolation and quarantine facility to the city government of Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental in support of the country’s ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
DPWH Secretary and Chief Isolation Czar Mark A. Villar said that the newly-constructed healthcare facility is built in a 348-square meter lot in Kabankalan City Hospital located in Barangay Tabugon through the implementation of DPWH Negros Occidental 3rd District Engineering Office (DEO), backed by the DPWH Regional Office 6’s (DPWH-RO6) FY 2020 Special Purpose Fund.
The facility is composed of a 16-room (container van) building, furnished with individual air conditioning unit and comfort room for patients; a provision of separate quarters for male and female nurse with two (2) double-deck beds, air conditioning unit, and comfort room; nurse station; utility room; generator/power transformer; and water tanks.
“This quarantine facility will serve as temporary shelter for the treatment of COVID-19 related cases as well as provide shelter for Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) in Kabankalan City, who are returning to the city and nearby places, who need to undergo the mandatory quarantine protocol,” said DPWH-RO6 Director Lea N. Delfinado representing Secretary Villar in a turn-over ceremony held recently.
According to Secretary Villar, DPWH stays committed in the continuous delivery of much needed healthcare facilities in the country for both COVID-19 patients and for medical workers.