Public Works and Highways Secretary and Isolation Czar Mark A. Villar on Sunday, March 28, 2021 announced that there are enough COVID-19 isolation beds nationwide, although occupancy of beds in quarantine facilities in the National Capital Region (NCR) is now at 64.48% percent with the increasing COVID-19 cases in the region.
“To date, only 19,877 beds from our 131,517 total available isolation beds of existing Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities (TTMF) nationwide are utilized,” said Secretary Villar.
“From this data, a total of 3,708 beds from the 5,751 beds are occupied in Metro Manila. This is the reason why we are doing our best to fast-track remaining ongoing quarantine facilities, especially within the NCR bubble,” added Secretary Villar.
Among the Mega Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facilities with high recorded number of bed occupancy rates for Covid-19 infected patients are the PICC Quarantine Facility with 223 out of 263 total beds; Ultra Stadium with 95 of 132 beds occupied; and Filinvest Tent with 74 of 108 beds.
According to Secretary Villar, the DPWH is now ramping up works on additional treatment facilities in Metro Manila.
Ongoing projects closely being supervised by the formed DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local/National Health Facilities include the modular hospitals within Quezon Institute and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute.