The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office 6 built and turned over 108 healthcare rooms to the Iloilo City government for COVID-19 related cases in the city and neighboring towns.
Regional Director Tiburcio DL Canlas said that since December 2020, DPWH has completed 6 healthcare facilities for Iloilo City with the total allocation of ₱103.092 million.
The facilities built in Brgy. Sooc in Arevalo district, include one isolation/quarantine facility for COVID-19 patients amounting to ₱12.365 million; one off-site dormitory for medical and health professionals (₱12.375 million); one medical healthcare facility for COVID-19 patients and healthcare professionals (2 units isolation/quarantine facilities) costing ₱25.952 million; and two units community-based and hospital-based healthcare facilities (modular hospital) for COVID-19 patients and healthcare professionals (₱51.4 million).
Canlas said each facility is equipped with necessary amenities such as air-conditioned rooms with individual comfort rooms, sanitation area, electrical system, water tanks, and stand-by generators.
“In December 2020, we had provided one Isolation/Quarantine Facility with 16 air-conditioned rooms for COVID-19 patients, male and female nurse quarters, and nurse station. At the same time, we had provided one off-site dormitory with 16 air-conditioned, 32 bed capacity rooms with comfort rooms, living and dining areas, kitchen and laundry area,” Dir. Canlas said.
“In October 2021, we had turned-over two units isolation/quarantine facilities converted as medical healthcare facility with 32 air-conditioned rooms for COVID-19 patients and healthcare professionals,” Canlas added.
Canlas said that in January 2022, DPWH turned over two units community-based and hospital-based (modular hospital) composed of 44 air-conditioned rooms for COVID-19 patients and healthcare providers.
The modular hospital is complete with amenities and equipped with high-flow oxygen machines to secure the safety of moderate, severe and critical COVID-19 patients.
“With these healthcare facilities, we are hopeful that we can augment the increasing demand for emergency care of Iloilo City,” Dir. Canlas said. (DPWH-6)