TACLOBAN CITY – The modern isolation facility in Borongan City in Samar is already 90-percent complete, the city mayor said on Monday.
In a statement, Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda said they target to complete its construction on September 8 to accommodate arrival of more locally stranded individuals from other regions and returning overseas Filipinos.
Agda, together with officials of the city engineering office, inspected the 28-bed isolation facility at Campesao village over the weekend to check its progress since the construction works started in May.
“Some of our isolation and quarantine facilities are in schools so in the event that the Department of Education disallows the continued use of schools as Covid-19 facilities, we are prepared and building more spaces,” he added.
All 14 rooms of the said facility will be equipped with high-grade medical equipment such as digital x-ray machines, oxygen tanks, and mechanical beds, among others.
The city government allocated PHP13.98 million from its Bayanihan fund for this project.
Agda said the construction of similar facilities in the villages of Sta. Fe, Maypangdan, San Jose, and Benowangan are also ongoing.
“Once the pandemic is over, these facilities will be utilized as primary healthcare centers as part of our broader roadmap to modernize the healthcare system in the city,” he added.
The city government said among its initiatives to improve its health care service are the provision of free medicines to residents, hiring of more health care professionals, and building more health facilities in strategic locations.
To date, the city has confirmed a total of eight cases, seven of which are active and one already recovered, according to the provincial health office of Eastern Samar.
Meanwhile, Eastern Visayas has confirmed a total of 2,189 cases, including 1,348 recoveries and seven deaths. (PNA)