Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar and isolation czar announced the opening of the biggest mega quarantine facility in Metro Manila at Bagong Nayong Pilipino, Parañaque City.
Secretary Villar said the Solaire-PAGCOR Mega Quarantine Center funded by the Razon Group was inaugurated Tuesday, September 29, 2020 along with a newly-constructed access road completed by the DPWH.
The ceremonial opening of Solaire-PAGCOR Quarantine Center and the access road was spearheaded by National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 chairperson Delfin Lorenzana, NTF deputy chief implementer and testing czar Vince Dizon, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, DPWH Undersecretary and Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local and National Facilities Emil Sadain, and Mr. JV Emmanuel de Dios, chief executive officer of the Prime Metro BMD Corporation which is the Razon Group’s construction arm.
We’d like to recognize the private sector in continuously assisting us in the government vs COVID-19, said Secretary Villar.
The newly-opened quarantine center will encourage mild to asymptomatic patients from Metro Manila and other nearby provinces to isolate outside their homes.
With Metro Manila still recording the highest daily number of cases of COVID-19 patients, the DPWH Task Force on instructions of Secretary Villar continue to expand isolation capacity to address the dearth of facilities from over the past months, said Undersecretary Sadain.
According to Undersecretary Sadain, DPWH is working on the implementation of a total 603 isolation/quarantine facilities for COVID-19 patients/suspects nationwide with a total of 21,609 bed capacity, as well as 75 off-site dormitories for medical workers with 1,806-bed capacity.
The Department has also provided technical assistance to a total of 11 facilities implemented by the private sector and/or LGUs.