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Laurel quarantine facilities meet health protocols

BATANGAS Capitol –The Canyon Woods Residential Estate in Laurel, Batangas may not have met the standards of foreigners and Filipinos who underwent 14-day quarantine in the facility.

This was the statement of Dr. Gerald Alday, Incident Commander of the Batangas Inter-Agency Task Force Against COVID-19.

At the IATF meeting held on January 4, 2020, Governor DoDo Mandanas instructed the Provincial Health Office (PHO) to announce its inspection of the isolation facility which is being used free of charge.

Some guests reportedly complained of the conditions at Canyon Woods and moved to quarantine facilities in Metro Manila at their own expense.

Dr. Rosvilinda Ozaeta, Batangas Provincial Health Officer, told Mike Salalima, Coordinator of Oplan Kalinga, immediately issue a release order for those who refuse to be quarantined at the hotel.

Dr. Alday said the Batangas IATF and the Provincial Health Office, upon inspection, found the hotel in Bgy.San Gregorio clean and having passed sanitation protocols as well as minimum health standards.

Dr. Alday said those undergoing isolation and quarantine can stay for free at the said hotel and will be provided “breakfast, morning snacks, lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner.”

Meanwhile, National Task Force Against COVID-19 deputy implementer Vince Dizon also said that they have been using Canyon Woods as an isolation and quarantine facility for three months and that the hotel is neat and clean, although it is not a five-star facility.