Isko bares plans for additional COVID-19 facilities

Isko Moreno

KEEPING the city a step ahead of every problem, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno announced that plans are being polished for the establishment of additional facilities that will be used for COVID-related cases.

Moreno expressed particular worry there may be a resurgence or second wave of COVID-19 cases once the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is lifted. He was quick to add though, that he hopes he is wrong.

According to Moreno, he had been meeting with his officials to think of ways to come up with more facilities that would accommodate more COVID patients, in addition to the already existing ones.

“I hope I am wrong, pero baka lumobo ang dami ng infected pag na-lift na ang ECQ,” he said.

The mayor added that the Araullo High School is being converted into a COVID facility with a 40-room capacity, even as more are being eyed, in coordination with the division of city schools.

It will be recalled that even before the government announced a national health emergency, Moreno has already laid out plans to convert the public schools in Manila into facilities for coronavirus patients.

The facilities being eyed, he said, is in preparation for the coming weeks or months of crisis, “with the hope na di natin magamit ‘yan meaning, nasa mabuti tayong kalagayan.”

Moreno said that aside from the Ninoy Aquino Stadium which had been designated by the national government as a COVID facility, Manila also has its own, namely the  Del Pan Evacuation Center turned quarantine facility for PUIs (persons under investigation) awaiting swab testing results and the Manila Infectious Disease Control Center  (MIDCC)  which occupies the entire tenth floor of the Sta. Ana Hospital.

He said the ninth floor had also been readied in case more cases come in, even as the Araullo School will also serve as a containment center or holding area for residents with COVID-19.