THE Rotary International District 3780 has partnered with the Quezon City government and a private sector group composed of Rose Cabrera and Deanna Tardio in establishing and setting up the city’s second temporary quarantine facility for persons under investigation (PUIs) and persons under monitoring (PUMs) for coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19).
House Deputy Majority Leader and Bagong Henerasyon (BH) party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera, the governor of Rotary District 3780, said the partnership was sealed when she signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Cabrera and Tardio, who represent two support group member organizations—GKonomics International Inc. and St. Theresa’s College Batch of Quezon City 1985.
"We are very grateful to Mayor Belmonte and the other officials of Quezon City for agreeing to partner with us," said Herrera.
The quarantine facility, dubbed as Kalinga Kontra Korona QC (Hope KKK QC), is located inside the Quezon City University in Novaliches. The university’s Korean-Philippine Building will be turned into a 150-bed supplemental health facility, complete with beds partitions, medical supplies and equipment that will be supervised by the city’s health department.
“This is our way of helping the city government prevent the further spread of COVID-19 by separating PUIs and PUMs from the community, especially those with no capacity to strictly observe home quarantine,” said Herrera.
“By having this quarantine facility, we will also be able to maximize the availability of hospital beds for patients with severe symptoms and patients with comorbidities,” she added.
Cabrera said they were inspired by the “KKK Kalinga Kontra Korona” project initiated by the Alumni Association of Xavier School Inc. in San Juan City, which converted the new building at the San Juan City Science High School into a 100-bed isolation facility for suspected COVID-19 cases.
"If they can do it in San Juan, we can do it in Quezon City! It’s a classic example of bayanihan and we are very thankful that Congresswoman Herrera played a big role in facilitating everything," Cabrera added.
“We have decided to partner with the Quezon City government in its endeavour to establish these centers as part of our social responsibility and a manifestation of our commitment to the local government as a continuing partner in the promotion of the general welfare of the people of Quezon City and the public in general,” the House Deputy Majority Leader explained.
The Quezon City government had earlier set up HOPE I, an alternative medical facility that has been identified to complement three local government hospitals, namely: Quezon City General Hospital, Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital and Novaliches District Hospital.
HOPE I has 49 rooms to isolate and monitor identified PUIs and COVID-19 patients.
"By working together, we can truly make a difference for our community," Tardio emphasized, expressing hope that the other LGUs throughout the country would emulate the private-public-NGO partnership that they've inked.
Under the MOA, Rotary District 3780 and other members of the support group have agreed to organize different associations and institutions to be part of the umbrella organization with the purpose of providing support to the operations of Hope KKK Qc.
They also agreed to solicit from donors that will help provide material resources, such as hospital beds, medical equipment and supplies and medicines.
The support group will also help recruit the necessary manpower resources, including qualified medical and other health care personnel, and solicit funds to cover their salaries, food, water and other necessities.
The Quezon City government, on the other hand, has agreed to provide the venue, complete with electricity and running water, as well as medical personnel.