THE Batangas provincial government yesterday officially turned over the Batangas Isolation Facility for Persons Deprived of Liberty to the Department of Health – CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) located in Barangay Malainin at the town of Ibaan, Batangas.
Dr. Eduardo C. Janairo, DOH regional director, welcomed the development, adding that Batangas is the first province to initiate and organize a structure that will accommodate PDLs or inmates who will be infected with the COVID-19 virus.
“UnaangBatangasnagumawa ng paraan para maasikasoangatingmga PDL nanagpositibosa virus, alisinsilasakampo o sa prison at ilagaysaisang facility namagkakarooonsila ng mas magandangkalagayan, mas mabibigyan ng karampatanglunas at importantehindisilamagkakahawaan,” he said.
Janairo said other residents who are positive for the virus could be accommodated in the other buildings.
“Ditorinilalagayangibangmgaresidentenamagpopositibosa virus at sila ay ilalagaysaibang building nahiwalaysaatingmga PDLs. There will be 20 rooms for male and another 20 for female PDLs at makakasamanatinsapagma-manage ditoang provincial Philippine National Police. This will be a secure facility for both local residents and PDLs who will undergo treatment and quarantine procedures,” he added.
There are at least 15 PNP health personnel from the provincial who will be working closely with DOH in the management of inmates who will be detained in the facilty
The Batangas Isolation Facility for PDLs has a 100-bed capacity. The facility was built and designed as a drug rehabilitation facility and was known as the Malainin Rehabilitation Center and was used as a temporary shelter for evacuees during the Taal eruption last January and now converted into the first isolation facility in the country for PDLs.
Janairo said the regional office will provide the necessary funding and logistics to upgrade the facility to 300-beds.
“Kailangangmagkaroonito ng sariling hospital facility namangalalagasamgapasyenteupanghindinapumunta pa ng Batangas Medical Center,” he said.
Under a Memorandum of Agreement between the Batangas provincial government and DOH-CALABARZON, the latter will handle the operation and management of the facility, provide the staff, working capital and provision of the necessary facilities to address the COVID pandemic.
The provincial government has spent P50 million for the conversion of the rehab facility.
As of May 21, there are 149 positive COVID-19 cases in the province with 14 deaths and 38 patients recovered. A total of 1,438 cases is recorded in the region.