THE further boost the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response of Marikina City, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Friday, October 30, turned over the biggest quarantine facility in Metro Manila they built and funded to the city government.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar personally turned over to Marikina Mayor Marcelino “Marcy” Teodoro the newly-completed 136-bed capacity quarantine facility for COVID-19 patients located on Kabayani Road in Barangay Nangka.
The 37 container vans were converted into isolation rooms. Each container vans houses four individual rooms equipped with an air-conditioning system, beds, and comfort rooms.
The facility, which was completed recently, also has rooms for healthcare workers, medical equipment, and medical doctors and nurse stations.
With this additional facility, Marikina City now has eight COVID-19 emergency quarantine facilities in Marikina—three in Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center; one in Marikina Hotel; one in Marikina Convention Center; one bunker; and one in Marikina Sports Center
“Ito na po ang pinakamalaking quarantine facility sa Metro Manila,” said Sec. Villar in his speech. “With this facility, we will further lessen the number of cases of COVID-19.”
Sec. Villar noted that such a project would not be possible without the 100 percent support of the local government unit of Marikina, which provided the land wherein the quarantine facility was constructed.
“It is an honor for me to be here with one of the mayors I admire. Mayor Marcy is one of the most progressive mayors in the country,” he said. “Non-stop talaga ang effort ni Mayor Teodoro sa COVID-19 response.”
“Ikaw, Mayor Marcy, ang first city na may COVID-19 testing laboratory. You are always thinking one step ahead. Progressive and visionary leadership ang mayroon dito sa Marikina,” he added.
Since the start of the pandemic, Mayor Marcy has underscored the importance of building a robust and resilient health delivery system in Marikina so the city can swiftly respond to health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
For his part, Mayor Marcy said: “Sa pagkakataong ito, ang mga quarantine at treatment facilities na mayroon tayo ngayon dito, sa ilalim ng programa ng ating Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte—Bayanihan Heal as One—ay tunay na mapapakinabangan ng lahat”.
“Patuloy ang laban natin sa COVID-19. Totoo na unti-unti, sa pagtutulungan ng lahat, as we have a whole-of-government–a whole-of-community approach; nakikita natin ang pag-flatten ng curve ng COVID-19 sa Metro Manilla,” he said.
The mayor assured that the quarantine facility is compliant with the health and safety standards to avoid the transmission of the virus in the community, and protect the people from the disease.
“Sa mga pasilidad na ito ay mararamdaman natin na nandito ang pamahalaan; narito ang isang komunidad na nagtutulong-tulong laban sa COVID-19,” he said.
“Ang mga pasilidad na ito, maaring mawala na ang COVID-19, pero mananatiling naririto pa rin nakaantabay para pa sa mga iba pang mga gamit nito,” he added.
In response to the need of conducting COVID-19 testing, Marikina City was the first local government unit in the National Capital Region (NCR) to build its own molecular diagnostics laboratory capable of conducting reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests or swab test.
RT-PCR is considered as the “gold standard” for COVID-19 testing due to its high accuracy of detecting if a person has been infected with SARS-COV-2.
The city government has foreseen the importance of establishing its own molecular diagnostic laboratory to boost its COVID-19 testing efforts and speed up the releasing of test results order to stem the spread the dreaded disease in the community and save precious lives.
Other officials present during the ceremony were DPWH-NCR Regional Director Ador Canlas,and District Engr. Medel Chua, of Metro Manila Ist District Engineering Office.