LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) -The Department of Education's regional office here (DepEd-5) has allowed some local government units (LGUs) in Bicol to convert public schools into makeshift isolation or quarantine facilities for suspected carriers of the novel coronavirus.
At least 36 schools, mostly in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte, have been turned into holding facilities for persons under
Department of Education Regional Director Gilbert Sadsad. (DepEd photo)
monitoring (PUMs) for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Close to 630 PUMs were holed up in the classrooms of the schools where they would stay indoors for the 14-day mandated quarantine before they could return home.
DepEd-5 said it wanted to help the Department of Health and the LGUs that faced a shortage of locations to quarantine and isolate people who had traveled from Metro Manila and other places outside Bicol.
Just the same, DepEd Regional Director Gilbert Sadsad said not all requests of LGUs for authorization to convert public schools would be granted.
Sadsad said only LGUs that satisfied the terms and conditions set by DepEd maybe allowed to use the classrooms as quarantine facilities.
Moreover, LGUs should adhere to the quarantine guidelines set by the Department of Health, he added.
Sadsad said they were closely coordinating with LGUs, DOH and other government agencies to provide support to the country's efforts to weed out the coronavirus.
The entire cluster of islands called Luzon has been placed on an extended enhanced community quarantine in a bid to slow the spread of the contagion, forcing millions of people to stay home. (PIA5)