CALOOCAN CITY, May 22 (PIA) - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) turned over two emergency quarantine facilities (ECFs) with 44-bed capacity to the Tondo National High School in Manila on Thursday, May 21.
Present during the turn over ceremony were AFP Chief of Staff, General Felimon Santos Jr., Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko" Domagoso and Architect William Ti Jr. of the WTA Architecture + Designs Studio who leads the EQF project.
Also present were Dr. Patrick Gitonga of the Samaritan's Purse who partnered with WTA for the EQF project and Principal Sonny Valenzuela of TNHS.
The facilities were built through the efforts of the Office of The Chief Engineer, AFP led by Major General William Ilagan through the 51st Engineering Brigade led by Brigadier General Emmanuel Anthony Ramos.
"It is the AFP's great hope that these newly constructed Emergency Quarantine Facilities here in Tondo shall serve its purpose of aiding hospitals to accommodate the increasing number of suspected and probable COVID-19 cases," General Santos said.
Other completed EQFs were in Batangas Healthcare Specialist; The Medical City, Batangas; Perpetual Help Las Pinas; and Caloocan City North Medical Center. Each EQF was built by 20 soldiers within five to six days using power tools and around four truckloads of materials.
Other EQFs sites for completion are in Novaliches District Hospital, Quezon City; Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital, Quezon City; two in Brgy. Sucat, Paranaque; and two in Taguig-Pateros Distrcit Hospital.
Previously, 78 EQFs were completed by AFP in partnership with various organizations. Under the WTA project, 10 were built by all-soldier construction teams while 52 were constructed by composite military and civilian teams. (AFP/PIA-NCR)