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'Bayanihan Grant' funds more COVID-19 facilities in Borongan City

Philippine Information Agency
09 Jul 2020, 18:38 GMT+10

BORONGAN CITY, July 9 (PIA) -- The Bayanihan Grant allotted to Borongan City in Eastern Samar is providing funds for the construction of more quarantine facilities in this city.

This is according to Borongan City Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda in a press conference held on Wednesday at the city hall.

The quarantine facilities can accommodate 200 beds, as the City Government is expecting more returning Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) and Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs).

According to Mayor Agda, at present, there are still enough spaces for about 200 individuals should some Boronganons arrive from Manila, Cebu and other places in the country.

"These are located in school buildings, and in the event that classes will open, we are preparing our own quarantine facility near the JTR People's Center in Brgy. Songco which will accommodate 100 more individuals.

More quarantine facilities are under construction at the City's Motorpool, and more in barangays Sta. Fe, Sohotan, Maypangdan, San-Jose and Benogawan which are funded under the Bayanihan Grant of the national government.

"These facilities will be converted into Primary Health Care Facilities after the pandemic," Mayor Agda said.

The Mayor further said recently, the city government received seven LSIs and would be receiving some more.

LSIs are people caught by the lockdown in March 2020 in Metro Manila, Cebu and other places in the country.

They were either on vacation, studying, or attending family gatherings. Some lost their jobs due to the health emergency.

"That is why we are constructing more quarantine facilities that in the event that there is an influx of SLIs and ROFs, we are already prepared for them, it is their right to be home," Agda said. (nbq/SDC/PIA-E. Samar with reports from Ms. Pen Pomida)

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