CALOOCAN CITY, May 30 (PIA) -The Quezon City government yesterday received two newly completed emergency quarantine facilities from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).
A simple turn over ceremony was held, Friday, May 29 at the Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital (RMBGH) attended by Architect William Ti Jr of WTA and project lead of EQF Team, Major General William Ilagan, Chief Engineer AFP, Quezon City Mayor Maria Josefina "Joy" Belmonte, and Dr. Maria Rosela B. Espinar, OIC - RMBGH.
The 12-bed capacity EQF of NDH was funded by the Samaritan's Purse International Relief and constructed by the 51st Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army led by Brigadier General Emmanuel Anthony Ramos.
On the other hand, the 15-bed capacity EQF of RMBGH was funded by Task Force Ican, a Sisterhood Project and constructed by the 3rd Naval Combat Engineering Battalion of the Philippine Navy led by its acting Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Commander Wally Casas.
The EQFs are designed to treat and isolate COVID-19 patients with mild to no symptoms and should help decongest hospitals and increase the country's capacity to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
Their current goal is to construct 75 sites and hopes to raise more funds in order to fulfill requests from different hospitals and local government units.
"The AFP expresses its gratitude to all the people who cooperated and contributed for the success of this initiative, the WTA, Samaritan's Purse Philippines, Task Force Ican, the different engineering units of the AFP, and the Quezon City Government," AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos Jr said.
"We hope that the cooperation between the private and public sector continues and the Bayanihan spirit lives on as we collectively face the threat of this unseen enemy, COVID-19," he added. (PAO AFP/PIA-NCR)