DPWH builds 32 additional COVID isolation rooms for Bacolod, bringing the isolation facility in Brgy. Alijis to a total of 64 rooms.
Last year, the Regional Office VI of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) built 32 isolation rooms for Bacolod COVID patients.
This additional project will complete the isolation rooms that Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia lobbied for last year with DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, and which was favorably endorsed by DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain and DPWH Region 6 director Lea Delfinado.
The project, once completed, will have 4 container-type isolation sets. Each set comes with 16 rooms furnished with individual air conditioners and comfort rooms, a nurse’s station, a utility room, separate medical staff quarters with comfort rooms for male and female, sanitation area, water tanks, and standby generator.
The 64-room facility is costing the DPWH a total of P50 million.
“We are deeply grateful to Secretary Villar, USec. Sadain, and RD Lea Delfinado for listening to our appeal and providing us these facilities to help us fight COVID-19. This will go a long way towards the care of mild to moderate cases and allow our hospitals to admit more of the severe cases that truly need intensive medical attention,” Leonardia said.
“Even if we may have flattened the curve of infections in the past months, there is no telling when a surge of new cases may come again. So, these facilities have to be ready, and we are thankful that the national government, through the DPWH, has provided us these facilities,” Leonardia added.