CALOOCAN CITY, Aug. 6 (PIA) --The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will start the construction of its very own quarantine facility at its Base in Taguig City.
In a news release, PCG Commandant, Admiral George V Ursabia Jr. said the facility scheduled to open by September, can accommodate up to 224 PCG frontline personnel.
"Actually, the capacity is 250 people, but some of the accommodation will be for our medical staff. Through God's intervention and blessing, finally, we pursue this project. In 30 days, it will be realized, once and for all," Ursabia said during the contract signing ceremony with Multi-B Construction Corporation held Wednesday, August 5, 2020.
Good quality container vans will be utilized in the construction of PCG's quarantine facility for the isolation of its frontline personnel who are positive for COVID-19 while performing their duties amid the ongoing pandemic.
It will be equipped with sewerage system, electrical system, and air conditioning system, as well as a modest entertainment facility that may help ease the boredom of frontline personnel during their isolation period.
"We are fortunate because Secretary Arthur Tugade supported us. In fact, it was him who encouraged me to push through with this project. He is empathizing with us. Our good Secretary was not only a Secretary, but a Father to all of us. He really cares for our recovery and rehabilitation from COVID-19," Ursabia added.
The Php 35 million fund for said quarantine facility is acquired from the 2019 capital outlay and the 2020 Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE) budget of the PCG, as well as from the financial aid of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).
"We have a noble purpose for this project. This is truly a gift from God. Once we have this quarantine facility, we can manage our positive cases accordingly and it will prevent our personnel from being exposed to more serious cases in government quarantine facilities. Let us pray that this project will be a successful one. Let us make this a reality... 30 days from now." Ursabia said.
As of 04 August 2020, the PCG Medical Service has reported a total of 530 recoveries from the 676 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 within the organization, leaving the number of active cases to 146 - majority of which are asymptomatic.
Amid the ongoing pandemic, the PCG upholds personnel welfare by conducting bimonthly swab tests; replenishing vitamins, PPE sets, and other medical supplies; implementing rest periods and work breaks; utilizing ultraviolet lights to aid the manual disinfection of work spaces and billeting areas; and ensuring that frontline personnel are provided with nutritious meals to boost their immune system.
Aside from the efforts of the Command to ensure that the affected personnel are fully monitored and assisted, Ursabia believes that the continuous prayers and encouraging messages from the general public are significant factors in winning the battle against COVID-19. (PCG/PIA-NCR)