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Largest Covid-19 Quarantine Facility in Metro Manila Set to Open This Month

Large companies in the Philippines continue their efforts in providing help the best way they could.

The ongoing construction of a 525-bed mega quarantine facility in Paranaque City funded by various companies in the Philippines. Photo, via National Task Force Against Covid-19
The Subic Bay Times
August 14, 2020


A 525-bed mega quarantine facility the biggest so far in Metro Manila is set to open later this month to accommodate Covid-19-positive patients. This was announced by Vince Dizon of the National Action Plan (NAP) Against Covid-19 during an inspection of the facility's ongoing construction. Funded by the Razon Group through its construction arm Prime Metro BMD Corporation, and Bloomberry Cultural Foundation, Inc., the mega quarantine facility is located in Paranaque City in the National Capital Region. "We want to thank the Razon Group and Prime BMD, to Mr. Enrique Razon, Jr., for this very, very generous donation," Mr. Dizon said. Meralco and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. will provide the facility's power and water needs. Mr. Dizon also expressed gratitude to the two companies. The Razon Group by Mr. Enrique Razon, Jr., a Spanish-Filipino billionaire and chairs the International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI), the Philippines' leading terminal operator. Mr. Razon's net worth as of 2019 per Forbes business magazine is estimated at $5.1 billion U.S.D. Mr. Dizon said the mega quarantine center is one of the additional Covid-19 facilities that will be built to service Metro Manila, Bulacan, and the Calabarzon Region. He pointed out that the quarantine facility will be the home of mild and asymptomatic Covid-19 positive people for at least two (2) weeks. "A lot of the cases are mild and asymptomatic cases, up to 98.5% to 99%. We are going to have to house them and allow them to get better, roughly for two weeks, and these are the facilities that are going to house them." Undersecretary Emil Sadain, who also joined the inspection, said the Department of Public Works and Highways (D.P.W.H.) has finished a total of 300 quarantine facilities all over the country, and is constructing 95 more for completion this month until the early part of September. These facilities have a total capacity of around 13,000 beds. The Philippines as of August 14, surpassed 150,000 Covid-19 cases - in which, medical frontliners in the country say a "losing battle" - after the Department of Health (D.O.H.) reported 6,216 new infections, bringing the total to 153,660. The 6,216 new infections marks the third biggest single-day tally of new virus cases, the third consecutive day where over 4,000 new cases were reported and the third time this month to have over 6,000 new cases.


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