Public schools in Metro Manila are now being prepared to serve as isolation centers for Covid-19 patients.
Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, in a recent TV interview, said the government is currently waiting for the passage of the Bayanihan 2 legislation since renovating schools would incur expenses.
“We are now preparing more isolation facilities. As you know, the Department of Education has agreed to lend us 50 percent of all schools. While they’re not yet ready for immediate use, we look forward to using these as isolation centers,” he said.
Roque, however, expressed confidence they could easily be transformed into isolation centers and there would be no need to build new structures.
“The good thing is that with the public schools, we don’t really need to build structures. We just have to buy beds, linens, and kitchen provisions for these public schools when we use them as isolation centers,” he added.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones last week said she has allowed the use of school facilities since face-to-face classes would not be possible.
Roque noted that the use of public schools as isolation centers would augment the facilities being built by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
In addition to public schools, the also use dormitories and hotels as isolation centers, he said, adding that 250 beds were recently designated for Covid-19 patients at the East Avenue Medical Center which have raised Metro Manila’s hospital bed capacity.
As of Tuesday, there were a total of 169,213 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country, of which 112,861 have recovered, 53,665 are active cases, and 2,687 have died.
(Photo from DPWH 3rd Eng’g Office)