Issue of September 6, 2020
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Kalinga opens 2 quarantine facilities for COVID-19 patients
by Peter A. Balocnit / PIA

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Two temporary quarantine facilities were opened for Covid-19 patients in the province.

The emergency quarantine facility at the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association ground was donated by the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc. (PICE), contractors, and private individuals, in partnership with the two engineering districts of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Kalinga.

PICE was able to collect from donors more than P400,000 and in-kind and construction materials which they used in constructing the 16-bed quarantine center that is fully ventilated, with electricity and water supply, and an airconditioned health station.

The facility was blessed by Pastor Norman Taynan of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines and was turned-over by PICE president Teodoro Owek to Gov. Ferdinand Tubban.

Tubban expressed gratitude to the PICE.

“We are all one in action in responding to the call of President Duterte for local government units to take the lead on response strategies in the fight against Covid-19 and for citizens to contribute something for the public welfare,” said Tubban, a PICE member himself.

Together with the Office of the Congressman, he assured the provincial LGU will look on the comfort of occupants of this facility. “Life must be first on our agenda this pandemic; putting in place needed support facilities is also saving lives,” he added.

Owek, in his message, said civil engineers are silent but they act when their hearts are touched during times of distress.  As a family, we reach out on our own especially when DepEd claimed back classrooms that were used as quarantine centers during the early months of the community quarantine. The bayanihan spirit moved them to act and to help government, he said.

Pinukpuk also opened its 30-bed temporary treatment and monitoring facility (TTMF) built at Barangay Pinukpuk Junction with project cost of P5 million allotted from its  Bayanihan Grant fund.

The facility has spacious rooms, well ventilated, furnished with quality beddings and provided with electricity and water supply. It is manned by personnel from the Municipal Health Office, the District Hospital as well as barangay health workers.

Mayor Irving Dasayon said the complete facility was realized through the concerted effort of the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and the support of the municipal and barangay officials.

The Department of Health-Cordillera will donate a suction machine to the TTMF, Provincial DOH Office Team Head Bernadette Andaya said.

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