Catbalogan residents oppose P13-M coronavirus isolation facility

Residents of Catbalogan City opposed setting up a COVID-19 isolation facility in a residential area and near some government offices as they fear the spread of the coronavirus.

The P13-million ($267,600) COVID-19 isolation center is being constructed by the provincial government of Samar inside the 65-year-old Catbalogan Tennis Court.

Paz Bernales, president of the Catbalogan Tennis Club Association, said this “will put the lives of residents at risk.”

“We talked and asked Governor Michael Tan to have it in another isolated area, so as not to cause panic among residents who are already scared by the rapid spread of COVID in the city,” Bernales told Rappler on Saturday, September 12.

Catbalogan City Councilor Alma Uy said, “An isolation facility is most welcome. But the location insisted by the governor is just not for that purpose. It is like building a mall on a heritage site, something which the same leader has allowed.”

“The provincial governor must not touch the Catbalogan Lawn Tennis Court,” Uy said.

“Its historical value is not even subject to debate. Governors of the past have established and nurtured this place. This is shown by a 1955 photo, found in ‘O, Catbalogan!’” Uy said, speaking to Rappler on Saturday.

“Historical value cannot be transferred to another place. But a COVID isolation facility can be built somewhere else,” Uy said. –