MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – The government’s coronavirus task force on Thursday, April 2, said national quarantine centers to be used during the coronavirus outbreak will be fully operational in about 10 days.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, the task’s force spokesperson, said at least two centers will be fully-functional by April 10 while another center will be ready by April 12.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s weekly report to Congress submitted on Monday, April 20, also listed the following centers:
Ninoy Aquino Stadium
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) started operations at the site with 66 personnel deployed, including 21 medical staff, 12 administrative staff, and 33 security staff
Philippine International Convention Center
Completed facilities were handed over to the Philippine National Police medical corps on April 15.
World Trade Center
Rizal Memorial Coliseum
ASEAN Convention Center
New Clark City National Government Administrative Center
Later on April 16, about 1,000 more beds were added to the centers by the BCDA and Construction Industry Arbitration Commission, among others.
Philippine Sports Complex
Apart from this, the BRP Ang Pangulo was also set up as a quarantine site, housing 28 beds.
The New Clark City Athletes' Village, which holds some 520 beds, continued to serve as a quarantine facility. It started funcitoning as such last February.
Meanwhile, floating quarantine hospitals holding some 700 beds were set up by the Department of Transportation.
Nograles earlier said the following sites will also be used as quarantine facilities:
World Trade Center
The following were also being eyed as quarantine facilities:
In a press briefing on Friday, April 3, BCDA President and chief executive officer Vince Dizon said the cost of setting up the quarantine facilities were shouldered by private partners.
Apart from this, other quarantine sites identified by Dizon were the following:
Dizon said the Iglesia ni Cristo’s Philippine Arena in Bulacan will also be converted into a quarantine facility. Duterte's report to Congress said the site can hold some 300 beds.
How it will work: Hospital architect Daniel Lichauco, who designed the setup of national quarantine facilities, said health protocols will be in place in all sites.
This includes specified areas for donning and doffing of personal protective equipment, an enclosed nurses’ station, and air locks for areas where patients will be situated.
The facilities will also have air conditioning, free electricity, free food, and free wifi – all to be shouldered by private partners.
Lichauco said quarantine facilities where mild to moderate coronavirus patients are treated are located near hospitals to facilitate the patients' transfer in case their condition becomes severe.