DPWH waives expressway fee for health workers

Marje Pelayo   •   March 30, 2020   •   514

MANILA, Philippines – Medical health workers may pass through expressways without paying any toll, according to the Department of Public Work and Highways (DPWH).

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said toll operators San Miguel Corporation and the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation agreed to waive tollgate fees for medical workers as tribute to their service amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Health workers need to present their license card issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) to avail of a special RFID sticker.

Health workers plying expressways operated by San Miguel Corporation may validate their RFID cards at temporary booths set up at Shell Magallanes Station and NAIAX toll gate from 8:00am to 7:00pm.

Meanwhile, health workers plying the expressways operated by Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation may validate their RFID cars at Balintawak Toll Plaza Customer Service Center or at CAVITEx Customer Service Center from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

The free toll for all medical health workers will remain in effect on the duration of the enhanced community quarantine. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

DPWH eyes completion of offsite dormitories for QC medical frontliners by end of June

Robie de Guzman   •   June 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The construction of six cluster dormitories for medical frontline workers in Quezon City is expected to be completed by the end of June, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the dormitories, which are being built inside the Quezon Memorial Circle, will have 16 rooms with own toilet and bath with hot and cold water.

Each room for each dormitory cluster can accommodate 32 people or a total capacity of 192 people for six dormitories, he added.

The DPWH chief also said that the offsite dormitories are made of collapsible components fabricated to assemble 16 rooms, with spaces intended for living room, common dining, and laundry and kitchen areas.

Medical personnel of Quezon City-based hospitals such as National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Veterans Memorial Hospital, Childrens Hospital, V. Luna General Hospital, Quezon City General Hospital and other government hospitals in QC will benefit from the temporary shelter project.

Villar, together with Quezon City officials, inspected the ongoing construction of the dormitories last Friday, June 19.

The offsite dormitories were conceptualized by the DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Health Facilities headed by Undersecretary Emil Sadain to support the need for accommodation facilities of hospital workers on the front lines of caring for COVID-19 patients.

Operation of the dormitories after its completion by the DPWH will be undertaken by the local government unit.

This is in accordance with the memorandum of agreement signed by Villar and Quezon City Mayor Belmonte in putting up ‘We Heal as One Offsite Dormitory’ solely for use by doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working in hospitals within the jurisdiction of Quezon City who need space to rest between shifts.

When the structure is no longer needed, the DPWH said the temporary dormitories can be dismantled and removed on site.

The department said each of the components can be safely stored as part of its property for other related requirements such as temporary shelter during disaster/calamity response.

DPWH announces completion of ‘We Heal as One’ Center in Alabang

Maris Federez   •   May 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that a new health facility has already been completed in southern Metro Manila through the collaboration between the government and the private sector.

In a DPWH Facebook post on Monday (May 12), Secretary Mark A. Villar said the 9th “We Heal as One” Center that was put up at Filinvest Tent in Alabang, Muntinlupa City is seen to augment government’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In preparation for the turnover of the facility to the IATFMEID on May 13, DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, DPWH Build Build Build Committee Chairperson Anna Mae Lamentillo, DPWH COVID-19 Committee Vice-Chair Engr. John Dominic P Pulido, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) General Jose Embang, and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) General Services Division Chief Christopher Gacutan drafted a punch list of the project on Monday (May 11), the post read.

“The Filinvest Tent ‘We Heal as One’ Center has a capacity of 108 beds and will be managed by OCD and BFP,” Usec. Sadain said.

The construction materials for its redesigning and transformation into a makeshift hospital was sponsored by Filinvest Development Corporation.

On the other hand, the Yuchengco-led construction firm EEI Corporation provided the manpower for the repurposing of Filinvest Tent into a quarantine facility, while the hospital beds were donated by the Villar Group of Companies.

Secretary Villar said the place was chosen for its accessibility to major thoroughfares in the south with its major entry and exit points only a few minutes travel from Makati through SLEX/Skyway.

The DPWH chief also enumerated the eight (8) other mega quarantine facilities prepared by the government supported by the private sector, as follows:

  • PICC-Forum
  • World Trade Center
  • Ninoy Aquino Stadium
  • Rizal Memorial Coliseum
  • ASEAN Convention Center, Clark, Pampanga
  • National Government Administrative Center, New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac
  • Philippine Sports Complex (ULTRA), Pasig City
  • Philippine Arena – 3 Big Tents, Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan

“Just like the eight previously completed mega quarantine facilities, Filinvest Tent ‘We Heal as One Center’ will be fully-air-conditioned and complete with necessary facilities,” Villar said. — /mbmf

DPWH converts shipping containers to mobile health facilities amid COVID-19 crisis

Robie de Guzman   •   April 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said it is now converting shipping containers into mobile facilities as part of its efforts to assist the Department of Health (DOH) amid the fight to contain the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said they have already completed the conversion of one shipping container into a prototype health facility in preparation for when the (COVID-19) situation worsens amid rising number of infections.

Villar said the DPWH has prepared the designs for four high cube containers, measuring 40 feet long by 8 feet width and 9 feet height joined together to create mobile field hospitals for the possible isolation and treatment of 16 probable COVID-19 patients.

Based on DPWH plans for one-story health facility, a 40-footer shipping container is divided into four rooms. Each room will have toilet and bath, and will have proper ventilation for the full isolation of a patients, according to DOH guidelines and recommendations.

Villar said design plans have also been prepared for 20 feet long high cube shipping containers that can be converted into nurse stations, utility room and separate temporary quarters of male and female healthcare service personnel.

“We’re ready to convert these containers into mobile hospitals and install them in any available hospital grounds or open public spaces,” Villar said.

The DPWH said the project is in line with efforts to assist the DOH in the establishment, construction, and operation of temporary medical facilities as mandated in the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

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