MANILA, Philippines – The Eva Macapagal Super Terminal quarantine facility in Manila South Harbor, which was converted into a COVID-19 isolation site, formally opened Tuesday, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced.
The facility was initially set up to accommodate repatriated seafarers and overseas Filipino workers (OFW) undergoing mandatory quarantine, but it was retrofitted into an isolation facility due to the surge in coronavirus infections in the country, the DOTr said.
“With the conversion and retrofitting, asymptomatic patients and patients with mild symptoms can now be accommodated and treated in the facility,” the department said in a statement.
Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) general manager Jay Daniel Santiago that COVID-19 patients will be placed in a 55-bed capacity isolated quadrant identified as Section A.
“Makakaasa po kayo na kung kakailanganing magdagdag ng pasilidad po para ma-expand ‘yung 55-bed capacity na ‘to. Handa po ang Philippine Ports Authority at ang Philippine Coast Guard, sa ilalim po ng Department of Transportation, na tayo po ay makipag-kapit-bisig sa Department of Health at iba pa pong ahensya para matugunan po ang pangangailangang ito,” Santiago was quoted as saying in the same statement.
The DOTr said the facility has a 211-bed capacity divided into four sections for patients, health staffers, and other essential workers.
Section B will house the health staff and other essential workers, while Sections C and D will continuously cater to personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard and PPA who contracted the virus but are asymptomatic or showing mild symptoms, it added.