Isko: Manila to have 15 quarantine centers

August 06, 2020
Isko Moreno & Vice Mayor Honey
Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna discuss plans of building more quarantine facilities in the city due to the expected increase in COVID cases. Photo By JERRY S. TAN

THE city of Manila is expected to have a total of 15 quarantine facilities by the end of the month, even as it plans to have the San Andres Complex quarantine facility rehabilitated in order to better serve the public.

Thus, Mayor Isko Moreno told an interview, as he called on the residents once again to have ‘kusang disiplina’ when it comes to practicing minimum health standards so as to protect themselves and their loved ones against COVID-19.

The mayor said that in terms of capacity in accommodating those infected by the coronavirus, the city has nearly breached the 85 percent margin in recent days.

“Pag-ingatan nyo ang sarili nyo… magkusang disiplina tayo kasi punong-puno na  … sa kalsada na kayo gagamutin, sa basketball court na kayo gagamutin. Sa barangay hall na kayo matutulog dahil wala pong paglalagakan kaya kailangan natin talagang mag-ingat”, Moreno thus appealed to Manilans.

He explained that when he and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna began putting up quarantine facilities, these were almost always empty because of the low number of COVID patients but that now, the total capacity is about to reach the limit.

From the beginning of the pandemic, Moreno said the city had built a total of 12 quarantine facilities already, with a total bed capacity of almost 600.

Before the end of the month, Moreno said he and Lacuna hope to open a new quarantine facility in Quiapo at the MLQU and another one in a secluded portion of the basketball court area of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

Moreno also announced that the quarantine facility located at the San Andres Sports Complex will be re-equipped, redesigned and retrofitted in preparation for a possible increase in the number of patients that would have to be accommodated there.

The fifth district of Manila has the biggest population in the city, next to Tondo.