125 evacuation centers ready to serve as COVID-19 health facility - Villar

March 21, 2020

TO augment the number of health facilities nationwide, the Department of Public Works and Highways announced that a total of 125 evacuation centres is prepared to be converted as an exclusive NCOV facility.

“110 evacuation centres have been completed with access to both power and water. We are now facilitating power and water connection to an additional 15 evacuation centres,” DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said.

In Butuan, the evacuation centre has already been converted into a health facility specific to COVID-19 patients by the City Government of Butuan and the Butuan City Medical Center.

Villar noted that the Department of Public Works and Highways have already conducted a joint inspection with Department of Health of possible location sites — such as in San Gabriel in Tuguegarao, San Pablo in Isabela, Mexico and Lubao in Pampanga, Botolan in Zambales, Talavera in Nueva Ecija, and Tabuk in Kalinga.

“In Dalaguete in Cebu, the evacuation centre is already being used as a health facility for Persons Under Investigation or Persons Under Monitoring. The DoH Resident Epidemiologist recommended bed arrangement with appropriate distancing of 10.26 sq.m,” he said.

Moreover, Villar said that at least four evacuation centres are being utilised as food hubs by Department of Social Welfare and Development and another 9 is being used as an emergency operations centre by the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.