Ilocos reserves facility for COVID-19 patients

SAN ILDEFONSO, Ilocos Sur– The Philippine Science High School-Ilocos Region Campus (PSHS-IRC) has reserved its housing facility to the local government unit (LGU) here to accommodate suspected cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in this municipality.

Dr. Ronnalee Orteza, campus director of PSHS-IRC, said their Community Center 2 will serve as an overflow quarantine facility in the event there is an increase in the number of suspected COVID-19 cases and the LGU isolation facilities are already crowded.

“Plan B lang po kami in case puno na lahat (ng isolation facilities ng LGU),”Orteza told the Philippine Information Agency in an interview on Wednesday.

“We are prepared to host at least six patients and four health workers,” she said.

Orteza said the Community Center 2 used to be a students' dorm, but it now serves as a housing facility for teachers.

San Ildefonso Mayor Christian Daniel Purisima requested the use of this facility so they have a place to use especially for returning overseas Filipino workers.

The Board of Trustees had approved the use of the PSHS-Ilocos’ Community Center 2 to accommodate COVID-19 suspect cases last April 15.

“Meanwhile, confirmed COVID-19 cases will be admitted to nearby hospitals such as the Ilocos Sur-District Hospital Magsingal and the Ilocos Sur Provincial Hospital-Gabriela Silang,” she added.

To date, no suspect case has been brought yet to the PSHS-IRC’s Community Center 2, she said.

Meanwhile, the PSHS system, through the “PISAYUDA: Siyensya Para sa Bayan” project, concerted its efforts to augment the needs of the people and the communities at this time when the entire country is faced with adversity and threats brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Be it alcohol for disinfection, personal protective equipment for frontliners, relief goods for poor families, human resources, and other services, Pisay readily provided what it can and did it all in the name of its commitment to service and the spirit of bayanihan.

In the Ilocos region, past and present Pisay scholars, employees and parents have also raised funds to somehow, even momentarily, allay the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the people of San Ildefonso.

As a community, the PSHS-IRC has come together, through a relief project and donation drive, to give back and return the love that the people of San Ildefonso have bestowed upon Pisay all these years.

The relief project benefited PSHS-IRC workers – 11 utility workers, job orders and dorm assistants; 10 security guards; and 22 canteen personnel.

Non-PSHS-IRC workers and service providers to include 258 poorest of the poor families (including dorm laundry workers), 32 tricycle drivers, 15 barangay secretaries, 12 utility workers, and six Poblacion East frontliners also received relief goods.

On the other hand, Orteza said that the PSHS-IRC is looking forward to have the opening of classes by August 24.

“We are strictly following the protocols set by authorities. We will be adopting blended learning or distance learning scheme, whichever is applicable,” she said.