MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga -- Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda offered temporary accommodation for the health care workers of Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital (DPPMH) and some health personnel of Jose B. Lingad Regional Memorial Hospital (JBLRMH) who preferred not to go home amid the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
Board Members Ananias Canlas Jr and Anthony Joseph Torres said Pineda has decided to provide free accommodation due to discrimination experienced by the healthcare workers in their respective boarding houses where the owners want them to temporarily vacate the housing facilities to avoid the possible spread of COVID 19 in their respective areas.
They said other healthcare workers decided not to go home to protect the health of their families from possible contamination and infection.
The temporary shelter is a hotel-like facility with a 70-room capacity that can accommodate two personnel in every room with consideration to physical or social distancing.
The hotel located in this city was offered by the provincial government to assist the frontline health care workers in their temporary accommodation until such time that COVID-19 would be contained in the province.
Aside from the hotel accommodation, the governor will also provide free food provision and free transportation for the said health care workers who would like to go to the hotel or report for work at the said hospitals as an act of compassion and solidarity.
Through this, the provincial government can easily manage to pull out off-duty medical personnel from the hotel in case an urgent need exists and their services are needed.
It was learned that as of this time, the province asks health care personnel. Some of them underwent a mandatory quarantine procedure due to exposure to some suspected COVID 19 patients.
Initially, 55 personnel from DPMMH and 30 from JBLRMH signified their intention to accept the offer by the provincial government.