The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-7 recently graced the simultaneous blessing and turnover of seven COVID-19 Temporary Treatment and Monitoring facilities to the local government units (LGUs) in Cebu province.
DILG-7 Regional Director Leocadio Trovela said that the facilities are a manifestation of the readiness of the government to address COVID-19 concerns such as the treatment and isolation centers.
“Region 7 is very fortunate to have the national government agencies and the government officials collaborating to make these facilities possible,” Trovela said on his message at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport facility in Lapu-Lapu City.
Trovela said that the COVID-19 health care facilities for treatment and isolation of the COVID-19 patients are located in Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu, Cebu Province and the Mactan Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA).
The new facilities in Cebu City are the Cebu City Quarantine Center (CCQC), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)-7 Regional Office at the South Road Properties and the Apas Evacuation Center.
The other three facilities are situated at the Mactan- Cebu International Airport, Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City, North Bus Terminal in Mandaue City, and the Correctional Institution for Women at the Cebu Provincial Police Office.
According to Trovela, these projects are made possible through the collaboration of concerned national government agencies, the local government units of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu and Cebu Province, and notably the MCIAA.
These facilities will become the permanent treatment and isolation centers as the country now embrace the “new normal,” said DOH-7 Regional Director Jaime S. Bernadas.
“We expect more cohesive response from the national government agencies, the LGUs and the private sectors. Together we will navigate, and together we shall succeed,” Bernadas said.
For MCIAA general manager Atty. Steve Y. Dicdican, the facility inside the airport will help in getting back the confidence of the people to return to their normal lives.
“This is an amazing facility and I’m truly appreciative. Somehow, we need to find a way to get the people back to travel, to do business, to schools, and we can’t do that without this readiness. It’s you guys who made it happen,” said Dicdican.
“In behalf of the airport, we promise to take care of the facility, to use it wisely, and we promise to dedicate it to its purpose. This is the new normal, all airports must have this,” he added.
Over at the CCQC, Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella said the City of Cebu is going in the right direction on its efforts to stop the local transmission of COVID-19.
Cebu City was once tagged as a COVID-19 “hotspot” at the height of the pandemic. With massive testing, contact tracing and strict implementation of health protocol, the city has now flattened the curve and is seen as the model for COVID-19 response not just in the region but in the whole country.
OPAV Assistant Secretary Jonji Gonzales said that the facilities are products of the convergence, collaboration and the strong determination of the government to serve the people amid this pandemic.