THE Land Transportation Office (LTO)-Central Visayas has offered sleeping quarters for frontlline healthworkers of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) amid the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Cebu due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The LTO-Central Visayas turned over its Malasakit Lounge and the Duterte People's Hall located on N. Bacalso Ave., Cebu City.
LTO-Central Visayas Director Victor Emmanuel Caindec and CCMC Hospital Administrator Ma. Yvonne Feliciano signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on Wednesday, April 8, to formalize the arrangement.
The LTO-Central Visayas has allowed the use of the two areas due to the suspension of mass transportation in view of the ECQ.
Under the MOA, the access to the Malasakit Lounge and the Duterte People's Hall will be limited only to CCMC doctors and nurses, who will be listed in the registry of personnel with corresponding IDs submitted by CCMC.
The hospital is also tasked to maintain a record or log of personnel who are allowed to use the LTO facility. The CCMC doctors are also required to wear their IDs while inside the facility.
Moreover, the LTO-Central Visayas will provide furnishing for the fully-airconditioned Duterte People's Hall on the second floor, which would function as the sleeping quarters.
It has 12 beds with bed covers and pillows. The quarters also provide other amenities such as a shower room and a dressing room. The Malasakit Lounge located on the ground floor will serve as a waiting area.
It will also implement strict sanitation protocol before CCMC medical personnel enter the LTO facility, such as foot bath and body disinfection upon entry, body misting, alcohol on hands and wearing face masks outside the Duterte People's Hall. LTO-Central Visayas will operate the CCMC temporary quarters 24/7.
This move signifies the support of the Department of Transportation and LTO for the Presidential Proclamation 922, series of 2020, issued by President Rodrigo Duterte, declaring a State of Public Health Emergency through the Philippines due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This proclamation requires a whole-of-government response with the concerted effort of all government agencies and local government units. (WBS/With PR)