SHIPPING containers purpose-built by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Villar Group of Companies into mobile rooms have already been deployed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex, Pasay City.
Secretary Mark A. Villar said that the high cube containers converted into mobile rooms can be used as additional Covid-19 isolation health facilities or these may also function as alternative living quarters to temporarily house medical doctors and staff on duty at hospitals or at mega quarantine facilities operating at PICC, World Trade Center and Rizal Memorial Coliseum.
These rooms can provide some relief to hospital workers who are tirelessly serving as frontliners against Covid-19, Villar added.
“Ten 20-foot long shipping containers are at the CCP complex undergoing final refurbishing works by the DPWH National Capital Region headed by Director Ador Canlas,” Villar noted.
“The 10 units of shipping containers can accommodate a total of 40 individuals,” he added
Based on the design plans prepared by the DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local/National Health Facility headed by Undersecretary Emil Sadain, a 20-footer container can be divided into four (4) fully-airconditioned rooms for sleeping with separate toilet and bath, and aluminum window frame for proper ventilation.
“More than providing facilities for sleeping, medical personnel need not travel from hospitals and/or health facilities to their residences putting at risk the health and safety of their respective families due to their regular exposure to Covid-19 patients,” Villar said.
“The location of CCP is very strategic. It is close to quarantine facilities as well as level 2 and level 3 hospitals. This will serve as prototype for accommodation rooms for health care workers as well as PUIs and PUMs,” he added. (PR)