Press Release/May 3, 2021
Officials from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday formally opened the three modular treatment facilities for the treatment and management of Covid patients at the Batangas Medical Center (BatMC) in Batangas City.
“The Department of Health extends its utmost gratitude for the DPWH’s support and assistance in providing facilities to augment our hospital’s need for additional rooms for healthcare service for Covid patients for the province of Batangas,” DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Francia M. Laxamana stated.
DPWH Batangas 2nd District Engineer Sonia D. Paglicauan said that the agency is currently expanding the capacity of major hospitals through the construction of modular facilities to provide more rooms for treatment and management of people infected with Covid-19.
She added that the off-site modular facilities at the BatMC was made possible through the DPWH Task Force to Facilitate Augmentation of Local/National Health Facilities together with Batangas 2nd District Engineering Office.
“The DPWH has already completed various modular hospitals for Covid-19 treatment in various DOH specialty and retained hospitals including one (1) ICU type with 16-bed capacity at Lung Center of the Philippines; four (4) typical designed and one (1) ICU type modular hospital at Quezon Institute-Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc (QI-PTSI), Quezon City with a total of 110-bed capacity; one (1) typical designed modular hospital with 22-bed capacity at Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium (DJNRMHS), Caloocan City and one (1) typical designed with 21 beds and a 10 bed capacity one (1) ICU type modular hospital at Batangas Medical Center, Batangas City,” Paglicauan disclosed.
DOH-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas Rizal Quezon) Assistant Secretary Paula Paz M. Sydiongco thanked the DPWH for the completion of the project. “This will greatly benefit the hospital as sit will increase its bed-capacity with an additional 10 rooms for intensive care units and 21 rooms for isolation and monitoring of mild Covid symptoms.
“The facility will be under the supervision and management of BatMC. The DOH central office has already provided the necessary medical equipment for the facility. For the part of the regional office, we will provide augmentation, especially human resource including doctors and nurses and other staff,” she emphasized.
Batangas Medical Center Chief Ramoncito C. Magnaye also extended his grateful appreciation to DPWH for increasing the capacity of the hospital by building off-site health care facilities for treating COVID-19 patients.
“The Covid-19 modular facilities at BatMC will help accommodate possible surge of Covid cases in the province including patients from adjacent provinces of Laguna, Cavite and Quezon,” he added.
(L-R) DOH-CALABARZON Assistant Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco, Undersecretary Leopoldo J. Vega, Assistant Secretary Maria Francia M. Laxamana and DPWH 2nd District of Batangas Engineer Sonia D. Paglicauan prepares to cut the ribbon to formally opens the three modular treatment facilities for Covid-19 patients located at the compound of the Batangas Medical Center in Batangas City on April 30, 2021.