DPWH boosts support infra to healthcare system
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has stepped up to the challenges posed by COVID-19 by rapidly putting up infrastructure to support the healthcare system for the welfare of the Filipino people.
DPWH Secretary and Chief Isolation Czar Mark A. Villar revealed that as of end of April 2021, the DPWH has built 662 units of various health facilities with 24,513 bed capacity nationwide to support countrywide healthcare demand.
Villar said that capacity expansion is ongoing at the Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) compound in Quezon Avenue, Quezon City to cope with the increase in number of patients brought by the climb of case for people infected with COVID-19.
Villar together with his formed DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Local/Health Facility headed by Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain inspected the newly started modular hospital project at LCP which is in addition to the one ICU type facility with 16-bed capacity turned over on November 2020.
Sadain said that the ongoing project covers the construction of four typical designed with 88 beds and one intensive care unit (ICU) type modular hospital with 22 beds or a total of 110-bed capacity.
The project is extremely significant since the LCP received the most number of patients with respiratory conditions and these five (5) clusters units of off-site hospital will augment existing treatment facility for moderate, severe and critical COVID-19 patients, Sadain added.
DPWH has also completed ten modular hospital projects with total capacity of 252 beds for COVID-19 treatment and 60 units of off-site dormitories as temporary shelter of about 1,456 healthcare workers.
5 tourism road projects ongoing in Southern Leyte
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has been upgrading road networks leading to five tourism sites in Southern Leyte province.
“These tourism access roads will not only attract more tourists and travelers but will also provide locals easier transportation of their goods and farm products to commercial districts. Hopefully, these projects will unlock economic opportunities for communities near these sites,” DPWH – Southern Leyte district engineer Manolo Rojas said.
The said projects include the improvement of access to Fatima Hills in Macrohon town, Crater Lake in San Juan, Ollies Wall dive site in Liloan town , Guinsaugon Lake and Bird Sanctuary and Mangrove in St. Bernard town.
He said they are eyeing to complete these projects within the year.