2 new isolation facilities converted in Pangasinan
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the conversion of two buildings into quarantine facilities to be used by COVID-19 patients in Pangasinan.
Based on a report from DPWH Region 1, the repurposing of Pangasinan
Reformation Center in the Municipality of Burgos and the Office of the Provincial
Agriculturist (OPAG) Building into isolation facilities was completed.
The recently inaugurated Ligtas COVID-19 Center facility in Burgos has 25-bed capacity and one nurse station for a total project cost of P2.25 million while the converted OPAG unit in Sta. Barbara has a capacity of 40 beds and one nurse station amounting to P2.1 million.
“DPWH will continue to build and convert existing government buildings nationwide to meet the demand for isolation facilities as we combat the pandemic,” said Public Works Secretary Mark Villar.
Two two-storey multi-purpose evacuation centers (MPECs) amounting to P50 million each, will soon rise in Pampanga after PAGCOR signified the commencement of its construction.
PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo (4th left), together with Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda (3rd from right) and San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago ( right) recently led the groundbreaking and laying of time capsule in Pampanga High School in San Fernando City where the first MPEC will be built.
Meanwhile, PAGCOR’s Corporate Social Responsibility Group Vice President Jimmy Bondoc and Floridablanca Mayor Darwin Manalansan led the groundbreaking of the second MPEC which will be constructed in Basa Palmayo Ressetlement Area in Floridablanca.
PAGCOR alloted P2 billion for the construction of 32 MPECs in 31 typhoon-prone provinces in the country.
DPWH undertakes bridge widening in Quirino Province
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that the widening of Angad Bridge in Aglipay, Quirino will be completed this month of December 2020.
“We are fast-tracking the completion of the Angad Bridge widening despite the recent typhoons as these additional lanes on both sides are expected to ease congestion and improve delivery of services in the province”, Villar said.
The widening of the 215-meter Angad Bridge along Cordon-Aurora Boundary Road (Isabela Boundary-Junction Dumabato) amounted to P19.44 million under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2020.
Earlier, the DPWH inaugurated the newly-widened Divila Bridge in the Municipality of Cabbaroguis to enable more convenient access for residents in the provincial capital.
With a total project cost of P27.2-million, the new Divila Bridge involved the construction of two abutments, concrete railings, and stone masonry as slope protection.