AFP completes 3 Marikina quarantine facilities
The Armed Forces of the Philippines and the WTA Architecture Design Studio turned over three emergency quarantine facilities (EQF) with a total capacity of 120 beds in Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center (ARMMC) on May 4.
The EQFs were funded by the Marikina Local Government Unit and partly by United Architects of the Philippines-Manila Chapter. The construction was made possible by the Office of The Chief Engineer AFP led by MGen William Ilagan and volunteers Danny Ko and Leah Longalong.
AFP Inspector General LtGen Ramon Ang Lim led the ceremony with Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, AFP Chief Engineer MGen William Ilagan, 51st Engineering Brigade's BGen Emmanuel Anthony Ramos, and WTA’s Architect William Ti Jr, also project lead of the EQF Team.
"I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to everyone who made this endeavor possible and for everyone who extended their support. The AFP deeply appreciates this assistance and partnership. We hope that this will continue to inspire everyone to contribute in winning this challenge," LtGen Lim said.
The EQF Team is pushing to build a total of 62 EQFs. As of May 3, the group of volunteer architects and firms has constructed 56 facilities with 6 others still being constructed.
Eight of these EQFs are built to augment military hospitals--three in Army General Hospital, two in V Luna Medical Center, one in Philippine Air Force General Hospital, one in Fernando Air Base Hospital, and one in Manila Naval Hospital.
The EQFs are designed to treat and isolate COVID-19 patients with mild to no symptoms and should help decongest hospitals and increase the country’s capacity to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All of us, from the people at the forefront to the people at home, has a role to play during this crisis. We may be physically apart but to win this war, we must stay united in spirit--closer more than ever," LtGen Lim added.
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