Armed Forces, architecture firm turn over emergency quarantine facilities to Marikina govt hospital

May 4, 2020 | By: Dempsey Reyes (as published in The Manila Times last May 4, 2020)

THE Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday turned over three quarantine facilities to the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, which could accommodate patients who have mild to no symptoms of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Also present was the WTA Architecture+Design Studio, the firm that constructed these facilities, which have a total capacity of 120 beds and which was funded by the Marikina City government and partly, by the United Architects of the Philippines-Manila Chapter.

Lt. Gen. Antonio Ramon Lim, the AFP Inspector General, Marikina Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, WTA’s Architect William Ti Jr. and top military engineer officials were on hand for the ceremony.

So far, the WTA Architecture and Design Studio was able to build 56 emergency quarantine facilities while construction on six others are ongoing.

Capt. Jonathan Zata, AFP public affairs chief, said eight of the facilities were built for military hospitals: three at the Army General Hospital, two at the V. Luna Medical Center in Quezon City, one at the Philippine Air Force General Hospital, one at the Fernando Air Base Hospital and one at the Manila Naval Hospital.

“The [emergency quarantine facilities] 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,” Zata said.



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