The presidential yacht, BRP Ang Pangulo (ACS-25) is now ready to accept COVID-19 patients as necessary works to transform the vessel into a floating quarantine facility were already finished.
Remodelling of the ship began within 48 hours following President Rodrigo Dutertes pronouncement to utilize the ship for coronavirus patients. Officers and enlisted personnel aboard ACS-25 spearheaded the transformation of the VIP compartments of the ship into COVID-19 dedicated medical ward and patient rooms that can accommodate a total of 28 patients with five medical personnel.
Three exclusive compartments were prepared by PN personnel for the patients with temporary division in place observing 3-meter distance between them. Patients and medical staff are given different access points.
The crew will remain onboard while the ship is being utilized as a quarantine facility. They were already provided with PPEs while rapid antibody tests were conducted. All entry points from the crews billeting area and other compartments from the temporary medical facility and patient rooms were already sealed off.
The prompt transformation of ACS-25 into a floating hospital is consistent with what the Navy chief Rear Adm. Giovanni Carlo Bacordo, previously reiterated that the “Navy is fully committed to support the Bayanihan to Heal as One initiative by devoting our personnel, and resources as we explore all possible means to contain and defeat the spread of the corona virus disease in the country.” NAVY.MIL.PH