One of the first COVID-19 Emergency Quarantine Facilities (EQF) now stands at the training center of the Naval Combat Engineering Brigade here, through collaboration with a group of architect and engineers led by Arch. William Ti, Jr.
This quarantine facility was formally turned over to the Philippine Navy (PN) in a simple activity held here today, April 1. The Fleet-Marine Ready Force Commander, Commo. Toribio Adaci, Jr., received the quarantine facility from Architect Ti of WTA Architecture and Design. This was witnessed by BGen William Ilagan, the AFP Chief Engineer, Capt Lemuel Espartinez, Commander, Naval Task Group-NCR and Lt Col Henry Espinosa, the CO, 12th Marine Battalion.
The operation and the needed medical requirements of this facility will be supervised by the PN’s Chief Surgeon.
On behalf of the PN, Commo Adaci thanked the team of Arch. Ti for this noble project. He said that “this facility will be used by our frontliners. We hope that we will continue to build more of this kind of facility, not only for us, not just for the Armed Forces, but for our communities.”
Meanwhile, Arch. Ti stated that the project is very unique since they are doing this together with the military. “This is easy to build,anyone can build it in the islands or provinces…everywhere. We thank the AFP for making partners with us and to make this happen,” he said.
BGen Ilagan delivered the message of the Chief of Staff, AFP who expressed his gratitude to the team of Arch. Ti and stated that in “these trying times, it make us proud to see Filipino step up with ingenious means of helping our government and our frontline personnel…and unite with one unifying purpose of winning this fight against COVID-19.”
Said EQF is an ingenious, easy to set up structure made of readily available materials such as wood and plastic that can accommodate up to 17 patients. It is the brainchild of Architect Ti’s group designed to house those people exposed to the corona virus and categorized as under monitoring and investigation (PUMs and PUIs) which the hospitals can no longer accommodate due to overwhelming cases.
As the same situation may happen in military hospitals, the PN, through the NTG-NCR and the 12th Marine Battalion, engaged Architect Ti’s group to put up an EQF inside the Navy station to augment isolation facility requirements for sailors and marines in the frontlines manning various Quarantine Assistance Stations in the NCR and who must undergo quarantine after exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. While it is initially intended to cater to military frontliners, the EQF is also projected for public utilization as part of the contingency plan should the situation worsens. This likelihood is now being addressed by putting up additional EQFs in various military facilities.
The PN’s EQF is a tangible manifestation of the outstanding partnership between the military and the civilian sector especially in this time of crisis. This pilot project will help validate the efficacy and usefulness of the concept and shall serve as inspiration for other institutions to adopt the same scheme amid the increasing number of PUIs and PUMs.
This project further demonstrates the PN’s proactive commitment in support to the whole-of-nation approach in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic by devoting its personnel, assets and resources in the service of the people under threat of invisible enemy. NAVY.MIL.PH