In case of need, Navy shore-based facilities, decommissioned ships can be used for COVID-19 response

Philippine Navy Flag Officer-in-Command Vice Admiral Giovanni Carlo Bacordo said that the Navy’s shore-based facilities can be used for quarantine sites in case more facilities are needed for persons under monitoring (PUM) and persons under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19.

“For example, we had the gyms closed, covered courts, and halls in observance of social distancing,” Vice Admiral Bacordo said as quoted by

The Navy chief said that these shore-based facilities have been temporarily closed as enhance community distancing and strict social distancing are being implemented.

Moreover, the Navy chief said that, in case there is still a need, decommissioned Navy vessels can be used as “last recourse”.

However, he said ready-for-sea vessels will be the “last priority”. He said that “the ready for sea vessels are the last priority” because in case of any other major disaster, like quakes, there would be no more ships available to respond.