Benguet, Philippines – The Provincial Local Government Unit(PLGU) of Benguet shall start using the Help English Language Program Incorporated (Concordia College) located on Longlong-Lamtang Rd., La Trinidad, Benguet as temporary treatment and monitoring facility starting today, December 21,2020, according to PIO Benguet.
With this, Benguet has prepared for possible Christmas break surge of infection as predicted earlier by the DILG due to the movement of people and the travels to the provinces.
This will serve as the fifth treatment facility in the province until January 31, 2021.
In the report, it said that Help English Language Program, Inc. and Oplan Kalinga (care) have recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the utilization of said facility until aforementioned date but may be renewed until June 7, 2021.
Dr. Jocelyn Legaspi, Provincial Rural Health Physician of Benguet, said the facility allocated 160 beds for COVID-19 patients in the province. Additionally, the facility will be accepting patients who are asymptomatic and those who are showing mild symptoms.
PLGU Benguet shall manage the facility with the assistance of the Department of Health for manpower. It was further reported that the Philippine National Police will be assigning personnel to augment the security requirement of the facility.
In a statement by Governor Melchor Diclas, he expressed his gratitude to HELP and Oplan Kalinga for their support as well as those individuals who contributed for the preparation of documentary requirements for the use of the facility.
Governor Diclas reminded the public on the strict observance of health protocols and the avoidance of unnecessary travels and gatherings, especially during the holiday season.
The province’s other Covid-19 isolation facilities include the Benguet General Hospital, the Temporary Provincial Quarantine Facility, Regional Evacuation Center and the BSU Dormitory.
According to PIO Benguet Covid-19 update, Benguet has already recorded 2,958 confirmed positive cases. 497 of these are active, while 2,432 have already recovered. 29 died.
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