Megawide Construction Corp. fielded volunteer employees and subcontractors to build emergency quarantine facilities for major hospitals in Metro Manila.
Megawide said Monday it sent out volunteers, including engineers, electricians, plumbers and carpenters, to help construct quarantine facilities designed by architect William Ti of WTA Architecture and Design Studio at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) and the Fe Del Mundo Medical Center (FDMMC).
Megawide is also building quarantine facility units for Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital (DJNRMH) and Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC).
The quarantine facilities will help decongest major hospitals in Metro Manila dealing with COVID-19 cases.
“The emergency quarantine facilities are part of the company’s efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak,” said Eric Tan, Megawide deputy chief for construction.
“Our staff have committed to volunteer for a total of 12 days to build the EQFs, and we finished construction of the EQFS for FDMMC and NKTI on Day 5. We are targeting to complete construction for the DJNRMH and CSMC EQFs by Day 10,” Tan added.
Each quarantine facility measures 3.1 meters tall, 26 meters long, and six meters wide, and can hold 15 beds and two toilets.
The facilities will be used to accommodate persons under investigation who need to be quarantined but can no longer be admitted by hospitals.
The facilities are designed with different entrances for patients and healthcare workers, with doctors having their own external testing box to check patients without having to go inside the quarantine area.
Megawide will erect additional quarantine facilities in other Metro Manila hospitals in partnership with other organizations.
Meanwhile, Megawide, through the Megawide Foundation, donated much-needed medical supplies to COVID-exclusive facilities and hospitals in its host communities.
“To date we have donated alcohol, face masks, face shields, and protective suits to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Jose Rodriguez Memorial Hospital, Taytay Emergency Center, San Juan Medical Center, and San Juan de Dios Hospital. We have also donated a disinfection chamber to the Quezon City government,” he said.
The foundation is set distribute more donations, including sanitation tents, to additional facilities in the coming days.