Underground quarantine facility found, is closed

Angeles City -- The local government here padlocked over the weekend a private-owned quarantine facility at Barangay Sto. Cristo for alleged violation of the health protocol set by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Mayor Carmelo Lazatin, Jr. said he ordered the immediate closure of the facility following reports that a person infected with coronavirus from Laguna was placed under quarantine from July 25 - 29 without proper coordination with the local government unit and the City Health Office.

Lazatin said legal actions against the owner of the building were being readied.

The facility, Lazatin said, is an abandoned building being maintained by the Atriaprime Development Corporation.

The company facilitated the transport of coronavirus carrier from Laguna.

The safety officer of ATRIA PRIME Development Corporation whose name was not mentioned in the press statement, confirmed that the company planned to convert the Old OB Montessori Building into a quarantine facility.

The patient, according to Lazatin’s Chief Adviser and Tactician Director IC Calaguas, was already transffered at Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center for further treatment.

Meanwhile, the safety officer is now quarantined at the City College of Angeles while waiting for the result of his rapid test, Lazatin added.

Lazatin instructed Angeles City Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office O fficer-in-Charge Rudy Simeon, Business Permit and Licensing Division Chief Evangeline Malonzo, and City Engineer Donato Dizon to close the building.

Topics: Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases , Pampanga , Carmelo Lazatin Jr , ATRIA PRIME Development Corporation
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