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Mabuti nang handa! Luis Campos seeks P1.7B to build quarantine facilities

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Makati City Rep. Luis Campos Jr. has filed a bill seeking P1.7 billion for the construction of new quarantine facilities in the country in light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

In House Bill 6546, Campos proposed the construction of 69 new quarantine facilities within the grounds of every hospital run by the Department of Health (DOH). They will have a minimum of 25 beds each.

“We are seeking an initial P25 million in fresh funding for the construction of each quarantine facility, chargeable against the DOH’s annual budget for the Health Facilities Enhancement Program,” Campos, House appropriations committee vice chairperson, said.

The lawmaker said the conversion of the Athletes’ Village in Tarlac as the national quarantine center for the COVID-19 outbreak showed the lack of facilities in the country for people who may have infectious diseases.

The government used the Athletes’ Village in New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac to isolate for 14 days the Filipinos repatriated from Hubei province, China as well as the Filipino crew evacuated from coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama, Japan.

Under the Campos bill, at least 20 quarantine facilities would be built all over Metro Manila. Meanwhile, 21 will be constructed in other parts of Luzon, 12 in the Visayas and 16 in Mindanao