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Ready to serve: DPWH finishes ULTRA’s conversion as COVID-19 quarantine center

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has finished retrofitting the Philippine Sports (PhilSports) Arena or ULTRA (University of Life Training and Recreational Arena) as a quarantine facility for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients.

As one of the designated COVID-19 facilities in Metro Manila, the Department of Health and Philippine National Police Medical Team had to made sure that the repurposed PhilSports Arena has all necessary equipment prior to acceptance for management and operation. The facility can accommodate 132 patients.

The center with two (2) nurses’ stations is fully equipped with medical equipment such as hospital beds. It will be operated by 9 doctors and 54 nurses from the PNP Medical Corps.

The civil works in PhilSports Arena were completed within three days by the DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Local and National Health Facilities and National Capital Region (NCR) – ahead of the five-day deadline imposed by Secretary Villar.

Carpenters, electricians, laborers and other workers from DPWH NCR nine District Engineering Offices were divided into three groups with each group working expeditiously in the fabrication and installion of 44 cubicles per cluster area.