“We are targeting 62 EQFs within and outside Metro Manila,” William Ti, principal architect of WTA Architecture and Design Studio (WTA), told the Manila Standard. Ti is part of a group of Filipino architects, businessmen and officers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines who latched on to the idea last month to design and build emergency quarantine facilities to help hospitals accommodate more COVID 19 patients. Megawide volunteers, including engineers, electricians, plumbers, and carpenters, are helping construct the EQFs, designed by Ti , at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) and the Fe Del Mundo Medical Center (FDMMC). Megawide is also building EQF units for Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital (DJNRMH) and Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC). With the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 rising in the Philippines, hospitals since March have raised the alarm of insufficient space to accommodate patients who tested positive for the virus. Local government units, together with private sector donors, have also been exploring the use of hotels, open lots, and other public spaces as quarantine centers. Construction at a fast clip “The EQFs 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,” Tan revealed to the Manila Standard. “We are targeting to complete construction for the DJNRMH and CSMC EQFs by day 10.” To date, Ti said EQFs have been built at the Manila Naval hospital, Taguig City; Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo station hospital, Quezon City; PNP regional health service - NCR police office, Taguig City; Philippine Air Force general hospital, Pasay City; Quezon City general hospital; Cavite naval hospital, Cavite; Army general hospital, Fort Andres Bonifacio; Antipolo Institute of Technology, Rizal; Ospital ng Muntilupa; V. Luna general hospital, Quezon City; National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Quezon City; Fe Del Mundo Medical Center, Quezon City; Fernando Air Base Hospital, Batangas; Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Muntinlupa; Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Muntinlupa; Sacred Heart Hospital, Bulacan; Bulacan Medical Center, Bulacan; Pasig City Children’s Hospital; Ospital ng Parañaque; and Ospital ng Makati/Pembo. Taking the pressure off hospitals
Ti said the additional support from private sector donors has given the project added impetus, with many signing in to the concept of easy-to-build facilities which can house persons under investigation (PUIs).