MANILA - San Juan City has opened a new quarantine facility that can accommodate 52 patients, its mayor said Monday.
The series of container vans each have a room with airconditioning and wifi, said San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora.
"They don't have to worry about anything except to get well. They will have free meals, may (there are) doctors, nurses, meron ding (there's also) wifi and meron pa silang (they will receive) P3,000 financial assistance," he told ANC's Headstart.
"We don't want them to stay at home because the tendency is they will infect other members of their family."
The city is down to 668 active cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday from a peak of 1,226 last April 14, according to Zamora.
MANILA, Philippines — Nearly P92 million of the P98 million fund allocated for the financial aid for those affected by the recent lockdowns have been disbursed in San Juan City, Mayor Francis Zamora said Monday.
“’Yung cash ayuda natin, the one that they called the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) financial assistance, 98 million was allocated to San Juan and we have disbursed close to P92 million,” Zamora said in an interview with ABS-CBN News Channel’s Headstart.
“Now the P6 million balance, this is because some did not claim their financial assistance—possibly they were locked down in the province or some other place or possibly they are positive or under quarantine,” he added.
Zamora said if those who have yet to claim will not be able to get their share, the funds will be reallocated and given to other recipients.
“As per the DILG, we have to finish the entire amount. I believe in a few days matatapos ‘yan,” Zamora said.
Around 67 percent of an intended 22.9 million beneficiaries have received P1,000 as ECQ social aid, Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said on April 28.
According to Año, 67 percent is equivalent to 15.49 million of the beneficiaries in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal — the areas collectively known as the National Capital Region Plus that were put under enhanced community quarantine due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The government was mandated to provide a P1,000 social aid for people whose incomes were affected by the strict lockdown imposed to check the further spread of COVID-19.
MANILA, Philippines — The number of active COVID-19 cases in San Juan has dropped by at least 42 percent, Mayor Francis Zamora said yesterday.
There are 702 COVID-19 patients in San Juan, which is lower compared to the highest recorded total active cases of 1,226 last April 14, a decrease of 42.74 percent, he said.
Zamora attributed the decrease to the national government’s imposition of enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region Plus during a surge in COVID-19 cases in March. The restrictions were later downgraded to a modified ECQ to reopen some businesses.
The situation at the San Juan Medical Center has improved, according to Zamora, as only 60 to 70 percent of the 76 beds for COVID-19 patients are occupied. Two other quarantine facilities have a total occupancy rate of 80 percent, he added.
“We saw the effect of ECQ and MECQ,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the opening of a 52-bed quarantine facility along P. Guevarra Extension. The facility, situated near the Pinaglabanan Shrine, was built by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Made of shipping containers, each room – designed to accommodate one person – has its own bed, air-conditioning unit and toilet. Police officers will secure the facility to prevent the entry of outsiders.
Zamora lauded the DPWH for the facility as it will ease the congestion in the city’s other isolation centers.
“This means we are much more equipped now to take on more asymptomatic patients and those who are experiencing mild symptoms so they can no longer infect their loved ones at home,” he said.
Patients will receive free treatment, food and P3,000 in financial aid during their confinement.