Wednesday, March 25, 2020

AFP opens facilities as quarantine sites in PH

From PTV News (Mar 24, 2020): AFP opens facilities as quarantine sites in PH

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is open for the use of its facilities as quarantine sites for Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients in the Philippines.

Part of the Philippine Army’s contingency plan is the use of their camps as quarantine sites in the event that the number of COVID-19 cases increases in the country.

Fort Magsaysay in Nueva Ecija is one of the largest facilities of the PA that can be used as a quarantine site.

The Western Mindanao Command (WESMINCOM) has made the Sibakel Island in Basilan as the quarantine site for Filipinos deported from Sabah, Malaysia who were not allowed entry in the Philippines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2 private vessels with more than 200 residents aboard have arrived in the country last week but they were not allowed to get off the ship.

The WESMINCOM has decided to help the residents and placed them under a 14-day quarantine.

According to WESMINCOM Chief Lieutenant Cirilito Sobejana, they are regularly given food, hygiene kits, and other necessities.

The military will guard the island to ensure the safety of the deportees. – Report from Bea Bernardo

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