Vil­lar pro­vides food, shel­ter to front­lin­ers of Las Piñas hospi­tal

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Se­na­tor Cyn­thia Vil­lar has joined na­tion­wide ef­forts to pro­vide much-needed sup­port to the fight against the coro­n­avirus dis­ease 2019 (COVID-19) by turn­ing over three build­ings that her fam­ily built and do­nated for the tem­po­rary use of the Las Piñas Gen­eral Hospi­tal (LPGH).

The build­ings will be used as ex­ten­sion of the hospi­tal fa­cil­i­ties, tem­po­rary

hous­ing for health­care work­ers and/ or quar­an­tine fa­cil­ity.

The Vil­lar fam­ily will also take care of the daily food needs of the staff of the Las Pi­nas Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

The build­ings are one of the two build­ings of the Las Piñas Drug Abuse Treat­ment and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter and the build­ings of the Vice May­ors’ League of the Philip­pines (VMLP) and the Pro­vin­cial Board Mem­bers’ League (PBML)— all are lo­cated in Barangay Ilaya, Las Pi­nas City.

“We are shar­ing the rooms and fa­cil­i­ties of the said build­ings to the Las Piñas Gen­eral Hospi­tal to pro­vide their health­care work­ers with a con­ve­nient tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion, so they don’t have to com­mute daily. The hospi­tal can also use it to com­ple­ment their ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties to bet­ter cope with the demand for beds and rooms,” said Vil­lar.

The Las Pi­nas Drug Abuse Treat­ment and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter in Barangay Ilaya has a two-story build­ing for fe­male oc­cu­pants with 86-pa­tient ca­pac­ity and a three-story build­ing for male oc­cu­pants with 158-pa­tient ca­pac­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to Vil­lar, the drug re­hab pa­tients will be trans­ferred to one build­ing where they will stay to­gether for the mean­time.

“The num­ber of Covid-19 pa­tients is in­creas­ing as test­ing be­comes read­ily avail­able, and hos­pi­tals are run­ning out of space. The three build­ings com­bined can help LPGH han­dle more pa­tients and pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion for their health­care staff too,” added Vil­lar.

Ac­cord­ing to Vil­lar, the present cri­sis calls for unity and “bayani­han” among Filipinos. She said, “The end of this coro­n­avirus cri­sis could be longer than ev­ery­one ex­pected. We have to re­main calm, fol­low the or­ders of the au­thor­i­ties for ev­ery­one’s sake, help in what­ever way we can and set aside personal or po­lit­i­cal dif­fer­ences. We just have to remember that we are all in this to­gether and we will over­come this as one.”

The Vil­lar fam­ily has also do­nated dis­in­fect­ing ap­pa­ra­tus, face masks and drink­ing wa­ter to govern­ment hos­pi­tals.

The first batch of dis­in­fect­ing ap­pa­ra­tus was do­nated to nine govern­ment hos­pi­tals and some 200,000 face masks and sup­ply of bot­tled drink­ing wa­ter were also do­nated through the Department of Health (DOH).

Se­na­tor Vil­lar is also do­nat­ing food and drink­ing wa­ter to various barangays in Las Piñas and Cavite.

COVID-19 FA­CIL­ITY – The Vil­lar fam­ily has of­fered one of these build­ings (right) at the Las Piñas Drug Abuse Treat­ment and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter to the Las Piñas Gen­eral Hospi­tal to serve as ex­ten­sion fa­cil­ity, tem­po­rary hous­ing for health work­ers, or quar­an­tine fa­cil­ity.

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