P. Bur­gos res­i­dents protest

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Maria Elena Cata­jan Sun*Star Re­porter

FEAR HAS pushed res­i­dents of Barangay Padre Bur­gos to block the use of for­mer Sto. Niño Hospi­tal as a Covid - 19 fa­cil­ity.

A meet­ing with res­i­dents and stake­hold­ers is set to­day, Fri­day with Baguio Mayor Ben­jamin Ma­ga­long, the Depart­ment of Health, city of­fi­cials and res­i­dents to dia­log and ex­plain health and safety pre­cau­tions to be un­der­taken.

Barangay Padre Bur­gos chief Boni­fa­cio Bus­tos in a phone interview with Sun*Star Baguio said res­i­dents are in the midst of a sig­na­ture cam­paign to pe­ti­tion a halt in plans to use the for­mer hospi­tal as a Covid – 19 con­tain­ment fa­cil­ity.

Bus­tos said res­i­dents es­pe­cially those who live nearby have a grow­ing ap­pre­hen- sion on the ef­fect of

the pos­si­ble use of the fa­cil­ity on their health as well as se­cu­rity.

The vil­lage chief said barangay of­fi­cials will be present in the dia­log to­day to rep­re­sent both the ap­pre­hen­sion of the res­i­dents as well as the sup­port the moves of the lo­cal govern­ment unit to quell the spread of Covid - 19.

Bus­tos said se­cu­rity from the po­lice force of the area has to be as­sured 24/7 as well as proper guide­lines by the health depart­ment to pre­vent the spread of the virus to the im­me­di­ate neigh­bor­hood if Covid - 19 pos­i­tive pa­tients are ad­mit­ted to the fa­cil­ity.

The for­mer hospi­tal, ac­cord­ing to Bus­tos is a pri­vate fa­cil­ity and if own­ers have de­cided to have the city use the area cou­pled with emer­gency powers the govern­ment in­voke at these times of cri­sis, there is lit­tle the barangay or the res­i­dents can do to stop the plan.

On Wed­nes­day, Ma­ga­long said own­ers of the for­mer hospi­tal have agreed to open the fa­cil­ity for the use of the city.

The fa­cil­ity is now be­ing san­i­tized and cleaned to be able to be of use as a con­tain­ment fa­cil­ity or a diagnostic cen­ter for Covid - 19.

The city plans to use the build­ing in a bid to de­clog the Baguio Gen­eral Hospi­tal and Med­i­cal Cen­ter and present sit­u­a­tion of Lindi Ho­tel now uti­lized as a con­tain­ment fa­cil­ity for Covid 19 cases.

Photo by Jean Ni­cole Cortes

HOME­WARD BOUND. Stranded res­i­dents of La Union are san­i­tized be­fore board­ing as they head back home with Don Mar­i­ano Mar­cos Memo­rial State Univer­sity (DMMMSU) of­fer­ing two buses for free while the pro­vin­cial govern­ment cov­ered the gaso­line and the dis­in­fec­tion ma­te­ri­als.

PNA Photo

PASAY CITY ISO­LA­TION FA­CIL­ITY. Mod­u­lar tents are set up at a gym­na­sium which will serve as iso­la­tion fa­cil­ity for per­sons un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion (PUIs) for coro­n­avirus dis­ease 2019 (Covid-19) in Pasay City on Thurs­day (March 26, 2020). The govern­ment has im­posed an en­hanced com­mu­nity quar­an­tine to pre­vent the spread of the dis­ease.

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