By Betheena Unite
Surgical masks and tents donated by an anonymous private firm and a humanitarian group were distributed to various hospitals in dire need of such medical supplies, the Department of Public Works and Highways said Wednesday.
Six units of tents, which will be used as temporary isolation units, were delivered to the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City while a total of 18,000 surgical masks were distributed in various hospitals in the region, including the three major state-run hospitals in Metro Manila.
The delivery and distribution of the donated items were facilitated by the department.
“DPWH Regional Office 3 delivered the tents to Lung Center in Diliman, Quezon City donated by the global humanitarian organization World Vision in 12 wooden crates from Clarkfield, Pampanga in an effort to aid the country’s response against COVID-19 virus,” Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said.
Dr. Gloanne Adolor, of the Lung Center of the Philippines, according to Villar, had requested the department to facilitate the delivery of the tents.
The secretary also revealed that the surgical masks were donated to the Philippines through the department “by a generous holding company with investments in various industries in the Philippines.”
The surgical masks were distributed to the Philippine Heart Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, and Philippine General Hospital for the protection of medical front liners. The Veterans Memorial Medical Center, San Pedro Calungsod Medical Center, and Land Transportation Office-National Capital Region were also provided with masks.
“It is extremely heartwarming how the people are helping each other during the crisis and DPWH will always be ready to support our health sector by providing services and equipment,” Villar vowed.
“More than the surgical masks, the DPWH management and employees are also one in prayers for the safety and protection of the Filipino families, especially the medical teams working at the front line to assist the patients,” the secretary added.
In order to maintain the unimpeded delivery of service to the public, alternative working arrangement including, but not limited to work-from-home, and the creation of skeletal workforce is being implemented in all DPWH offices in Luzon including the Central Office and National Capital Region.