The Salcedo LGU formally opened its newly constructed isolation facility in Brgy. Naparaan last October 19, 2020.
The construction of the 40-bed facility was geared towards aiding the LGU in implementing protocols on mandatory quarantine for local suspects and PUMs.
The LGU also plans on using the facility as a hostel or accommodation area for guests once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
Mayor Melchor Mergal:
“The goal is always putting Salcedo in a better position. With this, we are opening Salcedo to more opportunities.”
The Mayor emphasized the possibility of hosting big events and seminars in Salcedo with the opening of the facility. Among the mentioned events were the National Scouting Jamboree and the training workshops by the Department of Agriculture.
“In the past, we are unable to host these events simply because we do not have accommodation for our guests. YOCENCA is the biggest area owned by the Boy Scout of the Philppines, but we never held a big Jamboree,” said Mergal.
The 11.5 facility once completed will host a clinic, a mess hall, a kitchen, and a laundry area and will also be used as an alternative evacuation center.
The opening event of the facility pushed through despite being only partially completed due to the urgency of increasing the total bed capacity for local PUMs. By the time of the opening, only 20 out of the planned 40 rooms were available for use.
MHO Ma. Socorro Campo:
“This is a great help to us since our other facilities are always at max capacity. Also, this facility has better health standards compared to our existing facilities.”
The MHO explained that each room in the facility is an open area with each room equipped with its own bathroom and separated by concrete walls. This is in contrast to some rooms in the other facilities which are in closed areas and whose rooms are only separated by trapals which contain air gaps.
The new facility is also located far from the residential areas which ensures safety of the local residents.
by R. Campo