17 balikbayans undergo 14-day quarantine at Tagum’s Isolation Facility

TAGUM CITY –  The City Government of Tagum’s Infectious Disease Isolation Facility is now fully operational as it received its first batch of provisional residents when 17 individuals were dropped off within its premises on the late hours of May 26.

The group of persons are composed of Overseas Filipino Workers, seafarers, stranded students of University of Philippines- Los Banos who are part of the Balik Probinsya Program of the national government.

Upon disembarking from the vehicles that brought them to the isolation facility at Barangay Canocotan, the group went through a series of processes to ensure that health protocols are followed such as screening for temperature and disinfection, among others. 

The 11 adult men and 6 adult women are expected to isolate themselves at the facility for 14 days at the least, and 21 days at the most. 

The local government’s City Health Office has informed that three additional persons are slated to arrive at the facility for self isolation.

Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon has stated that the establishment of the Isolation Facility is part of the LGU’s preparation in the event that the Tagum City-located Davao Regional Medical Center overflows with COVID-19 patients.

He added that while the facility will give priority to Tagumenyo residents who will become mild PUIs, it is poised to accept residents from neighboring towns on a first-come-first-served basis.

The P16.3 million-worth isolation facility the funds of which were sourced from the LGU’s Development Fund, and a month’s worth of Internal Revenue Allotment share released through the national government’s Bayanihan  Grant,  was inaugurated on May 5 and boasts of having 28 single air conditioned rooms and a P7 million portable X-ray machine.

It can be noted that the facility was repurposed from being a Regional Evacuation Center of the DPWH to being a provisional quarantine shed for the city’s residents tagged as Persons Under Monitoring (PUM) upon the outbreak of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Richi Gulle/CIO-Tagum