Monday, April 27, 2020


NSFA, Panacan, Davao City - The Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) through the 534th Engineering Battalion and Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) has completed installing an Emergency Quarantine Facility (EQF) here after two weeks of 24/7 construction work.

The construction of the 15-bed EQF, which is in support of the national effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) was financed by the San Miguel Corporation (SMC). It was formally turned over and received by MGen. Jose C. Faustino Jr., Commander of EMC after a Blessing Ceremony on April 23, 2020, that was attended by BGen. Roberto Domines (Ret), representative of SMC, MGen. Manolito Orense ( Ret.), Director of the Office of Civil Defence Region XI, Commodore Antonio Palces, Commander of NFEM, and the Project Engineer and Commanding Officer of 534th Engineering Battalion, Ltc. Rolly Figeroa.

The EQF was designed as a "stepdown" facility to de-clog COVID-19 centers in Davao City and Davao Region such as hospitals and other institutions, in case they would reach maximum capacity, and provide a proper facility for patients who need to be quarantined and recovered.

Meanwhile, a 25-bed EQF in Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), Davao City are being fast-tracked by the Tactical Operations Wing Eastern Mindanao under Col. Dennis Estrella, and the 534th Army Engineering Battalion.

As of April 26, 2020, the construction, which is in collaboration with WTA Architecture/DEQA Design Collaborative and sponsored by A Generous Davao (AGD) is at 70% status and expected to be accomplished before the end of April 2020.

Source: Public Information Office, Eastern Mindanao Command

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