The Davao Quarantine Station of the Bureau of Quarantine held its ground breaking ceremony on January 12 for a P79.7 Million five-story building along at R. Magsaysay Avenue.
The project is part of the continuing effort to protect the health of the people against introduction or spread of diseases particularly infectious diseases, emerging and re-emerging diseases and public health emergencies of international concern (PHIEIC) from foreign countries in the Philippines.
The building will be built on a 270 square meter land area at the Bureau of Quarantine Regional Office Compound, Ramon Magsaysay Avenue, cover Chavez Street Davao City.
The facility can cater to 20 patients and with offices for the quarantine officials as well as isolation rooms.
With a total cost of P 79. 7million, the project is divided into two phases; phase one will be the construction of Foundation Works and Ground Floor which costs P20 million. The fund source is the SAA-2016-0666 and the building contractor is the Golden Vido Builders Supply.
The second phase is the completion of the building which costs P 59.675 million. The fund source for this phase the 6Aa-2018-DOH-HFEP this fund is still under procurement process however Department of Health is hopeful to finish this project within this year.
“We hope to finish it this year kung wala pong mga glitches,” said assistant secretary of health for Mindanao and DOH Regional Director, Dr. Abdullah B. Dumama Jr. MD, MPA, CESO III during the ground breaking ceremony,.
Dr. Ferdinand Salcedo, MPH, CESO IV, director IV of BOQ said that the Ebola Scare in Davao City way back 2014 prompted the BOQ of conceptualize this project on the late 2014 to early 2015.
Dumama added that during the Ebola scare in Davao, the suspected patients were quarantined at Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and there were complaints from them. He hopes that with the construction of the building those complains will be addressed.
“We prioritize six provincial stations including Davao City. We have in Cagayan De Oro (CDO) which had its ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday, we have in Batangas, Clark, Kalibo and Cebu,” Salcedo said.
He said that Davao’s Quarantine Station is the third station that had the ground breaking ceremony. The first one was in Cebu, then CDO and on the 24 is Batangaas and on January 31st will be at Kalibo.
“In the future we are also planning other provincial station to have the same facility,” he said.