CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) together with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) held Turn-over and Blessing Ceremony of an Emergency Quarantine Facility (EQF) built inside the AFP's General Headquarters, here on Thursday, September 10.

The ceremony was attended by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar who served as the Guest of Honor and Speaker, and the AFP Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gilbert I Gapay. Also in attendance were Lieutenant General Ramon Antonio A Lim, AFP Deputy Chief of Staff and representatives from DPWH.

The EQF was constructed under the supervision of the Quezon City Second District Engineering Office, NCR-DPWH and was designed to augment existing healthcare facilities inside the camp. The construction of the facility began on August 18 and was completed on August 31. It is composed of 14 units of 40-footer container vans with four (4) rooms each with complete healthcare amenities and can accommodate up to 54 patients.

“We are immensely grateful to be the recipient of this project that will definitely enhance our Command’s facility readiness in our continuous fight against COVID-19. This facility is an embodiment of government agencies’ teamwork and unity in addressing the pandemic. Rest assured that the AFP will compensate this act of service by the DPWH through the active performance of our mandate,” Lieutenant General Gapay said.

At present, 35% of the AFP's manpower is deployed to aid the government’s COVID-19 efforts. It has helped in the completion of 48 EQFs all over the country; 20 of which were constructed inside military camps including the latest project in partnership with the DPWH.

Apart from the newly-completed EQF in Camp Aguinaldo, the DPWH is also fast-tracking the completion of an EQF in Villamor Air Base. They are part of additional projects being implemented by the department to augment COVID-19 bed capacities in Metro Manila./// (Photos by TSg Randulf Obinque PAF/PAOAFP)