A team composed of members of RPMC 3, the RPMC Secretariat visited four COVID-19 isolation facilities located in New Clark City (NCC) in Capas in Tarlac, Lubao and Mexico with the assistance of the Pampanga Provincial Health Office (PHO) last November 24, 2020.

The Pampanga provincial government (PG) leased two buildings at the New Clark City from Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) to serve as the province’s isolation facilities. One of these buildings was used by athletes during the last South East Asian (SEA) games. The other building is part of the National Government Administrative Center (NGAC) intended for future location of national government. Rental costs P1 million a month for the two buildings which can accommodate a total of 520 patients.  

Both isolation facilities in Lubao and Mexico visited by the team are still being constructed but the Pampanga PG expects these facilities to be completed and functional before the end of 2020 ends to cater to 352 COVID-19 patients.

The team noted that the facilities are in good condition and well equipped to respond to emergencies. PHO Pampanga imparted to the team the importance of the facilities in controlling the number of infected individuals while the vaccine for the COVID-19 virus is not yet available. The team also noted the deficiency in manpower and health staff in the NCC isolation facilities which was confirmed by the PHO. Most of personnel in the facility are non-permanent staff dispatched from their main workstation at Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Hospital in Guagua, Pampanga.  

Although the isolation facilities are not considered big ticket projects nor included in the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan CY 2020, the Central Luzon Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC 3), RPMC decided to monitor selected  isolation facilities in the light of government’s directive to require facility based isolation for confirmed asymptomatic and mild COVID-19 cases.

(R.Sagum and G.Sombero of NEDA3 PMED)

Isolation Facility in Athlete’s Building B
Isolation Facility in NGAC
Isolation Facility in Mexico, Pampanga
Isolation Facility in Lubao, Pampanga
Monitoring Room at NGAC
Monitoring Room at Athlete’s Building B
Sample Isolation Room at PCIF Mexico, Pampanga
Sample Isolation Room at Athletes Building B
Briefing at the Project Site with RPMC Members and Secretariat