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House leader eyes quarantine facility in every legislative district

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

Why not establish quarantine facilities in every legislative district?

This is the amendment to be proposed by Deputy Speaker and ABONO partylist Rep. Conrado Estrella III to House Bill No. 7005, the proposed “Mandatory Quarantine Facilities Act of 2020, principally authored by Deputy Speaker and Camarines Sur 2nd district Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr.

Abono Party-list Rep. Conrado Estrella (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

Abono Party-list Rep. Conrado Estrella


The House leader said Villafuerte’s bill got his 100-percent support, citing the need to put in place appropriate measures that will address the spread of COVID-19.

“I will support the bill 100-percent.I don’t believe that we will be able to produce a vaccine in the near future. In fact I would even propose an amendment that we go down as far as the district level,” he said in a text message.

Estrella is among the growing list of the House leaders who have expressed support for HB No. 7005.

Nueva Ecija 1st district Rep. Estrellita Suansing said setting up regional quarantine facilities will help the country address the emergence of infectious diseases, epidemics, pandemics, and other public health emergencies.

“Of course, that (establishment of quarantine facilities) is needed because this might not be the only pandemic. But, we need to support it with funding,” she said.

Cebu City 2nd district Rep. Rodrigo Abellanosa also expressed his unwavering support to Villafuerte’s proposal.

“We badly need these facilities. We are yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel in the darkness of this pandemic. This pandemic continues to be a knee on our neck,” he said.

Cagayan de Oro 2nd district Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, Kalinga lone district Rep. Allen Jesse Mangaoang, Quezon City 2nd district Rep. Precious Hipolito-Castelo, Muntinlupa lone district Rep. Ruffy Biazon, and Bataan 1st district Rep. Geraldine Roman have rallied behind the passage of Villafuerte’s “relevant” and “good” pro-health measure.

HB 7005 provides the establishment of quarantine facilities in every region in the country.

Under the bill, the quarantine facilities shall be fully equipped to include the needs of individuals who are quarantined, including, but not limited to adequate food, clothing, means of communication, and competent medical care.

The measure tasks the DOH, in close coordination with the DPWH, and concerned local government units (LGUs) to identify the location of every quarantine facility.

The quarantine facilities shall be easily accessible to a DOH hospital and shall be strategically located to ensure the safety of the community.

HB 7005 mandates the DPWH, in coordination with the LGUs, to be in charge of the construction of quarantine facilities, and formulation of building specifications based on standards, issuances, and other guidelines.

The DOH, on the other hand, shall handle the operation, supervision, and management of the quarantine facilities. Under the measure, it is also tasked to issue the guidelines on the procedure and proper use of quarantine facilities within 30 days from the effectivity of the proposed Act.

The amount necessary to establish and operate quarantine facilities shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act (GAA).

Within 60 days from the approval of the proposed Act, the DOH, DPWH, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), in consultation with relevant stakeholders, shall issue the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed Act.

The Department DOH recorded on Monday a total of 36,438 cases of COVID-19 cases with 985 new cases, 1,255 deaths, and 9,956 recoveries.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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