AFP turns over Emergency Quarantine Facilities in Muntinlupa

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CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) successfully completed the construction of two units of Emergency Quarantine Facility (EQF) in Brgy. Sucat, Muntinlupa City on June 19.

The EQF  will serve as additional triage to decongest hospital wards as part of government’s efforts in battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

A turn-over and blessing ceremony were conducted on June 23 in the said location. The activity was led by AFP Chief Engineer Mgen William Ilagan and Officer in Charge Lt Arianne Joy Armedilla PN, from the AFP side. They were joined by Architect William Ti of WTA Architecture + Designs and Mayor Jaime Fresnida of Muntinlupa City.

The 71st and 72nd EQFs in Brgy. Sucat, Muntinlupa City were funded by Reckitt Benckiser Philippines, WTA Architecture+Design Studio, and the AFP under Gen Felimon T Santos Jr. It was made through the efforts of the Office of The Chief Engineer, AFP led by Major General William Ilagan with the 1st Naval Waterfront Construction Battalion, Naval Combat Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Navy leading the construction team.

These newly completed EQFs in Muntinlupa City have a total of 40 beds and were constructed by 23 all-soldier team in the span of 14 days beginning June 5. These personnel strictly followed safety measures and precautions to prevent the spread of the virus while building the facilities.

“As we draw closer to the fulfillment of our goals, we thank the hardworking personnel of the AFP who became our partners in the construction of these facilities. Indeed, our soldiers are reliable when it comes to selfless service.”  Architect Ti said.

The EQF Team has completed 72 of their targeted 75 EQFs to build within and outside Metro Manila since they started last March 28. The three remaining projects include units in Taguig-Pateros District Hospital  through the 51st Engineering Brigade PA.

“We commend our talented military engineers as well our dedicated personnel who made this project possible. We also thank the other government agencies and private entities for their benevolence and generosity as we battle this health crisis hand in hand. Your trust is more than enough for us to continue serving our country to the best of our abilities. For that, we will remain committed to the fulfillment of our mandate and the success of this collaborative project” AFP Chief of Staff, General Felimon T. Santos Jr. said in a statement.