THE Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) through the 534th Engineering Battalion and Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM) completed an Emergency Quarantine Facility in Naval Station Felix Apolinario Panacan, Davao City after two weeks of 24/7 construction work.
The construction of the 15-bed EQF which is in support of the national effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was finance by San Miguel Corporation (SMC). It was formally turned over and received by MGen. Jose C. Faustino Jr., Commander EMC after a blessing ceremony attended by BGen. Roberto Domines (Ret) representative of SMC, MGen Manolito Orense ( Ret.) Director of the Civil Defence Region XI, Commodore Antonio Palces NFEM, and the Project Engineer and Commanding Officer of 534thEngineering Battalion Ltc Rolly Figeroa on April 23, 2020.
The EQF was designed as a “stepdown” facility to declog COVID hospitals and institutions in Davao City and Davao Region that are at maximum capacity if ever and provide a proper facility for patients who need to be quarantined or on recovery.
Meanwhile, a 25-bed EQF in Southern Phils Medical Center (SPMC), Davao City are being fast-tracked by Tactical Operations Wing, Eastern Mindanao under Col Dennis Estrella, and 534th Army Engineering Battalion.
As of April 26, 2020, the construction which is in collaboration with WTA Architecture/DEQA Design Collaborative and sponsored by A Generous Davao(AGD) is at 70% and expected to be accomplished before the end of April 2020.