June 21, 2024

A total of 319 isolation beds erstwhile stationed at the now decommissioned Covid-19 isolation units have been distributed to hospitals, health centers, and schools in need of the facility. 
Mayor Benjamin Magalong led the turnover rites last March 31 to the Department of Education-Teachers’ Camp, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Baguio City Police Office, district health centers, and barangays.
City Health Officer Rowena Galpo said the city received a total of 324 requests: 125 from DepEd; 100 from BGH; 57 to barangays; 20 from Itogon; 18 from health centers; and four from Teachers’ Camp.
The city earlier turned over some of the beds to public schools to enable them to comply with the requirements to conduct limited face-to-face classes.
The city received 601 hospital beds under an accord with the Department of Public Works and Highways for use in the different isolation units during the pandemic.
As Covid-19 cases whittled down, all the isolation facilities except the Baguio City Community Isolation Unit were closed.
The mayor arranged with the DPWH to have the beds transferred to requesting institutions on a loan basis.
Those who attended the simple ceremony held at Quirino Hall, Teachers’ Camp were City Administrator Bonifacio dela Peña, Galpo, Dr. Maria Alice Torres who is the person-in-charge of the isolation facilities, BCPO Director Glenn Lonogan, representatives from DPWH-BCDEO; and punong barangays and representatives from Loakan Proper, Asin Road, Sto. Tomas Proper, Fairview, and Teachers Camp. – Aileen P. Refuerzo and Neil Ongchangco