February 6, 2023

BANGUED, Abra – The Divine Word College of Bangued (DWCB) has opened a dormitory to serve as an isolation unit for the municipality.
Rev. Fr. Gil Manalo, DWCB president, said the municipal government headed by Acting Mayor Joaquin Enrico Bernos sought the assistance of the church, and since it is for humanitarian mission, the SVD (Societas Verbi Divini-Society of the Divine Word) congregation did not hesitate to allow the use of the dormitory in these trying times.
A memorandum of agreement was signed between the Bangued LGU and DWCB that the Arnoldus Dormitory will be used from July 1 to Sept. 30, 2020. It is renewable depending on the Covid-19 situation.
The facility can accommodate 40 to 45 persons. The LGU would only pay for the electric and water consumption.
More than 30 individuals are currently housed at the dormitory for the mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Manalo said DWCB and the congregation are always willing to lend a helping hand especially in this Covid-19 pandemic.
Due to limited quarantine facilities, the provincial government with the approval of the Interagency Task Force temporarily suspended the repatriation of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Metro Manila from July 16 to 31 to let the LSIs finish their quarantine period at their respective isolation units.
This is to give time for the LSIs and returning overseas Filipinos to complete their 14-day quarantine for the disinfection and sanitation of the facilities. – Christian Tubadeza