February 6, 2023

The Department of Health-Cordillera has given the green light for the upgrading of two temporary Covid-19 facilities, boosting the city’s efforts to expand its isolation units.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong and City Health Officer Rowena Galpo said the city received on Aug. 14 the licenses for Teachers’ Camp to operate as a community isolation unit with a 90-bed capacity and for the Baguio City Community Isolation Unit (BCCIU) at Sto. Niño Jesus Medical Center to expand its bed capacity from 45 to 90.
Before its upgrading, Teachers’ Camp located along Leonard Wood Road served solely as quarantine facility for returning overseas Filipino workers from city and Benguet and Mountain Province.
It will remain as OFW quarantine site and serve as isolation unit to manage Covid-19 positive patients.
The BCCIU at Sto. Niño, P. Burgos barangay, the city’s first community isolation unit, has initially catered to suspected cases and eventually, Covid-19 positive patients with mild conditions.
The certificates signed by DOH-Cordillera Director Ruby Constantino indicated that the converted (facilities) were “generally compliant to the DOH guidelines and other pertinent issuances related to the operation of Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility Community Isolation Unit.”
The authorizations are valid from Aug. 12 to Dec. 31.
The DOH-Cordillera has also allowed the Atok Trail and Irisan health centers to operate as birthing clinics by virtue of a license to operate signed by then OIC, DOH-CAR Assistant Regional Director Amelita Pangilinan. – Aileen P. Refuerzo