Las Piñas has ‘steady fight’ vs Covid-19, says Villar

Las Piñas has ‘steady fight’ vs Covid-19, says Villar

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — One year and three months since President Rodrigo Duterte imposed
“quarantine” in the country to contain Covid-19, Las Pinas City has
efficiently and effectively put up “a steady fight” to win the
battle against the pandemic.

Through the collective efforts and systematic approach launched by
its local and national officials, the city has been coping up well
with the coronavirus and its variants, according to Senator Cynthia
Villar.

To date, Las Piñas has also started giving jabs to essential workers
in the city that belongs to the A4 priority list in adherence to the
national government’s protocols.

The following initiatives have been implemented in Las Piñas to
address the Covid-19 pandemic, return to normalcy and reinvigorate
the economy.

*RT-PCR testing

To help in the government ramp up COVID-19 testing, particularly for
the residents of Las Piñas and others in the south of Metro Manila,
Sen. Villar exerted earnest efforts since March 2020 to capacitate the
Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center (LPGHSTC) to
operate its own COVID-19 testing laboratory.

Senator Villar and her family immediately donated to LPGHSTC essential
RT-PCR testing laboratory equipment like biological freezer,
biological refrigerator, autoclave sterilizer, passbox and ventilator.

They also provided assistance for the renovation or retrofitting of
the area assigned as a COVID testing laboratory to conform with the
standards approved by the DOH and World Health Organization.

In coordination with DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, the San Miguel
Foundation likewise donated RT-PCR equipment to the hospital.

At present, the COVID-19 testing lab of LPGHSTC, the DOH-operated
hospital in Brgy. Pulanglupa Uno, serves Covid-19 patients in Las
Pinas City and nearby residents in the south.

This enhanced the country’s testing capacity and recovery rate for the
new coronavirus disease.

The Villar family has also been donating portable handwashing
stations, PPEs, face masks and
field shields.

*Contact tracing

Intensified contact tracing continuous in Las Piñas to limit the
spread of COVID among its residents. This began since the initial
stage of the pandemic in March 2020 and continuous until this date.
Just last month, the local government hired an additional contact
tracers under the TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating
Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers) Program, to further contain the
increase of the virus in the city.

*Quarantine facilities

To support the government’s capacity and responsiveness to the needs
of COVID-19 patients, DPWH Sec. Villar construct a 27 container
vans-turned 96- bed quarantine/isolation facility for Las Pinas.

Senator Villar noted that the new quarantine/isofacility augmented
the existing healthcare facilities in Las Piñas. She said this is a
huge help in controlling the spread of Covid-19 affected persons in
the city.

Three buildings built by the Villar family were also donated for the
hospital extension facilities, temporary housing for healthcare
workers and/or quarantine facility.

The said buildings are the Las Piñas Drug Abuse Treatment and
Rehabilitation Center, Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines (VMLP)
and the Provincial Board Members’ League (PBML) buildings – all
located in Barangay Daniel Fajardo, Las Pinas City.

At LPDATRC, LIGTAS-1 Center quarantine facility operates that can
accommodate up to 100 COVID-19 patients.

The accommodation, food and water, essential medicines, and the
monitoring by health professionals are given for free in these
quarantine facilities.

*Increased in Bed Capacity LPGHSTC

Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center (LPGHSTC)
increased its bed capacity from 200 to 500 beds with P644M Budget
through the legislation authored by Senator Cynthia Villar in the
Senate and Congw.Camille Villar in the House of Representatives. The
The legislation became law in November 2020 through R.A. 11497.

The increase in bed capacity commensurate with the upgrade in professional
health care services and facilities that can accommodate more patients
and provide necessary hospital services.

*Modular Hospital

The Department of Public works and highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark
Villar expands their healthcare infrastructure in Las Piñas by
constructing a modular facility in Las Piñas General Hospital with 36
bed capacity. The modular hospitals are more extensive than the
isolation facilities according to Secretary Villar. It provides more
amenities like a nurse call button, negative pressure, oxygens and other
additional equipment to treat COVID

*Vaccination rollout

Stressing this is our ‘best defense’ against the virus, Senator Villar
has been repeatedly calling Las Piñeros and everyone to receive their
Covid-19 shots for the country to finally be able to move to the new
normal of living and to recover from economic slump amid the pandemic.

She encouraged everyone to be inoculated regardless of the vaccine
brand, citing the assurance given by our health officials and the
government that they are safe and effective.

To help accelerate the vaccination program in Las Piñas, the Villar
family has offered for free the family-owned “The Tent” as another
vaccination site located at Global Vista South. The Villar Tent is
the biggest and newest vaccination facility in the south part of Metro
Manila can accommodate more than 2,000 recipients of Covid-19
vaccines daily.

*House and Lot Raffle for vaccinated adult

To further entice Las Piñas residents to get their jab, Rep. Camille
Villar announced the Villar family would raffle off a house and lot,
motorcycles, and other packages for those vaccinated against COVID-19
this coming December.

Representative Villar however stressed no government funds will be
spent for raffle, called “May Bahay sa Bakuna: Bakunado Ka Na, May
Bahay Ka Pa” program.

The city government put up screening sites in the city’s 20 barangays
for the listing down of those to be prioritized to receive the
vaccines, and designated 18 vaccination sites during the mass
vaccination program as follows:

  1. Almanza Uno
  2. TS Cruz Covered Court
  3. Village Square Mall
  4. CAA Elementary School
  5. Golden Acres Covered Court
  6. SM Southmall
  7. San Antonio Covered Court
  8. Bambusetum Covered Court
  9. Robinson Place
  10. Las Piñas Doctors Hospital
  11. Verdant covered court
  12. Pamplonas Uno Elementary School Central
  13. Las Piñas Elementary School Central
  14. Gatchalian Covered Court
  15. SM Center
  16. University of Perpetual Help Dalta
  17. Ls Piñas General Hospital & Satellite Trauma Center
  18. The Villar Tent

(ai/mtvn)

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