Published May 31, 2020, 7:55 PM
As Metro Manila shifts to general community quarantine (GCQ), Vice President Leni Robredo’s office is spearheading a project to build temporary shelters for medical frontliners battling the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Robredo said her office, in partnership with the private sector, will put up “cabins” to temporarily house health workers stationed at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City.
Under the Oasis project, the Office of the Vice President (OVP) partnered with the United Architects of the Philippines and some interior designers to build the shelters donated by IKEA Philippines.
“Bukas magsisimula nang patayuin iyong mga shelters (The shelters will start going up tomorrow),” Robredo said on her Sunday (May 31) radio show, “BISErbisyong Leni.”
“Ang pinaka-target natin dito by June 12, ready na siya for occupancy (Our target is to have them ready for occupancy by June 12).”
The OVP earlier received 25 units of IKEA shelters as part of its ongoing assistance drive for COVID-19 frontliners. IKEA, a Swedish furniture company, will open its first store in the country this year.
The vice president said they plan to build more temporary housing units on the premises of various hospitals in the capital region.
Robredo’s office initiated the Oasis project in anticipation of the transition to GCQ from the stricter enhanced community quarantine.
Robredo noted many of the 12 OVP dormitories near various hospitals in Metro Manila have ended their free service for frontliners.
“Madami na iyong last day ngayon kasi dahil mag-GCQ na. Iyong mga nagpahiram sa atin ng mga dorms, kailangan na din maghanda para sa pagbubukas ng kanilang mga negosyo (Today is the last day for most of them because we will shift to GCQ. Those who lent us the dorms also have to prepare for the opening of their businesses),” she said.