Ipinahayag ng Department of Tourism kahapon, Abril 20, ang suporta nito sa konstruksyon ng medical facilities sa Rizal Park bilang tulong sa pagsisikap ng bansa na labanan ang COVID-19 virus.
“The DOT is gratified and honored to be able to use its parks and public spaces in support of the national pandemic response,” saad ni DOT Secretary sa groundbreaking ceremony ng Manila Mega Covid Field Hospital, isang pansamantalang pasilidad na itatayo sa Burnham Green sa Rizal Park.
Ang Burnham Green ay isang tourist spot sa harap ng Quirino Grandstand at kilala sa picnics at sports activities na ginaganap dito.
Hiningi din ni Puyat sa mga opisyal ng Manila City Hall na gawing bukas ang mga pasilidad para sa mga nakatira sa labas ng Maynila na siya namang inaprubahan ni Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso.
Ang temporary hospital sa Rizal Park ay inaprubahan ng board of directors ng National Parks Development Committee, isang kalakip na ahensya ng DOT. Kaya nitong mag-accommodate ng hindi bababa sa 500 pasyente na may mild hanggang moderate COVID-19 symptoms.
Inaprubahan din ang paggamit ng Quirino Grandstand bilang pansamantalang drive-through vaccination center site.
“The City of Manila and the NPDC have taken the first step and we hope to see this replicated by other local government units in other parts of the country,” dagdag ni Puyat.
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