As the cases of COVID-19 pandemic continue to increase in the country, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has set up disinfecting stations in strategic points along major national highways as part of the government's virus mitigation procedures.
According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, they have put up 289 sanitation/disinfection tents across the country with the help of 16 Regional and 184 District Engineering Offices. These sanitation tents can sanitize and disinfect both vehicles, as well as people as they may carry the coronavirus and other deadly diseases.
As of March 26, the number of stations the DPWH has set up is as follows:
Cordillera Administrative Region – 18
Region 1 – 35
Region 2 - 7
Region 3 – 4
Region 4A – 65
Region 4B – 18
Region 5 - 16
Region 6 - 18
Region 7 - 15
Region 8 - 17
Region 9 - 14
Region 10 - 43
Region 11 - 3
Region 12 - 8
Region 13 - 8
Aside from putting up sanitation/disinfection stations, the DPWH also installed 21 gantry facilities along major routes as means of controlling the spread of COVID-19 being transported by vehicles. The gov't agency has set up four gantries in the National Capital Region (NCR), eight in Region 1, six in Region 2, and three in Region 6.
To protect the DPWH personnel manning the stations/gantry facilities, all of the employees have been provided with personal protective equipment (PPE) such as surgical face masks, gloves, rubber boots, and safety goggles. Moreover, all of the stations and gantries use the disinfectant solution procured by the Department of Health (DOH).
“DPWH Regional and District Engineering Offices nationwide are closely coordinating with national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs) to offer our service in any way that we can. Right now, we are beginning to set up sanitation tents and stations to at least minimize the spread of the virus,” said Villar.
The sanitation/disinfection stations will continue to operate for the entire duration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, and beyond if necessary.