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Zamboanga: Public-Private Partnership Versus COVID

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The City Government expresses gratitude to ARISE Philippines/SM Prime Holdings, the National Resiliency Council (NRC) and the United Architect of the Philippines-ZC Chapter for making the establishment of the Barangay Isolation /Quarantine Facility in San Jose Gusu possible.

Dubbed as Barangay Emergency Facility, the project costs P1.4M and is located at the former Barangay Hall. It was formally inaugurated and turned over October 15.
Mayor Beng Climaco said NRC Co-chair and former Navy Vice Admiral Alexander Pama facilitated the implementation of the project.
The project entailed the rehabilitation and retrofitting of the former Barangay Hall into a Barangay Isolation/Quarantine Facility to cater to the barangay constituents of San Jose Gusu.
The amount of ₱ 1.4M was provided by Hans Sy of SM Prime Holdings and ARISE Philippines thru the facilitation of the National Resiliency Council (NRC). The United Architect of the Philippines (UAP) Natl Board / UAP ZC Chapter was the implementing agency in coordination with the City Mayor’s Office, City Planning and Dev’t Office, City Engineer’s Office and City Legal Office.
The City Government entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with SM Prime Holdings Inc to ensure the availability of the site (former San Jose Gusu Barangay Hall) as well as coordination in the preparation of the plans and specifications of the facility.
Construction activities included the installation of wall partitions for the male and female sections, provision of male and female toilets, rehabilitation of water lines and plumbing, repair of ceiling and walls, provision of beds and provision of Nurses Station.
The UAP-ZC Chapter turned over the project to the city government through Mayor Climaco, who in turn, handed it over to the San Jose Gusu Barangay Council. The facility will be used by the barangay in its fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic.

ARISE (Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies) Philippines is a local network of the Global ARISE network, led by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) where companies from the private sector are enabled to build and develop strategies to make their companies and its constituents resilient to disaster risk.

(Source: City Government of Zamboanga Facebook page, photos courtesy by Eugene Elnar)

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