Baguio City COVID19 Medical Frontliners Offered Hotel Rooms

JUST IN

BAGUIO CITY (March 23, 2020) — Private-run Starwood Hotel has offered its facilities for Baguio City’s medical front liners in the battle against COVID-19.

Baguio City administrator Bonifacio Dela Peña said the owner of the hotel along Kisad Road allowed the use of his hotel unoccupied rooms for free to frontliner medical staff of the state-run Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.

Dela Peña said the owner learned of the difficulties being encountered by some of the frontliners in going home due to the suspension of operation of the public utility vehicles, thus the offer.

This is a big help as it is the BGHMC staff members who will be attending to the bulk of patients as being anticipated, said Baguio City Health Officer Rowena Galpo, adding, “(but) since the available rooms are also limited, it will be on priority basis to be decided by the management of BGHMC.”

Mayor Benjie Magalong expressed the city’s gratitude for the hotel’s generosity which he said is crucial in these critical times.

Meanwhile, Lindi Hotel along Kisad Road earlier also offered for free as a containment center for COVID 19 PUIs with mild symptoms became operational over the weekend.

The owner of the Hotel also refused to be acknowledged and also wanted to lend a helping hand silently.

Dr. Galpo said two patients had been admitted at the containment center from the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center Sunday afternoon at the 34-room lodging facility using resources pooled from BGHMC, Dept. of Health Cordillera (DOH-CAR),  private hospitals in Baguio and the City government.

“We thank the owner of Lindi for generously offering the hotel for free. Process is not yet perfect and it is still work in progress but it’s on,” Galpo said.