The DPWH is now disinfecting vehicles along national highways

There are now more than 200 sanitation tents set up across the country
by Leandre Grecia | Mar 26, 2020
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The government has now rolled out its newest tool against the COVID-19 pandemic: the Department of Public Works and Highway’s (DPWH) nationwide disinfection program along major national highways.

The operation includes more than 200 sanitation tents set up across the country through the efforts of Regional and District Engineering Offices. You can check out the breakdown below:

Sanitation tents per region (as of 12nn, March 26, 2020)

  • Region I – 35
  • Region II – 7
  • Region III – 4
  • Region IV-A – 65
  • Region IV-B – 18
  • Region V – 16
  • Region VI – 18
  • Region VII – 15
  • Region VIII – 17
  • Region IX – 14
  • Region X – 43
  • Region XI – 3
  • Region XII – 8
  • Region XIII – 8

There are also 21 gantry facilities along major routes across the nation, specifically four in Metro Manila, eight in Region I, six in Region II, and three in Region VI. These facilities were installed as an additional means of disinfecting vehicles and controlling the spread of the virus. All DPWH personnel deployed in all these stations are provided with personal protective equipment.

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“DPWH Regional and District Engineering Offices nationwide are closely coordinating with national government agencies and local government units to offer our service in any way that we can,” said agency secretary Mark Villar. “Right now, we are beginning to set up sanitation tents and stations to at least minimize the spread of virus.

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“This disinfection operation will continue for the whole duration of the enhanced community quarantine, beyond if necessary.”

So, what do you think of this initiative from the DPWH? Tell us in the comments. You can also catch up on our previous stories regarding the COVID-19 crisis here.

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