By ANGELA CASCO
If there’s anything else the country’s frontliners need at the moment apart from food and moral support, it’s temporary shelter.
The implementation of the 30-day enhanced community quarantine has suspended mass transportation in Metro Manila, making it difficult for frontliners, especially health workers, to reach their respective workplaces.
In their contribution to the continuing battle to contain COVID-19, hotels have made rooms available for frontliners, free of charge. This, following Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Domagoso’s executive order requiring such establishments within the city to provide shelter for healthcare workers.
As of writing, a total of 636 rooms and 500 beds are now ready for temporary occupancy. No end date has been indicated in the order, but hotels are expected to accommodate frontliners until April 13, right when the quarantine ends.
Below is a list of hotels offering free accommodation to health workers.
Multi-branch Hotel Sogo has pledged a total number of 421 rooms for free occupancy. The move for the city’s health workers is “because we value your passion and hard work to fight fearlessly in preventing the spread of COVID-19,” according to a post on the hotel’s official Facebook page.
A total of 50 rooms are now open for health workers at Eurotel Hotel. Though it is unclear which branch in Manila will specifically service health workers, a post on its Facebook page says the free temporary shelter is “in support of our frontliners.”
Bayview Park Hotel
This hotel, located at Roxas Boulevard corner United Nations Avenue, may be 75 years old, but it’s proving that generosity never gets old as it has offered 15 rooms for health workers without charges.
“As our good mayor has identified the Manila health workers sector as most affected in terms of traveling from their residences to their places of work and vice versa, Bayview Park Hotel Manila has offered to host guest rooms for free to help ease their hardships,” Eugene T. Yap, the hotel’s general manager, tells Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “We also hope that with this gesture, more businesses will come forward to aid Manila health workers in whatever means at their disposal.”
Town and Country
Sta. Mesa motel Town and Country, meanwhile, has offered 60 of its rooms for frontliners.
Health workers can also choose to stay at UN Residences, a condominium building. Its management has offered a total of 90 rooms meant for frontliners against COVID-19.
Affordable, multi-branch hotel Dormitels.PH, with branches at Espana, Ermita, and The Fort in BGC, have prepared 500 beds where health workers can rest and recharge for another grueling shift at their respective hospitals.
More hotels are expected to contribute to this initiative. Refresh the link for updates.