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More establishments open as temporary shelters for frontliners

By Angela Casco

As Luzon enters the second week of enhanced community quarantine, more people are responding to the need of frontliners, specifically health workers, for free and accessible temporary shelters amid the suspension of mass transportation.

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Since Manila Bulletin Lifestyle first reported on CrisisBnb, an initiative by Mirick Paala and friends Patricia Mariano, Beatriz Bayudan, and Abba Moreno to collate temporary housing for frontliners, sponsors have grown to six individuals, opening at least 18 condo units ready for occupancy.

Through this project, Pasig City’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) has also pledged 20 lodging units for health workers in the city.

“As part of the initiative, we’re also coordinating with any possible institution who can help the health workers. We contacted the Pasig City government through Facebook and they replied swiftly, giving 20 slots for lodging right away,” Paala says. “Free shuttle service will also be provided for the health workers just in case their lodging is still far from the hospital where they are working.”

For Pasig City health workers interested in staying at the Pasig City DRRMO-provided lodging, they just need to sign up to this CrisisBnb listing for proper coordination:

The Office of Vice President (OVP) Leni Robredo, meanwhile, is opening free dormitory units in Cubao, Quezon City in partnership with the Rotary Club of San Juan and the Spouses of Rotary Club of San Juan North, for frontliners “tirelessly working for the safety and welfare of fellow Filipinos.”

“It is open to health workers, medical practitioners, and other COVID-19 frontliners like security guards and other volunteers of programs responding to the threats of the viral disease,” the OVP writes in a post on its official Facebook page.

‘It’s to let people see that [providing temporary housing] is a possible way to help during this time. After all, tayo na rin lang din naman ang magtutulungan [it’s only we who can help each other out].’

The dormitory, however, is on a first come, first served basis due to space limitations. For those who wish to reserve a slot, they may do so by calling 0998 591 7408 and look for Andrea.

Hotel Sogo, who has earlier made over 500 rooms available for temporary occupancy to Manila health workers, have also offered 350 rooms—also for free—to Quezon City doctors, nurses, and medical staff. The list of QC branches currently accommodating workers are available upon request.

For Philippine General Hospital (PGH) health workers who continue to carry out their sworn duty, the following lodging are available for you: UP Manila Dorm, Eurotel Pedro Gil, PGH Nurses Home, Bahay Kubo Hostel, PGH Dorms 3 and 5, and BP International Hotel.

“To avail yourself of lodging services as a PGH employee, kindly inquire with your unit head, or contact Greigh Galliguez at 09235517916 or,” an online advisory writes.

The ALC Group of Companies, owned by the Cabangon family, has also lent hotels under their ownership for health frontliners across Metro Manila: the Citystate Tower Hotel in Manila for PGH workers, the Dahlia Hotel in Pasig, the Bermuda Hotel in Mandaluyong, and the Citystate Palanca Hotel and the Vista Hotel in Manila.

In a Facebook post by Joel Pablo Salud, editor-in-chief of Philippines Graphic Magazine, these hotels will accommodate frontliners for free for the duration of the quarantine.

On continuing his initiative, Paala says he hopes more people with vacant spaces can offer it to frontliners.

“It’s to let people see that [providing temporary housing] is a possible way to help during this time,” he says. “After all, tayo na rin lang din naman ang magtutulungan [it’s only we who can help each other out].”

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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