THE PROVINCIAL Government of Batangas is set to establish the Batangas Provincial Quarantine Hub (BPQH) at the Batangas International Port in Batangas City to ascertain that persons passing, using and entering the port area comply with the health guidelines set by the National Inter-Agency Task Force.
Pursuant to Executive Order No. 2HIM2-06, Series of 2021, signed by Gov. Dodo Mandanas last May 12, the BPQH shall be operated at the Batangas Provincial Livelihood Center inside the pier compound.
Batangas Port is the declared gateway of the Philippine nautical highway, and the biggest domestic passenger port in the country, serving over 7 million passengers annually or almost three times more than the Port of Manila.
As such and with the escalating number of COVID-19 cases nationwide, the provincial government will set up the quarantine hub or health center as part of its Health Integration Management, guided by the Universal Health Care Act.
The Provincial Livelihood Center has been previously inspected by the Department of Health-CALABARZON as a site for isolation facility and quarantine center, which can accommodate 400 beds.
All arriving passengers have to go through 14 days of quarantine – the first 10 days of which shall be observed at the BPQH, with the remaining four days to be completed under home quarantine.
The hub will be under the direction and supervision of the Batangas Provincial Health Office.