In line with the efforts to help medical frontliners in the fight against COVID-19, Vice President Leni Robredo on Friday, Oct. 9, led the inauguration and blessing of a temporary shelter in Quezon City.

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Robredo, along with Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Harald Fries, led the inauguration of the third site of “The Oasis Project” inside the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) compound in Quezon City.

“The Oasis Project,” Robredo explained, will provide “our healthcare workers not only the necessary temporary shelters they urgently need, but a place where they can rest and recharge as their long shifts take a toll on their physical, mental, and emotional health.”

The Office of the Vice President (OVP) said that the project for medical frontliners was spearheaded by “Angat Buhay” partner Architect Peach Buencamino, in cooperation with interior designers Cynthia and Ivy Almario.

Robredo added that “The Oasis Project” was also made possible through the generosity of other Angat Buhay partners including landscape design by Shirley Sanders of Gardens by Sanders; Ronnie Traballo of Cypress Bomanite; Janice Jhan and Yeye Babatuan; Rotary Club of San Juan del Monte; Vicente & Juanita Hao Chin Chua Foundation; Aboitiz Foundation; Majie, Mhay, Alaine and Queenie of CCBA KAMATIS; Matrix Appliances; Pangilinan Fabric and Leather Supply; Philip and Sherwin Yao of Graceline Furniture; and Nippon Paint.

Members of the 51st Engineering Brigade of the Philippine Army of the Armed Forces of the Philippines were also instrumental in building the temporary shelters donated by IKEA Philippines to the OVP.

Last May, IKEA shelters were shipped from Poland in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD). NKTI was among the locations and hospitals recommended by the OVP to receive the shelters.

They were chosen for the following reasons: (1) Each hospital has at least 100 confirmed COVID cases, and (2) these hospitals need temporary shelters to be used either as extension of their COVID facilities or as in-house shelter for hospital personnel handling COVID cases.

Robredo expressed hope that “Oasis Project” will help the medical frontliners “as they fight at the forefront against COVID-19.”

The OVP said similar projects were also built in Lung Center of the Philippines and Quirino Memorial Medical Center last June and July, respectively, as well as triage and quarantine areas at the Chinese General Hospital and the Manila Doctors Hospital.

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