The Columban College, a Catholic school in Olongapo City, has turned its hotel into an isolation facility for COVID-19 patients. The project was made possible through a partnership between the diocesan school and the city and provincial governments.
According to Columban College President Fr. Raymann Catindig, the hotel will specifically be used as an isolation facility for asymptomatic patients. (Read: Hotel in Valenzuela City opens its doors to the homeless amidst COVID-19 crisis)
The hotel is a five-storey building with 14 rooms that was originally used for simulations for Hotel and Restaurant Management students. It can accommodate around 60 patients.
Fr. Catindig said that the decision to open the hotel is the school’s and the diocese’s response to the health crisis. It was permitted by Bishop Bartolome Santos “to provide shelter for COVID-19 positive patients in Olongapo City.”
“As the Church of Christ that cares for its people, we are called to open our hearts in these troubled times and be more caring for others, especially those affected by the pandemic,” Fr. Catindig said. (Read: UP Diliman’s Palma Hall to shelter isolated COVID-19 patients)
“The Columban College will not only welcome Catholics but will be open to patients belonging to all religions as part of the Church’s social responsibility and in the spirit of fraternity that this Year of Ecumenism, Interreligious Dialogue and Indigenous Peoples we celebrate acknowledges us to uphold,” Fr. Catindig added.