Defensor wants extension to use classrooms for quarantine


Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. wants to continue using public school classrooms in Iloilo province as quarantine facilities amid the continuing threat of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the region.

Defensor said that he already asked National Task Force on Covid-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez to intercede for the province in seeking approval from its mother group, the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

In a press conference, the governor said that schools are ideal quarantine facilities for residents believed to be infected with Covid-19 or are waiting for their test results due to its proximity to their homes. (

“We have been allowed by the [Department of Education Region 6] to use classrooms as quarantine facilities because it cannot be denied that they are ideal because they have comfort rooms inside, and they are in the patient’s hometown itself. So, you address the psychosocial problem, that the facility is near where they live, and it makes a lot of difference,” said Defensor.

The governor said the extension of the use of schools is also in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncements of prohibiting physical forms of classes.

The DepEd-6 had given the province and the municipalities permission to use the rooms only until August 15.