The local government unit of Marawi Ciy converted the Siyapen Center to a quarantine and treatment facility as part of its response to the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
Siyapen Center, which means ‘care’ in Maranao, is a Php 30 million community-based drug rehabilitation center initially funded by the Ayala Foundation before it was turned over to the local government of Marawi City in 2018.
Marawi City mayor Majul Gandamra said that the facility, which opened on Saturday, June 28, will help de-congest the provincial screening and quarantine facility in Barangay Sagonsongan.
Gandamra said that the facility has a 60-bed capacity and will house locally stranded individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 but does not exhibit any symptoms connected to the respiratory illness.
As of Saturday, June 28, Marawi City has 19 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
All of the confirmed COVID-19 cases are part of the 664 locally stranded individuals who returned to Marawi City under the ‘Hatid Probinsya’ program of the national government.