Construction of major infrastructure projects in Metro Manila has officially resumed after the IATF gave the DPWH the green light to resume work on key projects.
According to the government agency, civil engineering works at the Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Center Link Road Project, the Estrella Pantaleon Bridge Project connecting the cities of Makati and Mandaluyong, and the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge in Manila have already restarted. This is in compliance with the Inter-Agency Task Force's (IATF) Resolution No. 34 which gave the DPWH the green light to restart some construction projects ahead of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)
In order to keep the workforce safe at construction sites, the DPWH issued Department Order No. 35 which outlines the framework and guidance for the implementation of infrastructure projects amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Similar to the guidelines imposed in construction sites situated in General Community Quarantine (GCQ) areas, only construction workers aged 21 to 59 years old will be allowed to work and they must not have any pre-existing health conditions. Workers will also have to undergo COVID-19 testing before getting started. Meanwhile, the barracks of the construction workers must have segregated facilities in order to maintain social distancing measures. These must be provided by the contractors, subcontractors, concessionaires, and suppliers.
During construction work itself, all of the workers must maintain a minimum distance of 1 meter. Daily monitoring of pre and post work health conditions of workers will be mandatory and will be strictly monitored by a Safety Officer at the site. All employees will also be provided with personal protective equipment (PPEs), while delivery and disposal of supplies will be done by a separate team to minimize exposure.
With most of the pending projects left stagnant during the ECQ period, the DPWH will come up with a catch-up plan in order to recover lost time when work was suspended last March 17, 2020. But with the DPWH getting a head start before Metro Manila fully shifts from ECQ to MECQ, the DPWH contractors are ready to ramp up production in order to finish the projects in due time.