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Palace issues guidelines on reopening of infra projects during quarantine

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang released on Monday the guidelines on how infrastructure projects will be implemented amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

In a virtual presser aired on state-run PTV-4, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced the construction safety guidelines for the implementation of infrastructure projects during the global health crisis.

The guidelines are as follows:

-Conduct an inventory of works for the construction sequencing to be followed and undertaken to maintain social distancing

-Break times shall be conducted in a staggered manner

-Employees should be in their respective quarters for the entire duration of the project covered by the ECQ (enhanced community quarantine) and GCQ (general community quarantine). Otherwise, “Prior to Deployment” procedures shall be conducted at every instance of re-entry

-Errands to be conducted outside the construction site premises shall be kept to a minimum

-Number of personnel running errands shall be limited, properly disinfected, and closely monitored for symptoms within 14 days upon re-entry

-Field offices, employees’ quarters, and other common areas shall be regularly disinfected

-Concessionaires, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers shall provide in–house personnel with adequate food, safe/potable drinking water, disinfectants and hand soaps

-Daily monitoring of health conditions of workers

-Personnel with symptoms relative to Covid-19 shall be quarantined for 14 days, and brought to the nearest DOH (Department of Health) Covid-19 treatment facility, if necessary

-For government construction projects, Department of Public Works and Highways engineers on-site shall ensure strict compliance to the wearing of additional personal protective equipment

-Contractors of essential private construction projects under general community quarantine shall assign a safety officer to ensure the implementation of social distancing measures

-For off-site employees: quarters and transport service will be provided and disinfected regularly, before and after use

-Sharing of construction and office equipment is discouraged. However, if necessary, the shared equipment must be disinfected in between transfers amongst personnel

-All material and equipment delivery and disposal shall be conducted by a specific team of personnel on an isolated loading/unloading zone, and shall be duly disinfected, as possible

-Non-essential personnel will not be allowed to enter the construction site, employees’ quarters, and field offices

-All personnel entering the site premises on a temporary basis shall be properly logged and checked for symptoms

-Gatherings, liquors, and/or merrymaking are strictly prohibited within the construction site premises

Clustered and staggered deployment of employees within the construction site shall be observed

-Proper waste disposal shall be provided for infectious waste such as PPEs and other waste products coming from outside the construction premises

On Saturday, Roque said the Inter-Agency Task. Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases allowed public and private construction and infrastructure projects to resume in areas placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“Puwede na po ang mga private at public construction projects, infrastructure projects sa mga ECQ,” the official also said.

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