By the SovereignPH.com Staff
MANILA — Malacañang has on Saturday (09 May 2020) given the green light to certain types of private and public construction projects even in areas under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
This was announced by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in relation to an amendment made to the “Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines.”
Roque said the change was given a green light by the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) for private and public contractors to go ahead with construction projects in their meeting on Friday, May 8.
“Private, public construction projects, infrastructure projects are now allowed under ECQ,” Roque said on his Laging Handa virtual press briefing.
Deemed as priority, the types of private construction now allowed are the following:
fish port development
business process outsourcing (BPO)
Meanwhile, the types of public construction projects allowed are the following:
construction for quarantine and isolation facilities
facilities for construction personnel who perform emergency works flood control and other disaster risk and rehabilitation programs
water service facility projects
Before the amendment, only construction projects like isolation and quarantine facilities, health sector-related projects, emergency works, flood control, and disaster risk mitigation and rehabilitation infrastructure were allowed under ECQ.
With this development, construction workers accredited by the Department of Public Works and Highways can now “report back to their work sites” Roque said.
The IATF allowed the shift as the National Economic and Development Authority reported that the Philippine economy contracted for the first time in 22 years due to lockdowns; crippled supply chains, and canceled vacations in the first quarter of 2020.
The IATF-EID is set to meet on Monday, May 11, to discuss necessary measures for recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte on quarantine measures to be enforced after the May 15 ECQ deadline for Metro Manila and other parts of the country. (ia/PNA)