Roque: Some public, private construction work allowed during ECQ

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 9) — Work in some public and private construction projects in areas under enhanced community quarantine will be allowed to continue, the Palace announced.

On Saturday's Laging Handa briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said part of the omnibus guideline for the implementation of the community quarantine was amended to allow for the continuation of certain construction and infrastructure projects.

Roque said the projects include the construction of quarantine and isolation facilities related to the COVID-19 response; facilities for personnel who perform emergency works, flood control and other disaster risk reduction and rehabilitation programs; sewerage and water service facilities; and digital works.

"Priority public infrastructure projects as well as private infrastructure projects defined as those that refer to food production, agriculture, fishery, fish port development, energy, housing, communication, water facilities, manufacturing, and business process outsourcing shall likewise be allowed in accordance with the guidelines issued by the DPWH," Roque said.

He also said DPWH-accredited construction workers will be allowed to go to their places of work.

Earlier, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said public and private construction projects in areas under general community quarantine will be allowed to resume, but workers need to follow strict safety guidelines to avoid infection. 

The guidelines include the testing of workers before they can return to work and the observance of social distancing. Project sites must also have disinfection facilities and barracks areas where workers will stay for the duration of the project.

Villar said contractors will spend for the testing of workers.