Mayor orders extensive inspection of construction sites due to case outbreak

BAGUIO CITY – (Feb. 19, 2021) – Mayor Benjamin Magalong has ordered extensive inspection of all construction sites and workers’ barracks in the city following the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases among workers in one construction site near a condominium.

The mayor ordered City Administrator Bonifacio Dela Peña, City Health Services Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo and City Buildings and Architecture Officer Johnny Degay to spearhead the inspections.

Violation of health standards and protocols will result in cancellation of building permits.

The move came on the heels of the contact tracing team report on the investigation done on the construction workers and their contacts who turned positive.

Contact tracing reports showed gross violations of the health and safety protocols in construction and barracks sites like overall unsanitary condition of the premises, conduct of drinking sprees, failure to wear face masks and disregard of quarantine requirements.

It was also gathered that some of these laborers undertake jobs in other construction sites furthering the risk of transmission.

The construction workers were the city’s latest COVID-19 cluster which prompted orders for a hard lockdown over the area. – Aileen P. Refuerzo