MPT-South resumes operations and major infrastructure projects
BACOOR CITY, Cavite Jun 8 (PIA) — Metro Pacific Tollways South Management Corporation (MPT South) recently resumed its office-based work and construction-related activities for its major infrastructure projects namely, Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) and Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) due to the transition of the NCR and the neighboring provinces to the General Community Quarantine.
The construction of these projects was suspended when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country causing adjustments for construction protocols.
Upon issuance of Department Order No. 35 S. 2020 by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) or the “Construction Safety Guidelines for the Implementation of all DPWH Infrastructure Projects during the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis” as approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), the work construction continued.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar stated that, “With the relaxing of the community quarantine, we need to get the projects back on track, most especially the BBB (Build, Build, Build) projects which aims to spur and sustain economic growth by constructing infrastructure projects badly needed by the country. The guidelines set is to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved in the projects. Strict compliance is expected.”
Resumption for the road widening construction for CAVITEX r-1 second phase of bridge works in Parañaque, Las Piñas, and Wawa are now at 55 percent completion. Construction personnel and allied services had been remobilized for the resumption of works in CALAX Subsections 4 and 5, and Cavite segment. ROW acquisitions for Cavite segment and Subsection 4 are still ongoing. Subsection 5, the continuation from Santa Rosa to Silang is at 96 percent ROW acquisition with siteworks at 57 percent, significantly.
Meanwhile, CAVITEX C5 Link Segment 3A2 and Segment 2 ROW acquisitions are at 81 percent progress. A letter of award has been issued to the qualified bidder while details of project execution are currently in the works.
“The guidelines of DPWH are specific to help stem the disease. The contractors must follow new protocols at the jobsite which changes the preparation and mobilization time of the projects. These adjustments have an effect on the timeline. We also give great consideration on the renewed focus by the government on BBB projects. We want to accelerate completion of projects – subject to DPWH and the Department of Health (DOH) guidelines,” said MPT South President and General Manager Roberto V. Bontia.
Likewise, a large-scale testing for the company’s employees and construction personnel was conducted with about 1,600 employees undergoing COVID-19 Rapid Anti-Body Diagnostic Testing.
Although mass testing is not required by the government for companies to resume operations, MPTS nevertheless initiated the testing to assure their employees are cleared of the COVID-19 and are healthy to make their customers, stakeholders and their families feel safe and secure during this pandemic.
Similarly, the management would ensure daily health monitoring protocols, provision of basic personal protective equipment (PPEs), sanitation and disinfection of office spaces pursuant to the minimum public health standards in the work area.
“We continue as an organization to demonstrate patience, the spirit of collaboration and malasakit – these are elements which will indeed see us through the challenges of this health emergency situation,” Bontia concluded. (Ruel Francisco, PIA-Cavite with report from Arlette V. Capistrano, Asst. Vice President, Communication and Stakeholder Management, MPTS)