Over 300 workers at BGC construction site test positive for COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 10, 2020   •   512

MANILA, Philippines – Barangay Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City currently has the highest number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city – and more than 300 of these were reported in a construction site in Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

As of July 9, Barangay Fort Bonifacio, where BGC is located, has 413 confirmed coronavirus infections.

Of this number, 327 were construction workers which immediately put the site on lockdown.

Information from the barangay showed that 36 of them have already recovered while two died.

The patients have been put under isolation in a government quarantine facility.

According to Arnel Sansan, who works as site engineer of the MRB 2 Construction Company, 25 other workers on site underwent rapid testing.

The site has a total of 691 workers.

“To ensure na yung mga tao namin dito is COVID-free, wala po silang sintomas ng COVID-19,” he said.

Health protocols have been in place but Sansan admitted that some workers are not strictly following rules on face mask wearing.

“Nahihirapan daw silang huminga tapos minsan nakakalimutan nilang isuot ang mask,” he said.

The workers have been hired to erect a multi-purpose building in Barangay Fort Bonifacio. But Roel Balaba, the construction project’s foreman, fears the project might be stopped if the remaining workers’ test yield positive results.

“Medyo nakaka-kaba din, kasi siyempre papaano kung may nag-positive? Maaari siguro matigil ang trabaho, kawawa namin kami,” he said.

Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano earlier said he has ordered for the temporary closure and quarantine of the construction site and begun contact tracing, testing, and treatment.

Other offices, facilities, and restaurants in the city that have reported COVID-19 cases or have not complied with health standards were also temporarily shuttered. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento

Taguig creates ‘exercise safe zones’ to monitor compliance with health and safety protocols

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 6, 2020

The Taguig City government will create ‘exercise safe zones’ across the city to strictly monitor adherence to health and safety protocols while residents are carrying out physical activities.

On Saturday (July 4), the local government deployed personnel along Bayani Road at the Heritage Memorial Park area to make sure citizens doing various physical activities are still maintaining social distancing and other health protocols.

The ‘exercise safe zones’ was implemented following reports that some citizens, runners and bikers failed to comply with health and safety protocols.

“The team at the Heritage Memorial Park area gave away free masks and drinks to citizens working out,” the local government said in a statement.

Mayor Lino Cayetano said the public needs to understand the situation under the new normal. He also encouraged the private sector to collaborate with the government to ensure that citizens are protected from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“In the new normal, it is important that our people understand that the disease remains a threat. We must all work together,” he said.

The local government will also place signage, bike repair, and help desks at the designated safe zones. AAC

P1-M worth of illegal drugs seized in Taguig, 3 arrested

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 18, 2020

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Wednesday (June 17) seized P1 million worth of suspected illegal drugs in a buy-bust operation in Taguig City. Three individuals were arrested.

According to PDEA Spokesperson Derrick Carreon, the suspects might have found out that they were transacting with authorities which led to a small encounter.

“Nakatunog yata, ayun pinagbabangga niya na iyong sasakyan ng tropa (They suspected something so they hit the vehicle used by our troops), so in order to immobilize his vehicle, they shot his tire,” he said.

No one was injured during the encounter and authorities arrested Edwin Pascual, Vyron Flores, and Allan Mendoza and 200 grams of shabu were seized.

The suspects will face charges for violating Section 5 and Section 11 of Republic Act 9165 of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Student-made robots receive diploma as Taguig pilots cyber-graduation

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 23, 2020

In order for students to still celebrate their graduation, Senator Renato “Compañero” Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School (SRCC) held ‘Cyber-Graduation Ceremonies’.

Students from SRCC’s Taguig Robotics Team made toga-wearing robots which received the diploma on behalf of 179 SRCC graduates.

The Taguig Robotics Team developed four remote-controlled robots fully made with recycled materials.

The live videos of the graduates were projected on the heads of the robots as their names were called to claim their diplomas. The graduates witnessed their graduation at home with their families via Facebook Live.

The ceremonies helped the city undertake its programs with minimum health standards conforming with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) protocols.

“We know how deeply symbolic a graduation ceremony is for graduates and their parents,” said Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano. “This is why we came up with a program that can help them celebrate their accomplishment while respecting health standards and policies during the COVID-19 community quarantines.”

Meanwhile, 24 public elementary and 12 other public high schools in Taguig City will also receive the diplomas through the same robots. AAC


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