Over 300 workers at BGC construction site test positive for COVID-19
Robie de Guzman • July 10, 2020 • 955
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
MANILA, Philippines — A report made through the Facebook page of the Joint Task Force COVID Shield led to the arrest of 16 individuals in Taguig City.
Acting on a tip-off posted on the social medial account of the JTF CV Shield, authorities were able to track down the violators in a drinking session at a birthday party.
JTF COVID Shield Commander PLt.Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said they were arrested for violating the government-imposed health protocols.
“When police personnel went there, those who attended the birthday celebration were not wearing face masks and not observing social distancing,” Guillermo said.
They were held at the barangay basketball court and later released after six hours.
They are now facing charges for violation of city ordinance on drinking in public places and violation of Article 151 of the Revised Penal Code on resistance and disobedience to a person in authority. –MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
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
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