IATF okays resumption of work in 13 railway projects

Published April 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Genalyn Kabiling

The government has given the green light to the resumption of “limited” work in 13 railway projects during the extended quarantine period in Luzon.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles  (PCOO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has approved the request of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to allow the resumption of utility relocation works and resume specified limited works in these rail projects.

The projects included rail replacement works for MRT-3 which can only be done when MRT-3 is not undergoing passenger operations, according to Nograles.

The task force, however, imposed five conditions on the resumption of the railway projects.

Nograles, spokesman of IATF, said concerned transport authorities must observe limited mobilization of personnel and skeletal staffing pattern as well as provide on- or near-site accommodations and/or point-to-point shuttle services for the workers.

There must also do regular disinfection of workplaces, shuttles, and accommodations,  regular monitoring of personnel’s health, especially for coronavirus symptoms, and strict social distancing measures and proper hand hygiene,.

The transportation department, Nograles said, may implement other precautionary measures that must be observed at all times.

As the country’s cases continued to increase, President Duterte has approved the extension of the Luzon-wide quarantine until April 30.

The lockdown extension would help prevent the further increase in coronavirus cases as the government continued to enhance the capacity of the country’s health facilities and resources on testing, contact tracing, isolation to care and treatment of patients, according to Nograles.