COVID halts Iloilo mega dam construction

Published April 16, 2021, 5:12 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – Construction of the P11.2-billion mega dam project in Iloilo by a South Korean firm was halted for two weeks after COVID-19 infected 27 workers.

Health officials check the site after 27 workers for an P11.2-billion irrigation project in Calinog town, Iloilo province tested positive for COVID-19. (Dr. Cesarey B. Mestidio / MANILA BULLETIN)
Health officials check the site after 27 workers for an P11.2-billion irrigation project in Calinog town, Iloilo province tested positive for COVID-19. (Dr. Cesarey B. Mestidio / MANILA BULLETIN)

Mayor Francisco Calvo of Calinog issued an order temporarily halting work by Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. on the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project-Stage II (JRMP-II) undertaken by the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

Calinog Municipal Administrator Rachel Manero said in a phone interview that the municipal government halted work for 14 days e after health officials learned that the 27 infected workers have at least 400 close contacts.

“If these contacts can be traced and tested sooner, then it might be lifted sooner,” Manero added.

Of the 27 infected workers of Daewoo, 14 are Filipino workers and the remaining 13 are South Koreans.

The spike in COVID-19 cases was discovered after one of the South Korean workers underwent swab test last April 12 as part of a requirement when a worker has plans to fly back to South Korea.

The construction of the JRMP-II has a South Korean contractor as the Philippine government secured a P8.9-billion loan from Export-Import Bank.

 
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