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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
"The Philippine Domestic Construction Board (PDCB), an implementing board of the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP), mandated to formulate policies, plans, programs, and strategies for the development of the Philippine construction industry organized a Technical Working Group (TWG) comprised of representatives from contractors of varying sizes and suppliers coming from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao to draft the proposed protocols for the industry in preparation for resumption of construction work in areas under quarantine. The TWG drafted the “Construction Guidelines for Project Implementation during the period of Public Health Emergency” as a reference for contractors and implementing agencies, to ensure viability of projects and protection from and spread of the corona virus.
These guidelines will set key principles and minimum requirements that define responsible, healthy and safe operations for construction-related operations under COVID-19 and ensure the survival of business as well as the protection of workers. These guidelines include prevention, detection, and rapid response measures designed to achieve the principles above while maintaining business continuity across the construction industry.
These guidelines present options or courses of actions which contractors may consider depending on applicability to the project’s unique characteristics while maintaining minimum requirements based on guidelines by government authorities such as the IATF Omnibus Guidelines for the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19, and DOH Department Memorandum No. 2020-220, Interim Guidelines on the Return-to-Work.
These guidelines are subject to periodic review to better respond to developments and ensure workers health and protection, as well as compliance with government regulations.
For questions or clarifications on these guidelines, you may contact PDCB through following email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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