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Work resumes in CAVITEX, C5 Link, CALAX

By EMMIE V. ABADILLA

Metro Pacific Tollways South Management Corporation (MPT South) has resumed construction of its big-ticket projects, from Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX) to the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX).

This developed after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) issued its “Construction Safety Guidelines for the Implementation of all DPWH Infrastructure Projects during the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis”.

“With the relaxing of the Community Quarantine, we need to get the projects back on track, most especially the BBB projects,” says DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

The construction of major infrastructure projects was suspended when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country causing the adjustments for construction protocols.

“The contractors must follow new protocols at the jobsite which changes the preparation and mobilization time of the projects, these adjustments have an effect on the timeline,” noted MPT South President and General Manager Roberto V. Bontia.

MPT South has resumed the road-widening construction for CAVITEX R-1 second phase of bridge works in Parañaque, Las Piñas and Wawa and now at 55% completion.

Construction Personnel and allied services had remobilized for the resumption of works in CALAX Subsections 4 and 5, and Cavite Segment. ROW acquisitions for Cavite Segment and Subsection 4 are still ongoing. Subsection 5, the continuation from Santa Rosa to Silang is at 96% ROW acquisition with siteworks at 57%, significantly.

Meanwhile, CAVITEX C5 Link Segment 3A2 and Segment 2 ROW acquisitions are at 81% progress. A letter of award has been issued to the qualified bidder while details of project execution are currently in the works.

Around 1,600 employees went through the COVID-19 Rapid Anti- Body Diagnostic Testing. The large-scale testing for employees and construction personnel is part of the transition plans of the company as it prepares for the “new normal.”

Though not required by the government, MPTS wants to assure that the employees reporting for work will be in good health condition to make their customers, stakeholders and even their families feel safe and secure in this time of pandemic.

Bontia said that this move is a reaffirmation of the company’s commitment to the employees’ welfare and safety.

“These actions are critical to ensure we all remain safe in our different workspaces. We will continue to monitor developments related to the crisis which could entail corresponding adjustments to our safety protocols over time,” he said.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://business.mb.com.ph/2020/05/31/work-resumes-in-cavitex-c5-link-calax/)

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