QC Gov’t to File Case vs Protocol Violator Construction Firm After 57 Infected Cases
The government of Quezon City (QC) has warned the construction firm to face charges if protocol violations are confirmed after recording 57 infected cases.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has vowed to initiate a lawsuit against the construction firm in Cubao if they are found to be breaking the norms and not collaborating with the local government. City Attorney Orlando Paolo Casimiro said he is preparing the case against the Millennium Erector Corporation (MEC) for breaking health guidelines.
According to the article, MEC is erecting Manhattan Heights, a high-rise residential project in Cubao. On August 16, the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) received the first report of a positive Covid-19 case.
The CESU conducted bulk testing on 271 workers of the alleged construction firm as soon as an index case was detected. A total of 57 construction workers in Manhattan Cubao were infected with the virus.
Thirteen of them tested positive for Covdi-19 and were transported to the HOPE facility right away. The area was placed under Special Concern Lockdown right away. 13 more workers tested positive on Aug. 21 and were brought to the HOPE facility. CESU conducted bulk testing on staff who tested negative on August 26.
According to the mayor, if the MEC leadership is found to be aware of their workers’ conditions and has failed to report them to CESU, they can file a criminal case under Section 2.c of the IRR of RA 11332, also known as the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health and Events of Public Health Concern Act.
After a Cease and Desist Order was issued on August 26 to the construction firm MEC to stop their building activities first, the Department of the Building Official (DBO), led by Atty. Dale Peral, supported the filing of a case of violation of RA 11332. The construction company will be unable to resume activities until CESU and DBO provide their approval.
As a result, Mayor Belmonte has once again urged private enterprises to notify the city administration promptly if any employees test positive for the virus, in order to prevent the infection from spreading further. There are 13,018 active Covid-19 cases in the city as of September 12, with 43 regions under lockdown.
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