Officials shut down 35 worksites in Manila

Safety concerns force closure of sites in Filipino financial hub

Work on 35 projects in Manila's Makati district in the Philippines has been halted amid safety concerns. Photo: Getty.
Work on 35 projects in Manila's Makati district in the Philippines has been halted amid safety concerns. Photo: Getty.

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Officials from the Makati City Government in the Philippines have closed down 35 mid to high rise worksites for allegedly violating safe building codes.

Makati city is one of 16 cities that make up Metro Manila, and is considered the financial centre of the country. It is one of the major financial, commercial and economic hubs in Asia, and serves as the centre of operations for many businesses, banks and company headquarters.

A report compiled by City Engineer and City Building Official Nelson Morales states that, “Many of the buildings inspected by our engineers were found not complying with a number of provisions under the national building and mechanical codes. We need to ensure the strict and full compliance of these projects with safety standards specified by the law.”

The violations include lack of safety belts and protective gear for workers, lack of warning signs and catch platforms to protect passing pedestrians and motorists, and lack of official building permits from city hall.

Construction companies have been warned to comply with the necessary building codes before continuing with their work. Building projects issued cease and desist orders include Avida Towers in Makti West (residential), the 35-storey The Oriental Place residential tower and the three-tower Alphaland Makati Place.
 

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