March 1, 2024

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong once again issued a stern warning to contractors of government or private projects in the city to ensure public safety and cleanliness in their project sites.

Several random inspections by no less than the mayor led to the discovery of unsightly, untidy workplace and alleged substandard projects. 

“Unclean and disorderly project sites is a serious safety issue,” the mayor said.

He added that safety concerns of both workers and the public should always be in mind among contractors and project implementers.

Despite constant reminders to contractors to keep their worksites clean and orderly, the city government continues to receive complaints from the public due to inconveniences caused by disorganized and unclean project sites. 

The mayor has already directed the City Building and Architecture Office to cancel the building permit of several on-going constructions in the city due to dirty surroundings.  

The mayor said this should serve as a warning to other project owners and contractors to see to the upkeep of their worksites as part of their obligations attached to the building permits.

The mayor has been warning public works contractors that he will readily file necessary complaints or impose sanctions for inability to comply with safety standards pursuant to the occupational safety and health standards strictly imposed by the labor and employment department. 

For the safety of construction workers, he asserted all contractors must provide personal protective equipment to avoid any untoward incidents in their work areas. 

The public may report untidy building construction sites to the City Buildings and Architecture Office at 442-2503, 0926-121-2394 or email [email protected].

For road infrastructure projects, you may report to the City Engineering Office at 445-2058 or email [email protected]. – Jessa Mardy P. Samidan