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Limited Works on LRT-1 Cavite Extension Have Resumed, Says LMRC

It is to ensure a smooth ride when the LRT-1 resumes operations.
by Clara Rosales
May 7, 2020
Photo/s: from Light Rail Manila Corporation Facebook page

Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has resumed works on the 11.7 kilometer Cavite Extension Project for LRT-1 on May 7. 

The private operator said it has started operations after receiving the green light from the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to carry on with select repair and infrastructure works during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

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“The scheduled test pit works (bridge and pipe inspection) required for the construction along the CAVITEX – Paranaque bridge is set to begin on May 7, 2020 (7 a.m.) until May 22, 2020 (11:59 p.m.),” the statement said.

There will be a temporary road closure of the innermost lane or northbound along CAVITEX – Paranaque bridge to give way to the necessary activities in the area during the same period.

Aside from CAVITEX – Paranaque, there is also ongoing design works, assembly works, and select tasks at the precast yard area for the Cavite Extension Project.

LRMC has complied with the IATF’s guidelines to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 as employees return to work. The following measures have been implemented:

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  • Reducing operations to a skeletal workforce
  • Providing accommodations and point-to-point shuttle services for workers
  • Regular disinfection of all workplaces, shuttles, and accommodations
  • Regular monitoring of personnel health and COVID-19 symptoms
  • Imposition of physical distancing and proper hygiene
  • LRT-1 ready for better service

According to the LMRC, preventive and corrective maintenance works, including the replacement of air-conditioning compressor units, are being carried out to ensure smooth service when LRMC resumes operations of LRT-1. 

Because of the ECQ, public transport operations have been suspended since March 17. Under general community quarantine (GCQ), public transport may resume operations but with limited capacity. Passengers must wear face masks, undergo thermal scans, and observe social distancing.

“Rest assured that we are taking every opportunity during this time to come back better for Filipino commuters. We are taking great efforts to make sure our workers remain safe and healthy by following the proper guidelines and precautions set by the government,” LRMC Chief Operating Officer Enrico Benipayo said.