AN official of the Cebu Contractors Association (CCA) said the construction industry will not be affected by the implementation of the public works ban for the May 2010 elections.

CCA president Peter Paul Dy said the construction ban applies only to new government projects that are still to be undertaken.

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The construction sector will still continue its operations as there are many more ongoing projects of the government and the private sector.

“These are the projects awarded to contractors long before the public works ban period,” Dy told Sun.Star Cebu in a phone interview.

Many projects

The association is dependent not only on government projects but also on the private sector and non-government projects, he said.

Election laws ban the release, disbursement or expenditure of public funds for public works 45 days before any regular election. The ban will take effect on March 26.

Public works are infrastructure projects consisting of roads, bridges, railways, airports, seaports, communication facilities, irrigation, flood control, water supply and sewerage, solid waste management, energy and power systems and school buildings.

The sales of construction materials, such as cement, have likewise not been affected by the public works ban.

Cement

Taiheiyo Cement Philippines Inc. (TCPI) sales manager George Uy said, “TCPI still has increasing cement requirements with the booming projects from the private sector.”

The public works ban is intended to prevent the use of public funds for election purposes.