15 Apr In the News: DDD’s Umberto Donato Calls for Added Flexibilization for the Construction Industry in Puerto Rico
In a recent feature in El Vocero, Umberto Donato, DDD Principal and President of the AGC Puerto Rico Chapter, outlined the urgent need to implement measures that enable players in the construction industry to resume vital tasks across the Island, amid the COVID-19 situation as it pertains to the trade in Puerto Rico and the US.
In his statement, Donato mentioned that, although Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced made it possible for hardware stores to coordinate the sale and delivery of merchandise on limited days and hours, the central government does not allow the rest of the industry to perform critical maintenance, repair, and improvement services to public infrastructure and private structures, which could cause additional problems to the alarming pandemic. Meanwhile, approximately 75% of the 44 thousand direct jobs that construction generates on the Island are out of work. Donato considers that the situation has created an immense negative impact on one of the most prolific and significant economic sectors in the Island, and understands that these employees can be gradually released according to the levels of contagion.
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