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By Angela Casco

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To say that Covid-19 has affected almost all industries is not an exaggeration. Even a sector as formidable as the construction industry has felt the brunt of the pandemic. As construction projects resume under the general community quarantine (GCQ), the lost time has devastating consequences as some projects were put on hold or totally cancelled. For some construction companies, it was back to square one.

The effect of this pandemic was also felt by RTAN Construction, a local startup construction company. Before the lockdown, its workers were busy designing and building projects within Metro Manila. Sad to say, majority of their projects have been paused or, worse, called off.

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Posted by RTAN Construction on Tuesday, May 26, 2020

To continue providing compensation for the workers who suddenly found themselves with no construction projects to work on, the company has decided to shift its focus into creating a tool that responds to the safety needs of the new normal, a foot-operated alcohol dispenser.

“We made the product to lessen the physical contact with alcohol containers in public places,” the company says, pointing out that alcohol bottles in high-traffic areas are often touched by passersby, and a potential conduit to spread an unseen virus.

To continue providing compensation for the workers who suddenly found themselves with no construction projects to work on, the company has decided to shift its focus into creating a tool that responds to the safety needs of the new normal, a foot-operated alcohol dispenser.

The dispenser, made of steel, prevents an individual from directly touching the alcohol or sanitizer bottle. Instead, it dispenses the disinfectant when you step on the pedal. More than acknowledging its usefulness during this time, it also addresses another urgent need.

“This is also our way to help our workers make a living despite the pandemic,” the company adds. “We don’t give them their usual daily salary rates but instead, we give them a profit share in every piece that is sold.”

As of May 30, more than 100 units have already been sold.

As a gesture of thanks, the workers have gathered for a photo while holding messages addressed to those who have supported them by purchasing the product.

Salamat po sa pagbili ng aming produkto (Thank you for buying our product),” a worker’s message reads. “Marami po kayong natulungan na pamilya (You have helped a lot of families).”


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/06/01/new-way-of-living/)

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