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    Buildia completes structural works of TH Mall Puerto

    THE construction of TH Mall Puerto in eastern Cagayan de Oro City entered a significant new phase Tuesday with the topping off ceremony, signaling the completion of its structural works.

    Buildia is the main contractor of TH Mall Puerto construction headed by president Caraig and project manager Manuel Bugayong with F Baron Construction & Supply and First Pilipinas Power & Automation as its main suppliers.

    The project, the first mall-type venture of local retail pioneer TH Cagayan, is also undertaken with the following auxiliary suppliers: principal designer and architect Ernel Bustamante, structural designer Engr. Alex Thomas III, FPPA, Meredith Electromech-Tech for the waste water treatment plant, Glazinum Glass Corporation for the glass works, LYL Dev’t. Corp. for the ready mix, Terms Concrete and Materials Testing Inc. for the soil testing/boring and MegaKonstruk Dev’t. Corp. for the piling.

    In his speech, TH Cagayan president Jerry Yu said the pandemic was a blessing in disguise for the company as they could focus more on the project while the whole city was in quarantine in the early days of Covid-19. The company finally acquired the lot in barangay Puerto in Cagayan de Oro City adjacent to Gaisano Puerto in 2017 after three long years of negotiation from the previous owner.

    Things stalled until finally, construction kicked off in April 2022.

    The topping off ceremony Tuesday also marked the company’s 300,000 man hours with zero accident, considered an enormous feat under the labor standards in the country. A man-hour is the amount of work performed by the average worker in one hour. In construction parlance, the number of man-hours is computed vis-à-vis the number of workers in a shift for the entire duration of the construction phase.

    Caraig and Yu praised the management team and the workers alike (who were all present during the top-off ceremony) for achieving the zero accident status for the past 11 months. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) considers zero accident in the workplace as a form of social accountability.

    With this development, construction of TH Mall Puerto is expected to be finished this October. After the topping off ceremony, more auxiliary works such as utilities are now underway followed by both exterior and interior finishings.

    TH Mall Puerto is a four-level structure with a department store, a rentable space and a basement parking for customers and workers alike. It will form part of TH Cagayan, a local pioneer in lower priced goods. ###

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