The Lopez-owned First Philippine Industrial Corp. (FPIC) said that the rehabilitation works at the 22-storey West Tower condominium building in Makati City that was affected by last year’s oil spillage will be completed before the year ends.
FPIC President Tony Mabasa said the company and its contractors had completed assessments of the building’s rehabilitation needs and proceeded with the restoration activities without delay after FPIC was granted by West Tower management full access of the basements and common areas last month.
“We have been progressing at a steady pace in our rehabilitation efforts for the condo building and we hope to finish everything before the close of the year,” Mabasa said.
Prior to being granted full access to the building in Barangay Bangkal, Mabasa said their activity was limited to just the necessary assessment of the condo adding that also during that time, two of FPIC’s contractors, who would have complemented efforts of their other contractors in rehabilitating West Tower, had been denied entry into the condo’s basements.
“This delayed the rehabilitation of the condo’s affected areas, mainly the basements,” he said.
Residents of the condo building were ordered by the Makati city government last to vacate the premises due to the persistent smell of gas. The local government also ordered the building sump pits, which was then discharging petroleum-tainted effluent, shut down, resulting in water buildup in the basements.
FPIC’s Bangkal Project Remediation Head Nards Ablaza touted the rehab plan, saying it “encompasses aesthetic, electromechanical and environmental rehabilitation of the condo.”
Ablaza said a major part of the rehabilitation works included the putting of safeguards to address air and water contamination from the petroleum leakage that was traced from a breached pipeline of FPIC along the south-bound service road of Osmena Highway, though the company insisted at first it did not come from their pipeline until experts from the University of the Philippines-Diliman managed to traced the source of the oil leak.