“Let the contractor follow our shortened schedule.”
This was the marching order given by Secretary Rogelio L. Singson to the 16 Regional Directors of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in a regular meeting held at the DPWH Head Office.
Singson said that the DPWH implementing units in the Regional and District Offices may also order contractors to shorter project durations whenever possible to ensure timely completion of projects, especially in populated and urban areas.
“As we are about to enter the last quarter of the year, we have to tighten our project management and reduce the number of calendar days with additional resources of contractors especially for projects in highly urbanized areas, added Singson.
In 2012, Secretary Singson through Department Order 44 implemented standardized construction duration of various categories of projects/works depending on cost.
The standardized durations for the corresponding categories of works is the maximum prescribed days. Construction works beyond allowable period must be subject to approval of the DPWH Bureau of Construction.
The Secretary has also reminded the Regional Directors to strictly follow the approved specifications and design standard in the concreting of farm-to-market roads nationwide.
In areas where the average daily traffic is less than 200, DPWH constructs minimum pavement width of 4.0 meter for two lanes and 5.0 meters for two lanes for 200 to 400 average daily traffic. The minimum concrete pavement thickness is 150 millimeter (6 inches).