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February 2007
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  02/28/07

CLOSE MONITORING OF DPWH MINDANAO PROJECTS ORDERED

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  Mindanao as a super region plays a vital role in boosting its competitive edge in agribusiness which could be further harnessed by major infrastructure support. In order to realize the objectives of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s “Super Regions”, DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan ordered Assistant Secretary for Mindanao operations Rafael C. Yabut to closely monitor the progress of works on various DPWH infrastructure projects in Mindanao. During the 3rd Meeting of Mindanao Arterial Roads Task Force - Technical Working Group (MARTF-TWG) for Roads and Bridges, DPWH-Region XI Director and MARTF-TWG chairman Dimas Soguilon said that issues and concerns regarding the implementation of projects should be resolved in the regional level. We need to come up with an accurate road and bridge inventory to determine a more realistic financial investment requirements, Soguilon added. In Central Mindanao, DPWH-President Bridge Program Director Emil Sadain reported that the construction of the 210-meter alternate Quirino Delta bridge is now on-going with posted accomplishment of 49% as of 23 February 2007. Sadain also reported that the President Bridge Program - SZOPAD has attained a total actual accomplishment of 112.70 % composed of 593 bridges constructed way above the programmed 526 bridges. The savings realized in the efficient construction of bridges and the utilization of available bridge materials made it possible for us to construct additional 67 bridges for Mindanao, Sadain said. Among those national roads and bridges being implemented in Mindanao are the Zamboanga West Coastal Road, Surigao-Davao Coastal Road, Kuwaiti and Saudi - fund assisted road projects, JBIC-assisted Philippines-Japan Friendship Highway Mindanao section rehabilitation project, Second Magsaysay bridge and Butuan City bypass road, Malita - J.A. Santos - Glan road, and other arterial roads and bridge projects.  
 
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  02/27/07

BONOAN ORDERS TO FAST TRACK ROAD REHABILITATION PROJECT IN PANGASINAN

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  Anticipating the influx of motorists going to Northern Luzon during this coming Lenten season, Department of Public Works and Highways OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan ordered the fast track implementation of the road widening project at the intersection along Mc Arthur Highway in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan. “ This intersection is a bottleneck for motorists going north to south and vice versa, especially during the Lenten season which shall be expecting heavy traffic. By completing the this road widening project it will not only speed up the travel time but it will also attract investment opportunities in Urdaneta City,” Bonoan said. In his report to Secretary Bonoan, DPWH Region 1 Director Fidel Ginez said that the road widening project was temporarily deferred to give way for the construction of flood control drainage structure in order to avoid waste of public funds by destroying of newly concreted roads. “ We are also now coordinating with the PLDT, DIGITEL and PANELCO III for the relocation of transmission line posts. After the relocation we will mobilize all our manpower and equipment to complete the project before April this year” Ginez said. This P 60.7 M road widening project involves the widening of existing roadway to 30 meters wide with a total length of 1,090 meters including transition for road intersection. The project was implemented by the Pangasinan 3rd Engineering District Office under the supervision of District Engineer Leopoldo Mendoza. To date, DE Mendoza said that the are conducting sub-base preparation, construction of Portland concrete cement pavement, concrete lineal canal, stone masonry, construction of bored pile foundation and demolition of buildings.  
 
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  02/26/07

BONOAN LEADS DISMANTLING OF ILLEGAL AND UNSAFE BILLBOARD IN PARAÑAQUE

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  “ We cannot compromise the safety of the public” Continuing to implement the Administrative Orders 160 and 160-A of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan personally led the dismantling of an illegal and unsafe billboard along Coastal Road in Parañaque City. “ We are not against billboard advertising, we are just assuring the safety aspects of billboards” Bonoan said. Located in front of the Uniwide Coastal Mall along the Coastal Road, during the inspection Bonoan said that after the DPWH Inspectorate team had checked the said billboard, it was found unsafe and illegal because it is already occupying the road-right-of way and lacks the necessary permit. “ We are appealing to all billboard owners and advertisers to comply with the National Building Code, secure the necessary permits and assure the structural integrity of their billboard structures” Bonoan added. Bonoan also reminded the billboard owners that in the revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of the National Building Code, they should secure building permit, sign permit, certificate of use and certificate of completion to the office of the building official with clearance from the corresponding DPWH district engineers office. To date a total of 15,793 inspected billboards nationwide, 9,576 unsafe and illegal billboards were already dismantled 3,060 of which were located in Metro Manila.  
 
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  02/23/07

BONOAN INSPECTS HIGH IMPACT PROJECTS IN METRO MANILA

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  To assure the immediate completion high-impact projects in Metro Manila, DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan inspected today (February 23, 2007) the Marikina Bridge and Access Road and NAIA Expressway and its Related Projects in Pasay City. This two (2) projects which are Included in the ten-point agenda projects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo aims to decongest traffic along the highly urbanized areas in Metro Manila. “ We are personally checking the on-going construction activities to assure the quality of work and that this projects will be completed as soon as possible,” Bonoan said. Bonoan added that with the immediate completion of this projects, it will improve the efficiency of the existing transport network in Metro Manila. During the inspection, DPWH Urban Roads Project Office Director Carlos Mutuc reported that the Marikina Bridge Project is already 95.58% complete, ahead of 3.32% compared to its programmed accomplishment rating. “ The Marikina Bridge is scheduled to be completed on May this year, but with the good progress of work we are targeting to finish the project on early April 2007” Mutuc said. Mutuc added that upon its completion, the Marikina Bridge will connect the Marcos Highway and C5 Road thus decongesting the traffic along Katipunan Highway, Aurora Boulevard and eastern part of Metro Manila. On the other-hand, the NAIA Expressway Project Phase 1, which is divided into four packages will connect the NAIA Terminal 3 to the Skyway coming from the Makati Business Center and Alabang, Andrews Avenue, and direct access to Roxas Boulevard. The NAIA Expressway Project Package 1 or Sales Interchange is already 77.63% complete, Package 2 or Skyway Ramps 1 & 4 is already 98.66% complete, Package 3 or Skyway Ramps 2 & 3 is 64.45% complete while Package 4 or A - Down Ramp is already 14.31% complete.  
 
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  02/22/07

DPWH READIES FOR MORIONES FESTIVAL

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  Anticipating the congestion of traffic due to influx of foreign and local tourists during the Moriones Festival in Marinduque, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the continues road maintenance works along national roads in the island province. In his report to DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan, DPWH Region 4-B Director Veniedo Reyes said that he had already instructed the district engineer to immediately complete programmed road maintenance activities in Marinduque Province. “ The Moriones Festival is not only renowned in the country but it also attracts foreign tourists because of its colourful costumes and dramatic presentations that’s why it is important to assure that all national roads in the area are in good condition” Reyes said. DPWH Marinduque District Engineer Magtanggol Roldan said that to date they had already completed the potholes clearing operation through asphalting along Mogpog-Balanacan Road, Muac-Mogpog Road, and Muac- Gasan Road. “ If the good weather will continue, we can assure that all national roads in Marinduque will be passable during the festivities” Roldan said. Roldan added that aside from potholes clearing operation, they also deployed a total of 53 maintenance crew along national roads to conduct roadside cleaning operation, vegetation control, and drainage declogging activities.  
 
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  02/21/07

DPWH CONDUCTS SEMINAR ON BILLBOARD INSPECTION

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  After conducting massive dismantling of illegal and unsafe billboards nationwide, the Department of Public Works and Highways continues its commitment to assure public safety by conducting a series of Seminars on Assessment of Signs and Signboard Structures nationwide. In his Memorandum Circular No. 3 series of 2007, DPWH OIC-Secretary and Acting National Building Official Manuel Bonoan directed all DPWH regional directors, district engineers, city and municipal engineers and acting Building Officials to strictly implement National Building Code Development Office (NBCDO) Memorandum Circular Nos. 1 and 2, effecting the issuance of DPWH clearance outside road right-of-way limits of national roads and secondary roads, building permits, including installation of signs and signboards. “ Our top priority is the safety of the general public, we will continue to coordinate with the billboard owners and advertisers to assure the proper regulation of billboard structures” Bonoan said. DPWH NCBDO Director Emmanuel Cuntapay said that to assure effective enforcement of the new rules in constructing billboard structures the local building officials as well as DPWH regional directors and district engineers should be oriented in the process of issuance of permits and conducting field inspection. During the pilot seminar conducted in Tejeros Hall in Camp Aguinaldo, Cuntapay also reminded the participants to counter check all the data entered in the filling up of building permit, sign permit, certificate of use and certificate of completion forms. “ We must correct our previous mistakes and setbacks by counterchecking if the stakeholders are properly filling up the necessary forms so that we can determine who are liable in the event of any untoward incident” Cuntapay said. Among the topics discussed in the seminar are the Additional Guidelines-Amplification on the Rules and Regulations on Signboard Structures, Structural Analysis and Design of Billboard Structures, Wind Load Provisions as per NSCP 2001 and Inspection of Billboards in accordance with Administrative Order No. 160 and 160-A of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Initiated by former DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., since September 2006 the DPWH “Operation Baklas Billboard” has already dismantled a total of 8,980 illegal and unsafe billboards nationwide, 2,464 of which were located in Metro Manila.  
 
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  02/20/07

AGNO RIVER FLOOD CONTROL NEARS COMPLETION - DPWH

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  Residents living nearby Agno River in Bayambang ang Alcala Pangasinan will be soon relieved from worries of flood during the rainy season as the DPWH reports the near completion of the Bayambang Stretch Floodway Project, Package 1 of the Agno River Flood Control Project Phase II. During his recent inspection at the project, DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan instructed DPWH Major Flood Control Project Director Philip Meñez to take advantage of the good weather condition and speed up construction activities. “ As of the 25th of January this year, we have already completed a total of 86.08% of the programmed works, we are ahead of 9.01% compared to the scheduled 77.07% accomplishment rating” Meñez said. Meñez added that upon completion of the project, it will mitigate flood damage to villages, towns, agricultural lands and vital infrastructure facilities along the stretch of Agno River. “ We are expecting to complete the project on September 2007,” Meñez said. Contract Package 1 of the project involves the construction of grade control structures, straight spur dikes, heightening of existing earth dikes, river bank protection works, low water channel excavation and channel dredging. Costing P 737. 4 Million, the project is funded by loan agreement between government of the Philippines and the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and is under contract with TOA Corporation.  
 
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  02/16/07

DPWH TO WORK WITH COMELEC IN MAY NATIONAL AND LOCAL ELECTION

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  To assure orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible conduct of the May 14, 2007 national and local elections, through Department Memorandum Circular No. 6 series of 2007, the Department of Public Works and Highways informed all the DPWH Officials and employees to strictly abide with the Commission on Elections guidelines in project implementation DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan said that he has already instructed all the DPWH regional and project directors to strictly enforce the COMELEC Resolution No. 7785 or the Rules and Regulations Governing Public Works Ban Release, Disbursement And Expenditures Of Public Funds in connection with the May 14, 2007 Election. “ We will assure that public works projects will not be used in the campaign of any national or local officials by strictly enforcing the public works ban of the COMELEC which will take effect on March 30, 2007” Bonoan said. Bonoan added that pursuant to the Section 3 of the said COMELEC Resolution, he has also instructed all the DPWH regional and project directors to submit certified lists of all on-going public works projects commenced before March 30,2007, similar projects under foreign agreements, and all public works undertaken by contract through public bidding held or negotiated contract awarded before March 30, 2007 which will be included to the COMELEC Lists of Authorized Public Works Projects. “Any public works not included in the list which are not among the exceptions under Section 261, subsection (v) of the Omnibus Election Code shall be considered al falling under the public works ban” Bonoan also said.  
 
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  02/15/07

DPWH TO START CENTRAL PHILIPPINES TOURISM PROJECTS IN NEGROS ISLAND

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways is about to start the three major road projects worth around P1.098 Billion included in the Central Philippines Tourism Super Regions Project. DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan said that the DPWH is now prioritizing all the major infrastructure projects included in President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Super Regions Program to sustain economic development nationwide Located in Negros Island, the three projects include the Bais-Kabankalan Road, San Carlos- Dumaguete Road and Bacolod-Kabankalan Road, costing P 260 Million, P 600 Million and P 238 Million respectively The Central Philippines Super Region is envisioned to be the country’s premier tourists destination internationally known of its white beaches and rich coastal areas. Bonoan added that upon the completion of this project, it will not only provide access roads to various tourist spots in the region but it will also pave way to economic development as it provides employment opportunities for the residents in the area. To be implemented by the DPWH Region VI Office, the project is now under pre-construction activities and scheduled to be completed in 2010.  
 
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  02/14/07

DPWH SPEEDS UP REHABILITATION OF MAJOR ALTERNATE ROUTE GOING TO BICOL REGION

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  Serving as a major alternate route to Quirino Highway which is under-going major repair, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the fast-track rehabilitation of Galocan Bridge and concreting of Bagong Silang-Capalonga, Catabagwangan and Mataque Sections of Maharlika Highway. In his report to DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan, DPWH Region 5 Director Orlando Roces said that since cargo trucks and other heavy vehicles uses the Maharlika Highway as an alternate route, it is important to assure the structural integrity of the roads and bridges along the highway to assure public safety. “ We have already instructed our district engineer in Camarines Norte to speed up the rehabilitation works to assure the continuous flow of traffic in the area,” Roces added. DPWH Camarines Norte District Engineer Manuel Bayani Bukas reported that with the release of P 12 Million for the bridge rehabilitation and P 5 Million for the road concreting, they are expecting to complete the project before March 2007. Bukas also said that, in line with the pump-priming project of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, they had recently completed the asphalting of Cobangbang-Pamorangon Farm-to-Market Road in Daet, Camarines Norte. “This project would surely improve the socio-economic condition of the residents in the area, enabling to transport products in the market areas at a lesser cost and faster time,” Bukas added.  
 
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  02/13/07

DPWH SPEEDS UP SUPER REGION INFRA PROJECTS IN NORTHERN LUZON

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways reported the fast-track implementation of the Mt. Data to Bontoc Section, of the Halsema Highway Phase II Project, part of the Improvement/rehabilitation of Baguio-Bontoc-Banaue Road. DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan said that the DPWH is now prioritizing all the major infrastructure projects included in President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Super Regions Program to sustain economic development. Reports from the DPWH Cordillera Administrative Region Office,indicated that the project was divided into 10 sections, the first three section, Gonogon section is now 30.15% complete, Alab-Dantay Section is 49.89% complete, Pakya-Panorama Section is already 45.20% complete while the remaining seven sections were just started and expected to be completed by August 2007. “ If the good weather will continue, we will complete this first three sections by July this year” Bonoan said. Originally, the Halsema Highway Phase II was included in the foreign-assisted projects to be implemented by the DPWH, but former DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. requested to the Office of the President to implement it through local funds to enable because the government save millions if undertaken by local contractors. With the orders from the Office of the President, a total of P 205.35 Million were already release for the initial implementation of Phase II. Last December 2006, the Halsema Highway Phase I or the La Trinidad- Mt. Data Section under the implementation supervision of DPWH International Bank for Reconstruction and Development- Project Management Office (IBRD-PMO) was completed.  
 
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  02/09/07

BONOAN CONDUCTS CARAVAN INSPECTION IN CENTRAL AND NORTHERN LUZON

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  A few days after assuming as DPWH Chief, OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan started yesterday a two-day caravan inspection on DPWH high-impact projects in Central and Northern Luzon. “ We will assure quality of work by personally going on the construction site and assess the implementation of the project” Bonoan said. Together with DPWH Assistant Secretary Ramon Aquino, in-charge of Regions 1, 2, 3 and CAR Operation, Bonoan will inspect the newly constructed Permanent San Fernando Flyover in Pampanga, Agno Flood Control Project in Alcala, Pangasinan, San Fernando By Pass Road Project in La Union, Suyo-Cervantes Road in Ilocos Sur and Laoag River Control Project. The two-day caravan inspection will formally end tomorrow, with the arrival of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s visit in Laoag City. “ This vital infrastructure projects does not only speeds up the travelling time going in and out of Central and Northern Luzon, but it would also pave way to economic development as it improve the socio-economic condition of the residents in the area” Aquino said.  
 
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  02/08/07

DPWH COMPLETES BANAHAW BRIDGE IN SURIGAO CITY

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  Residents and tourists will now have a reason to be happy as the DPWH reported the completion of Banahaw Bridge in Surigao City. In support with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Super Regions Program, this bridge project complements with the Mindanao Super Region Priority Projects as it connects the San Juan-Lipata Coastal Road, to Surigao Davao Coastal Road. In his report to DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan, DPWH Region 13 Director Romeo Momo said that the Banahaw bridge is scheduled for inauguration on March 2007. The project involves the construction of 133 lineal meters of pre-stressed concrete girder bridge, bridge approaches and slope protection works. “ With the completion of this bridge, rubber and pineapple farmers would surely increase their income as it lessens the travelling time going in and out of Surigao City and it will provide employment opportunities to the residents and access route to various tourists spots in the coastal area in Surigao City” Momo added.  
 
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  02/07/07

BONOAN ORDERS IMMEDIATE REHABILITATION OF POTABLE WATER FACILITIES IN BOHOL

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  Department of Public Works and Highways OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan ordered the DPWH Rural Water Supply Project Management Office (RWS-PMO) to coordinate with the local government units in Bohol for the immediate rehabilitation and construction of water supply facilities in the province. In a staff meeting, Bonoan ordered RWS-PMO Project Director Nimfa Potante to coordinate with the Department of Health and sanitary engineers of the local government units and speed up the construction of the programmed 34 level 1 and 2 water supply project in Region VII. “ We must work together to solve this diarrhea outbreak by providing clean and potable water facilities especially in far flung areas” Bonoan added. Latest data from the DOH revealed that to date, the diarrhea outbreak in Loon, Bohol that began in December 2006 has killed three and downed some 400 individuals from 44 of its 67 barangays. In his report to Secretary Bonoan, Potante said that a total of 218 Level 1 and 2 Water Supply projects which benefit a total of 552 barangays are already completed. Potante added that a total of P 1 Billion or P 500 million annually was released by the Department of Budget and Management under the CY 2005 and 2006 regular infrastructure program for construction/rehabilitation of 783 and 572 Levels 1 and 2 water supply facilities respectively. “ Providing water supply to barangays is one of the SONA priorities of PGMA. These water supply systems will serve approximately 107,246 households in 324 municipalities, 13 cities and 1,101 barangays nationwide particularly in poor provinces,” said Potante.  
 
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  02/05/07

DPWH TURN-OVER CEREMONY

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  Outgoing DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr., now Department of National Defense Chief, turned over the helm of leadership of the DPWH to OIC-Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan.  
 
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  02/02/07

SOCIETY OF CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANTS PUSHES FOR THE CREATION OF NATIONAL CONSULTANT ADMINISTRATION BOARD

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  Aiming to improve the performance and capabilities of Filipino construction consultants, the Society of Philippine Accredited Consultants (SPAC) will embark for the creation of National Consultant Administration Board (NCAB). During the 18th SPAC Convention held at the Manila Hotel, former DPWH Undersecretary and SPAC 2006 President Salvador Pleyto said that among the priorities of the SPAC is to make legislative advocacy campaign for the creation of a board that will secure effective performance and for the Filipino consultants to participate in the global market. “ Together with the Department of Public Works and Highways and among the SPAC members, we will work together to make Filipino consultants to be globally competitive” Pleyto added.  
 
 
 
 

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