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April 2007
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  04/30/07

BONOAN INAUGURATES HIGH TECH BRIDGE IN MINDANAO

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  Department of Public Works and Highways OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan together with local officials in Butuan City will inaugurate today (April 30, 2007) one of the technologically advance bridges in the country. Located in Butuan City, the P 2 Billion worth 2nd Magsaysay Bridge is a 907.61 lineal meters steel cable stayed bridge which was built using the earthquake proof Japanese technology in constructing bridges by adapting the cable suspension system and boring the main pile foundation to the bedrock of the river channel. Secretary Bonoan said that with the completion of the project it will not only decongest the traffic going in an out of Butuan City, but it will also improve the socio-economic activities in the area as it assures continuous flow of traffic even during the rainy season . “ With its contemporary design, the 2nd Magsaysay Bridge also now serves as a tourists attraction in Mindanao” Bonoan added. Implemented by the DPWH Philippine Japan Highway Loan Project management Office, the project was jointly funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the Government of the Philippines. Meanwhile, DPWH Region 13 Director Romeo Momo reported that the affected road right-of-way claimants for the construction of 2nd Magsaysay Bridge and Butuan City By-pass Road Project will soon be receiving their payment as their claims are now being processed by the DPWH Central Office. “ We are now awaiting the release of the appropriated funds, we have already distributed the list of necessary documents to be submitted by the claimants to avoid further delays in the processing of their checks” Momo said.  
 
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  04/27/07

P 4.7 BILLION FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT IN LAOAG NEARS COMPLETION- DPWH

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  Residents as well as farmers in Laoag, Ilocos Norte will soon be relieved of flood woes especially during the rainy season as the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the near completion of the Package 1 of the Laoag River Basin Flood Control and Sabo Project. In his report to DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan, DPWH Major Flood Control Director Philip Meñez said that the project is already 93.97% complete, ahead of 4.59% compared to its scheduled accomplishment rating. “ Secretary Bonoan has strict orders to take advantage of the good weather condition and accomplish much of the scheduled works, we are now speeding up the remaining works to assure that the project would be completed ahead of its target completion date,” Meñez said. Package 1 of the project involves the construction of Sabo Dam and Fan Apex River improvement works which involves the construction of spur dikes, rubble concreting, installation of scour protection blocks and land slope protection works. Upon its completion, the project will increase the investment potential of the region as it protects the residential and agricultural areas in the municipalities of Banna, Carasi, Dingas, Marcos, Nueva Era, Piddig, San Nicolas, Sarrat, Solsona, Vintar and City of Laoag. This P 4.7 Billion worth high impact project is jointly funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Government of the Philippines. It is expected to be completed by November 2007.  
 
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  04/27/07

DPWH TO CONSTRUCT NEW DELTA BRIDGE IN ISABELA

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  Linking remote areas to major road network to spur economic development, the Department of Public Works and Highways, under the “Tulay ng Pangulo sa Kaunlaran Project” will construct a new bridge named Manila Bridge in Brgy. Dibuluan, Jones Isabela. The Tulay ng Pangulo para sa Kaunlaran Project of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo aims to enhance accessibility to far flung agricultural areas. The steel components of this 136 lineal meters Delta type Bridge was supplied by the Mabey & Johnson Ltd of the United Kingdom, a renowned steel company known for its fabricated steel bridge components that has an expected lifespan of more than 100 years. Meanwhile, through its Resolution No. 2007-003, the Sangguniang Bayan Members and the Municipal Mayor of Jones Isabela had expressed their gratitude to DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan for the immediate implementation of the project. Upon its completion the project will improve the socio-economic condition on the nearby areas by promoting eco-tourism, agricultural marketing, education and medical assistance among the densily populated barangays in Jones Isabela. The project is expected to be implemented by this coming May, and will be completed by December 2007.  
 
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  04/25/07

DPWH LIVELIHOOD SCHEME TURN SUCCESSFUL FOR KAMANAVA RELOCATEES

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways not only created a conducive living environment but also transformed relocated families affected by the KAMANAVA Flood Control Project into self-sufficient entrepreneurs for their decent source of income. About 7,500 families relocated to three (3) relocation sites in Bulacan namely Pabahay 2000 and Towerville in San Jose Del Monte City and North Hills Village in Norzagaray benefited from the financial assistance given to help set up livelihood projects under the DPWH Income Restoration Program. DPWH KAMANAVA Project Director Macariola S. Bartolo said that the initial Income Restoration Program fund of P2 Million pesos generated from project fund saving is part of the Department’s comprehensive resettlement program. To ensure the effective setting up of livelihood program, the Damayan ng Maralitang Pilipino Api, Inc. or DAMPA, a non-governmental organization, together with representative heads of each three (3) relocation sites were tapped by DPWH to provide assistance with Project Director Bartolo exercising supervision of activities. Since March 2004, 12 people organizations had been organized from the different relocation sites that undertook approval of business plans and/or augmenting members’ income namely: Alyansa sa Pabahay (ALPA), Samahan ng Pagkakaisa sa Pabahay 2000 (SIKAP), Rosell Public Market Pabahay 2000 Vendors Association Inc. (RPMPVA), Towerville Relocatees Association (TRA), KONSEHO, DDCL Multipurpose Cooperative, Senor Citizens, KAMANAVA, DAMAYAN, SAMAKANA, among others. Considering the limited initial fund, livelihood program is limited to small-scale business such as retailing the trading of basic commodities, soap and stuff toys making, bigasang bayan, botika, meat processing, textile recycling, and slipper production. Also, in line with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s livelihood programs, micro financing usually used as capital for stores and backyard industries are provided to interested individuals. Instrumental to the success of the program are the able leadership and guidance of DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan, Undersecretary Florante Sorquez and Assistant Secretary Rafael C. Yabut and the support of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), which provided funds for the implementation of mega flood control KAMANAVA Flood Control Project for the benefit of northern Metro Manila area. Loan amounts or credit facilities extended ranging from P30,000.00 to P200,000.00 were based on evaluated capability of the organization to pay the amortization. Bartolo said that the present rate of return of the investment for this program is 100 percent with all of the small organizations paying their monthly amortizations regularly. Following the successful and very effective implementation of the Income Restoration Program piloted in the KAMANAVA Flood Control Project, DPWH intends to expand the program implementation to other relocatees affected by other infrastructure projects.  
 
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  04/24/07

PHOTO RELEASE

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  DPWH INVESTIGATES GOV. GENEROSO BRIDGE COLLAPSE. Department of Public Works and Highways Assistant Secretary Rafael Yabut (middle), in-charge of Mindanao operations inspects the on-going demolition of the old Gov. Generoso Bridge, also known as Bankerohan Bridge in Davao City. Investigation of DPWH Bridge experts and hydraulic engineers revealed that one of the bridges piers collapsed due to old age because it already served twice its expected lifespan. With Asec. Yabut are DPWH Region XI Director Dimas Soguilon (left) and Asst. Dir. Pundidato Mitmug (right).  
 
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  04/24/07

DPWH TO RECONSTRUCT 56 YEAR OLD BRIDGE IN DAVAO CITY

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  Immediately after the collapse of its pier a week ago, the Department of Public Works and Highways-Region XI Office has conducted a structural integrity assessment as it has closed to traffic the 56-year old Bankerohan bridge (Governor Generoso bridge) in Davao City. DPWH-Region XI Director Dimas Soguilon said that in compliance with the instructions of DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan, they are now preparing the detailed plan for the bridge reconstruction, which is a major requirement for funding allocation. Soguilon further informed that the after the construction of a new bridge, they still allowed the use of the old bridge to facilitate the flow of traffic along the heavily travelled Davao-Cotabato Road (Mc Arthur Highway), one of the main entry points to Davao City from other parts of Central and Northern Davao-Cotabato Road (Mc Arthur Highway) Gov. Generoso bridge is vital in the daily economic activities of Davao City as it serve as one of the major access road going in and out of the city and a major component of the Davao road network. “Though the Davao City local government had given us a period of eight moths to finish the bridge reconstruction, we shall target to complete the project within six moths if funds will be made available soon,” Soguilon said. Recently, DPWH Assistant Secretary Rafael Yabut, in-charge of Mindanao operations has also conducted an ocular inspection on the bridge. He further instructed the DPWH Region XI Office to determine the cause of collapse and to come up with remedial measures needed to restore the normal flow of traffic. Together with DPWH-Bureau of Design bridge experts and hydraulic engineers, the investigation revealed that the bridge collapsed due to old age because it has already served twice its expected lifespan. The deck slab sagged by 20 centimeters, but due to the bolted joints, it prevented the main bridge from collapsing. The proposed reconstruction of Gov. Generoso Bridge involves the construction of 180 lineal meters of Pre Stressed Concrete Girder bridge on bored piles, removal of 162 lineal meter Steel I-beam superstructure including piers and other existing structures and obstructions, bridge approaches and flood control structures. To date, in coordination with the local government unit the bridge was already closed to traffic, warning signs and informative signs on the alternate routes were already installed and the dismantling of deck slab is on-going to prevent further damage on the bridge.  
 
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  04/24/07

DPWH TO COMPLETE BRIDGES ALONG ILIGAN-CAGAYAN DE ORO ROAD

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  To ensure the structural integrity of bridges, the Department of Public Works and Highways is undertaking retrofitting works for thirteen (13) vital bridges along Iligan-Cagayan de Oro Road. In his report to DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan, DPWH-ADB-Project Management Office (ADB-PMO) Director for Mindanao Subair Diron said that the contractors IP. T. Adhi Karya, Vicente T. Lao and JVI are catching up with their works to complete the bridges this month. Undergoing retrofitting works are the following bridges in Iligan Cagayan de Oro and Butuan Roads namely Agus, Tubod I, Tubod II, Manticao, Old Iponan, CDO Carmen, Marcos, Bigaan I, Bigaan II, Cugman (South Bound), Cugman (North Bound), Agusan I and Villanueva bridges. These bridges, costing a total of P 197.839 Million, are part of the Asian Development Bank 6th Road Project Bridge component. The retrofitting works involve reconstruction of approach slab, deck slab, diaphragms, shear keys, backwall, wingwall, pavement markings, concrete overlay at median, concrete encasement of bearings, expansion joint repairs, painting of steel members, asphalt overlay, pre-stressed concrete copings, bored piling per column support and steel tie plate connector. Works also include fabrication of rebars, casings for regular piles and copings, driving of steel casing for regular bored pile, drill and bond for coping, retrofitting of footing, pier scour protection, cable restrainer, non-seismic repairs, repair of concrete by plastering, RSB fabrications, bearing replacement, painting of steel truss members, replacement of superstructure of span 1 and 2 and replacement of deck slab for steel truss bridge. Once the retrofitting works of the bridges are finished, travel along the Iligan-Cagayan de Oro road shall be smoother and faster, Diron said.  
 
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  04/23/07

DPWH CELEBRATES ROAD SAFETY WEEK

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways today joins other government agencies and non-government organizations in celebrating the United Nation’s 1st Global Road Safety Week. DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan said that of the 200,000 kilometers of national road in the country, Manila accounts for about 29,000 square kilometres, which makes Metro Manila congested to traffic and prone to road accidents. In a recent study conducted by the University of the Philippines revealed that a total of 60% of the total recorded 973,240 traffic accidents that occurred in Metro Manila in 2005 involves pedestrians including casualties. The study also revealed that road accidents also cost the government for about P105.2 Million or equivalent to 2.6% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). During the flag ceremony today (April 23, 2007) Secretary Bonoan appealed to all the DPWH officials and rank and file employees to be role models in practicing road safety by obeying traffic rules and regulations. “ It is now time to take this problem seriously, majority of the road accidents were due to lack of discipline of motorists and pedestrians. We know the traffic rules and regulations all we have to do is to strictly follow them,” Bonoan said. Recently, to assure traffic safety, Secretary Bonoan had instructed all regional directors and district engineers to conduct road marking re-painting, road sign cleaning and vegetation control operation to assure public safety especially during the expected influx of motorists during the summer months. The Road Safety Commission, chaired by the Department of Transportation and Communication and co-chaired by the DPWH, formally launched the Road Safety Week by conducting a “Make Road Safer” motorcade that started from the Coastal Mall in Parañaque to Clamshell 2 in Intramuros, Manila.  
 
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  04/20/07

JAPANESE CONSTRUCTION CONSULTANTS CLARIFIES LOBBYING REPORTS

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  “ We are consultants not a lobby group”. Katahira & Engineers International (KEI) clarifies that they are a consulting firm and does not conduct any lobbying on Department of Public Works projects for Japan Bank for International Cooperation funding approval. In a statement, Masami Kimishima, Vice- President of KEI, said that as a consultant KEI only supports and assists the DPWH , specifically its Planning Division and Project Management Office of Feasibility Study (PMO-FS) for Roads for the preparation of all the necessary support documents for DPWH proposed projects. Contrary to reports that KEI is lobbying for JBIC to finance the proposed rehabilitation of 188 kilometers deplorable Eastern Samar Road, Kimishima also clarified that they had only coordinated with the DPWH Region VIII Office to make inquiries and to inspect the North Eastern Samar Road, which is currently in the process of evaluation and updating under the PMO-FS. “ Coordination on the DPWH Regional Office and actual inspection on the project site are established procedures in the approval of projects for funding by JBIC, followed by preparation of Feasibility Studies and other required documents by DPWH which consolidates the projects and submit to JBIC, through NEDA for approval,” Kimishima explained. Kimishima added that only the DPWH and NEDA are authorized agencies to coordinate with JBIC for the funding of proposed ODA projects.  
 
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  04/19/07

DPWH STARTS REHABILITATION OF DAANG MAHARLIKA HIGHWAY IN BULACAN

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  Commuters and motorists from Baliwag to San Ildefonso will experience improved and continuous flow of traffic as the Department of Public Works and Highways started the rehabilitation works on typhoon-damaged sections of Daang Maharlika Highway in Bulacan. In his report to DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan, DPWH Region 3 Director Alfredo Tolentino said that they had already started the programmed rehabilitation works in the dilapidated portions along Daang Maharlika Highway from Baliwag to San Ildefonso and it is expected to be completed before the start of the rainy season. “ Secretary Bonoan has specific instruction to finish all rehabilitation works on major road networks during the dry season, considering that the Maharlika Highway is a major access road going to the Cagayan and other Northern Luzon Provinces we are now strictly monitoring the project implementation to assure quality of work and that it would be completed on time” Tolentino said. This P 41.2 Million worth road rehabilitation project was funded under the Motor Vehicle Users Charge (MVUC) Fund. The project involves the removal of existing corrugated pavement and overlaying new layers of asphalt. Tolentino added that to assure quality of work, they are now using an asphalt type being used in constructing airports which are renowned for its strength and long life span. Along Baliwag Section, DPWH Bulacan 1st District Engineer Marcelo Mendiola said that the programmed works also include the concreting of the approaches in the Baliwag Flyover, while in San Rafael and San Ildefonso Sections, Bulacan 2nd District Engineer Erelina Santos said that they had recently completed the 2,660 lineal meter rehabilitation works in San Rafael and they scheduled to complete the programmed works by June this year.  
 
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  04/18/07

DPWH COMPLETES FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT IN LA UNION

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  Nearby communities living in Brgy. Anduyan in Tubao, La Union will be relieved of flooding woes as the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the completion of the Anduyan Flood Control Project. In his report to DPWH OIC- Secretary Manuel Bonoan, DPWH Region 1 Diretcor Fidel Ginez said that the completion of the project protects the residents from flooding brought by increase of water level in the Tubao River especially during rainy season. “ With the orders of Secretary Bonoan to take advantage of the good weather condition and complete all vital flood mitigation projects in preparation for the coming rainy season, we are strictly monitoring the implementation of our projects to assure that they would be completed on time” Ginez said. Implemented by the DPWH 2nd La Union District Engineering Office, District Engineer Ray Elaydo said that the project involves the construction of P 2 million worth of concrete protection dikes. “ This project does not only assure the safety of the residents in the area during the rainy months but it will also increase the income of the farmers as it protects the farmlands in the area” Elaydo added.  
 
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  04/17/07

DPWH PREPARES FOR COMING SCHOOL YEAR, COMPLETES 4,248 SCHOOL BUILDING PROJECTS NATIONWIDE

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  Taking advantage of the good weather condition and in preparation for the coming school year 2007, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the completion of 4,248 school building projects nationwide. DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan said that in support with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Pump-Priming Projects, one of the top priorities of the department is the immediate completion of the programmed works under the Department of Educations School Building Programs. According to DPWH Undersecretary Florante Soriquez, in charge of pump priming projects, out of the programmed 9,300 DPWH and DepEd school building program, they are strictly monitoring the implementation of the remaining 4,724 projects. “ Based on the directive of Secretary Bonoan we are currently conducting regional pump-priming coordination meeting to personally oversee the immediate completion of the projects and to tresh out any project implementation issues and concerns,” Soriquez said. To assure the realization of the projects, President Arroyo has allocated a total of P 3 Billion for the School Building Program. Last February 2007, the Department of Budget and Management has released a total of P 748 Million to the DPWH for the projects implementation. Also included in the program is the 1,000 classrooms donated by the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce Incorporated.  
 
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  04/13/07

DPWH COMPLETES 2,276 PUMP PRIMING PROJECTS

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  In support with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Hunger Mitigation Program through immediate completion of pump-priming projects, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the completion of 2,276 pump priming projects nationwide. Conceptualized by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the pump-priming projects involve the construction of new farm-to-market roads flood mitigation facilities, water supply facilities and school building projects that aim to improve the living conditions of communities in far flung and poverty stricken areas. DPWH OIC- Secretary Manuel Bonoan said that he has already directed all DPWH regional directors nationwide to take advantage of the summer months and speed up the remaining works on all the pump-priming projects. “ In preparation for the coming school year, we are strictly monitoring the implementation of 468 school building projects nationwide that are expected if not to solve or lessen the classroom shortage in our country” Bonoan said. To assure the immediate completion of the project, President Arroyo has allocated a total of P 5.1 Billion funds for the implementation of the projects. To date, out of the programmed 3,556 pump-priming projects, 801 are on-going while 479 are under pre-construction phase. Meanwhile, in a recent pump-priming coordination meeting in Region XII and ARMM Region, DPWH Undersecretary Florante Soriquez, in charge for DPWH Pump-Priming Projects together with DPWH-ARMM Secretary Rasol Abpi and Assistant Secretaries Guialoson Mamogcat and Nashrodin Ibrahim, they proposed and agreed to implement DPWH pump-priming projects to be implemented by the DPWH-ARMM Office to assure the fast completion of projects. “ We are now preparing the formal written agreement to be signed by both parties to immediately implement these vital projects” Soriquez said.  
 
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  04/12/07

DPWH TRAVEL ADVISORY

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  MODIFIED ALTERNATE ROUTE FOR THE CLOSURE OF TULLAHAN BRIDGE TRUCKS AND OTHER HEAVY VEHICLES Northbound: (Origin EDSA) Right NLEX at Balintawak Clover Leaf Interchange – Exit at Valenzuela Interchange – Left to Maysan Road – Right to MC Arthur Highway – to destination. Southbound: (Origin Bulacan and Malanday) Mc Arthur Highway (Malanday) – Left Cecilio J. Santos St. (Poblacion II) – Right Maysan Road – Exit (NLEX) – to Destination BUS DETOUR ROUTE: Northbound: (Origin EDSA) Right to NLEX at Balintawak Clover Leaf Interchange – Exit at Valenzuela Interchange – Left to Maysan Road – Right to Mc Arthur Highway – to Destination Southbound: (Malanday Bus Depot) Mc Arthur Highway (Malanday) – Left Cecilio J. Santos St. (Poblacion II) – Right Maysan Road – Exit (NLEX) – to Destination LIGHT VEHICLES: Northbound: (Origin Monumento) From Mc Arthur Highway, Potrero, Malabon turn Right at Victoneta Subdivision, turn Left at Detour Bridge, then turn Left at R. Delfin St. turn Right at R. Valenzuela Ext., turn Left at Espiritu St. turn Left at Pio Valenzuela St. turn Right to exit at Mc Arthur Highway to Destination Southbound: (Origin Malabon) From Mc Arthur Highway, Muralas, turn Left at A. Fernando St., then turn Right at R. Delfin St. turn Right at Detour Bridge, then turn Right at Victoneta Ave. to exit at Mc Arthur Highway, ot turn Left at Victoneta Ave. to exit at EDSA  
 
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  04/12/07

DPWH FAST TRACKS AUSTRIAN ASSISTED BRIDGE PROJECT IN ISABELA

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  Communities living nearby Cagayan River will be assured of continues access to major road network in Quirino and Isabela Provinces as the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the completion of the Austrian assisted Jones 2 Bridge before the start of rainy season this year. In his report to DPWH OIC- Secretary Manuel Bonoan, DPWH Region 2 Director Eugenio Pipo Jr. said that this two lane 350 meters long bridge is now 70.60% complete. “ Secretary Bonoan has strict orders to finish this bridge project before the start of the rainy months to assure the commuters and motorists the continuous flow of traffic” Pipo said. This bridge project was constructed with a higher elevation to replace the existing overflow bridge- spillway type crossing the Cagayan River along Junction Ipil-Panang-Quirino Road connecting the provinces of Quirino and Isabela thru the town of Maddela. “ Upon its completion, it will also provide investment and employment opportunities as it links access roads to unproductive land areas” Pipo also added. Jointly funded by the Austrian and Philippine Government, this P 102.4 Million bridge project uses the Waagner Bro Philippines Modular Bridge Materials and Technology which is internationally renowned for its strength and lifespan of more than 100 years.  
 
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  04/10/07

DPWH TOTALLY CLOSED TULLAHAN BRIDGE

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways reported that starting 4:00 pm today (April 10, 2007), both lanes of the Tullahan Bridge will be closed to traffic as the DPWH National Capital Region will start the reconstruction of the bridge. According to DPWH-NCR Project Engineer Ed Santos after coordinating with the local government officials of Valenzuela and Malabon and Metro Manila Development Authority, they had developed a more comprehensive alternate route that can assure the continuous flow of traffic during the bridge construction period. This P 60.5 Million bridge reconstruction project involves the construction of a 40.8 lineal meter long and 2 lineal meter width bridge located along Mc Arthur Highway which is one of the major road network comprising the Metro Manila Road System. The new bridge was also elevated to assure that it would not be affected by rising of floodwater along Tullahan River during the rainy season. Motorists going north were advised to take M.H. Del Pilar St.- Gove. Pascual Avenue- Yaka St. - Arkong Bato/ Gov. Santiago- M.H. Del Pilar- Mac Athur Highway as an alternate route, while southbound motorists to take Mc Arthur Highway- Maysan Road-NLEX or A. Pablo St.- Tamaraw Road- A. Valenzuela- Pistoneta Ave.- Mc Arthur Highway. The bridge reconstruction project was expected to be completed by September this year.  
 
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  04/04/07

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT NOT CAUSED BY LACK OF WARNING SIGNS-DPWH

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  Contrary to the reports that the main cause of the vehicular traffic along a Diversion Road in Maharlika Highway in Atimonan, Quezon, the Department of Public Works and Highways clarified that the main cause of the incident based on the investigation conducted by the local police was due to the vehicle’s mechanical break defect, not the insufficiency of road warning signs. DPWH Region 4-A Director Bonifacio Seguit said that based on the police report, on March 21, 2007 the Isuzu Forward Cargo Truck with plate No. TDK-563 driven by Rogelio Bocobo, while descending the New Diversion Road along Maharlika Highway, in Brgy. Malinao, Atimonan, Quezon. It sustained mechanical defect and swerved to the left portion of the highway and turned upside down. In his report to Director Seguit, DPWH Quezon 4th District Engineer Ronnel Tan assured that adequate warning signs were properly installed along the newly completed diversion road. “Before the accident, we also had recently completed the repainting of the road markings and vegetation control clearing operation to assure the visibility of the existing warning signs,” Tan added. Meanwhile, Tan also reported that as early last week, they had already completed the road maintenance works along national roads in Quezon and assured that all major thoroughfares are passable in anticipation of the influx of motorists during the Holy Week. “ We have also deployed on strategic locations our composite teams to respond on emergency road situations” Tan also said.  
 
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  04/03/07

DPWH AND JICA TO CONDUCT FLOOD MITIGATION STUDY FOR CAVITE LOWLAND AREA

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  Flood control experts from the Department of Public Works and Highways works hand in hand with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to conduct a Study on Comprehensive Flood Mitigation for Cavite Lowland Area from March 2007 to February 2009. DPWH OIC-Secretary Manuel Bonoan said that the study aims to mitigate floods through comprehensive analysis for the improvement of the flood, river and drainage channels and the basin flood detention capacity through structural and non-structural measures. Late August last year, during the ravage of typhoon ‘Milenyo’, the Prinsa River overflowed which caused the death of eight people while 21 people were reported missing in General Trias, Cavite. “ This is part of the DPWH Disaster Prevention Program, I have also instructed all our regional directors nationwide, especially in flood prone areas to conduct waterways clearing operation and drainage desilting works in preparation for the coming La Niña season” Bonoan said. In coordination with the Cavite Provincial government, JICA Flood Control expert Takeshi Kanome said that the study will be conducted in a community based approach. A flood evacuation system with the hazard map will be developed through consultation with the communities in the area. The study will also be augmented with the existing and proposed community flood control project and activities. The study involves public consultation meetings, workshops and seminars on the flood control mechanism and mitigation system, which will be participated by other national government agencies, non-government agencies, local governments and various stakeholders, Kanome added.  
 
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  04/02/07

DPWH READY FOR HOLY WEEK

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  Commuters and motorists going to their respective provinces during the Holy Week expect less traffic worries as the Department of Public Works and Highway reported its readiness for the implementation of its annual “Lakbay Alalay” Program. The DPWH “Lakbay Alalay” Program involves the deployment of Motorists Assistance Teams, composed of DPWH personnel who will conduct round the clock monitoring and respond to emergency road situations along national and secondary roads. DPWH-OIC Secretary Manuel Bonoan said that based on the submitted reports from the DPWH regional offices the list of team leaders and contact persons of the composite teams that will be deployed in strategic locations and will respond to emergency road situations along national and secondary roads are already in place. Bonoan added that as of Friday last week, the regional and district offices have already finished the pothole asphalt patching operation, clearing operations, repainting of pavement markings, installation of informational and directional signages and refurbishing of kilometre posts to assure the safety and convenience of motorists. “ In case of any untoward incidence, the maintenance engineer in the DPWH regional office shall provide a travel advisory to the DPWH Bureau of Maintenance Office to immediately inform the public on the alternate routes for impassable road sections” Bonoan also said. Meanwhile in Cordillera Region, DPWH CAR Director Mariano Alquiza reported that all the major roads such as Naguillan Road, Marcos Highway and Kennon Road, going to Baguio City are in top condition and open to traffic. In CALABARZOn Area, DPWH Region 4-A Director Bonifacio Seguit said that they had already completed the maintenance works along Manila South Road (Quirino Highway). In Bicol Region, DPWH Region 5 Director Orlando Roces said that the Tobgon Bridge located along Ligao-Tabaco Road in Ligao City is still unpassable because the bridge was washed out due to volcanic debris flow caused by typhoon “Reming”. Motorists are advised to take Polangui-Nasisi Provincial Road as alternate route.  
 
 
 
 

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