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November 2007
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  11/27/07

EBDANE ORDERS INTENSIFIED INSPECTION OF FLYOVERS, BRIDGES, SCHOOLBUILDINGS

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  Following the earthquake on Tuesday (12:20 PM, 27 November 2007), DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. has ordered all DPWH regional directors and district engineers nationwide to go on with the intensified inspection of flyovers, bridges, schoolbuildings and other public buildings to check on their structural integrity and determine the damage if any. Ebdane also ordered the continuous dismantling of billboards within the road right of way of national highways in Metro Manila and other regions in compliance with the orders of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. In a report submitted to DPWH Assistant Secretary Rafael C. Yabut, DPWH-NCR Director Robert Lala reported that the steel frame billboards (roof signs 1 & 2) at Quezon Avenue corner EDSA, Quezon City are scheduled for dismantling on Thursday, 29 November 2007. Other billboards are still being subjected to a thorough investigation if they conform with the guidelines issued recently by DPWH while some are subjected by TROs issued by the courts. In relation to this, the DPWH Task Force Baklas Billboard, in a meeting, discussed the update on the list of billboards scheduled for dismantling, list of billboards subject to legal action and the revised forms to conform with the provisions on the newly Approved Additional Rules and Regulations on Signs or Signboard Structures. Also included in the TFBB meeting agenda is the conduct of a seminar/workshop on the implementation of Approved Additional Rules and Guidelines issued by DPWH amplifying the Rule XX of the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of PD 1096 or the National Building Code of the Philippines to be participated in by district engineering office personnel in charge of billboards inspection, building officials and the representatives of all affected service providers. DPWH-NCBDO Director Emmanuel Cuntapay stressed the order of Secretary Ebdane on dismantling of illegal and hazardous billboards without let up. He also said that in the event of typhoons, district engineers should go around the city ro areas of jurisdiction to ensure that the tarpaulin billboards are all rolled down. To date, a total of 5,551 billboards were dismantled in Metro Manila, with 4,412 billboards located within the RROW and 139 outside the RROW  
 
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  11/23/07

DPWH QUICK RESPONSE TEAMS READY FOR TYPHOON MINA

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  DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E Ebdane Jr ordered the activation and deployment of QUICK RESPONSE TEAMS in all regions in the path of Typhoon Mina which is expected to hit land over the weekend. Ebdane’s order directs all DPWH engineering offices and field personnel, particularly in areas within the path of super typhoon “Mina”, to stay on a 24-hour alert status and respond to any emergency situation such as toppled billboards, floodings, landslides, road cuts, road slips and other obstructions along national roads. “Our number one consideration is to ensure the safety and viability of national routes, so as to enable continuous flow of traffic, especially for relief and rescue operations,” Ebdane said. The DPWH “Quick Response” Teams, composed of personnel and equipment, are already on alert in identified areas which are feeling the first effects of Typhoon Mina. These include national roads which are now impassable such as the Calanan-Pinukpuk-Abbut road in Kalinga; Banaue-Mayoyao-Aguinaldo-Alfonso Lista in Ifugao; Sta. Maria overflow bridge in Isabela; Villa Maria Aurora section of the Nueva Ecija-Aurora road; intermittent sections along Dinadiawan-Madella road in Aurora; some sections of Mindoro West Coastal road; Langogan, Abo-abo-Karanasan, Macagua spillway, Malatgao, Salogon detour bridge, and Tandang bridge in Palawan; Cogon, Monbon, Batag sections of sections of Daang Maharlika, Maligaya-Garchitorena section, Pili bridge-Maligaya road, Presentacion-Maligaya-Caramoan, Lagonoy-San Vicente road in Bicol; some road sections of the Catanduanes circumferential road, Baldoc-Pandan section, Caramoran- San Andres Section, San Andres-Virac Section and Junction Bato- Baras-Gigmoto Viga Road; Tabango- Catnon-Minlawaan-Gimarco Road, Cabungan-Tabunok-Consuegra Road and Tugas Bridge in Leyte; Tubod Bridge I along Misamis Oriental- Ma. Cristina Boundary Road in Lanao Del Norte. “Our actions are being done in close coordination with the National Coordinating Council-Office of Civil Defense (NDCC-OCD) so that we complement each others’ requirements,” added Ebdane. He also instructed the cutting of branches of trees that could eventually be toppled down by strong winds and cause obstructions, as well as the deployment of heavy equipment (graders, bulldozers), especially in landslide-prone areas to respond immediately in clearing operations. In flood prone and low lying areas, Ebdane ordered to make available all DPWH dump trucks in the evacuation of affected residents. On billboards, Ebdane directed the district engineers especially in Metro Manila to check all the giant billboard structures and to roll down the tarpaulin billboards. Since last year’s “Milenyo” when giant billboards were toppled by strong winds and caused the death of two persons, the DPWH has sustained its campaign to remove hazardous and unauthorized billboard structures. Although hampered by TROs (FIVE TROs ISSUED AGAINST DPWH, TWO IN QUEZON CITY, TWO IN MAKATI CITY, ONE IN MANILA Source : NBCDO), to date, out of the 19,116 inspected billboards nationwide, the DPWH “Operation Baklas Billboards” effort has dismantled a total of 15,022 illegal and unsafe billboards. In Metro Manila, the DPWH has already dismantled 4,550 illegal and unsafe billboards along major thoroughfares.  
 
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  11/22/07

DPWH ACTIVATES DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLAN IN BICOL REGION

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  To minimize damage brought by the forthcoming super typhoon “Mina” as warned by PAGASA, the Department of Public Works and Highways activates its Disaster Preparedness Plan in Bicol Region and other critical areas in Southern Luzon. DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. said that he had already instructed the regional directors and district engineers of the identified regions of the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) to be directly hit by typhoon “Mina” to implement its corresponding Disaster Preparedness Plan and coordinate with their Regional Disaster Coordinating Council to make the necessary preparations. The DPWH Disaster Preparedness Plan involves the deployment of heavy equipment and maintenance crew on critical areas, round the clock manning of the regional and central office maintenance operations office for monitoring and immediate repair and clearing operation on affected road and bridge structures. In a recent report from the NDCC, among the expected provinces to be directly hit by typhoon “Mina” are Southern Quezon, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines, Polilio Isalnad and Northern Samar. In his report to Secretary Ebdane, DPWH Region V Director Orlando Roces said that as of yesterday (November 21, 2007) they had already deployed their heavy equipment and maintenance crew on critical areas to immediately respond of emergency situation. “ DPWH dump trucks and maintenance crew are already helping with the Bicol Provincial Coordinating Council in evacuating residents of identified flood and mudslide prone areas in Albay, Lagaspi City, Camarines Sur and Irosin in Sorsogon” Roces said. Roces also added that all national roads which was previously reported affected by typhoon ‘Lando’ are now passable except for some minor slides that are now neing cleared by the DPWH maintenance office. Meanwhile among the unpassable roads due to typhoon “Lando” are the Slatan Bridge along Pinukpuk-Abbut Road in Kalinga, Banaue-Mayoyao-Aguinaldo-Alfonso Lista Road in Ifugao, Sta. Maria Overflow Bridge in Isabela, Cabatangan River Crossing along Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road and Intermittent Section of Dinadiawan-Medalla Road in Aurora and PPNR Langogan Section in Palawan.  
 
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  11/21/07

DPWH ACCELERATES COMPLETION OF LUZON URBAN BELTWAY PROJECTS

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  Decongesting traffic in the highly populated cities in Metro Manila by creating new road network under the Super Regions Program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the fast track completion of the DPWH Luzon Urban Beltway (LUB) Projects. DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. said that the department is now strictly monitoring the implementation of all DPWH Super Regions Projects to drive development through progressive public works in support of the massive infrastructure investment program of President Arroyo to build strong foundation for economic development. According to the DPWH Super Regions Monitoring Group for CY 2007, the DPWH LUB Projects are already 90.47% complete, ahead of 4.24% compared to the scheduled accomplishment rating. Included in the DPWH LUB Projects are the Tarlac-Nueva Ecija- Aurora Dingalan Port Road in Central Luzon and the Marikina-Infanta Road in Calabarzon Region. The Aurora-Dingalan Port Road involves the improvement of existing road network connecting the agricultural areas in Central Luzon to the Dingalan Port which serves the cargo vessels going to nearby Asian Markets. The Marikina-Infanta Road serves as an access road in the for cargo trucks in delivering tons of fish products from Quezon Province going to Metro Manila through Rizal Province. The LUB Projects will not only result in the fast delivery of agricultural and aquatic products but it will also promote investment and employment opportunities along its respective provinces. For this year, President Arroyo has allotted a total of P705 Million for the completion of this vital infrastructure projects.  
 
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  11/20/07

DPWH SECRETARY RECEIVED CITATION FROM DELP

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  Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. received a Plaque of Appreciation from District Engineers League of the Philippines (DELP) President Oscar P. Cammayo and DELP Davao Chapter Fernando S. Ongkingko Jr. during the DELP National Convention held at Davao City. Ebdane stressed to all district engioneers to accelerate implementation of DPWH projects to drive development through progressive public works.  
 
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  11/20/07

DPWH STATEMENT ON WORLD BANK-NRIMP 2 DEFERMENT

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  In relation to the World Bank announcement of the deferment of the discussions on Phase 2 of the National Road Improvement and Management Program (NRIMP) because of the procurement problems and corruption issues, The Department of Public Works and Highways continues to subscribe to the proposed reforms and system improvements that are part and parcel of the NRIMP Program. The NRIMP Program, which is focused on the network improvement, asset preservation and institutional capacity-building, includes modules that are aimed at addressing institutional weaknesses and inconsistencies which allow for incidents of corruption. This is precisely why the NRIMP is important not only for the physical infrastructure building of the Philippines, but also because of the effort to finally eradicate any opportunities for corrupt practices. Among these modules is the INTEGRITY STRENGTHENING STRATEGY which has resulted in the following institutional actions: - To enhance transparency, we have improved and expended the DPWH communications network, to include IT-enabled systems. The DPWH is acknowledged to have one of the most modern communication networks within the entire government bureaucracy. - To encourage community vigilance and provide feedback channels, the DPWH has institutionalised ROAD WATCH/ Bnatay Lansangan in partnership with various NGOs and peoples organizations across the nation. - To improve handling of complaints, the DPWH established the Internal Affairs Unit which is dedicated to investigating all cases that are brought to the Department’s attention. - To reduce opportunities for kickbacks and bribes, we have incorporated the use of independent procurement assessors to act in parallel with the agency processes. We have also implemented stricter procurement conditions, among which is the Approved Budget Ceiling pursuant to RA 9184 or the Procurement Act of the Philippines - Furthermore, the DPWH has embarked on sustained training for all members of its various Bids and Awards Committees particularly in collusion detection. Again, in this regard, the DPWH has incorporated IT-enabled systems to minimize all possibilities of unnecessary human intervention. All these process improvements have been studied, implemented and institutionalised over a period of time, since the year 2000, as means of securing the integrity of the entire public works process. The Road Improvement Component involves 145 kms of roads to be upgraded from gravel to paved concrete; 298 kms of paved rehabilitation; 20 kms of road widening; 29 bridges with total of 1,057 lineal meters; and risk management of 43 spots along 225 kms. The New Road Projects are: - Luzon/Visayas · RI-2.1: Magapit- Sta Ana Road 9Magapit-Mission Section) · RI-2.2: Mindoro East Coast Road (Bongabon-Jct Roxas-Mansalay Section) · RI-2.3: Zarraga- Ivasan Road (Bridge Components) · RI-2.4: Bacolod-Kabankalan Road (Bacolod-Bago Section) · RI-2.9: Marcos Highway - Mindanao · RI-2.5L Surigao-Davao Coastal Road (Section 2.5A Surigao Provincial Boundary-Lanuza and Section 2.5B Lanuza Cortez) · RI-2.6: Malalag-Malita-JAS Road (Malita-Don Marcelino Section) · RI-2.7: Digos-Cotabato Road · RI-2.8: Cotabato-Marawi Road The Asset Preservation Component takes care of 1.095 kms for the long-term performance-based maintenance contract covering the following: - Manila North Road, Monumento-Agoo/ Aringay Boundary - In Soutehrn Luzon, the Tiaong-Lucena Junction, the Lucena Diversion Road; Pagbilao to Camarines Norte Boundary; Pagsanjan Luisiana Road; - In Mindoro, the Mindoro East Coast Road, Calapan to Socorro and Socorro to Bongabon; - In Negros, the Escalante-Vallehermosa Road; - In Mindanao, the Davao City-Digos Road and the Tagum-Mati Road. As I had previously stated, the precedents in relation to the three bids led me to decide to cancel the bidding to remove the source of the problem. But given the importance of the three projects, I had requested President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for possible local funding for the three projects. As of today, Contract Package 1.6-A, San Enrique-Vallehermosa Road, Negros Occidental; and Contract Package 1.6-B, Cabancalan-Basay Road, Negros Occidental are on-going, while Contract Package 1.4-B, Marihatag-Barobo, Tagbina-Hinatuan Section, Surigao del Sur has been allocated funding, as part of the latest SONA investments. Part of the discussions should also be on the compliance to the Approve Budget Ceiling or ABC. We must be very clear about the criteria, and apply the criteria equally and consistently for our objective of reforming the road management system to really be effective.  
 
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  11/19/07

DPWH STRENGTHENS LOCAL EMPLOYMENT GENERATION

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  Fighting poverty and to improve the living condition especially in rural areas, the Department of Public Works and Highways strengthens the provisions of Republic Act No. 6685 or the Requirement Employment of Local Labor in all DPWH Projects nationwide. In the recent staff meeting, DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. directed the DPWH regional directors and project directors to instruct the private contractors to hire at least thirty percent (30 %) of the skilled labor and at least fifty percent (50%) of the unskilled labor requirements from the available bonafide residents in the province, city or municipality where these projects are located. Ebdane said that this is in compliance with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s instructions to provide employment opportunities to local residents or direct beneficiaries of these projects. “The DPWH is one of the biggest employment generating agency of the government as we require massive labor force not only in constructing but also in maintaining the good condition of national roads and bridges nationwide” Ebdane added. To assure compliance, Ebdane, in his Memorandum, also instructed all regional and project directors to submit corresponding Monthly Summary Reports to DPWH Project Management Office- Central Labor Based Unit (CLBU) not later than one week after the end of each month.  
 
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  11/19/07

NEW DPWH NCR DIRECTOR

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  Department of Public Works and Highways National Capital Region Director Josefino Rigor formally turn-over the symbolic flag to the new DPWH NCR Director Robert Lala. Also present during the ceremony are (at the back) Assistant Directors Angelito Twaño and Edilberto Tayao, District Engineers Roberto Nicolas, Oscar Cammayo Rogelio Crepo and Renato De Guzman and BOE Director Virgilio Arpafo.  
 
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  11/16/07

STAFF MEETING HELD IN DAVAO

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  DPWH Region XI Director Jerome M. dela Rosa welcomes Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr., the undersecretaries, assistant secretaries, and the regional, bureau, project directors to Davao City during the holding of regular staff meeting held last 15 November 2007.  
 
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  11/14/07

P1.4 BILLION ROAD PROJECT IN BAGUIO NEARS COMPLETION

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  Promoting economic development especially in fertile highlands of the Cordillera Region, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the near completion of the Baguio-Pangawan-Kayapa Section of the Baguio-Aritao Road Improvement Project. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., DPWH Philippine Japan Highway Loan (PJHL) Project Director Vicente Perez said that the road project is already 91.4% complete ahead of 0.08% compared to its scheduled accomplishment rating. “ Because of the near sources of aggregates in the area, the contractor were able to accomplish much of the programmed works on time, with our current we are sure to complete the project before March 2008” Perez said. This P1.4 Billion worth road improvement project was jointly funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Government of the Philippines under Contract Package 1 of the Cordillera Road Improvement Project Loan Agreement. The project involves the construction of 66 kilometers of portland cement concrete pavement, replacement of Acnip Bridge and provision of drainage and slope protection works. “ Upon completion of this project it will lessen the travelling time of agricultural products from the Cordillera Region going to Cagayan Province and other nearby provinces” Perez added.  
 
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  11/13/07

DPWH COMPLETES 177 NEW SCHOOLBUILDINGS IN BICOL REGION

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  In support with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s thrust to improve the country’s education system by decreasing the number of classroom shortage in our country, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the completion of 177 schoolbuidlings in Bicol Region. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., DPWH Region V Director Orlando Roces said that the programmed schoolbuilding projects in their area are now being completed on schedule. During the DPWH-DepEd Schoolbuilding Coordination Meeting held at Legazpi City, Roces said that the programmed School Building projects for CY 2006 is now 99.99% complete while the programmed projects for 2007 is already 47.63% complete with the recent fund release of Batch 3 of the DepEd school building projects. Meanwhile, DPWH Undersecretary Bashir Rasuman, in charge of DPWH implemented school building program, commended the DPWH Region 5 Office for their good performance. “We were able to accomplish much of the scheduled works because of the close coordination between the DepEd School Division Heads and recipient school heads” Roces said. Meanwhile Roces also requested the DepEd Division Heads to submit the scope of work of all DepEd implemented schoolbuilding repair projects under the Calamity Assistance Rehabilitation Effort (CARE) Projects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. “ Based on the directive of Bicol CARE Commisison, as the main engineering agency of the country, to assure quality of work, we are strictly monitoring the DepEd implemented school building repairs in the region” Roces added.  
 
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  11/12/07

EBDANE APPOINTS NEW REGIONAL DIRECTOR IN DAVAO

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  Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. through Special Order No. 193 assigned Engr. Jerome M. Dela Rosa as the director of DPWH Region XI office. Engr. Jerome Dela Rosa started his career in then Department of Public Highways in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro in April 1976. He started his seven-year climb to the regional executive position when he became the District Engineer of Roxas in September 2000, and later reassigned to Region IV-B. He became Assistant Regional Director in 2004 and formally appointed as full fledged Regional Director last February 22, 2007. He was assigned to DPWH Region VII Office on April 11, 2007. “This is just my second assignment as Regional Director, I cannot do all these on my own. I need your support and cooperation,” Dela Rosa said. Dela Rosa also added that his administration would prioritize the 10-point agenda of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and strict implementation of projects. Among the Super Region projects of DPWH Region XI are the concreting of Kapalong-Talaingod Road and Surigao-Davao Coastal Road while included in the high-impact projects are the Panabo Coastal Road, Andap-Cagan Road and Bankerohan Bridge, Meanwhile during the turnover ceremony, former DPWH Region XI OIC-Director Pidato Mitmug, now reassigned as assistant director, thanked all the regions officials, district engineers, rank and file employees and stakeholders for the support and cooperation that they had given him during his three-month assumption as head of DPWH XI.  
 
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  11/08/07

DPWH ISSUES ADDITIONAL RULES AND REGULATIONS ON SIGNS OR SIGNBOARD STRUCTURES

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  Assuring public safety especially during rainy and typhoon seasons, and in compliance with Administrative Order No. 160 and 160-A of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Department of Public Works and Highways issued stricter Rules and Regulations on Signs and Signboard Structures amplifying Rule XX of the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of PD 1096 or the National Building Code of the Philippines. DPWH Secretary and National Building Official Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. said that these additional guidelines were formulated in coordination with billboard owners, advertisers and building officials to effectively prevent the construction of illegal and unsafe billboard structures. “ We must learn from our past experiences and ensure the public safety by updating the existing rules and strictly enforcing the National Building Code” Ebdane said. The additional guidelines, now available at the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph, specifies the need and process of securing permits in constructing billboards and other related structures such as the DPWH Clearance, Building Permit, Certificate of Use, Sign Permit and Certificate of Annual Inspection. DPWH National Building Code Development Office Director Emmanuel Cuntapay said that the additional guidelines also specify the required safety design, construction, support and anchorage of present and future billboards. “These new guidelines will not only focus on the construction of new billboard structure but it will also ensure the proper maintenance and inspection of existing structures which if found illegal and unsafe will be subjected for demolition” Cuntapay said. Billboard structures that will be found unsafe and do not comply with the new guidelines gives the billboard owner a period of 15 days to cause repair, abate, demolish and remove the structure. Failure of the owner to comply within the given period of time the Building Offical or District Engineer concerned shall conduct the repair and/or dismantling with all expenses chargeable to the owner. The additional guidelines will take effect after 15 days after publication once a week for three consecutive weeks in a national circulated newspaper.  
 
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  11/06/07

DPWH COMPLETES FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT IN PAMPANGA

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  Preparing for the expected typhoons to enter the country this month as warned by the PAGASA, the Department of Public Works and Highways announced the completion of the desilting of Porac-Gumain River and rehabilitation of existing dikes in Pampanga Province. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., DPWH Mt. Pinatubo Emergency (MPE) Project Director Oscar Villanueva said that to assure public safety and protect the agricultural areas around Porac and Gumain in Pampanga they had accelerated the works of these flood mitigation projects and completed the projects on schedule. The Porac-Gumain River is one of the critical sections of the lahar infected river ways in Pampanga considering the number of residents and farmers in the area, desilting the river and rehabilitating dikes on its both sides would ensure the protection of lives and property especially during the rainy season” Villanueva said. This P69 Million flood mitigation project involves the excavation of 4.42 kilometers river channel through bulldozing at an average depth of 1.5 meters and the rehabilitation of its left and right dike. Included in the Mt. Pinatubo Hazard Urgent Mitigation Project - Flood/Lahar Control Works in Pasig-Potrero River and Pasac Delta Area the project is jointly funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the Philippine Government.  
 
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  11/05/07

DPWH TRAVEL ADVISORY As of November 05, 2007 3:00pm

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  UNPASSABLE NATIONAL ROADS Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) Kalinga Province: - Saltan Bridge, along Calanan-Pinukpuk- Abbut Road - Ipil Section along Balbatan-Pinukpok Road - Bunogon Section, Walis Section, Pyucan Section along Calanan- Mt. Province Boundary Road - Kilometer 525 along Tabuk Banaue Road Reason for closure: Overflowed bridge, rock and mudslide affected roads due to heavy rains Bontoc Province: - Dantay Section of Baguio Bontoc Road - Tonglayan Section, Purag Section, Chatol Section along Junction Talubin-Barlig-Natonin-Paracedis-Calaccad Road - Bayyo Section along Mt. Province-Nueva Vizcaya Road Reason for closure: Washed out road and landslides Region II - Cauayan-Cabatuan Road Reason for closure: Fallen electric posts Region III (Central Luzon) - Dianed Section, Mapalad Section, along Baler Casiguran Road - Bulos River along Baler-Castañeda Road - Villa Aurora Section along Nueva Ecija- Aurora Road Reason for Closure: Flooded road section Region V Catanduanes: - Virac-San Miguel-Viga-Panganiban-Bagamanoc-Caramoan-San Andres- Virac Section Road along Catanduanes Circumferential Road - Agban Section along Baras-Gigmoto-Viga Road Reason for closure: Rock and landslides Albay: - Libon-Pantao Road - Nagas Detour Bridge along Legaspi-Tabaco-Tiwi Road Reason for closure: Series of landslides Camarines Sur: - Presentacion-Maligaya-Caramoan Road Reason for closure: Landslide and scoured road surfacing DPWH Regional Office has already deployed heavy equipment and maintenance crew to conduct clearing and repair works in the damaged road sections. Warning signs were installed on both ends of the affected road sections to inform the incoming motorists.  
 
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  11/05/07

REAP PRESIDENT'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS

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  DPWH Undersecretary Bashir D. Rasuman delivers his inaugural address as president during the REAP Officers induction ceremonies held recently at the Manila Hotel. Also shown in photo are : Director Mariano R. Alquiza (2nd vice-president), Director Sinaolan Macarambon (business manager), former DPWH Secretary Fiorello R. Estuar, guest of honor and inducting officer. In his speech, Rasuman batted for REAP’s active involvement in nation-building through the implementation of an efficient, safe and quality road network in the country.  
 
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  11/05/07

REAP OFFICERS INDUCTED

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  Undersecretary Bashir D. Rasuman of the Department of Public Works and Highways formally assumed leadership of the country’s association of road engineers after taking his oath of office before former DPWH Secretary Fiorello R. Estuar, now the Head of the Infrastructure Business Development of First Philippine Holdings Corporation. During the induction ceremony held recently at the Manila Hotel, Rasuman batted for the active involvement of the Road Engineering Association of the Philippines (REAP) in the implementation of a safe, reliable, efficient and quality road network in the country. Rasuman has also called on REAP members to contribute their expertise in tackling the pressing concerns on road building technology which includes the effects of disasters on road and bridge design and construction, especially in hazard areas. Other officers inducted were : Bernardo N. Buenaventura, 1st vice-president; Mariano R. Alquiza, 2nd vice-president; Philip N. Menez, secretary; Bonifacio O. Seguit, treasurer; Sinaolan T. Macarambon, business manager; Anesia B. Bautista, P.R.O.; Juanito P. Abergas, auditor; and Alfredo P. Adriano, Romeo U. Aquino, Efren L. David, Subair S. Diron, Nathanael V. Fernandez, Romeo S. Momo, and Jaime A. Pacanan as directors. REAP is the organization of road engineers which promotes and advances the science and practice of road engineering and related professions as well as encourages communication between persons charged with the technical responsibility for the planning, design, construction and maintenance of roads and allied structures. It is also actively involved in cooperating with the Road Engineering Association of Asia and Austral-asia in promoting inter-regional exchange of technical know-how in road building.  
 
 
 
 

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