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April 2008
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  04/30/08

RORO TO SPUR PROGRESS IN BICOL

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) worked together for the successful launching of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) in Region 5. Her Excellency President Macapgal-Arroyo graced the start of the ceremeonial activities yesterday, April 28, 2008 at Bulan, Sorsogon where she lighted the giant map of the Central Seabord. President Arroyo with her entourage proceeded to Masbate Port then to Cawayan Port where the main even was held including the briefing on the road connecting Central Nautical Highway Ports in Masbate done by DPWH 5 Regional Director Orlando Roces. Her Excellency was satisfied on the accomplishments done by DPWH Region 5 on the roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) project before Several RoRo transit points for this nautical highway program of the government are now in existence in various parts of the country. DOTC will open four (4) more of these facilities in Pilar, Sorsogon and in Aroroy, San Jacinto and Cawayan., all in the island province of Masbate. The port component in this project is under DOTC and the road component, by DPWH. “We have on going projects at intermittent sections of the road linking Aroroy Port, Cawayan Port, “ said Director Orlando Roces. “The targeted schedule to fully improve or rehabilitated these road sections is 2009, work activities had started in 2006, “he added. The total road length from Aroroy Port to Cawayan Port via Aroroy-Lagda-Jct. Malinta-Jct. Buenavista-Cawayan is 110.829 kilometers, 75.382 kms. of which is paved, 20.148-km is under construction and the remaining 15. 299-km has yet to be paved or improved. For the Aroroy Port to Esperanza Port, a total of 23.543 kms of its 162.254 kms. road section is under construction and for Masbate City Port to Cawayan Port. 55.180 kms of its 62.486 km stretch is paved and the remaining 7.306 kms is still unpaved. “We are optimistic that the remaining unpaved portions of the road sections shall all be improved in 2009 since Her Excellency is determined in pursuing RoRo projects to intensify progress and development particularly in the countryside,” said Director Roces.  
 
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  04/29/08

OVERFLOW BRIDGE STIMULATES GROWTH OF ISABELA NEARS COMPLETION

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  Development of Isabela Province gets a big boost with the substantial completion of Cansan-Bagutari Overflow Bridge connecting municipalities of Cabagan and Sto. Tomas. The overflow bridge was constructed between Barangay Cansan in Cabagan and Barangay Bagutari in Sto. Tomas crossing the Cagayan River to provide service to farmers in bringing their agricultural products to market centers. Fast tracked in accordance with the policy directive of Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. and instruction by DPWH Region 2 Director Eugenio Pipo Jr. to closely monitor the progress of work, the bridge also connects and passes the towns of Tumauini, Sta. Maria and Delfin Albano thru the way of the provincial and national road. Cansan-Bagutari Bridge, which is expected for full completion by May 2008, was designed into overflow type concrete bridge consisting of 21 spans having 15 meter per span or a total length of 315 lineal meters with a roadway of 4 meters. The bridge was constructed using concrete bored piles as piers and foundations, concrete girders and concrete floor slab. Implemented in six phases with the first two (2) phases under the DPWH Region 2 and the last four (4) phases by the DPWH Isabela 1st District Office, the bridge was conceived thru the initiative of then Congressman Rodolfo B. Albano and continued by his son Isabela 1st District Representative Rodolfo T. Albano III. DPWH Isabela 1st Assistant District Engieer Emil Ganaden said that an additional of P5 million each is allocated for approach A and approach B of the bridge that is also now on going. Barangay Captain Wally Binag of Anao, Cabagan, Isabela said that the completion of bridge has brought tremendous impact or benefit as people, goods and services are now readily available, ending the long years of struggles and suffering of crossing the river through boat or barge.  
 
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  04/18/08

MULTI-MILLION AUSTRIAN BRIDGE PROJECTS IN CAGAYAN VALLEY NEARS COMPLETION

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  Before the onset of rainy season, the Department of Public Works and Highways assured the completion of five vital bridge projects in Cagayan Valley Region. In his report to Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., DPWH Region II Director Eugenio Pipo said that the Decoraban Bridge and Gawagan Bridge in Nagtipunan, Quirino; Tupang Bridge in Alcala and San Carlos Bridge in Gattaran both in Cagayan and Bintacan Bridge in Iligan Isabela are now nearing completion and expected to be finished before June 2008. Considering that this bridge projects will improve accessibility for farmers going to the market areas, it is also expected to improve the rice and other farm produce in the area as it avoid spoilage of agricultural products as it will ensure its immediate delivery to market and food processing areas, Pipo said. “ These bridge projects are one of the government’s physical investment especially in the rural areas to improve the socio-economic condition by promoting employment and business opportunities” Pipo added. The scope of work includes: Decoraban Bridge No. 2 (P10.4 M) construction of one span 50 lineal meter steel truss bridge with concrete deck slab and concrete approach, lined canals, cross drainage and road way excavation; Gawagan Bridge (P22.9 M) construction of 360 lineal meter steel truss bridge with concrete deck slab and concrete approach; Tupang Bridge (P15.9 M) includes the construction of 300 lineal meter one span steel truss bridge with reinforced concrete piles and concrete approaches; San Carlos Bridge (P10.9 Million) construction of one span 37 lineal meter steel truss bridge with concrete deck slab resting on concrete piles with portland concrete cement pavement bridge approach; Bintacan Bridge (P24.9 M) construction of two spans104 lineal meter steel truss bridge with concrete deck slab, concrete approaches, road signs, drainage and slope protection works. These five bridge projects are jointly funded by the Austrian Government and the Government of the Philippines.  
 
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  04/17/08

DPWH WORKS 24/7 TO COMPLETE BANKEROHAN BRIDGE

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  Residents as well as local officials in Davao City are now witnessing the fast track implementation of the Bankerohan Bridge project in Region XI as the Department of Public Works and Highway reported that they are ahead of schedule in implementing the scheduled works and assured that the project would be completed months ahead of schedule. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. DPWH Region XI Director Jerome Dela Rosa said that the bridge project is already 61% complete, ahead of 47% compared to its programmed accomplishement rating. “ Since the project implementation was formally turned over to us from the DPWH Bureau of Construction last month, we had strictly monitoring the construction activities of the contractor and assured that they can maximize the good weather condition and accomplish much of the scheduled work” Dela Rosa said. Dela Rosa added that the Department also commends CIRIACO Construction, the contractor, for implementing 24/7 work time and investing their capital without waiting for the government payment and progresses with the program works to be able to finish the bridge construction as soon as possible. Bankerohan Bridge is one of the vital bridges that links Davao City to the road networks leading to other provinces in Mindanao Region. This 206.6 Million bridge replacement project, funded by the DPWH regular infrastructure fund includes the construction of 170 lineal meter bridge composed of four spans of pre-stressed concrete girders, substructure consists of two abutments and five piers is expected to be completed on or July 2008.  
 
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  04/15/08

DPWH FORMS INSPECTORATE TEAM FOR ROADSIDE MAINTENANCE WORKS

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  Assuring public safety through effective roadside maintenance works along existing national road network, the Department of Public Works and Highways recently formed a Special Inspectorate Team (SIT) to conduct assessment of DPWH implemented roadside maintenance activities. In his Special Order No. 37, DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. ordered the DPWH Regional Offices to form a SIT that were tasked to asses vital roadside maintenance activities such as vegetation control , removal of obstruction within the road right-of-way, tree planting in accordance with the approved guidelines and specifications, and carriageway maintenance. “ The rainy season is fast approaching, we must do exert all our efforts to keep our national roads in top condition and free form any obstructions” Ebdane said. The SIT will be composed of two engineers from Regional Maintenance Division and shall be accompanied by the DPWH District Maintenance Engineer or District Maintenance Area Engineer. The team will assess all national primary and secondary roads every semester or when the need arises. At the end of each assessment, the SIT are directed to submit to the DPWH Regional Director a detailed report on the findings/observations and recommendations. All recommendations by the team approved by the Regional Director will be forwarded to the corresponding District Engineering Offices for implementation and will be monitored by the SIT if accomplished.  
 
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  04/14/08

DPWH ANTI-OVERLOADING TASK FORCE LAUNCHED IN CAGAYAN VALLEY REGION

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  Aiming to protect the national roads from overloaded truckers and to save billions of infrastructure funds allotted for maintenance works expenses, the Department of Public Works and Highways Region 2 Office had recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Land Transportation Office, Philippine National Police and other concerned local government units for the strict implementation of RA 8794 or the Anti- Overloading Law. DPWH Region II Director Eugenio Pipo Jr. said that with the recent directive of Public Works Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. to ensure strict implementation of the RA 8794 to prevent early deterioration of national roads due to overloading of vehicles which is costing the government billions of pesos annually, the DPWH Region II Office in coordination with other government agencies are now apprehending overloaded cargo trucks passing through national roads along the provinces of Tuguegarao, Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya. “ Considering that our region is one of the major food baskets of our country, majority of the truckers are maximizing the load limit of their delivery cargo to save transport cost which in effect causing the early deterioration of roads” Pipo said. The DPWH Anti-Overloading Taskforce is composed of five DPWH personnel, one from LTO and at least two from the PNP was assigned per shift at each installed weighbridges even during weekends and holidays. To ensure effective implementation, a dry run was recently conducted at the Claveria Weigh Bridge in Claveria Cagayan and Aritao Weigh Bridge Station in Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya. Pipo appealed to all trucking companies and drivers to avoid apprehension, they should comply and not exceed the 13.5 ton per axle load limit.  
 
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  04/11/08

PGMA LEADS GROUNDBREAKING OF SCHOOLBUILDING IN ABRA

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  Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. assists President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in laying the time capsule of a school building project in Pilar Central Highschool in the Province of Abra.  
 
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  04/11/08

EBDANE WELCOMES PGMA IN ABRA

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  Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. welcomes President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during the groundbreaking of a schoolbuilding at Pilar Central High School. Ebdane also briefed the President on the status of on-going SONA projects and other high impact infrastructure projects in Cordillera Region.  
 
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  04/11/08

DPWH FAST TRACKS CONSTRUCTION OF P869-M JAPAN ASSISTED BRIDGE PROJECT IN SOUTHERN LEYTE

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  Truckers as well as commuters passing through Southern Leyte using the Roll-on-Roll-off National system will soon be relieved of traffic emergency woes especially during the rainy season as the Department of Public Works and Highways speeds up the completion of the Agas-Agas Bridge project in Southern Leyte. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. DPWH Philippine Japan Highway Loan Project Director Vicente Perez the project is already 43.28% complete. Upon the completion of this bridge project it will divert the traffic from the existing critical road section in Agas-Agas along Mahaplag-Sogod Road. In 2005, in the same area huge boulders and mudslide had occurred due to the steep road side slope in the area which makes the road impassable for a weeks. “ Considering that the Mahaplag-Sogod Road is included in the Nautical Highway, once completed, this new bridge can assure round the clock accessibility as it was designed to withstand typhoon and earthquake by using Japanese technology” Perez said. The project involves the construction of a 350 meters 3 span cantilever pre stresses concrete box girder bridge connected to 75 meters hollow box-type pier on 1.5 dia bored foundation. It also includes the rehabilitation /improvement and widening of about 1.15 kilometers of portland cement concrete road pavement, improvement of drainage system and construction of slope protection structures. This P869 Million bridge and road improvement project was jointly funded by the Japan Bank International Cooperation and Government of the Philippines is expected to be completed by January 2009.  
 
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  04/11/08

DPWH LAUNCHES 110th ANNIVERSARY MEMORABILIA CONTEST

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announces its search for oldest memento related to the Department to include photos, existing structures, equipment, plans or blueprints, news items, newsletters, annual reports, DPWH issuances including oldest DPHW living personnel. The search is aimed at gathering historical and institutional contributions of DPWH to the country's infrastructure development. Announcement of winners shall be on June 23, 2008 during the celebration of the DPWH 110th Anniversary on. According to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., the memorabilia contest will provide a venue for a more meaningful and productive celebration and to enhance the institutional memory of the department. This years anniversary was highlighted with its theme "DPWH: Building on the strength and experience of 110 years of bridging people and progress". The contest will be initially conducted to the DPWH regional office nationwide. Winning memorabilia entries in each region will be submitted to the DPWH Central Office through the office of the Director of Administrative and Manpower Management Service. All gathered memorabilia in the region level will be showcased through a museum to be put up in the DPWH Central Office and shall be documented to serve as a memento of the Departments 110-year celebration. Except for the oldest living DPWH employee category, which entry requires presentation of a birth certificate, the criteria of the contest shall be based on the number of years a particular memorabilia or mementos had been properly preserved, and their corresponding value and significance to the evolution of the DPWH from its embryonic form in 1565 to its present structure. The search will last for two (2) months from March 24, 2008 to May 25, 2008. Winners will be awarded with P11,000 cash prize on each category. Announcement of Regional winners in national level shall be announced during the DPWH 110th anniversary on June 23, 2008.  
 
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  04/09/08

DPWH SPORTSFEST

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. formally opens the 2008 DPWH Sportsfest, as part of DPWH 110th Anniversary celebration activities with the theme “DPWH: Building on the strength and experience of 110 years of bridging people and progress”.  
 
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  04/08/08

DPWH’S YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IN FULL SWING

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways had recently started its Government Internship Program (GIP) offered to qualified sons/daughters of DPWH employees during the summer vacation. The GIP is one of DPWH programs in support to the national development goals of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on job generation program that provides employment to the Filipino people. DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. stressed that the GIP aims to enhance the participants’ knowledge, wisdom and skills; gain working experience in preparation to their future employment or chosen careers; and also to help them earn extra money to be used for their tuition fess for the coming school year. This year’s participants are already working in different divisions/services/bureaus of the Department since 01 April 2008 and ends on 31 May 2008. Each will receive a daily allowance of P190.55 or equivalent to 75% of the promulgated minimum daily wage.  
 
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  04/04/08

DPWH USEC INDUCTED AS NEW CHAIRMAN OF REAAA- PHILIPPINE CHAPTER

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  The government sector, represented by the Department of Public Works and Highways will now have more opportunities to improve road engineering system in partnership with the private engineering sector as DPWH Undersecretary Rafael Yabut was recently inducted as the new Chairman of the Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia (REAAA)- Philippine Chapter. REAAA is an international road engineering organization, which aims to improve and integrate technological advances on road engineering among its members in able to achieve a world-class road projects. During the recent induction ceremony of REAAA 2008 officers and committee members, Usec. Yabut had thanked all the REAAA members for giving him an opportunity to lead an international organization that not only aims to provide quality infrastructure facilities in the country but also to build foundations of economic development through provisions of infrastructure needs of a developing country. “ Let us continue to uphold our mission in providing our people with quality and reliable road network not only to improve their socio-economic living condition but also to support our country’s economic development program” Yabut said. As the new REAAA-Philippine Chapter Chairman, Yabut will also represent the country in the governing council of the REAAA.  
 
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  04/01/08

STONE & STEEL BOOK LAUNCHED

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  During the DPWH 110th Anniversary Kick-off activity, DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. (right) and Senior Undersecretary Manuel M. Bonoan formally unveil the replica of the “Stone & Steel” book. The Stone & Steel is a directory of DPWH completed projects during the term of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.  
 
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  04/01/08

DPWH FORMER SECRETARIES MEET

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  Public Works Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. (4th from left) welcomes the former secretaries and undersecretaries of the DPWH during the launching of the DPWH “Stone & Steel” book. After the book launching, Secretary Ebdane conducted a round table dialogue together with the former DPWH officials to discuss issues, concerns and recommendations for the technical and administrative management development of the Department.  
 

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