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  05/30/08

BANKEROHAN BRIDGE SOON TO OPEN

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  Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. together with Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut and Region XI Director Jerome Dela Rosa inspects the substantially completed Generoso Bridge also known as Bankerohan Bridge in Davao City which would be open to vehicular traffic in weeks time in time for the opening of school classes. Bankerohan Bridge is one of the vital bridges that links Davao City to the road networks leading to other provinces in Mindanao Region. The project was completed way ahead of schedule following the implementation of 24/7 work scheme for the project  
 
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  05/30/08

SEC. EBDANE BRIEFS PGMA

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  DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. briefs President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on construction details of the proposed Sanga-Sanga-Lapid-Lapid Bridges and road links project in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi following its groundbreaking ceremony yesterday (May 28, 2008). The project, whose launching was witnessed by diplomatic corps from Muslim countries, Cabinet members, local officials, would enhance the economic development of Tawi-Tawi considered the Southernmost frontier of the Philippines. Being the central business locale of Tawi-Tawi, the Municipality of Bongao is presently accessible only thru motor boats and other sea craft.  
 
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  05/30/08

PGMA ALL SMILES

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  President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo beams as Her Excellency together with DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut and Mindanao Economic and Development Council chairperson Undersecretary Virgilio Leyretana walks towards the groundbreaking site for the construction of Sanga-Sanga-Lapid-Lapid Bridges and road links project in Barangay Sanga-Sanga, Bongao, Tawi-Tawi. The DPWH together with ARMM-DPWH and Provincial Government of Tawi-Tawi will implement the construction of these bridges and road links in line with the President Arroyo administration’s effort to link municipalities and areas in Tawi-Tawi, the Southernmost frontier of the Philippines.  
 
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  05/30/08

PGMA GROUNDBREAKS TAWI-TAWI BRIDGE PROJECT

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  President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo assisted by DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., lowers the time capsule to official start the construction of Sanga-Sanga-Lapid-Lapid Bridges and road link in Tawi-Tawi Province yesterday (May 28, 2008). Construction of these bridges and the road link approaches will connect the Municipality of Bongao along Sanga-Sanga to the mainland of Tawi-Tawi along Lapid-Lapid Road. Also in photo is DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, DPWH President’s Bridge Program Executive Director Emil Sadain, Tawi-Tawi Governor Sadikul Sahali and diplomatic corps from the Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Brunei Darussalam, Egypt and Libya.  
 
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  05/30/08

TAWI-TAWI BRIDGE PROJECT

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  President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, assisted by DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. of the Department of Public Works and Highways, prepares to lower a time capsule at groundbreaking rites for the Tawi-Tawi Bridge-Road Partnership Project, in Patal, Sanga-Sanga in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi.  
 
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  05/29/08

DPWH WORKING FULL BLAST FOR DINAGAT ISLAND ROAD NETWORK

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways is now working full blast for the completion of the SONA Projects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in Dinagat Province. In a report submitted by OIC-District Engineer Henry Cruz J. Maparao to Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr., the DPWH-Surigao del Norte Sub-District Engineering Office (SDN Sub-DEO) is working double time and taking advantage of the good weather condition in order to finish the P100 Million Dinagat Road Network on or before the target completion date of 11 June 2008. According to Engr. Gaspar A. Tagadan, Chief-Construction Section of SDN Sub-DEO, they have accomplished a total of 83.69%. He added that the 10.4 kilometer road network with a total PCCP length of 4.2 kilometer is divided into nine sections namely: Dinagat-Loreto Road (Loreto-Mabini Section), Junction Mabini-Tubajon Road (San Vicente Section), Junction Boloc-Bolod-Albor Road (Albor-San Antonio Section), Dinagat Loreto Road(Sto. Niño-Diegas Section), Dinagat-Loreto Road (Tag-abaca Section), Dinagat-Loreto Road (Sta. Cruz-Wilson Section), Dinagat-Loreto Road (Busay-Pangi Section), Dinagat-Loreto Road (Dinagat-New Mabuhay Section) and Junction Magsaysay-Cagsianao Road (Pob. Cagdianao-Cabongaan Section). Meanwhile, local officials and residents of Dinagat Province are now enjoying the benefits of the SONA projects. Barangay Captain Ricardo Olaco of Wilson, San Jose is very thankful to President Arroyo for giving the newly proclaimed Dinagat Province with projects which are beneficial to the province. He is expecting that after the completion of these projects, more investors and businessmen will invest in the island that will provide jobs and employment to the people through tourism initiatives. Mr. Francisco Bayabyan, a fisherman said that he is most grateful to President Arroyo because the newly constructed and paved road in his town of San Jose has made their traveling most convenient, fast and easy even during heavy rains. Mrs. Lolita Baguinas, a vegetable vendor in San Jose Public Market said that the road made her business more profitable since many tourists are now going to the island.  
 
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  05/29/08

DPWH COMPLETES SAFETY BRIDGE IN KIDAPAWAN CITY

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  Motorists and commuters traversing the Cotabato - Davao Road will now be relieved of road safety woes especially passing the double blind curve in Malaang section as the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the completion of the Malaang II Bridge in Lanao, Kidapawan City. In his report to DPWH Secretray Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., DPWH Region XII Director Osop Ali said that the new bridge connects the new access road connecting Cotabato-Davao road because of its straight alignment which is safer compared to the existing double blind curve along Malaang Section. “ The existing Malaang Section is even dubbed by the local PNP as the accident curve because records shows that a total of two to three vehicular accidents occurs in the area yearly because of the double blind curve” Ali said. Ali added that through the DPWH Cotabato 1nst Engineering District, they conducted a feasibility study and found out that installed warning signs are insufficient to assure the road safety thus they had come up in constructing a shorter and safer access road in the said road section. “ Condering that Kidapawan City is one of the major fruit basket here in Mindanao, we must assure the continuous flow of traffic along Davao-Cotabato Road because it is one of the major road network that is being utilized by the truckers in delivering raw fruit products to the fruit processing facilities” said Ali. This P 45 Million Bridge project was funded under the DPWH Regular Infrastructure fund, involves the construction of a pre-stressed concrete girder bridge including the concrete paving of the bridge approach. As of April 25, 2008, the main bridge was already complete, while an additional P20 Million funding is now being appropriated for the remaining concreting works.  
 
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  05/28/08

PROCUREMENT ON-GONG FOR IMPROVEMENT OF MINDANAO ROADS UNDER SAUDI FUND FOR DEVELOPMENT

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  Procurement of civil works contract for the improvement of road network in Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Basilan under Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)-assisted projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is now on-going. The project involves the construction of new portland cement concrete road (PCC) of about 72.648 kilometers of national roads in three road sections namely Cotabato City East Diversion Road, Lake Lanao Circumferential Road, and Basilan Circumferential Road. Also included under the P1.078 Billion SFD-assisted project with construction activities expected to commence on October 2008 is the construction of three (3) new bridges in the provinces of Maguindanao and Cotabato City. Under the Cotabato City East Diversion Road project which starts along the Marbel-Allah-Cotabato City Road at Barangay Tamontaka and ends at Cotabato City-Lanao Road is a new road opening of 13.270 kilometers and construction of 160 lineal meters Tamontaka Bridge, 160 lineal meters Quirino Bridge, and 63 lineal meters Matampay Bridge. The Cotabato City East Diversion Road will provide an alternate route for traffic passing through Sinsuat Avenue in the Central Business District of Cotabato City. The Lake Lanao Circumferential Road project that starts from Marawi City passing thru 20 municipalities and ends at Marawi City involves paving of about 24.334 kilometers of unpaved portion of the circumferential road, reblocking of some 5.684 kilometers deteriorated pavement, road upgrading in low areas and provision for drainage structure. The Basilan Circumferential Road Project covers concrete paving of about 29.36 kilometers from Isabela City passing thru Lamitan City, Tuburan, Tipo-Tipo, Sumisip, Maluso and Lantawan. Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr, said that the improvement of these roads will strengthen the urban-rural and inter-regional linkages and will contribute greatly to the goal of improving the socio-economic conditions of the people. “The road improvement project will also trigger the increase in agricultural production with the facilitation of faster and more reliable movement of people, goods, and services”, added Ebdane.  
 
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  05/28/08

DPWH CONSTRUCTS ROADS FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT IN ZAMBOANGA

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  One of the top priority projects of DPWH is the development/improvement of Zamboanga West Coa st Road, a State-of the Nation Address (SONA) commitment of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo which will complete the circumferential road in Zamboanga Peninsula. The P3.509 Billion Zamboanga West Coast Road Improvement Project that traverses the municipalities of Sirawai, Sibuco and Siocon in Zamboanga del Norte is at present 5.86% complete. Divided into four (4) sections namely Sibuco-Sirawai Section, Sirawai-Siocon Section, Siocon-Baliguian Section, and Jct. Baliguian-Gutalac Section, the project involves new road opening/widening, improvement through gravelling and concrete paving. Its improvement will particularly give comfort to the traveling public and make the road passable in all weather condition. DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. has instructed DPWH Region 9 officials to regularly conduct coordination meeting with all project contractors and DPWH project personnel to thresh out problems in project implementation. Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of DPWH operations in Visayas and Mindanao, emphasized the need for DPWH Region 9 and Zamboanga Del Norte 2nd Engineering District to constantly monitor the project to ensure that the highest standard of quality in construction as set by the Department is followed by the contractor. The completion of Zamboanga West Coast Road will lessen problem with peace and order as so-called lawless elements can be easily neutralized by police and the military because of better road access.  
 
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  05/27/08

GOV’T DEVELOPS TAWI-TAWI

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  DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. confers with Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of Mindanao operations, on various planned infrastructure projects for the development of Tawi-Tawi province during their recent inspection in the province located at southwestern tip of the Philippines. DPWH is extending its infrastructure support program in Tawi-Tawi particularly in the construction of Sanga-Sanga - Lapid-Lapid Bridges in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi  
 
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  05/27/08

SECRETARY EBDANE VISITS SULU

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  DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. discusses with Sulu Governor Benjamin T. Loong the pump-priming infrastructure projects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Secretary Ebdane together with Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut and other DPWH officials recently visited Sulu and the provinces of Basilan and Tawi-Tawi to assess infrastructure needs of these ARMM provinces in line with the government’s peace and development initiatives in Mindanao.  
 
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  05/27/08

TAWI-TAWI BRIDGES

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. together with Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut and other public works and local officials of Tawi-Tawi survey the location of proposed Sanga-Sanga and Lapid-Lapid Bridge Projects in Tawi-Tawi. Completion of the proposed three (3) bridges will link and facilitate the easy transport of people, goods and services in the Municipality of Bongao which at present is accessible only thru motorboats and other sea crafts. The construction of these bridges is a joint undertaking of the DPWH, Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao-DPWH (ARMM-DPWH) and the Provincial Government of Tawi-Tawi.  
 
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  05/27/08

TAWI-TAWI BRIDGE MATERIALS

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  Steel modular superstructure materials for the construction of 39.62 lineal meters and 100.58-lineal meter Sanga-Sanga Bridges and 152.40-lineal meters Lapid-Lapid Bridge connecting Municipality of Bongao along Sanga-Sanga Road to the mainland of Tawi-Tawi along Lapid-Lapid Road have been delivered and ready for installation. Photo shows DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Director Emil Sadain and other public works and local officials checking the bridge components. Completion of the bridge will further boost the growing economy of Tawi-Tawi known to be the Seaweeds Haven of the southernmost frontier of the Philippines.  
 
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  05/27/08

NAUTICAL HIGHWAY ROUTE

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  DPWH Aklan District Engineer Robert Cabigas briefs Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. and Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of Visayas operation, on the status of road improvement activities along the Strong Republic Nautical Highway route from Kalibo to Caticlan, Malay, Aklan. The promotion of Roll-on, Roll-off (RoRo) land and sea transport is a priority project of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administration.  
 
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  05/27/08

SECRETARY EBDANE VISITS ZAMBOANGA

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  DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. urged DPWH Region 9 officials and employees to fast track various infrastructure projects programmed for the year. Secretary Ebdane reminded the DPWH employees to complete these projects, particularly the SONA projects of President Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo.  
 
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  05/16/08

DPWH INAUGURATES PANTAL BRIDGE IN DAGUPAN CITY

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  DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. representing Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo led officials and guests in the inauguration ceremonies of Pantal Bridge in Dagupan City. Also in attendance are the Guest of Honor, His Excellency Makoto Katsura, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines, Mayor Alipio F. Fernandez, Jr. of the host city, DPWH Undersecretaries Ramon Aquino and Rafael Yabut, DPWH Regional Director Fidel Ginez, DPWH-UBCPRD Project Director Emil K. Sadain and other city officials. Pantal Bridge was completed last March 31, 2008, 6 months ahead of schedule and was implemented by the Urgent Bridges Construction Project for Rural Development-Project Management Office (UBCPRD-PMO) of the DPWH with funding assistance from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC). Also included in the inauguration was the Dawel-Pantal-Lucao Diversion Road which was implemented by the DPWH Region I through local funds from the PDAF of Congressman Jose De Venecia, Jr. This 4.157 km. diversion road will be linked by the Pantal Bridge to ease the traffic in this city traditionally known for its bangus industry but is fast becoming the central business district in Western Luzon. The Pantal Bridge which will connect the Diversion road (Brgy. Pantal to Brgy. Poblacion Oeste) consists of 355 meter, 7-span continuous steel two-I girder with composite concrete deck slab, single span 25 meter-steel H-beam with concrete deck slab, reinforced concrete wall type pier, and reversed T-type abutments supported on steel pipe pile foundations. The approach road at the Pantal side (Approach A) is 180 meters long, 2 lanes Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PCCP), with 23 cm. thick. While the approach road at the Poblacion Oeste side (Approach B) is 240 meters long PCCP with the same thickness. There is also a side ramp in the Poblacion-Oeste side measuring 583.25 meters long made of PCCP that serves as transition grade for vehicles coming from A.B. Fernandez Ave. going to De Venecia Highway and vice-versa. It may be recalled that on August 9, 2006, no less than the President herself Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo together with the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines led the groundbreaking ceremony for this bridge. Originally scheduled for completion in September of this year, the early commissioning of this long-awaited bridge will bring a whiff of fresh-air to the motorists and traders this summer as they comfortably traverse this new route. The Pantal Bridge is the centrepiece of the on-going Contract Package III of the UBCPRD. It is among the 64 bridges planned for construction under this contract package including 27 bridges in Region IV-A, 25 in Region IV-B and 11 in Region V. This early, UBCPRD Project Director Emil K. Sadain reported that there are already 30 bridges completed. All 6 bridges in Alabat Island in Quezon Province, 6 bridges in Mindoro Occidental, 13 in Mindoro Oriental, 3 in Batangas and 1 in Bicol.  
 
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  05/16/08

INSPECTION OF CAGAYAN DE ORO THIRD BRIDGE

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  DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. and Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut are being briefed by DPWH Region 10 personnel on the status of the ongoing construction of the bridge connecting Barangays Kauswagan and Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City.  
 
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  05/16/08

DPWH SUPPORTS REGIONAL PEACE AND ORDER COUNCIL

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways is one in the promotion of peace and order in the countryside. This was evident during the Regional Peace and Order Council (PROC) Meeting held recently in Calintaan, Occidental Mindoro. The meeting was headed by no less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, joined buy National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales, MIMAROPA Bishops, Governors, PNP Officials and other Local Government Officials. Highlighted in the meeting are specific issues and concerns of the participants especially on peace and order in their respective areas. President Arroyo immediately referred these issues to the concerned government agencies. The President directed the DPWH which was represented by Region IV-B Director Veniedo O. Reyes, to conduct aggressive maintenance activities specifically along the nautical highway in time for the onset of the rainy season. Immediately following the instruction of the President, Director Reyes proceeded to Oriental Mindoro to conduct inspection on the nautical highway and he instructed the concerned district engineers to intensify construction and maintenance activities in the area.  
 
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  05/15/08

DPWH IMPROVES ROAD LEADING TO NEW ILOILO AIRPORT

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  The main access leading to the new international airport in Iloilo has been vastly improved by the Department of Public Works and Highways. DPWH has undertaken the rehabilitation including widening of the Pavia-Sta. Barbara-Iloilo Road as part of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) commitment of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. According to DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando Asis, improvement of the Iloilo-Sta. Barbara Road is deemed necessary following the transfer and opening of airport at the municipality of Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan. Started March 2007, the improvement of Pavia-Sta. Barbara Section at a cost of P44.255 million involves widening of 3.895 kilometers existing asphalt concrete by 3.05 wide with 1.50 meters shoulder on both sides. The project for the road section which was completed early this year also covers the installation of reinforced concrete pipe culvert, grouted rip rap and slope protection, thermoplastic pavement markings, and repair of deteriorated asphalt. Additional improvement works at the Pavia-Sta. Barbara Section was undertaken at a cost of P21.086 million involving the widening of 230 lineal meter existing asphalt concrete road which is also completed. Bituminous tack coast and .05 meter thick 2nd layer bituminous concrete surface and hot laid were done at this section. Shojie Pacheco, a security guard from Sta. Barbara said that the improvement of roads in their area significantly contributed to the development of their towns in terms of increased mobility. Leo Castro Verde, driver of Shine Star Trucking based in Iloilo expressed his appreciation to the effort of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the DPWH in improving highways in Iloilo as it facilitate easier land travel. Presently on-going although progress of work has been hampered by problems with road right-of-way and presence of utility lines is the improvement of 2.74 kilometer Iloilo City-Sta. Barbara Road that has a total cost of P27.887 million.  
 
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  05/15/08

WORLD BANK PRESS CONFERENCE

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  Public Works Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. stresses the position of the DPWH for the National Road Improvement and Management Program (NRIMP), Phase II Project. Waiting for their turns to speak at the World Bank Press Conference are from L-R: Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya, World Bank Country Manager Bert Hoffman and Finance Secretary Gary Teves.  
 
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  05/14/08

WB APPROVES ROAD PROJECT TO BUILD BETTER ROADS Comprehensive Anti-Corruption Measures In Place

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  SOURCE: WORLD BANK MANILA, May 14, 2008 - The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors yesterday approved the Second National Roads Improvement and Management Project (NRIMP2). The US$232 million loan is the second part of a three-phase Adaptable Program Loan (APL) from the World Bank designed to build, maintain, and improve national roads in the Philippines through stronger business processes and reforms for financing and managing roads. Specifically, NRIMP2 will support the improvement of 450 kilometers of national arterial roads and bridges and a comprehensive road maintenance program through long-term performance-based. contracts and expansion of the national preventive maintenance program. The project includes reforms in the organization and the service delivery processes that will improve the effectiveness and the integrity of the Department of Public, Works and Highways in managing the road system.. Furthermore, NRIMP2 will strengthen the operation of the special road funds and a framework for restructuring the roads sector. The Project aims to upgrade and maintain an extensive network that will enhance local competitiveness, help promote economic growth, and provide adequate all-year reliable and safe access throughout the country. A significant number of those roads being improved are in the poorer provinces as well as conflict-affected areas of the Visayas and Mindanao. Finance Secretary Margarito Teves welcomed the approval of NRIMP2: "The World Bank Board approval of this project is a reflection of their confidence in the Philippine Government's, commitment to carry out road sector reforms. We believe that greater accountability and transparency in. government infrastructure projects which are strengthened in NRIMP2 are necessary to ensure the efficient use of public resources and bring greater benefits to our people." Bert Hofman, World Bank Philippines Country Director, said: "Beyond building roads, this project will support long-term measures to help the government increase efficiency and address corruption in the roads sector. " He added: "Improving the quality of roads will reduce transportation costs, which is important in attracting investments and creating jobs. Better roads also increase the price farmers receive for their produce. " Total project costs are US$576 million, with US$333.5 million financed by the Government of the Philippines and US$10.5 million by a grant from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid). Australia's grant will strengthen financial management and internal control systems of DPWH. It will support independent procurement evaluations and technical audits. Furthermore, it will support the coalition of civil society groups (Bantay Lansangan or RoadWatch), which will provide independent oversight of the road sector. Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. noted: "Through this project, the Bank will support/the upgrading of key national roads identified in President Arroyo's State of the Nation address. It. will finance long~term maintenance contracts for a substantial portion of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway, and provide a substantial increase in the road maintenance program funded by road users through the Motor Vehicle User Charge (MVUC) funds. The project will also support Government's measures to strengthen procurement, financial management, auditing and project monitoring. In this respect, we look forward to working with Bantay Lansangan." Bantay Lansangan Executive Director Vince Lazatin emphasized, "The Bantay Lansangan road. sector partnership hopes to act as signaling devise for the DPWH, monitoring the way it does its job. Bantay Lansangan will check how effectively funds are being spent to address needs, check that value for money is being achieved, and report on the actual results of improvement in road conditions. Hopefully, with the support of DPWH, we can work to minimize, if not eliminate corruption and waste at the Department." Leading anti-corruption NGO Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN), of which Lazatin is also executive-director, acts as the secretariat of Bantay Lansangan. The value of the participation of civil society groups in ensuring the integrity of the procurement process of Government was emphasized by Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya. Recently, the Procurement Transparency Group was formed to evaluate, comment on, record and monitor procurement activities of all government agencies and offices. "Aside from government agencies, like the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission, National Economic Development Agency (NEDA), Department of Justice, Department of Budget and Management and the Department of Interior and Local Government, civil society groups are very much part of this group, " he noted. Secretary Andaya expressed hope that the experience of RoadWatch would soon be replicated in other government projects. During the first phase of the NRIMP (2000-2007), the Government made major progress toward putting in place a modem, transparent and accountable national road management system. Some 90 percent of the project goals were achieved: 382 kilometers of roads were built or upgraded in provinces across the Philippines and a further 975 kilometers of existing roads were resurfaced and maintained. As a result, many Filipinos have benefited from a more efficient and transparent road system, lower transport costs, and reduced travel time. The first phase of the project encountered governance challenges, too. Between 2003 and 2006, the World Bank rejected two large road contracts in three successive rounds of bidding because of strong signs of collusion and excessive pricing, and in the end neither the Government nor the World Bank financed the contract. The rejected contracts were worth about US$33 million, but bid prices were about US$10 million higher: The alleged bid-rigging and manipulation was investigated by the World Bank's independent investigation unit, and is being investigated by the Ombudsman. In light of this experience, NRIMP2 contains a more comprehensive set of anti-corruption measures. When NRIMP2 was considered by the World Bank's Board last November, the executive directors wanted more time to assess whether the lessons from the first phase were indeed applied, and to be able to review the results of the investigation of the independent investigative unit. The Bank’s Board has now completed this review and approved the project yesterday.  
 
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  05/14/08

DPWH UNDERTAKE REPAIRS OF SUGARCANE HAULERS ROUTE IN NEGROS

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways is undertaking improvement works at the major alternate route for the last 20 years of sugar haulers in Negros Occidental. Having served heavy loaded cargo trucks since late 1980’s, the Bacolod Circumferential Road otherwise known as Carlos Hilado Highway was subjected to concrete reblocking works by the DPWH Bacolod City District Engineering Office. According to District Engineer Norma Deloguines, portions of the 17.776 kilometer Bacolod Circumferential Road after more than two (2) decades of service has showed damage as consequence of the continuous passing of sugarcane haulers usually carrying beyond prescribed load limit. Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. has directed Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut and Director Rolando Asis to attend to the overall infrastructure concerns of Negros Island, with the former being in-charge of the Department’s Visayas operation and latter assigned as Director for Region 6 (Westerrn Visayas), respectively. About P55 million sourced from the DPWH regular infra and Motor Vehicle Users’ Charge fund has been allocated for the reblocking of 718 spans of damaged concrete pavement with the P20 million worth of project already completed. The repair activity manifests the agency commitment to the mission of providing and managing quality infrastructure facilities and services responsive to the needs of the people in the pursuit of development objectives. Sugarcane haulers from the southern, northern and eastern parts of Bacolod City utilizes the Bacolod Circumferential Road to decongest traffic at the city proper. Deloguines said that the circumferential road which was then under the supervision of defunct Regional Cities Development Projects was turned over to the DPWH Bacolod City District Office in the 1990s.  
 
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  05/13/08

EBDANE ORDERS STRICT IMPLEMENTATION OF R.A. 8794

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  During the regular staff meeting held at Clarkfield, Pampanga, Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. orders the strict implementation of R.A. 8794 or the Anti-Overloading Act. Ebdane instructed all the DPWH Regional Directors to come up with preventive measures on the ground to ensure that violators not only pay the penalty, but to apprehend overloaded trucks in coordination with the Land Transportation Office and Philippine National Police to avoid early deterioration of roads and bridges.  
 
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  05/13/08

DPWH STARTS CONSTRUCTION OF HERITAGE HIGHWAY IN NORTHERN LUZON

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  In support with the government’s effort in developing the country’s tourism and agriculture industries in Northern Luzon, the Department of Public Works and Highways starts the construction of P682.3 Million Japanese assisted Cervantes-Mankayan-Abatan Road in Ilocos Sur and Benguet Province. Local government units now dubbed the Cervantes-Mankayan-Abatan Road as the Heritage Highway because it serves as a vital link between two cultural rich regions, the old Spanish colonial towns in Ilocos Norte and Sur and the tribal ethnic communities in the Cordilleras. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. Philippine Japan Highway Loan Project Director Vicente Perez said that they are now mobilizing the equipment and starting the pre-construction activities. “The improvement of this road network will not only complement the tourism industry in Region 1 and the Cordilleras but it will also provide employment and investment opportunities among the residents in the area” Perez added. The project involves the improvement of 31.5 kilometers of road from gravel to portland concrete cement pavement, replacement of drainage system, construction of slope protection works, rehabilitation of existing bridges and provision of traffic safety measures. Once completed, the travel time of commuters and motorists from Ilocos Sur going to the Cordillera will be reduced from five hours to three hours. This P682.8 Million road project is jointly funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Government of the Philippines being contracted by the China Harbour Engineering Corporation.  
 
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  05/13/08

DPWH CLOSELY SUPERVISES ILOILO FLOOD CONTROL

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  Construction activities at the Iloilo Flood Control Project in Western Visayas are in full swing to take advantage of the relatively favorable weather condition this summer. DPWH Major Flood Control Project-Cluster 1 Director Patrick Gatan together with Project Manager Jerome Borjal oversee the actual progress of the project through the conduct of regular field inspection in compliance with the instruction of Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. and Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of the Visayas operation. Director Gatan said that the countless amount of money including number lives lost due to perennial flood problem in Iloilo City and its vicinity should be immediately ended. Implementation of the project was divided into four (4) packages to facilitate its prompt completion with package 3 costing P29.561 million and covers the development of relocation sites at So-oc and Kasadyahan for stage 1 project completed as early as April 2004 while bidding of project is underway for package 4 involving the development of relocation site at San Isidro for stage 2 project. Under contract in the amount of P1.305 billion with Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Company Inc. is package 1 which is more than 40% completed to date. Scope of works in this package which is slated for completion by March 2009 involves the construction of Jaro Floodway, improvement of Tigum River, improvement of Aganan River, and construction of six (6) bridges. In the construction of Jaro Floodway with total length of 4.75 kilometers, present activities include excavation works along upstream portion of Tacas Road and downstream portion of highway at Buhang. Detour roads at Buhang and Bito-on were completed and now utilized for vehicular traffic. Channel excavation at Tigum River covering 2.90 kilometers and Aganan River covering 3.88 kilometers are in full blast, taking advantage of favorable weather condition. Simultaneous works are being done for the construction of Pagsanga-an, Anilao, Tacas, Balabago,Bito-on and Buhang bridges. Under package 2 which has a contract cost of P556.924 million with China International Water and Electrical Corporation is the improvement of Iloilo rver, uper Ingore crek and both banks of Jaro River mouth. The new Carpenter’s Bridge which is part of the Iloilo River Improvement is substantially completed while re-shaping of dike embankment side slope is among the on-going activity for the improvement of Jaro River mouth. A priority project of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in Western Visayas, the Iloilo Flood Control Project is financially assisted by the Japan’s Official Development Assistance or ODA through Japan Bank for International Cooperation. DPWH has tapped the services of CTI Engineering International Co. Ltd. Together with Woodfields Consultants and Basic Technology and Management Corporation to provide consulting assistance during detailed design for infrastructure development including cost estimates and construction supervision as well as future operation and maintenance stage.  
 
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  05/12/08

CORDILLERA FARMERS’ ASSOCIATION COMMENDS DPWH ACCOMPLISHMENT IN NLAQ PROJECT

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  Members of the Mataba Farmers Association (MFA) in the Municipality of Bauko, Mt. Province are now enjoying the fruits of their bountiful harvest being one of the major agricultural sector that directly benefitted from the North Luzon Agricultural Quadrangle project of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the Cordillera Region. Mr. Mario Gaoken, Vice-President of MFA said that eversince the Department of Public Works and Highways has concreted the Halsema Highway from la Trinidad to Mt. Data and portions of Mt. Data to Bontoc, the traveling time of their farm produce has been reduced from 7 hours to four hours. “ The speedy delivery of our farm products had resulted in the increase of our profit, because the improved road condition had lessen the occurrence of our vegetables to reduce weight due to evaporation during the transportation process” Gaoken explained. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. DPWH Cordillera Administrative Region Mariano Alquiza said that based on the initial released P870.12 Million fund for the Halsema Highway the project is now 89.34% complete. The project is divided into three phases: Phase 1 includes the improvement of 84.84 kilometers of concrete road from La Trinidad to Mt. Data Section which was already completed on March 28, 2006; Phase 2 involves the on-going concreting of 50.49 kilometers of road from Mt. Data to Bontoc Section; While Phase 3 includes the concreting of the 44.80 kilometers of road from Bontoc to Banaue Section. Alquiza also added that these projects will not only develop the agricultural industry in the Cordillera Region but will also contribute in the fast growing tourism industry in Mt. Province. The phase 2 and 3 of the project is funded under the regular infrastructure fund of the DPWH and is expected to be completed on December 2009.  
 
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  05/12/08

EBDANE: OVERLOADED TRUCKS WILL BE STOPPED AND UNLOADED

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  DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr announced the move of the DPWH to provide extra trucks and weighybridge areas to transfer extra weight from overloaded trucks. Operators will have to pay for the trucking cost as well as the penalty fees. During the regular DPWH Staff Meeting in Clarkfield, Pampanga, Secretary Ebdane emphasized the need to address the recurring problem of overloading by taking concrete measures. he Anti-overloading Law mandates maximum weights for all trucks and commercial vehicles to preserve the road and bridge networks. The non-compliance to the Anti-Overloading Law has led to the rapid deterioration of the road network, resulting in repeated repair work. While the Law provides for monitoring mechanisms, the penalty of paying a fine does not stop the violator from continuing to use the road, despite the overloaded truck. This defeats the intent of the Anti-Overloading Law, because there is no other action being taken to prevent overloaded trucks form traversing the road,” said Ebdane. “The sanction of paying a fine comes after the violation is already incurred. We are not addressing the problem in this manner.” bdane directed the DPWH Regional Directors to come up with preventive measures on the ground to ensure that violators not only pay the penalty, but more importantly that overloaded trucks that are apprehended do not get to continue their journey without unloading the excess weight. The DPWH is coordinating with Land Transportation Office and the Philippine National Police to implement the preventive mechanisms. “The investment in our roads and bridges is a substantial amount every year. It is the job of the DPWH to maintain the roads as well as build them. By providing trucks on stand-by at the weigh bridge areas to taxpayers, and helping the truckers comply with the law,” Ebdane added  
 
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  05/12/08

LIFE GETS EASIER AT NORTHERN ILOILO WITH THE NEWLY IMPROVED ROADS

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  With the Strong Republic Nautical System as among the priority projects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to lessen transport costs, the Department of Public Works and Highways has completed the improvement of another road network along the Roll On/Roll Off (RORO) link of Iloilo and Capiz. The newly improved Iloilo East Coast-Capiz Road is big boost to the development of northern part of Iloilo known for its fishery and farm products. DPWH Iloilo 3rd District Engineer Noe Placer said that the Iloilo East Coast-Capiz Road greatly improved the transport products from the coastal towns of Iloilo towards the cities of Iloilo City and Roxas City, Capiz because it is located along the east coast passing thru the coastal towns of Iloilo Province. With the improvement of this Iloilo-East Coast Capiz Road, people, products and services can easily be transported thereby improving the economy of the area, said Placer. Ronaldo S. Liagas, teacher at San Juan Academy Inc. in Sara, Iloilo expressed his appreciation and thanks to the President and DPWH for this project. “We are grateful to our President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in her efforts to improve the road and also we are thankful to our Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. through his leadership, this road section was greatly improved”, said Liagas. Improvement of Iloilo East Coast-Capiz Road with a total length of 39 kilometers involves surfacing with 6.10 meter width of portland concrete cement pavement 23 centimer thick, provision of 1.50 meter shoulders on both sides, construction of one (1) bridge, rehabilitation of three (3) existing bridges, and construction of 12 reinforced concrete box culvert including installation of 1,194 lineal meters of reinforced concrete pipe culvert. Constructed at a cost of P530.586 million, the road caters to the transportation needs of 11 municipalities in Iloiloi namely Barotac Viejo, San Rafael, Lemery, Sara, Batad, Balasan, Carles, Estancia, San DIonisio, Conception and Ajuy. According to Mechil D. Somera, a high-school student at San Juan Academy, the improvement of the Iloilo East Coast Capiz Road has lessen if not prevent road related accidents especially during onset of rains as well as hasten their travel to school. John Yangzon, a tricycle driver at Brgy. Alibayon, Sara, Iloilo said the newly improved road boosted their income as it is much easier to bring passengers to destination.  
 
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  05/09/08

NEW ANTIQUE ROAD ADDRESSES ISOLATION PROBLEM

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways has addressed the problems of isolation of Antique Province during onslaught of heavy rains and flooding. The new alternate route of Laures Section of Bugasong-Valderama Road in Antique will facilitate movement of people, goods, and services at all time In the past, people experienced difficulty in traveling to the town of Valderama due to unpassable road during rainy season. Banking on the strength of its almost 110 years of dedicated service, the DPWH through the Antique Engineering District Office came up with the solution with the opening and concrete paving of Laures Section. The concrete road project costing P14.435 million is supported by appropriate drainage provisions to prolong service life and ensure it will be passable at all times. Assistant District Engineer Benny Favila said that the 778 lineal meter road project which starts at the junction of Iloilo-Antique highway will also contribute to the continuing development of Antique Province. Danilo Fernandez and Robert Samillano, two (2) motorists from Valderama, noted the remarkable improvement of the highway in terms of travel speed, thereby reducing motor vehicle operating cost.  
 
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  05/09/08

DPWH LEADS GUIMARAS PROVINCE TO PROGRESS

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways plays instrumental role in the development of Guimaras with the improvement of circumferential and central roads of the island province. DPWH District Engineer Teodoro Castillo with Assistant District Engineer Nilo Gavia work hand-in-hand with the people of Guimaras, officials of the province in pursuing development of infrastructure. Progress is impeded by the inadequacy of reliable roads and bridges, hence, DPWH Guimaras District Engineering Office exist to help provide these people needs, said Castillo. According to the District Office, the improvement through concrete paving of Guimaras Circumferential and Central Road is being undertaken on a multi-year utilizing the DPWH regular and Motor Vehicles User’s Charge fund. About 45 kilometers of the Guimaras Circumferential Roads are already concrete paved, 35.974 are asphalt, and more than 29 kilometers gravel. Of the 17 kilometers Guirmaras Central Roads, 4 kilometers are concrete with 698 lineal meters asphalt paved and more than 12 kilometers gravel. The province is also a recipient of some Austrian assisted President Bridge Program project to improve linkages of highway.  
 
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  05/08/08

BORACAY ROADS FACILITATE ACCESSIBILITY

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  Top tourist destination Boracay Island not only has the gems of nature but also has the vital infrastructure which facilitates better mobility. The Department of Public Works and Highways undertook the construction of Boracay Circumferential Road which make easy travel to various scenic places in the island. Compared before that people had to take “habal-habal” motorcycles or all terrain vehicles in moving from around the island, “multicabs” now operate in Boracay Island as among the transport mode of tourists and local residents. In order to prevent congestion, the DPWH has little by little improved the road through widening and is exploring other routes leading to untapped destinations for enjoyment and satisfaction of people. Improvement of the Boracay Circumferential Road is undertaken in close coordination with the Provincial Government of Aklan and the Municipality of Malay.  
 
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  05/08/08

INAUGURATION of BANGKULASI PUMPING AND FLOODGATE.

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  President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the test run of the Bangkulasi Pumping Station and Floodgate in Navotas City. She was joined by from L-R: Malabon City Mayor Canuto Oreta, Navotas City Mayor Tobias Tiangco, Congressman Alvin Sandoval, JBIC Chief Representative Hiroshi Togo, MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando, DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr., Ambassador Makoto Katsura and Congresswoman Mitch Cajayon.  
 
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  05/08/08

KAMANAVA FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT BRIEFING

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  President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is being briefed by DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. and KAMANAVA-PMO Director Carla Bartolo on the status of the KAMANAVA Area Flood Control and Drainage System Improvement Project especially the benefits of the newly inaugurated Bangkulasi Pumping Station and Floodgate to the cities of Navotas and Malabon.  
 
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  05/07/08

PUBLIC ENJOYS SAFE AND COMFORTABLE TRAVEL WITH CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OF NEGROS TRANSLINK ECO-TOURISM HIGHWAY

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  Improvement activities were undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways at the Negros Translink Eco-Tourism Highway along the east west lateral road of Negros Island. DPWH Negros 1st District Engineer Sanny Oropel said that the improvement of road shoulder, embankment, flood control and drainage along Negros Translink Eco-Tourism Highway also known as the Bacolod-Murcia-D.S. Benedicto-San Carlos City national road will provide general public safer and comfortable travel. These improvement works were undertaken in selected road sections that are prone to flooding due to landslides, others necessitates widening and provision for embankment slope protection, added Oropel. Compared to the circuitous coastal road from Bacolod City to San Carlos City route which has a distance of 143.263 kilometers, substantial amount of savings will be derived in utilizing the Bacolod-Murcia-D.S. Benedicto-San Carlos City national road which measures 81.408 kilometers. The construction of this road also completes the intermodal component of the transport system between the islands of Panay, Negros and also Cebu. Of the 71.798 kilometer portion of the Bacolod-Murcia-D.S. Benedicto-San Carlos City national road under the DPWH Negros Occidental 1st District Engineering Office, about 40.632 kilometers of the highway were concrete paved between the period of CY 1998 to CY 2007, with 31.106 old existing concrete and .060 kilometers old existing asphalt programmed for replacement/improvement in the coming years. In addition, six (6) bridges were constructed along the route with three (3) of them under the Japan International Cooperation Agency fund and same number under the United Kingdom assisted President’s Bridge Program. For the Bacolod North Road which traverses about 11 northern municipalities and cities of Negros Occidental from Bacolod City passing Talisay City to San Carlos City, the DPWH also carries out similar infrastructure undertaking including the replacement of damaged asphalt pavement with concrete. Bacolod North Road is widely used by big trucks and trailers in hauling sugarcanes from the fields to various sugar mills  
 
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  05/07/08

DIVERSION ROAD ALONG ILOILO-AKLAN NAUTICAL HIGHWAY ROUTE SOON TO EASE TRAFFIC

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  Travel of buses, cargo trucks and trailers from Iloilo to Manila via Capiz, Kalibo and Caticlan and vice versa through the Roll On Roll Off land and sea transport will be more faster and easier once the on-going construction of diversion/by-pass road along Kalibo-Iloilo Highway is completed. The 746 lineal meters Banga Diversion Road Project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) which starts at the national road at Mambog, Banga and ends at junction nation road at Tabayon, Banga is an ultimate solution to motorist woes in passing the congested Poblacion area of Banga, Aklan. Part of the Kalibo-Iloilo National Road which is a vital component of the Western Seabord of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway that links Luzon through Mindoro, Panay and Negros Island leading to Mindanao, the Banga Diversion Road will serve as major route of cargo trucks, buses and other vehicles to avoid heavy traffic. Mayor Antonio Maming of Banga, Aklan expressed his sincerest thanks and appreciation to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and to DPWH for the bypass road project. Farmer Nolly G. Remaneses said that the new highway would speed up the delivery of their agricultural products to market centers. Representative of the project contractor AFG Construction and Supply committed to fast-track construction activities to make up for the loss time due to unfavorable weather condition and problems with road right of way encountered in the past. On the otherhand, the DPWH Aklan District Engineer Robert Cabigas said that he will see to it that the project is implemented on a fast-track basis and ensure that quality of works will not be sacrificed through field construction monitoring and regular materials testing.  
 
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  05/06/08

DPWH REPLACES DETERIORATING STEEL BRIDGES IN NEGROS ISLAND

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  A vital bridge in Cauayan, Negros Occidental along Bacolod South Road leading to Dumaguete City is about to be completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways. The 96 lineal meter Isio Bridge in Barangay Isio, Cauayan, Negros Occidental whose main bridge proper is already complete except for the road concreting works due to its new alignment at both approaches. According to District Engineer Viola Hitalia of the DPWH 3rd Negros Occidental Engineering District Office, the completion of the new bridge will replace the single-lane deteriorating steel bridge capable only of holding 15 tons of load. The new bridge, scheduled for completion on May 17, 2008, is a pre-stressed concrete girder (PSCG) type. Assistant District Engineer Haidee Alunan during an inspection said that the opening to vehicular traffic of the new Isio Bridge will ensure safety travel of commuters and motorists. Construction of the P60.088 million worth Isio Bridge was implemented in multi-year phase starting in October 1998 because of insufficiency in government funds. Engineer Hitalia said that since there were still an existing one-lane bridge that could be utilize by land travelers, funds were then allocated to other infrastructure projects for the benefit of the District’s constituents. Aside from Isio Bridge, the DPWH Negros Occidental 3rd District Engineering Office has also completed the construction of 30 lineal meter Camindangan Bridge along Candoni-Sipalay Road in Sipalay City. The P20.25 Million Camindangan Bridge which is also a PSCG type replaces the old-bailey bridge that is also in deteriorating condition. Construction of bridges in the countryside is among the priority undertaking of the leadership of DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. in support to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s countryside development program.  
 
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  05/06/08

DPWH IMPROVES SCENIC NEGROS ROAD

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  A scenic highway in Negros Occidental has been further improved by the Department of Public Works and Highways. Dilapidated portions of the San Enrique-Pontevedra By-Pass Road were rehabilitated and the DPWH-Negros Occidental 4th District Engineering Office constructed a new Candaguit Bridge along the route. Neneng Divino of Barangay Baliwagan, San Enrique, Negros Occidental expressed her appreciation and thanks to the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the DPWH for improvement works done at their highway. District Emmanuel Mendiguarin said that the improvement of the San Enrique-Pontevedra By-Pass Road and construction of Candaguit Bridge manifests the commitment of the DPWH to drive development now only in urban areas but also in the entire countryside. Assistant District Engineer Vicente Vargas said that the towns of San Enrique and Pontevedra are two (2) of the progressive municipalities of Negros Occidental Province where variety of fruits are exported.  
 
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  05/06/08

DPWH WIDENS BACOLOD SOUTH ROAD FROM 4 TO 6 LANES

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has widened the Bacolod South Kabancalan Road in Bacolod City from four to six lanes in respond to growing land transport demand. DPWH Bacolod City District Enginer Norma Deloguines said that the road widening will address the traffic congestion problem as a consequence of growth of Bacolod City. Being a major thoroughfare where daily continuous traffic of both light and heavy vehicles is observed, improvement has to be done to support the continuing social and economic progress, said Deloguines. The Bacolod South Kabancalan Road is classified as part of the north-south backbone of Philippine’s arterial road network as it traverses from BAcolod City to Kabancalan City on the southern portion of Negros Occidental leading further to Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental. About 10.48 kilometer portion of Bacolod South Kabancalan Road is under the jurisdiction of DPWH Bacolod City District Engineering Office. Funds under the DPWH regular infra and priority project funds of legislators are utilized in the improvement of the highway. Aside from turning the four (4) lane asphalt concrete to six lane concrete road, DPWH also provides necessary sidewalk, drainage and riprap on both sides of the highway. Celestino Mertorio, a jeepney driver in Bacolod City, noticed the benefit of the road widening as it speeds up travel time resulting to increased income. Hernani Nemis, also of Bacolod City, expresses his gratitude to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the DPWH under the leadership of Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. for this timely project in their area.  
 
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  05/05/08

DPWH LEADS RETRIEVAL OPERATION

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways headed by Ilocos Sur 2nd District Engineer Ray Elaydo (left) conducts the retrieval operation on the passenger jeepney which plunged 80 meters below the steep slope section of San Emilio-Cervantes Road in Ilocos Sur killing instantly four passengers. According to initial police reports the jeepney encountered mechanical trouble when approaching the steep portion near the town of San Emilio. With DE Elaydo are (left to right) DPWH Regional Equipment Engineer Jose Dela Cruz and San Emilio Mayor Lorenzo Bragado Jr.  
 
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  05/04/08

EBDANE APPOINTS THREE NEW FIELD EXECUTIVES

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  Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. recently assigned three field executives in critical DPWH project operations. In his Special order No. 122 Secretary Ebdane appointed Engr. Philip Meñez as the Project Director of Mt. Pinatubo Hazard Urgent Mitigation Project (PHUMP) III. Engr. Meñez is one of the department’s flood control experts proven by his previous appointment as Project Director of the DPWH Major Flood Control Project Management Office Cluster II. Among the flood control projects that Engr. Meñez is supervising are the Laoag River Basin Flood Control Project, Cotabato River Basin and Development Project and the Agno River Flood Control Project. Meanwhile, in his Special Order No. 123, Ebdane appointed Engr. Oscar Villanueva as the Assistant Project Director of the President’s Bridge Program. The President’s Bridge Program is one of the priority projects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as it aims to provide the needed bridge facilities to link far flung areas on existing road networks to spur economic development. In Western Visayas, Ebdane appointed Engr. Berna Coca as OIC-Assistant Regional Director of DPWH Region VI Office. The DPWH Operation in Western Visayas is critical because of the major rehabilitation works in the damaged infrastructure facilities brought by the successive typhoons in the past few months.  
 
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  05/02/08

COURT AFFIRMS RULING ON RETIRED DPWH OFFICIAL’S CASE

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  Retired Department of Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Salvador A. Pleyto can now claim his retirement benefits for his 41 years of government service after the Supreme Court (SC) has declared final its November 23, 2007 decision clearing him of the charges of gross misconduct. The SC through a resolution denied with finality the motion for reconsideration filed by the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on the 2007 decision written by Justice Minita V. Chico Nazario. The SC decision reversed the ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) that upheld the order of the Office of the Ombudsman dismissing Pleyto from the service after finding him guilty of gross misconduct and dishonesty for concealing and misdeclaring his assets when he filed his Statement of Assets and Liabilities (SALN) in 2001 and 2002. The SC finds substantial evidence that petitioner (Pleyto) and his wife have lawful sources of income other than petitioner’s salary as a government official that enabled them to acquire several real properties in their names and travel abroad. Pleyto retired early 2007 while the case was still being resolved.  
 
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  05/02/08

BANKEROHAN BRIDGE WAY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

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  Construction of Bankerohan Bridge in Davao City has already posted more than 85 percent of work accomplishment. Based on the latest report from the Department of Public Works and Highways-Region 11, the bridge project is more than 52 percent ahead of schedule after the contractor per advice of the Department fast-track it construction activities, taking advantage of the relatively favorable weather condition. Earlier, DPWH vowed to complete the construction of Generoso Bridge also known as Bankerohan Bridge on schedule after local officials as well as residents has expressed dissatisfaction over the agency performance in the implementation of the bridge project which serves as vital link between Davao City and nearby provinces in Mindanao. Since the project implementation was turned over to DPWH Region 11 from DPWH Bureau of Construction, the regional office had strictly supervised the construction activities of the contractor. As per instruction of DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of the operation in Mindanao, has advised the Regional Office to implement construction work on a 24/7 basis to finish the project as soon as possible. The 170 lineal meter bridge project which replaces the 30 year old structure that collapsed due to wear and tear is scheduled for completion by July 2008. The general public can anticipate the much early completion of the P206.6 million bridge project because of its present positive progress of work. Funding for the project was taken from the DPWH regular infrastructure fund.  
 

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