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"Daan sa Kaunlaran, Tulay sa Kinabukasan"                                                                                      "DPWH: Paving the way to Progress and Development; Bridging for a Better Future"                                                                                                                                                    "Daan sa Kaunlaran, Tulay sa Kinabukasan"                                                                        "DPWH: Paving the way to Progress and Development; Bridging for a Better Future"                                                                                                                                                           

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  06/30/09

DPWH TO CONDUCT EVALUATION OF PROJECT BENEFITS

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  With the objective to assess the benefits resulting from projects constructed and completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways. Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. has ordered the conduct of Benefit, Monitoring and Evaluation (BME) of completed projects costing P500M above. Department Order No. 29 signed by Secretary Ebdane directs all concerned DPWH officials to conduct BME for all SONA projects and all other projects to measure their effectiveness and impact in connection with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's desire to achieve unprecedented economic growth and boost national development to meet the national goals of the government. “ This roads, bridges and flood control structures will not only serve as structures that will enhance the living conditions of the people in the community but it will also complement in the national governments effort to build strong foundations of economic development by improving the country’s infrastructure facilities” Ebdane said. Ebdane stressed that his order is timely to guarantee that all completed projects of the Department will serve their purpose especially in improving the living condition of the beneficiaries within the area of each project. “ It is also our way of ensuring that the DPWH is doing its mission to provide and manage quality infrastructure facilities and services responsive to the needs of the Filipino people in the pursuit of national development objectives, “ he added. The monitoring and post-evaluation activities will be done by the personnel of the DPWH Regional and District Engineering Offices with the assistance Planning Service. The BME Reports for SONA projects shall be submitted one month after completion date or in February 2010 whichever comes first, while for the other infrastructure projects, the BME reports shall be submitted one month after the projects’ completion date.  
 
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  06/29/09

EBDANE TO ERRING CONTRACTORS: FOLLOW BIDDING LAWS OR FACE SUSPENSION

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  Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. has asked contractors to follow bidding laws as he announced that more of them face possible suspension for violating the governments procurement rules. Asked whether more contractors will be added to the list of 60 contractors suspended earlier, Ebdane replied: Yes, we are still in process of looking into the records because some of them have not responded to our letters requiring them to show cause why they should not be suspended. The DPWH suspended 60 major and small-time contractors last June 15 for various violations of Republic Act 9184, the government procurement reform law, and Department Order No. 35, series of 2008. The violations included contractors not completing the bidding procedure and not explaining their actions. Others cited unacceptable reasons such as having no engineering staff to complete the bid; claiming the projects are not profitable; and others complaining about the traffic congestion in project sites. Ebdane said that as early as in 2006, the DPWHs Joint Central Office-Bids and Awards Committee (CO-BAC) have already written ``more than 750 contractors and asked them why they should not be blacklisted, but we have since trimmed the list down to 450. Let the suspension send a clear message to all the contractors and other parties doing business with the DPWH in particular and government in general to follow the law or face sanctions and suspension or even lose their business, he said. The suspended contractors include IBC International Builders Corp., Gampik Construction and Development, Inc, AC Rivero Development Corp., ADP Construction and Supply, AFG Construction and Supply, Allencon Development Corp., Annasor Construction and Trading, BMK Construction, Big Bertha Construction and Development, CBN Construction and Supply;Chiara Construction, Cofe Jok Construction and Supply, Davao Concrete products, EML Construction and Trading, F. Guerrea Construction, Good Fortune International Inc., Henry S. Oaminal Construction and General Merchandise, Hi-Tri Development Corp, IBM International Builders Corp., J Cordon Construction and Supply, J Lee Construction, and JM Morales Construction and Supply.  
 
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  06/29/09

EBDANE TO ERRING CONTRACTORS: FOLLOW BIDDING LAWS OR FACE SUSPENSION

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  Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. has asked contractors to follow bidding laws as he announced that more of them face possible suspension for violating the government’s procurement rules. Asked whether more contractors will be added to the list of 60 contractors suspended earlier, Ebdane replied: “Yes, we are still in process of looking into the records because some of them have not responded to our letters requiring them to show cause why they should not be suspended.” The DPWH suspended 60 major and small-time contractors last June 15 for various violations of Republic Act 9184, the government procurement reform law, and Department Order No. 35, series of 2008. The violations included contractors not completing the bidding procedure and not explaining their actions. Others cited “unacceptable” reasons such as having no engineering staff to complete the bid; claiming the projects are not profitable; and others complaining about the traffic congestion in project sites. Ebdane said that as early as in 2006, the DPWH’s Joint Central Office-Bids and Awards Committee (CO-BAC) have already written ``more than 750 contractors and asked them why they should not be blacklisted, but we have since trimmed the list down to 450.” “Let the suspension send a clear message to all the contractors and other parties doing business with the DPWH in particular and government in general to follow the law or face sanctions and suspension or even lose their business,’’ he said. The suspended contractors include IBC International Builders Corp., Gampik Construction and Development, Inc, AC Rivero Development Corp., ADP Construction and Supply, AFG Construction and Supply, Allencon Development Corp., Annasor Construction and Trading, BMK Construction, Big Bertha Construction and Development, CBN Construction and Supply;Chiara Construction, Cofe Jok Construction and Supply, Davao Concrete products, EML Construction and Trading, F. Guerrea Construction, Good Fortune International Inc., Henry S. Oaminal Construction and General Merchandise, Hi-Tri Development Corp, IBM International Builders Corp., J Cordon Construction and Supply, J Lee Construction, and JM Morales Construction and Supply.  
 
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  06/25/09

FERIA DAMAGES INFRA PROJECTS - DPWH

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  Heavy rains brought about by typhoon Feria for the past two days caused damages to infrastructure including impassable roads and bridges nationwide. Reports from Department of Public Works and Highways field offices to Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. revelaed that among the affected infrastructure that are now impassable to traffic are the Cantingas, Ipil and Ituralba Reiforced Concrete Deck Girder (RCDG) Bridges, Pili, Cansapay, Silum Steel Bridges, Cantingas Bailey Bridges, all along Sibuyan Circumferential Road in Sibuyan Island due to washed out approaches; and Calatrava – San Agustin – Sta. Maria Road in Romblon due to series of landslides. The reported landslide along Tulingonn – Nabas section of Kalibo-Caticlan road has already been cleared and removed and the road is now passable. Also closed to traffic is the Catmon Bridge in Masbate Province due to eroded and hanging approach slab. In Central Luzon, the following roads are closed: Candaba-San Miguel Road and Baliwag-Candaba-Sta. Road due to flooding; Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road due to landslide. Meanwhile in Eastern Visayas, the following roads are hardly passable: Sambulawan-Calasigue-Calubian Road, Lemon-Leyte-Biliran Road, and Bato-Bontoc Road (all in Leyte) due to landslide; and the Catbalogan North Road; Catbalogan-Calbiga Road (Jiabong Section) and Samar-Leyte Road and Lagundi Section along Daang Maharlika (all in Samar) due to falling big trees and rock slide; Kawayan-Clulaba Road, Caibiran-Cabugayan Road due to washed out surface materials; Tucdao, Uson, Talibong Bailey Bridges in Biliran due to washed-out and scoured bridge. In Western Visayas, the following are closed to traffic: Arellano Bridge in Panay, Capiz due to damaged bridge; Bogo Bridge in San Remegio, Antique due to totally washed-out bridge; and the Naba-Caticlan Road (Tubingan Section) due to washed-out road. In Malabon, Metro Manila, Sanciangco Street from Bustamante Street to Governor Pascual Avenue is impassable to all types of vehicles due to flooding reported to be 0.4 meters high. Upon the order of Secretary Ebdane, all regional directors and district engineers are on full alert and closely monitoring unexpected incident that may occur. Maintenance crew and equipment are mobilized and deployed in different critical areas to respond on any emergency road situations. Moreover, warning and precautionary signs were installed on both ends of affected roads and bridges to war incoming motorists. All other parts of the country reported no damages of infrastructures and all national roads and bridges are passable to all types of vehicles but motorists are advice to take precautionary measures while traveling.  
 
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  06/25/09

DPWH CELEBRATES 111TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MEDICAL MISSION

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways celebrated its 111th Anniversary with free dental and medical services to more than 200 families in Baseco Compond Metro Manila. Instead of conducting festivities, DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. ordered DPWH field offices to extend basic medical services to poor communities.  
 
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  06/25/09

DPWH RETIREES’ CITED

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  During the celebration of its 111th founding Anniversary, Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. presents a plaque of appreciation to Ms. Estelita Leuterio, Supply Officer retiree from the Bureau of Equipment Office in recognition of her valuable service to the Department for more than 30 years. Ms. Leuterio is one among the retirees cited by DPWH during its 111th Anniversary celebration.  
 
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  06/23/09

EBDANE: ROADS ARE MADE FOR WALKING; NOT BURNING, PISSING

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  Roads and bridges are made for walking and transport; not burning, nor pissing. Stressing that the country owes its progress to its roads and bridges, Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. yesterday asked people to take good care of their roads and bridges for them to get the ``most mileage from them. We must take care of these roads, there are many things we should not do like burning objects on top of roads, dont let very heavy objects pass through them; and dont piss on bridges, this is our appeal to all Filipinos, Ebdane said in a speech marking the 111th anniversary of the DPWH yesterday. The head of the Department of Public Works and Highways lamented that people have the habit of burning used vehicle tires on roads during special occasions like New Years Day or demonstrations and rallies, which lessen the roads life span. In urban and rural areas, boys and mens also use bridges to piss on, especially if there are rivers below. The roads we build are the bridges to the future, he said, stressing that the roads and bridges are the countrys lifeline. We must encourage greater awareness of the importance of keeping our public works in good working condition to maximize taxpayers investments, he said. Ebdane also emphasized the need for DPWH man do quality work and to take responsibility for our work as public servants. ``I have given instructions to our people on the ground, from the District Engineers to the Regional Directors, to stamp their names and make their mark on every project, Ebdane said. From 2005 to 2010, the DPWH will pave 2,207 kilometers of the National Arterial Road System and construct, rehabilitate, and widen 2,188 kilometers more. It will also pave and rehabilitate 2,512 kilometers of national secondary roads; and construct bridges measuring 210,769 lineal meters.  
 
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  06/22/09

DPWH TONES DOWN 111TH ANNIVERSARY BASH TO DONATE SOAP, ALCOHOL TO HELP POOR FIGHT H1N1 VIRUS

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  Officials and employees of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have decided to tone down their festivities marking the DPWH’s 111th anniversary today (Tuesday) to help poor communities fight the spread of the dreaded H1N1 flu virus. Instead of spending for a big dinner at a posh hotel Tuesday night, the DPWH rank and file opted to buy several boxes of soaps, alcohol and hand sanitizers which they will distribute in key public schools and communities surrounding DPWH regional and district offices nationwide. “Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. wants us to be sensitive and responsive to the needs of poor people around us. We cannot do much celebrating knowing that people everywhere are worried sick about the spread of the H1N1 virus,” said Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Ebdane’s spokesperson. Undersecretary Jaime Pacanan, who prepared the program for this year’s anniversary celebration, said DPWH offices all over the country will celebrate the bureau’s 111th year today in a “simple and meaningful way.” “In our small way, we want to help people fight the epidemic so big parties are off this year,” he said. Undersecretary Romeo Momo, who oversees DPWH operations of six regions in Luzon , said some Regional Offices will be holding medical missions and taking temperature readings of people in poor communities around them. Southern Luzon Regional Director Bonifacio Seguit, for example, would have doctors available today to check on people and give them vitamins to fortify them from the dreaded disease. At the DPWH Central Office, where festivities were held Monday (June 22), Burt B. Favorito, administrative and manpower management service director, said the DPWH medical team under Dr. Unido Fabrigas did temperature readings of their employees. Favorito said that, in coordination with acting National Capital Regional Dir. Edilberto Tayao, they will hold today medical missions in key areas in Metro Manila and distribute soap, alcohol and hand sanitizers. According to him, the soap, alcohol and hand sanitizers came from the money the Director’s League of the Philippines and the District Engineer’s League of the Philippines have donated for the now downgraded 111th anniversary bash.  
 
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  06/19/09

INFRA TEAM CONDUCTS ON-SITE INSPECTION OF PGMA’s P5.18 B KAMANAVA FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT

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  The Pro-Performance System Steering Committee (Pro-Performance Team) intensifies onsite inspections of President Arroyo’s priority infrastructure programs and projects as well as regional meetings and dialogues with implementing agencies and stakeholders to fast-track the completion of these programs and projects. The Pro-Performance Team will go to Malabon and Navotas to inspect the P5.18 billion KAMANAVA Flood Control Project on Friday, June 19. The Pro-Performance Team, composed of government and private sector representatives, will validate the progress of the flood control project which covers 18.50 square kilometers of flood prone areas covering the cities and municipalities of Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas. Areas to be visited include the Bangkulasi Pumping Station, R-10 in Navotas City, the remaining clearing and dredging works at the Malabon River, the Polder Dike-Kailugan Section in Malabon City, and the Polder Dike of the Tanza Section and its Navigation Gate, Navotas City. Presidential Management Staff Secretary Hermogenes C. Esperon, Jr., who co-chairs the PPS-SC, said the project was designed to reduce, if not totally resolve, the perennial flooding problem in the northern part of Metro Manila. Esperon said that the KAMANAVA flood control project is 90.27 percent complete as of May 2009. Among the components with ongoing works include the Polder Dike in Kailugan and Pinagkabalian Sections, Northern Catmon Drainage, Malabon River Channel, Estero de Maypajo Channel, Longos Creek Channel, and Catmon Creek Channel. “The five pumping stations, six floodgates and one navigation gate are now operational and have considerably reduced flooding in the area in terms of period of inundation and depth of flooding,” he said. Esperon added that before the completion of these facilities, flooding would last for days before subsiding to a depth of one meter. Now, flooding lasts only for minutes with significantly reduced depth of 20 centimeters. Floods caused by high tides are now controlled by the floodgates and navigation gate while pumping stations flush out rainwater flowing from drainage canals to the retarding pond of the pumping stations. The Pro-Performance Team members include Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Chairman Emeritus, Ambassador Donald Dee, representing the business community; the Philippine Representative to the Asian Development Bank, Ambassador Marita Magpili-Jimenez, for international development organizations; Caritas Manila Executive Director, Rev. Father Anton Pascual, for the religious sector; Jose Rizal University President, Dr. Vincent Fabella, for the academe; National Youth Commission Chairman Richard Alvin Nalupta, for the youth sector; Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office General Manager Rosario C. Uriarte, for the national government advocacy; Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP) President Benjamin Abalos Jr., for the local government unit; and Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Vice-Chairman Ruperto “Jun” Nicdao of the Manila Broadcasting Company, for media.  
 
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  06/19/09

PGMA PRO PERFORMANCE TEAM INSPECTS CAMANAVA FLOOD PROJECT

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  Public Works and Highways CAMANAVA Flood Control Project Director Carla Bartolo briefs Pro-Performance Team Head and PMS Secretary Hermogenes Esperon Jr. regarding the status and on-going works of the mega flood control project. With Bartolo are DPWH Undersecretary Romeo Momo and DPWH NCR Director Edilberto Tayao.  
 
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  06/18/09

SEXY BILLBOARDS PARTLY CAUSING METRO TRAFFIC TO CRAWL TO 10 KILOMETERS PER HOUR

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  Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. has called on outdoor advertisers anew to remove sexy billboards as another DPWH official claims that party because of these billboards, traffic in the metropolis has crawled to an average of 10 kilometers per hour. “They themselves know that some of these billboards are sexually suggestive. They (outdoor advertisers) should voluntarily remove these billboards,’’ said Ebdane, who admits that he too gets distracted by the sexy billboards. Earlier, Ebdane ordered Undersecretary Rafael Yabut to speed up the dismantling of illegal, unsafe and sexy billboards. Several billboard operators pulled down 20 of 37 billboards displaying indecent and immoral contents, but some of the sexually explicit billboards have remained. DPWH Director for Planning Service Melvin Navarro revealed that per the DPWH’ Metro Manila Urban Transport Integration Study (MMUTIS), Metro Manila’s traffic speed is now among the worse in Asia. “The level of congestion in Metro Manila is severe enough to cause an average travel speed of 10 km/hour, only slightly faster than that of Bangkok, which has the lowest travel speed on any major Asian City,’’ the MMUTIS study said. Areas where travel time has grounded to 10 kilometers per hour in peak hours in the morning include EDSA, Ortigas Avenue, Shaw Boulevard and Roxas Boulevard. In Asia, Singapore has the fastest average travel speed of 30 kilometers per hour; Hanoi, 20; Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo, 15. Navarro admits that the sexy billboards contribute to the traffic slow down. “It will lessen travel speed because people slow down to get a good view of the sexually explicit billboards. There is a co-relation between the travel speed and the sexy billboards,’’ Navarro said. Navarro said that he too gets distracted by a huge billboard of an alcohol company in EDSA where a girl with an “Egyptian two-piece attire” and ``enhanced breast” beckons to motorists to give her a glance. “It’s so huge, you can’t help but look and in the thick of traffic, a split-second distraction can mean slow-down, if not accident,’’ he said.  
 
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  06/17/09

PGMA ALLOTS P20 MILLION FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS IN ZAMBOANGA CITY

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  In her recent visit in Zamboanga City, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered the release P20 Million for the immediate improvement of R.T. Lim Boulevard in Zamboanga City. Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebane Jr. said that the improvement of the Lim Boulevard will greatly improve the traffic condition in Zamboanga City as it serves as one of the main access roads going in and out of the metropolis. “ Zamboanga City is one of the busiest City in Mindanao. For the year 2008, records shows that the Zamboanga City Airport is the 2nd busiest airport in the country that’s why keeping the road network in top condition within the city is vital for the economic activities in the area” Ebdane said. DPWH Region IX Director Pedro Herrera said that the road rehabilitation works is also expected to generate a total of 30 new employment opportunities skilled and unskilled from the locality. “ In the the implementation of the Department’s regular infra program, the DPWH Region IX Office has already generated a total of 1,322 skilled and unskilled workforce for the entire Zamboanga Peninsula” Herrera added.  
 
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  06/16/09

DPWH SPEEDS UP COMPLETION OF AWANG UPI ROAD PROJECT IN MAGUINDANAO

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  Corn farmers in North Upi, Maguindanao Province are now enjoying the faster and cheaper means of transporting their farm products from their upland farmlands to the market area in Cotabato City as the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the fast track implementation of the Junction-Awang-North Upi Road Project. North Upi Mayor Ramon A. Piang Sr. said that even the project is not yet complete the accomplishment of the DPWH has contributed a lot in the economic activities on their municipality. “ Since the DPWH has completed some of the concreting works included in the project the travelling time from our municipality going to Cotabato City has reduced for about an hour, and many public utitlity jeepneys have now started to operate in the area” Piang said. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. DPWH Region XII Director Sinaolan Macarambon said that the project is already 19.38% complete and is expected to be completed by December this year. “ Considering that this project is included in the Agribusiness Mindanao Super Region Project of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, we have already prepared the crash schedule to immediately complete the project” Macarambon said. Macarambon added that even though the project is being fast tracked, they are also conducting surprise inspection from time to time to assure quality of work. “ Once completed this P536 Million road project would also open the doors for employment and investment opportunities in the area especially that geographically the municipality of North Upi is considered as the Baguio City of Mindanao because of its cold and conducive environment” Macarambon added.  
 
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  06/15/09

EBDANE ORDERS SUSPENSION OF 60 DPWH CONTRACTORS

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  Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr directed the immediate implementation of the one-year suspension order for 60 DPWH civil works contactors for violation for the provisions of Republic Act 9184 and the 3-strike policy in procurement of civil works. Ebdane said that contractors had failed to justify why the DPWH Joint Central Office-Bids and Awards Committee (CO-BAC) recommendation to suspend them from participating in the projects should not be implemented. In a press conference, Secretary Ebdane specified that 60 of the 216 contractors who had been found to have violated SEC. 69.19 of the IRR of Republic Act 9184 (Government Procurement Reform Act) and Department Order No. 35, Series of 2008 were being given suspension orders effective immediately. After following due process with each contractor being given the opportunity to show cause why they should not be suspended for their violations, the joint CO-BAC recommended that 60 contractors be suspended for a period of 1 year starting from date of issuance of the Department Order mandating the suspension of the said contractors. “We have given all concerned enough time and followed due process as required by law. After careful deliberation of the CO-BAC, 60 contractors were recommended for suspension and I have approved their recommendation effective immediately”, Ebdane said. “We are duty-bound to fulfill the spirit and intent of RA 9184 as contained in the Implementing Rules and Regulations that were crafted to ensure full compliance”. In two resolutions signed by the CO-BAC members, the main reasons for the suspension included failure to respond to the DPWH Secretary’s letter requiring them to show cause, and the unacceptable reasons provided to justify their violations. Only 168 responded to the DPWH letter to show cause. The contractors covered by the suspension order are A.C. Rivero Development Corporation, ADP Construction and Supply, AFG Construction and Supply, Allencon Development Corporation. Annasor Construction and Trading, BMK Construction, Big Bertha Construction and Development, CBN Construction and Supply, Chiara Construction, Cofe Jok Construction and Supply, Davao Concrete Products, E.M.I. Construction and Trading, F. Gurrea Construction, Good Fortune International, Inc, Henry S. Oaminal Construction and General Merchandise, HI-TRI Development Corporation, IBC International Builders Corporation, J. Cordon Construction and Supply, J. Lee Construction, J. M. Morales Construction and Supply, J.S. Layson & Co, Inc, Jhall Marketing & Services, JH) Construction, LMG Construction, LSD Construction and Supply, Muana Development Corporation, Palmares General Merchandise, Patrila Builders, Performance Builders and Developers Corporation, R.B. Uriarte Costruction, R.G. Erillo Construction Inc., Roprim Construction, Shak Construction, Shen Construction, Topmost Development Marketing Corporation, TSD Builders Construction and Supply, Waterton Construction and Realty Development Corporation, Werr Corporation International, Welex Construction, A.D. Construction, ACES Trafcon Exponents, Inc, ALRAF Construction and Enterprises, ARN Builders, B.E. Construction, CVAP Construction, ECDA Construction, Gampik Construction and Development, Inc, IHZA Construction, J&S Cuadra Construction and Supply, JECEL Construction and Supply, JLA Construction and Supplies, KIRSKAT Venture, MBD General Construction, NFH Construction and Supply, NVF Construction, Rockworld Industries, Unayan Builders Construction and Supply, Villa Veronica Construction, and VNKC Construction.  
 
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  06/11/09

CENTRAL MINDANAO ROAD ENGINEERS CONDUCT 1ST REAP CONFERENCE

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  The Road Engineers Association of the Philippines – Region XII Chapter recently conducted its first ever REAP Conference at the Phela Grande Convention Center in General Santos City. DPWH Undersecretary Bashir D. Rasuman, in-charge of Mindanao Operations and current REAP National President who served as the guest of honor and speaker congratulated the REAP-Region XII Chapter for holding its first ever conference instilling in each and everyone their role as road builders and in managing the road network, which is very essential to the country’s development. Rasuman said the conference is very important to further hone each participant’s technical expertise in road engineering and responsibility of ensuring a road net that is safe, convenient and structurally sound for the motoring public that would benefit road development program in the Philippines. “I encourage you, as professional engineers – who in the exercise of your respective profession will not ever lose sight of the real essence why we are building these roads”, he added. The participants are reminded to be involved to the economic resiliency plan of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo of building more infrastructure including roads and bridges that would address the rippling effect of the present global economic crisis. For the year 2009, the government has frontloaded billions worth of public investments purposely for the DPWH under the able leadership of Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. to construct, improve or upgrade our present road network systems, particularly in the super regions and those that would efficiently connect our islands through access to ports under the Strong Republic Nautical Highway Sytem. In Central Mindanao, roads greatly help in attaining peace and development amidst the prevailing volatile situation in some conflict stricken areas.  
 
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  06/10/09

G.A.D. IN FULL FORCE AT DPWH

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  To ensure the Department's continuing compliance with Republic Act No. 7192, otherwise known as the “Women in Development and Nation Building Act," Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. has reconstituted the DPWH Committee on GAD (COGAD). GAD, which is short for Gender and Development, is the program centered on all efforts to unify the women of DPWH across the country, in order to address their concerns in a male-dominated infrastructure agency of the government. Assistant Secretary for Planning Maria Catalina E. Cabral, Chairperson of DPWH-COGAD, said that it is high time that GAD policies be given importance for women employees in the department to raise awareness on their role on development and nation building. To fully operationalize GAD activities, plans, programs, and projects, Asec Cabral stated that the department would provide an office space for GAD at the Central Office. Necessary equipment shall also be procured, Asec Cabral said. Preparation of Department Order integrating all Department Orders (DOs) on GAD, updating on gender based statistical data and publication and distribution of primers will also undertaken. To help reduce women’s workload in household by providing water supply in all barangays and conduct inventory of existing facilities, the department will be restructuring water supply projects. The department will also be providing evacuation centers in Munay, Kauswagan and Kalambingan, Lanao del Norte for the security of women and children in time of disasters and conflict. Monitoring and Information Service Director B. Elizabeth E. Yap, DPWH-GAD Vice-Chairperson said that, “although we have heard of GAD for the past years, we have yet to see the empowered women of DPWH go into real action.” “With the accomplishments of GAD for the past years taking into consideration the implementation of projects attributed to women, such as roads, bridges, water supply projects and other infrastructure, this time we have to focus on the ‘warm bodies’ – the working DPWH women, regardless of status,” Director Yap added.  
 
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  06/09/09

DPWH FIGHTS GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS THRU EMPLOYMENT GENERATION

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  In compliance with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Executive Order No. 782 also known as the Instituting Measures to Assist Workers Affected by the Global Financial Crisis and Temporary Filling up of Vacant Positions in the Government, the Department of Public Works and Highways started to accept job applications for vacant positions in the Department. To date a total of 178 displaced workers and/or their employable dependents were already hired in the DPWH Central Office in Manila, while 3407 are reported hired in the DPWH Regional Office nationwide. Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. said that this is in line with Presidents Arroyos’ Nationwide Mega Job Fairs Program to be launched in the celebration of 2009 Independence Day Celebration. “ We are expected to hire a total 500 Job Orders applicants for Metro Manila alone, that’s why we are inviting all interested applicants to attend the Mega Jobs Fair Celebration at the Luneta Grandstand on June 12” Ebdane said. Among the vacant positions needed are office and administrative and some specialized technical personnel. All applicants will be hired in a Job Order basis, which will have a contract validity for six months. “ This employment generation program is the joint effort of the government to fight the threat of global financial crisis by providing employment opportunities to increase the economic financial spending of the country” Ebdane added. Aside from the Mega Jobs Fair Program on June 12, the DPWH is also accepting applicants for its regular infrastructure projects nationwide. Since it was launched in March this year, out of the 723 contractors whom participated in the program, 33,661 are already hired nationwide.  
 
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  06/08/09

DPWH SPEEDS UP ECO-TOURISM ROAD IN ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA

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  Cutting the travelling time from two hours to less than an hour, coming from the down town of Dapitan City going to the internationally renowned Dakak Beach Resort, the Department of Public Works and Highways speeds up the completion of the Dapitan-Dakak Road in support with the fast growing eco-tourism industry in Zamboanga Peninsula. In his recent inspection in Zamboanga City, DPWH Undersecretary Bashir Rasuman, in-charge of Mindanao Operation said that he had instructed the project engineers as well as the contractor to fast track the implementation of the project and if possible complete it ahead of schedule. “ Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane had specific instruction to strictly monitor the project implementation to assure quality of work, that’s why we are going to the project site to see the actual progress of work” Rasuman said. Rasuman also added that the completion of the road project which will not only boost the tourism industry in the area but the development of the local infrastructure will also promote investment and employment opportunities among the residents in the area. To date the project is already 58% complete and is expected to be completed on December this year, Rasuman said. The project involves the construction of 10.7 kilometers of Portland concrete cement pavement, slope protection works, drainage system and installation of road safety devices.  
 
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  06/08/09

SEBASTE ACCESS ROAD COMPLETED

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  Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut (center), in charge of Visayas Operations inspects the newly completed Sebaste Port Access Road in Guimaras Island. During the inspection Yabut discusses with Guimaras Governor Felipe Nava and DPWH Region VI Director Rolando Asis the socio-economic impact of the project especially in the tourism and agricultural industry in the province.  
 
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  06/08/09

PGMA PUMP PRIMING PROJECTS

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  Public Works and Highways Western Visayas Director Rolando Asis (right) inspects the on-going construction of Cabatuan-New Lucena Road in Cabatuan, Iloilo. The said road project is one of the Pump-Priming Projects of President Gloria Macpagal Arroyo which aims to provide employment opportunities through infrastructure spending.  
 
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  06/08/09

20 OUTDOOR ADVERTISERS REMOVE SEXY BILLBOARDS AMID CALLS FOR BOYCOTT OF PRODUCTS THEY ADVERTISE

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  Facing an irate public calling for the boycotting of products displayed in 37 sexy billboards in Metro Manila, 20 members of the close to P2-billion outdoor billboard industry pulled out their tarpaulins in Metro Manila over the weekend. They were conscience-stricken. They realized that many people were against indecent and immoral billboards. They fear the backlash in public opinion will affect the products they were endorsing, said Armando Estrella, assistant regional director of the DPWH regional office in Metro Manila. According to Estrella, many people mostly parents have started calling the DPWH hotlines to complain of indecent billboards after Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. ordered the renewed campaign to remove illegal and unsafe billboards, including those that are deemed to be immoral. A top DPWH official received this text: ``The FHM and Tanduay billboard -- seen on Katipunan-Aurora flyover approaching Ateneo -- should be burned. Earlier, Bishop Nilo S. Tayag of the Iglesia Catolica Filipina Independente (ICFI) asked the public to consider boycotting the products displaying sexy billboards for being insensitive to the moral sensitivities of Filipinos, especially women and children. However, Estrella cautioned people against resorting to burning or boycotting of products and asked them to leave the matter to the DPWH. ``We will fully comply with the orders of President Arroyo and Secretary Ebdane and we will go after billboards that have no permits, those constructed within the right-of-way; those that were assessed to be structurally deficient and unsafe; those constructed near electrical and telephone wires; and those that pose hazards because they distract motorists such as sexy billboards, Estrella said. Last week, outgoing DPWH NCR Regional Director Robert G. Lala asked DPWH district engineers in Metro Manila to order billboard operators to lower down their signages and tarpaulins ``showing revealing pictures (showing underwear and body parts) or face demolition of their billboards. Estrella said that of the 37 sexy billboards, 20 have voluntarily removed their tarpaulins, five were removed by the DPWHs Task Force Operation Baklas Billboard led by Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut and the rest asked for more time to do so.  
 
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  06/05/09

ROAD REHAB IN LEGASPI CITY NEARS COMPLETION-DPWH

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  Motorists passing through the metropolis in Legaspi City are now enjoying a more convenient and traffic free ride around the city as the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the near completion of the rehabilitation/reconstruction of damaged portions of Lakandula Drive. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. DPWH Region V Director Orlando Roces said that they immediately started the rehabilitation works on the said project after noticing that the traffic build up usually occurs in the area especially during rush hour. “ We have started the rehabilitation works last March, to date the project is now 91.2% complete, ahead of 22.7% compared to its scheduled accomplishment rating” Roces said. Roces also said that the decongestion of traffic within Legaspi City is vital in the economic activities of the entire region because it is the center of trade and tourism industry in Bicol Region. The P32.7 Million road rehabilitation project includes the asphalt overlay of 2,000 lineal meters of road, removal of old cat’s eye and installation of traffic management system. The project is scheduled to be completed by July 2009, but with the good progress of work it is expected to be completed this month.  
 
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  06/04/09

MARIKINA-INFANTA ROAD NEARS COMPLETION

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  After taking advantage of the summer months, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the near completion of new road network that will decongest traffic in Metro Manila and would connect the major fishport industry in Quezon Province to western part of Metro Manila. The Marikina-Infanta Road project is a 138.13 kilometer road that traverses towns Marikina, Antipolo, Tanay and Infanta which aims not only to decongest traffic by providing an alternate route going in and out of Metro Manila going to CALABARZON Provinces but also to improve the existing rural infrastructure facilities and to promote investment opportunities on fishing, agriculture and handicrafts industry. DPWH Secretary Hemrogenes E. Ebdane Jr. said that almost 110 kilometers of the entire project is already concreted while the remaining works are expected to be completed before December this year. This P2.2 Billion road project was divided into two phases; phase I, which was implemented by the DPWH Region IV-A Office includes the paving of 109 kilometers of gravel road, slope protection works and drainage system; Phase 2, which was implemented by the DPWH-Philippine Japan Highway Loan Project Management Office includes the construction of 20.01 kilometers of gravel road, five bridges, slope protection works and drainage system. Ms. Gina Buse, a local farmer in Brgy. Little Baguio in Real, Infanta Quezon said that now that the road is already paved, they can now easily transport their farm produce such as sweet potatoes and corn to the market areas in Tanay Rizal by using jeepney, compared in the previous years when only horses can traverse the route going in and out of their barangay.  
 
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  06/02/09

GUIMARAS PORT ACCESS ROAD PROJECT

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways is undertaking the rehabilitation/improvement of Sebaste Port Access Road to further boost tourism industry of Guimaras Province and provide access to Negros Occidental through the roll on - roll off facility. DPWH Guimaras District Engineer Teodoro Castillo reported that concrete paving works for the 650 lineal meter portion of San Miguel-Sebaste Road have been completed two (2) months ahead of August 1, 2009 completion date. Costing P16.771 million, the project is among the pump-priming projects in Western Visayas Region finished almost fifty percent ahead of time. Castillo said that they speed-up the project implementation upon the instruction of Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. as part of the Department’s effort to pump-prime local economy in support with the DPWH economic resiliency plan to generate job opportunities to the local folk. Earlier, DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of Visayas operation, together with Region 6 Director Rolando Asis and Guimaras Governor Felipe Hilan A. Nava inspected the completed road project and discussed plan for the rehabilitation/improvement of about 16.247 kilometer San Miguel-Sebaste Road. Rehabilitation/improvement of the whole stretch of San Miguel-Sebaste Road, presently categorized as provincial road, will need funding amount of P265 million. Although relatively young and the smallest among the six provinces of Western Visayas, Guimaras Province is far from being remote and isolated, with the busy seaport and concreted circumferential and central highways.  
 
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  06/01/09

RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS DPWH DRIVE AGAINST IMMORAL BILLBOARDS

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  A religious organization has mobilized its members to “pressure” advertisers against putting up immoral and indecent billboards which the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has targeted for dismantling. Meanwhile, a top DPWH official yesterday asserted their rights to regulate ‘indecent and immoral advertising,” saying such mandate was affirmed by the Court of Appeals in granting the petition of DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane in a case filed against Astro Advertising last year. In statement, the Philippine Independent Catholic Church-also known as the Iglesia Catolica Filipina Independente (ICFC)- said it had mobilized its members to pressure advertisers to “follow the Nationla Building Code religiously for the physical and moral welfare of the Filipino people.” “ The whole laity of the (ICFI) shall be mobilized to put pressure on the advertisers to have a social conscience in their marketing efforts which is supposed to benefit their clientele,” said ICFI Bishop Nilo S. Tayag. “ While the issue of what are moral or immoral images and messages may be debatable ones, these billboards happen to be illegally built and not in accordance witrh the National Government Code, “said Tayag, adding that they support the move of the DPWH against billboards that “pose serious dangers not only to the physical but also to the moral lives of the Filipino people.” The DPWH announced last week that they will dismantle sexually suggestive billboards in time for the opening of public schools this week. “This lewd billboards pose multiple dangers- they distract drivers who can’t help but ogle at the sexy photos; they post dangers to motorists and pedestrians when they fall down; they inconvenience everyone when they collapse unto electric and telephone lines; and they cause traffic jams wherever they fall,” said Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, head of the DPWH’s Operation Baklas Billboard Task Force. Earlier, an official of the DPWH’s National Building Code Development Office (NBCDO) said that 90 percent of the 2,000 billboards along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) were found to have been violating the provisions of the building code. These violations include the putting up of billboards without permits; setting them up in road right of ways, yards or setbacks; using substandard materials; and constructing them near power and telephone lines. This prompted Ebdane to order the resumption of Oplan Baklas Billboard in anticipation of the onset of the rainy season and the opening of classes. But this early, advertisers are already threatening to bring the DPWH to court as they questioned its power to “decide on advertising content.” In reply, Yabut quoted the decision penned by Associate Justice Martin Villarama who said the DPWH can regulate billboards and signboards, including “ the prohibition of indecent or immoral advertising… to protect the public safety, health, morals or general welfare.” Astro Advertising and the Outdoor Advertising Association of the Philippines earlier questioned the powers of the DPWH to dismantle billboards after President Arroyo ordered the dismantling of unsafe and illegal billboards nationwide in the aftermath of the destructive typhoon Milenyo in 2006.  
 
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  06/01/09

DPWH PROMOTES TOURISM INDUSTRY IN BICOL REGION

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways is now doubling its effort to complete the concreting of the Irosin-San Roque-Bulusan Lake Road as it serves as vital access to scenic Bulusan Lake in the province of Sorsogon. Department of Tourism Region V Director Maria Ravanilla said that data shows that the visit of foreign and local tourists in the various resorts around the Bulusan Lake had increased during the recent past and that the improvement of the road network would surely further boost the tourism industry in the area. “ The improvent of the this infrastructure in the area will also promote the environmental preservation efforts of the government because the more the people can reach and appreciate the natural environment the more we can show the importance of preserving our natural resources” Ravanilla said. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. DPWH Region 5 Director Orlando Roces said that the project is now 33.7% complete, ahead of 4.7% compared to its scheduled accomplishment rating. Roces added that if the good weather prevails, with the present progress of work, they can finish the project on or before December 2009. This P57.6 Million eco-tourism road project involves the concreting of 7,000 lineal meters of portland concrete cement pavement, slope protection works, boxculvert and some drainage structures.  
 

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