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  09/29/09

EBDANE CITED BY BATANGUEÑOS

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  Lobo-Batangas Mayor Virgilio Manalo presents a Plaque of Recognition to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane for his valuable support in the municipality’s countryside development program by providing the needed infrastructure such as farm-to-market roads in their area during the 138th Founding anniversary. With Mayor Manalo are Vice Mayor Romeo Sulit and Municipal Councilors Carlos Magtibay, Mario Lat and Doy Sulit.  
 
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  09/29/09

DPWH TRAVEL ADVISORY As of 12:00 pm September 29, 2009

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  DPWH TRAVEL ADVISORY As of 12:00 pm September 29, 2009 Total cost of Infra Damage Nationwide: P 350.4 Million UNPASSABLE ROADS National Capital Region - Quezon Avenue Underpass - Tipas-Napindan Road Reason for Closure: Flooded road section Initial cost of damage in NCR:P 50 Million Cordillera Administrative Region - Tangadan Section of Mt. Province- Cagayan via Tabuk Road - Sabangan Section of Baguio Bontoc Road Reason for closure: Mud and Landslide Initial cost of damage in CAR: P41.05 Million Region III - Brgy. Bitungal Section of Norzagaray Bigte Road Reason for Closure: Road cut Initial cost of damage in Region III: P76 Million Region 4-A Rizal - Tagaytay Taal Lake Road - Tagaytay-Talisay Road - Marcos Highway 3rd Conrete Bridge - Kilometer 24 of Sumulong Highway - Kilometer 28 of Antipolo Teresa Road - Pililia- Jala-jala, Quisao Bridge - Kilometer 71 of Marikina Infanta Road Reason for closure: Damaged bridge and landslides Batangas - Palico-Balayan Road - Km 81 of Tanauan-Talisay-Tagaytay Road - Km 166 of Bauan-Mabini Road - Tanauan-Talisay-Laurel-Agoncillo Road Reason for closure: Damaged Spillway, slope protection and landslides Laguna - Km 109 of Calamba-Sta Cruz Famy Road (Paete Section) Reason for closure: Flooded road section Initial cost of damage in Reg 4-A: 30 Million · All previously reported unpassable roads are now open to traffic · DPWH Regional and District Maintenance crew are deployed and conducting clearing and emergency repair works on damaged road and bridge section · Information and directional signs are installed in both ends of the affected road section to inform incoming motorists Prepared by: Public Information Division Tel. 3043370 / 3043280  
 
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  09/28/09

P278 MILLION WORTH OF INFRA DESTROYED BY “ONDOY”

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  Roads and bridges were not spared by the heavy rains brought by typhoon “Ondoy”. The Department of Public Works and Highways reported the initial estimate of P278 Million worth of infrastructure damaged due to landslides and heavy floods in Luzon, including the island of Palawan. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., DPWH Bureau of Maintenance Director Luis Mamitag said that the hardest hit was the National Capital Region and Central Luzon with both posting P50 Million worth of damaged infrastructures. In Region III the Norzagaray Bigte Road in along Brgy. Bitungal in Bulacan, Baler Casiguran Road in Brgy. Mapalad in Aurora, Cabatangan River Junction in Brgy. Villa Aurora in Nueva Ecija, Olongapo-Bugallon Road, Carael Section in Zambales and Plaza Sto Cristo in Guagua mapanga are all impassable due to road cuts and flooded road sections. All roads in Region I and II are now passable but a total of P23.6 Million and P38.10 Million worth of structures respectively are needed to rehabilitate the damaged road sections. In CALABARZON Area, the Marcos highway 3rd Concrete Bridge, Kilometer 54 of Sumulong highway and Antipolo-Teresa Road all in Rizal are also impassable due to landslide. Total cost of damage is around P30 Million. In Region 4-B, all roads are now passable but a total of P30 Million is also needed to permanently repair the damaged infrastructure. In Palawan, roads suffered slips with workers now undertaking restoration works. In Bicol Region, the Catanduanes Circumferential Road is now passable but a total of P33 million is also needed to repair the damaged road sections. In Cordillera Region the Tangadan Section of the Mt. Province-Cagayan via Tabuk Road is closed to traffic due to landslide, a total of P23 Million is needed to repair the damaged road “The DPWH regional and district disaster maintenance crew are working 24/7, as ordered by Secretary Ebdane, to conduct pallative repair works and clearing operations, warning and directional signs are also installed to warn incoming motorists” Mamitag added. Heavy equipment such as bulldozers, road graders, dump trucks are deployed to facilitate the clearing operation, Mamitag added.  
 
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  09/25/09

DPWH CITED FOR ITS ENVIROMENTAL PROGRAM

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  Aside from building the country’s needed infrastructure facilities, The Department of Public Works and Highways has taken a step forward to help address the increasing threat of Climate Change by implementing a strong pro-environment program in Catanduanes Province. Professor Sonia Vargas, head of the Catanduanes State Colleges Extension Service had recently cited the DPWH Catanduanes District Engineering Office for its effective implementation of the governments Solid Waste Management Program. “ The DPWH’s pro-environment program does not only help address the solid waste management system in our community but because of their effective implementation the DPWH Catanduanes DEO became a role model for other local and national government agencies in the adoption of the Solid Waste Management System” Vargas added. In his report to DPWH Secretary Heromogenes E. Ebdane Jr., DPWH Catanduanes District Engineer Ignacio Odiaman said that aside from segregating bio-degradable and non-biodegradable waste in the office, they also adopted various recycling programs such as making paper bricks made from recycled office papers; and bio-uling, which is made form twigs and scrap wood from the waste product of the road side vegetation maintenance program and plastic waste re-molding process. “ Because of our effective environmental program, we are invited by other local government agencies such as the Catanduanes Provincial Health Office and all the 11 municipalities of Catanduanes as resource speaker in the implementation of Solid Waste Management Program” Odiaman said. The said DWPH District Office has also established a Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located at the back of their office building. The MRF now collects the segregated garbage form their adjoining barangays.  
 
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  09/25/09

PRO-PERFORMANCE TEAM INSPECTS NLEX-SLEX LINK PROJECT

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  Public Works and Highways National Capital Region Director Edilberto Tayao briefs Presidential Management Staff Secretary and Pro-Performance Team Chairman Hermogenes Esperon Jr. regarding the status of the on-going NLEX-Pres. Garcia Avenue-SLEX Link Project during the on site inspection by the PMS/Pro-Performance Team. The DPWH aims to complete the project by December this year.  
 
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  09/23/09

DPWH COMPLIES WITH SC RULING, CLEANS UP MANILA BAY

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  In compliance with the Supreme Court’s decision on requiring the Department of Public Works and Highways together with other concerned government agencies to clean and rehabilitate Manila Bay, Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. orders the submission of an Action Plan that aims to achieve sustainable development of the Manila bay and its entire catch basin. In his Department Order No. 43, Ebdane has ordered the DPWH Regional Directors from the National Capital Region, CALABARZON Area and Central Luzon and Project Directors from Infrastructure Right of Way and KAMANAVA Project Management Offices to prepare an Action Plan under their respective jurisdiction and submit Quarterly Progress Report with Monitoring Matrix to the Manila Bay Coordinating Committee. “ The Action Plan should identify on how to control dishcrage of solid and liquid wastes coming from Meycauayan-Marilao-Ubando River (Pandacan), Talisay River (Bataan) and Imus River (Cavite) which end up to Manila Bay” Ebdane said. The DPWH is one of the concerned government agencies with related responsibilities mandated under the Philippine Law and tasked by Supreme Court to remove and demolish structures and other nuisances that obstruct the free flow of water to Manila Bay. Ebdane also assigned the DPWH Environmental and Social Service Office to be the coordinating office with the assistance of the DPWH Legal Service and shall submit progress reports to the Supreme Court and the MBCC. Meanwhile, a total of 500 DPWH personnel had recently participated in International Coastal Clean Celebration last September 19, 2009. The participants were deployed along the coastal shore of Manila Bay and Cavite Shore line near the Coastal Road in Paranaque City.  
 
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  09/18/09

DPWH COMPLETES P 1.6 BILLION INFRA PROJECT IN CAGAYAN VALLEY REGION

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  Considering the importance of adequate infrastructure facilities especially in highly agricultural areas to assure the immediate delivery of farm products to market areas, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the completion of 104 infrastructure projects in Cagayan Valley Region. DPWH Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo said that at the end of the second quarter the DPWH Region 2 Office has already completed a total of P 1.656 Billion worth of various infrastructure facilities such as road concreting, widening, farm-to market roads, multi purpose buildings and flood control structures. “ The Cagayan Valley region is one of the major sources of rice, corn, sugarcane, peanut and sweet potato and for this reason it is important to improve its existing infrastructure facilities as it does not only increase the profit of local farmers but also contributes to our country’s effort alleviate poverty” Momo added. DPWH Region 2 Director Eugenio Pipo said that the projects budget allocation is distributed among their district offices as follows: Batanes District Engineering Office with P86.3 Million (7 projects); Cagayan First District Engineering Office with P58.9 million; Cagayan Second District Engineering Office with Php189 Million; Cagayan Third District Engineering Office with P275 Million (33 projects in total). In the Province of Isabela, the First District Engineering Office has a total of P89 Million, Second District Engineering Office got P129 Million, Third District Engineering Office has P109 Million and the Fourth District Engineering Office has P86 Million (29 projects in total). The Nueva Vizcaya Main District Engineering Office has a total of P 153.4 Million, and Nueva Vizcaya Sub District Engineering Office got P 214.3 Million (24 projects in total). The Quirino District Engineering Office has P256.7 Million (13 projects) while the DPWH Regional Office got P 10 Million(one project) “ All these infrastructure investment will play a vital role in the development of the Cagayan Valley in terms of trade, commerce and even the tourism industry”. Pipo added.  
 
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  09/16/09

DPWH SETS GUIDELINES FOR CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS PRICE DATA, LABOR AND EQUIPMENT RENTAL RATES

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  Because of the constant changes of the construction materials prices brought by the global economic meltdown, the Department of Public Works and Highways has set guidelines for the establishment of construction materials price, standard labor and equipment rental rates. In his Department Order No. 40, Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. instructed all regional and district offices to adopt the new guidelines, which serve as a standard database for the prices of construction materials, labor and equipment rental rates. “ It is important to set a national standard for construction materials, labor and equipment rental rates for a unified database that the department use in the standard cost sheets for the pay items in the Transport Cost Estimate System (CES) in the preparation of the Program of Work (POW), Approved Budget for the Contract (ABC) and detailed Unit Price Analysis for infrastructure projects” Ebdane added. The DPWH CES is one of its Information Technology Program which aims to reduce the preparation of POW and ABC in all regional and district office infrastructure projects from three months to three weeks. Among the objectives of the guidelines is to establish a method of control/regulation, monitoring and validation for the unit prices of construction materials nationwide. The new guideline will also provide an updated information on standard labor rates to each district engineering offices and regional office base on the existing labor laws and other pertinent rules and regulations related to the welfare and benefits of the labor sector. The guidelines also specified the most commonly used construction and maintenance equipment with corresponding specifications and adopt the most reasonable rental rates of available equipments with the same specification out from the several makers, models and capacities of equipments listed in the ACEL equipment Guidebook, 22nd Edition series of 2003. To ensure its proper implementation, Ebdane also directed all region and district engineering offices to designate members of their corresponding Technical Working Group and submit the list of the said members to the Chairman of the DPWH Central Office Price Monitoring Committee.  
 
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  09/15/09

DPWH SPEEDS UP THE COMPLETION OF C-6 7KM SECTION ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

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  In line with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s thrust to decongest traffic in Metro Manila, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the fast track implementation of the construction/improvement of C-6 in Taguig City. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., DPWH NCR Director Edilberto Tayao said that the project is now 32.8% complete, ahead of 4.23% compared to its scheduled accomplishment rating. “ Secretary Ebdane has specific instruction to complete this project as soon as possible because once completed it will greatly reduce the flow of traffic in the eastern part of Metro Manila” Tayao said. Tayao also added that together with DPWH Undersecretary Romeo Momo, in-charge of Luzon operation, they constantly conduct on site filed inspection to assure quality of work and that the project would be completed on schedule. This road improvement project involves the asphalt paving of 7.05 kilometers of road dike along Laguna Lakeshore from Manuel Quezon Avenue in Lower Bicutan in Taguig Cit up to the bridge crossing in Napindan River. Also included in the project are the construction of roadside structures such as curb, sidewalk, headwalls and drainage system. This P150 Million road improvement project is implemented by the DPWH National Capital Region Office and is expected to be completed on December this year.  
 
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  09/15/09

DPWH WORKING TO REPAIR ROADS AND BRIDGES TO BRING NORMALCY BACK IN THE WAKE OF RECENT TYPHOONS

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is working hard to bring normalcy back to the lives of people in Central Luzon who were affected by the two successive typhoons recently. Working on orders of Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo said that in Zambales, one of the areas hardest hit by the storms, they are rushing work on the damaged approaches to the Carael bridge along Olongapo-Bugallon Road which was hit by floodwater and has remained not passable to motorists. We are constructing two additional bridge sections and adding 40 linear meters in both approaches, thereby widening the channel by a total of 140 linear meters, said Momo, adding the move will spare the approaches from floodwater and make the bridge passable even during storms. Momo, who is in-charge of the Luzon and Manila operations of the DPWH, said the extension of the bridge and installation of box culverts will cost about P 20 million. As a preventive measure, Momo said they are working to finish work on major flood-mitigating projects such as the P4.12 billion Agno River Flood Control Project (ARFCP)-Phase II in Tarlac and Pangasinan. According to Momo, the ARFCP Phase II involves river improvement works in the 23-kilometer Bayambang-Bautista-Alcala stretch of the Agno River extending from the Wawa Bridge in Bayambang to Alcala. The project aims to mitigate damages in the Agno river basin caused by recurrent flooding due to the insufficient carrying capacity of the river and the lack of height and width of existing earth dikes to cope with flooding, which has affected towns in Tarlac and Pangasinan since the 90s. Meanwhile, Momo said that in Metro Manila, DPWH district engineers immediately went to work to repair roads and cover up potholes to make the roads in the metropolis passable. But he explained that many of the potholes being complained about in Metro Manila are actually barangay roads which were not built by the DPWH. Some of the potholes are also caused by poor restoration work of water and communication utilities as well as the never-ending diggings.  
 
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  09/14/09

DPWH SAYS NEW ROAD TO SPARK PROGRESS IN MINDANAOS FOOD BASKET

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is determined to finish by December a new road network linking the progressive provinces of Bukidnon and Davao del Norte to boost the banana and pineapple export businesses in an area considered as Mindanaos Food Basket. Acting on President Arroyos bid to boost the agribusiness in Northern Mindanao, DPWH Region X Director Jerome Dela Rosa said they are on schedule in completing in three months the initial phase of the Kapalong-Talaingod-Valencia Road that will cut travel time between the two key agricultural provinces by up to an hours time. By December, this new road will be passable to all kinds of vehicles, thus boosting agricultural growth and trade in Mindanaos food basket, said Dela Rosa, adding that both President Arroyo and Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. have marching orders for them to finish the project in three months. This project will spur agricultural activities in the area, thus enhancing agricultural food production, especially pineapple, banana, rice, and sugar, Dela Rosa said. The road project, which costs P 3.515 billion, covers an approximate length of 130 kilometers, starting from the municipality of Kapalong, Davao del Norte and passing through the municipalities of Talaingod up to the city of Valencia, Bukidnon. According to De la Rosa, the travel route going to or from Davao del Norte or Bukidnon will be reduced by 70 kilometers, thus saving one hour from travel time. At present, travel time for trucks carrying agricultural goods and exports for local consumption last up to five hours as motorists take the circuitous, old Davao-Bukidnon road. To date, the project has posted a 71% completion rate based on the P2.01 billion fund release. It still needs an additional fund infusion of P1.5 billion to pave the whole road. In spite of this, De la Rosa assured that the road project will be passable by December this year. Dela Rosa added that this new road will also benefit motorists from Bukidnon bound to go to and from Davao Oriental and the Southern area of Agusan del Sur and other key agricultural areas.  
 
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  09/14/09

P86 MILLION PUMP PRIMING PROJECTS IN ISABELA COMPLETED- DPWH

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  Better infrastructure facilities and job opportunities are among the concrete achievements of the Department of Public Works and Highways as it reported the completion of a total of P86 Million worth of pump priming projects in Isabela. DPWH Undersecretary Romeo Momo, in-charge of Luzon operation said that a total of seven pump-priming projects implemented by the Isabel 4th District Engineering Office are now completed. “ With the orders of Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., these pump priming projects are implemented through labor intensive system in able to provide the needed employment opportunities among the local residents in the area” Momo added. Among the high-impact pump priming projects is the rehabilitation/ improvement of four critical portions of the Daang Maharlika Highway. DPWH Isabela 4th District Engineer Wilfredo Enciso said that they had prioritize the completion of asphalt overlaying and improvement works along the Daang Maharlika Highway because it is the main access route of rice and vegetable traders from Cagayan Valley going to Manila and vice-versa. Aside from maintaining the good condition of the road, Enciso is also coordinating with the concerned agencies to strictly enforce the Anti-Overloading Law or RA 8794 to avoid the early deterioration of the existing road pavement. Meanwhile, the other completed pump priming projects are the road concreting works along San Agustin, Junction National Potis Road Road, and Burgos-General Aguinaldo Road in Ramon Isabela. Out of these seven pump-projects, the DPWH had generated a total of 147 employment opportunities in Isabela 4th District Engineering Office.  
 
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  09/11/09

DPWH TO ADOPT 2 INCHES MINIMUM THICKNESS IN ASPHALT ROAD PROJECTS

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  With the objective to standardize and further ensure quality of work of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. has ordered the use of a minimum design thickness of 50 mm (2 inches) in all asphalt road projects. Department Order No. 39 signed by Secretary Ebdane directs all concerned DPWH officials and all heads of project implementing offices to strictly implement the order to adopt a minimum design thickness in all their asphalt overlay works/projects in accordance to the provision of Subsection 307.3.10 under Item 307 – Bituminous Plant – Mix Surface Course of the DPWH Standard Specifications for Highways, Bridges and Airports, Volume II, 2004 Edition. “Based on empirical studies and actual observations in the field, the use of less than 50 mm (2 inches) design thickness, among other design factors and considerations, has a detrimental effect on the structural stability/durability of the asphalt overlay,” Ebdane said. Ebdane added that in using a less than 50 mm thickness, the projects shall be more prone to premature cracking, potholes, peeling-off, among other defects, thereby affecting the smooth riding surface of the asphalt pavement. Ebdane stressed that his order is timely to guarantee that all asphalt overlay projects of the Department serve their purpose especially in improving the condition of the riding public and 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.  
 
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  09/11/09

DPWH TRAVEL ADVISORY

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  Due to heavy rains brought by typhoon “Labuyo” and “Maring” the Department of Public Works and Highways in Northern and Southern Luzon reported the closure of three road sections because of landslide and floods. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., DPWH Bureau of Maintenance Director Luis Mamitag said that in Cordillera Region the Kilometer 469 of Abra - Kalinga Road and Abaay Bridge along Abra-Cervantes Road was closed due to landslide and damaged 2 spans of the said bridge structure. Only pedestrians are now allowed to cross the said bridge. In Central Luzon, the Botolan_Carael Section along Olongapo-Bugallon Road is still not passable to traffic because of the damaged Carael Bridge due to heavy floods. A total of P21 Million is needed for the repair of the said damaged bridge. The DPWH Region III Office has already constructed a footbridge for temporary access road for pedestrians coming from Botolan going to Iba and vice-versa. “ The DPWH regional and district disaster maintenance crew are now deployed and conducting pallative repair works and clearing operations, warning and directional signs are also installed to warn incoming motorists” Mamitag added.  
 
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  09/09/09

ARCHITECT WINS DPWH GAD LOGO MAKING CONTEST

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  Architect Ponciano Agno, Jr. of the Malabon-Navotas Sub-District Engineering Office won the first prize in the recently concluded DPWH Gender and Development (GAD) Logo Making Contest. With the theme, “DPWH Moving Towards Gender-Responsive Infrastructure”, the contest was launched recently to promote dedication and empowerment of the Filipino women by increasing their awareness and knowledge, making them proactive and providing them with the precise tools for pushing gender equality in the DPWH infrastructure development programs and projects. Assistant Secretary for Planning and Chairperson for GAD Maria Catalina E. Cabral led in the awarding of trophies and cash prizes for the top three (3) winners and the distribution of certificates and cash prizes for the consolation prize winners. “The winning logo will be used for all DPWH-GAD related activities,” Monitoring and Information Service (MIS) and Vice Chairperson for GAD B. Elizabeth E. Yap said. Ruiel John R. Valencia of the Public Information Division (PID) - MIS and Architect Elmer Cezar A. Zaleta of the Office of the District Engineer, Daet, Camarines Norte, Region V bagged the second and third prize respectively. 13 other personnel from NCR and Regions III, IV-A, IV-B, V, XI and XII also participated in the event. After the awarding ceremonies, the inauguration of the newly established GAD office at the Second Floor, South Wing Annex, Central Office was also held with all the members of the Committee on GAD, TWG and contest participants.  
 
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  09/09/09

DPWH GAD LOGO MAKING CONTEST WINNERS

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  Assistant Secretary for Planning and Gender and Development (GAD) Chairperson Maria Catalina E. Cabral lead the awarding of the winners of the GAD Logo Making Contest. Architect Ponciano Agno, Jr. of the Malabon-Navotas Sub-District Engineering Office bagged the first prize, making his creative work the official logo to be used for GAD related activities in the department. A total of 16 employees participated in the contest as part of the awareness and advocacy program on DPWH gender sensitive policies and programs. Also in photo are the Committee on GAD (COGAD) Vice Chairperson B. Elizabeth E. Yap, COGAD members PMO-RWS/CARP OIC-Project Director Ernesto S. Gregorio, Jr., PMO-KEDCF Assistant Project Director Nimfa E. Potante, PMO-MMURTRIP Project Manager Carlos E. Badion, Quezon City 2nd District Engineer Reynaldo G. Tagudando, TWG team leader and members and contest participants.  
 
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  09/08/09

DPWH PREPARES FOR PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL

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  In preparation of the expected influx of motorists for the annual celebration of Peñafrancia Festival in Naga City, the Department of Public Works and Highways conducts maintenance works along the Andaya Highway in Camarines Sur and Daang Maharlika in Camarines Norte. Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. said that he had already instructed the DPWH Bicol Region Office and its district engineering offices to undertake road maintenance works such as pothole asphalt patching operation, vegetation control, drainage clearing operation and road marking/signages repainting works. “ An estimated 20,000 motorists are expected to visit Naga City to attend the festivities on the 3rd week of September that’s why it is important to make all the national roads in Region 5 passable and in good condition all the time” Ebdane said. In his report to Secretary Ebdane, DPWH Region 5 Director Danilo Manalang said that the contractors of the on-going works along the Andaya Highway are invited in the recent DPWH Region V Staff Meeting and were directed to assure that flagmen are deployed on 24/7 basis and warning signages are visible even at night. To date, almost 90% of the on-going asphalt overlay project which includes the Del Gallego-Ragay Section and Ragay-Sipocot Section along Andaya Highway is already complete and is expected to be completed before the end of November this year.  
 
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  09/07/09

NEW ROADS TO BOOST ECONOMY, TOURISM IN NORTHERN LUZON

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is working hard to help spark economic development in the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) with the construction of new roads to make the economic hub of Northern Luzon more attractive and accessible to investors. In line with the call of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to speed up work on infra-projects to spur progress in the countryside, Regional Director Eugenio Pipo said they are working around the clock to complete the concreting of the San Vicente-Lubak-Anguib-Gutan road to meet the completion date of the project's Phase 6 in January. “Both the President and Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. want us to complete the road network to make CEZA accessible and attractive to local and foreign investors,” Pipo quoted Undersecretary Romeo Momo, who is in charge of the DPWH's operations in the in Region II, as saying during a recent inspection of the projects. Pipo said they have started last month the P100 million concreting work on the 11-kilometer San Vicente-Lubak-Anguib-Gutan road which passes through CEZA. District Engineer Danilo Tabilas of the Cagayan 1st engineering district said that they have earlier completed the projects's Phase 1 to 5, which involves the opening of the new road as well as the concreting of 3.2 kilometers of the San Vicente-Lubak-Anguib-Gutan road. He said the initial phase, which costs 106 million, was completed in May. According to him, they have another on-going project that will pass through CEZA. He said the 50 million concreting of the Visitacion to Capannikian road will also provide additional access road to CEZA. For his part, Assistant Regional Director Ador Canlas said that when completed all these projects will not only spur economic growth but also tourism because the road projects also lead to Anguib Beach, which is touted as the “Boracay of the North.” These roads will open up the rich economic and tourism potentials of the region to local and foreign investors and tourists, Canlas said, adding that it was Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile who has worked out the implementation of the road projects. CEZA officials are looking into the possibility of increasing economic activity in CEZA through the establishment of a Cyber Park to promote call center and medical transcription industries in Cagayan Valley, thus, increasing employment opportunities in the region.  
 
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  09/04/09

DPWH CAM SUR II BIDS OUT MAJOR INFRA PROJECTS

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  The Bidding and Awards Committee (BAC) of the Department of Public Works and Highways -2nd Engineering District in Camarines Sur has recently bid out more than P150 Hundred Million of pesos worth of government projects released for the second congressional district in the province. The recently concluded public biddings held by the BAC of various schedules cover all 43 major projects released by the national government for the month of June-July 2009 intended to fully materialize the government’s efforts, under President Gloria Arroyo’s Ten Point Agenda, to cushion the impact of the global economic crisis on Philippine economy, particularly displaced workers, by affording them more job opportunities in government infrastructure projects. Aside from direct benefits they would bring to the stakeholders once these projects are completed, the DPWH-Cam Sur II is hopeful that more local based job-seekers and unemployed barangay skilled workers would be hired once the project implementations take off from the drawing board. PDS Chief Richard E.P. Ragragio, is optimistic that hundreds of local workers would be afforded job employment opportunities during the course of project implementations, citing that pursuant to the recent policy of the department, all contractors are enjoined to give full preference for employment to interested qualified local-based workers, especially from barangays where the projects are to be undertaken. The policy, he said, was in consonance with the job-generation program being recently initiated by the government under the hunger mitigation measures against the effect of the global financial crisis, especially on impoverished families in urban areas. The recently bid-out 43 projects are consisted mainly of road-related construction works, some are building constructions mostly in school campuses. “With such a huge funding, the actual implementation of these projects will translate also to business boom for backyard traders and enterprising locals in areas of construction,” Maintenance Chief Eduardo A. Alejo, Jr. said. District Engineer Rolando F. Valdez, who was sworn in as full-fledged District Engineer recently, said that his office will fast-track the implementation of these projects in view of the approaching Election Ban to take effect sometime this September 2009. “We cannot just sit cold to let Election Ban sets in because once it takes effect, we would force to postpone the implementation of our infrastructure projects that are so vital for our constituents. We cannot take it lightly. We will do our best to complete the construction according to the prescribed schedules for the benefit of our stakeholder,” DE Valdez added. The following are among of the major projects recently bid-out: Concreting of various Zonal Roads, Camaligan, Camarines Sur - P13,510,000.00; Const. of Binanuanan Grandep Binanuanan Pequeno Road, Calabanga, Camarines Sur - P 8,685,000.00; Construction of Hibago-Sitio Gapo-Zone 5 Oras Road, Ocampo Cam. Sur - P 8,650,000.00; Rehabilitation of Flood Control Structure along Quipayo Camaligan, Cam. Sur - P14,474,000.00; and Concreting of Road, Bagong Silang Junction k.m. 11 Carolina Road, Bombon, Camarines Sur - P 9,650,000.00.  
 
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  09/04/09

EBDANE ORDERS STRICT ENFORCEMENT OF ACCESIBILITY LAW

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  To assure that the existing road network sidewalks are accessible and safe to all person with disability, Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. directed all DPWH regional and district offices to strictly adhere with the Batas Pambansa Blg. 344 also known as the Accessibility Law. In his Department Order No. 37, Series of 2009, Ebdane instructed all regional directors to install dropped curbs, curb cut-outs, walkways, handrails, road signages and road pedestrian crossing markings along the national road networks. “ All heads of implementing offices are directed to be vigilant in the enforcement of the Accessibility Law by making sure that construction plans of national roads to be constructed/improved/repaired are provided with accessibility requirements in accordance with the standard specifications” Ebdane said. All Quality Assurance Inspectorate Team of the Department are also directed to inspect the compliance of the said requirements nationwide. Meanwhile, the DPWH District Offices are tasked to monitor the implementation of the said law along their corresponding area of jurisdiction. They are also instructed to coordinate with the concerned City/ Municipal Engineer/ Local Building Official for any non-compliance of the requirements.  
 
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  09/03/09

DPWH TO CONSTRUCT FIRST SKY BRIDGES IN BICOL REGION

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  President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Public Works Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. is set to lead the groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow (September 04, 2009) of the construction of first Skybridge Projects in Bicol Region. DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of Southern Luzon and Visayas Region said that the project includes the construction of Skybridge 1 which is composed of 300 lineal meter while the Skybridge 2 has a total length of 125 lineal both on which are 2 lanes of Pre-Stressed Concrete Girder Bridge connecting the municipalities of Libmanan, Canaman and Magarao in the Province of Camarines Sur. “ This project will address the traffic congestion problem between the fast growing municipalities of San Fernando, Milaor and Naga City, especially as it serve as alternate route during the annual celebration of Peñafrancia Festival in Naga City as it diverts traffic plying Legazpi-Manila- Sorsogon Route” Yabut said. Yabut also added that the road bridge project will also support the economic expansion of Libmanan, Canaman, Magarao and Calabanga municipalities which will become part of Naga Metropolis. Aside from the Skybridges, the project also involves the replacement of six existing bridges, widening of two existing reinforced concrete box culverts, retrofitting of Bulaong Bridge, widening/reblocking of existing 20.4 kilometers of road and construction of 5.5 kilometers of new asphalt road. The new 26 kilometers diversion road would lessen a total of 8 kilometers compared to the existing 34 kilometers Naga-Milaor-San Fernando to San Isidro Libmanan route. This P1.3 Billion road and skyway project is implemented by the DPWH Bureau of Construction, funded under the DPWH Regular Infra Fund is expected to be completed by April 28, 2011.  
 
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  09/02/09

EBDANE ORDERS NEW ASSIGNMENTS FOR DPWH KEY EXECUTIVES

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  In line with the recent appointment of Department of Public Works and Highways Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain and in the interest of public service pursuant to Executive Order No. 124, series of 1987, DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. issued Department Order No. (DO) 38 Series of 2009 amending the authorities and areas of responsibilities of DPWH Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries. In his DO, Secretary Ebdane assigned Senior Undersecretary Manuel Bonoan to have overall supervision and management of operations of all DPWH Services, Bureaus, Regional Offices and Project Management Offices and shall oversee the overall implementation of priority projects under the “Super Regions” Program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo supervises DPWH operations for Luzon (Regions I, II, III, IV-A, NCR and CAR) and also acts as Chief of Staff of the Secretary. Momo also acts as Chairman of the Central Office BAC for Civil Works in his area of responsibility, Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee to review all contracts to be entered into by DPWH and serves as head of the Legislative Liason Office. Undersecretary Rafael Yabut supervises DPWH Operations for Southern Luzon and Visayas (Regions IV-B, V, VI, VII and VIII) and act as Chairman of Central Office BAC for his area of responsibility and continues to supervise the Public Information Division and Road Program Office. Undersecretary Bashir Rasuman was assigned as Undersecretary for Mindanao operations (Regions IX, X, XI, XII and XIII) and will act as Chairman for the Bids and Awards Committee for Civil Works in his area of responsibility and act as Chairman of Price Escalation and Price Adjustment Committee (PEPAC) and Special Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) for BOT Projects Undersecretary Jaime A. Pacanan is in charge for Administration, Finance and Information Technology and will supervise the Administrative Manpower and Management Service, Comptrollership and Financial management Service and the Monitoring and Information Service. Pacanan will also supervise the Infrastructure Right-of-Way Project Management Office and act as Chairman of the Central Selection Board, Central Office IROW Committee and the DPWH Central Disposal Committee. Assistant Secretary Raul C. Asis supervises the Bureau of Design, Bureau of Research and Standards and will be over-all in charge in the implementation of the National Road Improvement and Management Program Phase 2 (NRIMP2). He will also act as Chairman of the Central Office BAC for NRIMP2 and the Central Office BAC for Consultancy Services. Assistant Secretary Dimas S. Soguilon supervises the Bureau of Construction, Bureau of Maintenance, and acts as Chairman of the Central Office BAC for Goods and Extraordinary Claim Review Committee and Chairman of the Task Force School Building. Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain supervises Special Bridges Operations and control of all special foreign-assisted bridge projects. Sadain will remain as the Executive Director of the Presidents Bridge Program Office and will supervise the Bureau of Equipment, Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program/Rural Water Supply Project Management Office and also act as Chairman of the Central Office Bids and Awards Committee for Goods. Assistant Secretary Maria Catalina E. Cabral supervises Planning Service, Feasibility Study-PMO, Flood Control and Sabo Engineering Center-PMO, Built-Operate-Transfer -PMO, Environmental and Social Cervices Office and acts as chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee. In his order, Ebdane also added that all Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries shall report to him through the Senior Undersecretary, while the DPWH Internal Audit, Legal Service and Assistant Secretary for Planning and President’s Bridge Program shall continue to be directly under the Office of the Secretary.  
 
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  09/01/09

EBDANE ENTHRONED AS SULTAN

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  In recognition of his dedication and integrity in public service, the people of Lanao has enthroned Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. as "Sultan A Mangompia sa Pilipinas". Leading the ceremonial enthronement is Lanao del Sur Governor Mamintal A. Adiong and other local government officials. Ebdane is also the newest adopted son of the province.  
 

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