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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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  10/31/09

DPWH SEC. DOMINGO GOES OUT TO AREAS DAMAGED BY TYPHOONS PARTLY TO ESCAPE INFLUENCE PEDDLERS

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  Acting Public Works Secretary Victor Domingo is up and around overseeing the rehabilitation of roads and bridges damaged by the recent typhoons barely a week after he took the reins from former DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. last Monday. But in an interview, Domingo said he was accomplishing something else by being out in the field – stay away from persons and firms out to corrupt him in an agency perceived to be as corrupt as the Bureau of Customs (BOC), the Bureau of Internal Revenue(BIR) and the Department of Education (DepEd). “I’m off and running. I’m not a swivel chair general. And I’d like to avoid people looking for employment and favors in my office,’’ said Domingo who in his first day at work promised to stamp out corruption in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Domingo was interviewed as he was doing a three-day inspection tour in Tarlac, Pangasinan, Baguio City, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte and other areas damaged by the recent destructive typhoons. According to him, the DPWH field engineers and top officials are in a high state of readiness to repair roads and bridges that will be damaged anew by strong typhoons, including the incoming Typhoon Santi which is expected to hit Southern and Central Luzon and Metro Manila this weekend. “We have prepositioned materials, equipment and field personnel in areas hardest hit by the typhoons. We also have an inventory of bridge materials so we can repair damaged bridges and clear the roads for travel by emergency response teams,” he said. He also said DPWH men continue to do repair works dipping into their greatly depleted savings and using the commitment of contractors to lent heavy equipment and construction materials to be paid when the DPWH shall have obtained the P5.4 billion needed to repair the damages caused by Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. In a speech he delivered after he assumed office Monday, Domingo said part of his policy program would be to rid the agency of its image as one of the government’s most corrupt and graft ridden units. “As long as I can remember, the DPWH has been in the company of the BIR, Customs and DepEd which are perceived to be corrupt agencies,” Domingo said. But he added that the DPWH is worth saving because “majority of DPWH’s rank-and-file are still honest, hard-working and knowledgeable, a proof of this is how our field men performed 24-hours a day at the height of typhoon ‘Ondoy’ and ‘Pepeng’, for which they deserved to be commended.” “So I hope the DPWH can graduate from the corrupt category that it has been perceived to be. I know that with the recent salary increases, and if we will only listen to our conscience, we would able be to graduate from that category with… flying colors,” Domingo stressed.  
 
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  10/30/09

DPWH TO CREATE TASK FORCE ON NORTHERN LUZON REHABILITATION

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  President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has ordered the Department of Public Works and Highways to create a Task Force specifically to ensure that the rehabilitation efforts on typhoon damaged infrastructure in Northern Luzon shall all be completed. DPWH Secretary Victor A. Domingo said that the DPWH Task Force on Northern Luzon is responsible for the repair and rehabilitation of roads, bridges, flood control structures and schoolbuildings damaged by typhoons “Ondoy”, “Pepeng” and “Ramil”. Domingo, who is conducting ocular inspection in Tarlac, Pangasinan, Baguio City, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte, has opened a one lane of damaged Bued bridge at the boundary of Pangasinan and La Union. The bridge, however, is open to light vehicles only. For buses and other heavy vehicles going to La Union and further north, they still continue to use the Urdaneta City - Manaoag - Mangaldan - San Fabian route exiting at junction Damortis Manila North Road. Domingo also inspected the on-going clearing and restoration works along Kennon Road, Marcos Highway, Halsema Highway, and Bauang-Naguilian Road. DPWH has reported a total cost of more than P2 Billion worth of typhoon damaged national infrastructure in eight (8) regions affected by the recent typhoons, with 23 bridges, 295 road sections 34 flood control structures in addition to the damaged structures in Agno River Flood Control Project costing P460 Million. With the coming typhoon “Santi” passing Central and Northern Luzon, Domingo has directed the DPWH field officials and rank-and-file to be on alert 24/7 to respond immediately especially in clearing the national roads. “Traffic should be open at all times especially with the influx of travelers going to the province to pay homage to their departed members of families,” Domingo said.  
 
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  10/28/09

ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS PROVIDES JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN BICOL REGION

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  A total of 218 families from the six towns of Ticao and Burias Isalnd in Masbate had benefited from the Department of Public Works and Highways Food For Work Program for the past two years. In his report to DPWH Secretary Victor Domingo, DPWH Region V Director Danilo Manalang said that a total of P14.4 Million were allotted for the road side maintenance program which aims to provide employment opportunities among the residents in the area. “The project is very helpful in the local economy in Masbate Province because from the third quarter last year up to the present the price of copra, which is the primary agricultural product in Masbate, had fluctuated to 12 pesos which resulted in the reduction of the purchasing power of the local community” Manalang said. The DPWH Food For Work Program involves the deployment of maintenance personnel along national road network to conduct roadside maintenance works such us vegetation control, drainage declogging operation and road cleaning operation. This program is in line with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Hunger Mitigation Campaign considering that Masbate is one of the poorest province in the country. In able to increase the number of beneficiaries of this program, the DPWH Masbate Sub-DEO, OIC-District Engineer Elmer R. Redrico said that they are implementing the program into rotation basis in every 3 months. Mr. Frederico Diaz, a resident from the town of San Jacinto said that after he got married last year, his job at the DPWH has bought the basic needs for his new family and had paid for his monthly bills.  
 
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  10/26/09

TURN-OVER OF DPWH LEADERSHIP

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  Outgoing DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. hands-over the DPWH official flag symbolizing authority over the State’s engineering and construction arm to in-coming Secretary Victor A. Domingo. Secretary Domingo’s leadership will face an enormous task of spearheading the rehabilitation of typhoon damaged infrastructure particularly in Northern Luzon, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog Regions.  
 
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  10/26/09

SECRETARY DOMINGO PRIORITIZES REHABILITATION WORK

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  First priority, immediate rehabilitation. DPWH Secretary Victor A. Domingo will focus on the rehabilitation of typhoon-damaged infrastructure particularly in Northern Luzon, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog Regions. Secretary Domingo in his message after assuming DPWH leadership from outgoing Secretary Jun Ebdane appealed to the Department of Budget and Management to release in full the P6 Billion budget for maintenance to be utilized in the reconstruction activities. “The pressure is how to get the money to carry out the rehabilitation, we cannot wait forever as the needs demand immediate rehabilitation”, said Domingo. Faced by the inadequacy of funds to carry out the massive rehabilitation tasks, Secretary Domingo called upon Congressmen and Senators to re-align at least 25 percent of their Countrywide Development Fund to raise the necessary funding for the repair of damaged roads, bridges, flood control and other structures. He is optimistic that Congressmen not only of Luzon but also of Visayas and Mindanao will heed with this call to sacrifice for greater benefit saying this is the essence of Filipino family, “pakikisama”. The new DPWH Chief acknowledged the performance of the agency’s field men who has shown dedication to work and performed 24 hours a day at the height of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. He challenged all employees of the agency to do the job together and make the DPWH a proud institution.  
 
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  10/23/09

DPWH PREPARES FOR ALL SAINTS DAY TRAFFIC

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  In preparation for the expected influx of motorists going to their respective provinces to commemorate All Saints Day, the Department of Public Works and Highways assured that all national roads are well maintained and free from any obstruction. DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. recently ordered all DPWH Regional Directors to activate the departments “Lakbay-Alalay” Motorists Assistance Program. The DPWH ‘Lakbay-Alalay” Program involves the creation of a composite team, including an anchorman from the DPWH regional and district offices who will be dispatched along strategic locations along national highways to respond to emergency road situations. The motorists assistance program will start at 6:00 am on October 29, 2009 and will end up to 12:00 noon on November 3, 2009. Ebdane also instructed all the regional offices to submit the contact numbers of the team leaders of the composite teams and situational reports every six-hours to the DPWH Bureau of Maintenance Office to strictly monitor the traffic situation during the holiday. In his memorandum, Ebdane also ordered the field engineers to ensure that all road sections leading to all cemeteries, both public and private are well maintained and free from obstruction and provide informative/warning signs or traffic advisories in all unpassable roads. Meanwhile, in Cordillera Region, DPWH CAR Director Roy Manao said that they had already completed the clearing operations in Kennon Road, Marcos Highway and Naguillan Road and their composite teams are already ready to be dispatched next week. In CALABARZON area, DPWH Region IV-A Director Bonifacio Seguit said that they had completed the asphalt patching operation along Manila South Road in Laguna, Batangas and Quezon. In Bicol Region, DPWH Region V Director Danilo Manalang said Orlando Roces said that they recently completed the maintenance works alongAndaya Highway. While the asphalt overlaying project along Quirino Highway in Camarines Norte is still on-going.  
 
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  10/21/09

DPWH COMPLETES REHABILITATION OF FIVE ROAD SECTIONS IN NEGROS OCCIDENTAL

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  In support of the governments thrust in improving the rural economy by developing its infrastructure facilities, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the completion of five road rehabilitation section in Negros Occidental. Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. said that these road sections are included in the Pump Priming Projects which not only aim to improve the existing road network but also to provide employment opportunities among the local residents in the area. “ This road rehabilitation project will speed up the agricultural activities as well as immediate transport of goods, people and services from the remote barangays to the down town areas” Ebdane said. DPWH Region VI Director Rolando Asis said that among the completed road rehabilitation projects are the P60 Million worth replacement of 4 kilometers Pontevedra Section of Bacolod South Road, P35 Million reconstruction of Tibsok-Pontevedra Section of Bacolod South Road and P59 Million worth upgrading of Cubay and La Granja Section of Junction Bagonawa-La Castellana- Isabela Road. It also includes the upgrading of damaged 2 kilometers Caridad Section of Bago-Mambucal Road in Bago City and P30 Million gravel to concrete road construction in Bago-Ma-ao- La Carlota Road.  
 
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  10/21/09

“I AM NOT A TRADITIONAL POLITICIAN,” SAYS SEC. EBDANE

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  Expect Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. not to kiss babies, drive the padjak (pedicab) or even smile a lot as his other rivals gunning for the presidential post are wont to do as the 2010 presidential election nears. Living up to his non-traditional politician or “non-trapo” image, Ebdane says he does not consider running for president as a popularity “contest’’ because he believes people are discerning enough to see those who only talk and those who really work in the service of the Filipino people. “I am no traditional politician engaging in a (popularity) contest. The politicians are good at it. I even find it hard to smile (Tsaka, mahirap ngumiti),” Ebdane said in a press briefing at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) last Tuesday. Ebdane, who called the press briefing relative to the issue of the Road User’s Tax, was replying to a question about what could have convinced the Lapiang Manggagawa -- the country’s third biggest political party -- to endorse him in his bid for the highest post in the land. The DPWH secretary surmised that the Lapiang Manggagawa could have picked him because they see him to be a “credible candidate” and they were not looking for a “very popular” candidate. “I am not one of your traditional politicians who need to validate themselves to the press every time they feel they did something significant. I prefer to do my task quietly and let the people decide whether it is a worthy enough achievement. I did not enter public service to hog the limelight but to serve the people in the best way I know how,” Ebdane said. “During my years in the service I have learned that only results count and not the media fanfare,” the DPWH secretary added. Ebdane also described as “immature” the statements made by some politicians that they are willing to die for the country to show their love and devotion to the country. “The mark of mature man or politician is his willingness to live for his country’s highest ideals. There is no shooting war or invasion going on so I find such statements ridiculous,” the Cabinet official observed. According to him, politicians making such remarks never had the opportunity to be in the battle field where soldiers and countless others died in the line of duty. “I had that opportunity and it was never an easy decision. They should not be using those words for their media hype as it cheapens the death of our military men who died defending the country against terrorists and insurgents,” lamented Sec. Ebdane who has extensive background in the military and national security concerns. The DPWH chief is a member of the Philippine Military Academy class of 1970, and has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) from the Mapúa Institute of Technology. He was the 10th Philippine National Police chief serving from July 2002 to 23 August 2004. After serving as the chief of the PNP, Ebdane was named National Security Adviser, a post he held from August 2004 to February 2005. He later served as secretary of the Department of National Defense. He was re-appointed to the DPWH in February 2007.  
 
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  10/20/09

NEW DPWH ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

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  Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. formally administers the oath of office of Assistant Director Enrico Guilas of the DPWH Region 8 Office. Witnessing the event are Leyte 1st District Congressman Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, Biliran Congressman Glenn Chong and DPWH Undersecretaries Manuel Bonoan, Bashir Rasuman, Romeo Momo and Region 8 Director Angelito Twaño.  
 
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  10/15/09

P82-BILLION PLANNED COMPREHENSIVE FLOOD-CONTROL PROJECTS REMAIN IN DRAWING BOARD FOR LACK OF FUNDS AS EIGHT MILLION PEOPLE IN THE METROPOLIS WALLOW IN FLOODS

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  Some eight million residents in Metro Manila will have to brace for more deadly floodings because plans for the estimated P82-billion flood-control projects that could have averted mega-floods caused by strong typhoons like Ondoy remain in the drawing board for lack of foreign funds. A flood expert from Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) yesterday said that people in the metropolis will have to live with floods for up to ten years more as these projects go through feasibility studies, government and funding agency approval, bidding and construction period before they can provide relief to flood-prone areas. We have the right plans conceptualized way back in the 1970s but these were not implemented because we cannot get foreign funding, said Patrick Gatan, DPWH major flood control project director, in confirming Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr.s earlier pronouncement that lack of funds and not lack of plans partly caused the destructive Ondoy flood. He said that out of 15 projects that could have really saved people in Metro Manila from floods, nine have not yet been started. He said these include the Valenzuela-Obando-Meycauayan Area Drainage System Improvement project, costing P10.8 billion; the Integrated Drainage Improvement Project in the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and surrounding areas, P7.9 billion; and the Drainage Improvement in the Core Area of Metropolitan Manila (which could have prevented perennial flooding in 73 sq. km of Metro Manila), P15.3 billion. The other key flood-control projects are the East Manggahan Floodway Area Flood Mitigation Project, P8.3 billion; the San Juan River Flood Control Project, P5.7 billion; the Upper Marikina River Improvement Project, P3.008 billion; the Marikina Dam Project, P4 billion; the Marikina Spillway (a 7.5 km flood mitigation project in the Laguna lakeshore area which will help discharge lake water), P17.6 billion; and the South to West Laguna Lakeshore Dike Project (60 km), P 9 billion. Gatan said flood-control projects which were completed between1988 to 2009 include the Manggahan Floodway Project, which costs P1.5 billion (it serves to divert floodwater from Marikina River to Laguna Lake); the Effective Flood Control Operation and Warning System Project (EFCOS), P600 million; the Rehabilitation of Flood Control Operation and Warning System (EFCOS) in Metro Manila, P500 million; the Metro Manila Flood Control Project- West of Manggahan Floodway, P5.2 billion( which prevents flooding in western area of Manggahan floodway from Laguna Lake); the KAMANAVA Area Flood Control and Drainage System Improvement Project, P5.1 billion; and the recently started Pasig- Marikina River Channel Improvement Project (Phase 1); P4.6 billion. In a separate interview, Undersecretary Jaime Pacanan, said most of these projects are funded under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) because local funds are not sufficient to do the work. Gatan said that many of these projects were not funded because they were not seen as priority projects. The government had other priority projects like roads and highways out of loans from JICA, he said. After Ondoy gave us a shocking wake up call, it is now high-time to re-evaluate our priorities, we may now have to make a serious evaluation of these unimplemented flood-control projects, he said. Earlier, Ebdane pushed for the immediate funding of these key flood-control projects saying that although many of these have been planned well ahead of time, lack of funds have prevented their immediate implementation.  
 
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  10/14/09

PGMA TO INAUGURATE BRIDGES IN NEGROS

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  President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will inaugurate two bridges in Negros Occidental when she visits the province on Friday, October 16, 2009. Completed under the government’s pump-priming program are the Binalbagan (Bagacay) Bridge in Hinigaran and Guintubhan (Bagroy) Bridge in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental. Upon the instruction of Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., Undersecretary for Visayas Operation Rafael C. Yabut, and Region 6 Director Rolando Asis, the DPWH Negros Occidental Second Engineering District Office under District Engineer Leah Delfinado fast-track the implementation of these bridges to provide immediate benefit to people and motorists especially sugarcane haulers since the area around is a sugarcane plantation. The Binalbagan or Bagacay Bridge along Hinigaran-Isabela Road, is a pre-stressed concrete girder bridge which was completed last July 25, 2009. The bridge has a total length of 90 lineal meters, 7.32 meter wide and is composed of three (3) spans. Constructed at a cost of P54.128 million, Bagacay Bridge construction was implemented in two (2) phases with the initial phase started as early as CY 2000. The new bridge structure provides a river crossing for commuters especially heavy trucks hauling sugarcane to milling plants in the area. On the otherhand, the P52.361 million worth Guintubhan Bridge along Binalbagan–Isabela Road has a total length of 70 meters, 7.32 meters wide and is composed of two (2) spans. Similar to Bagacay Bridge which is pre-stressed concrete girder type, Guintubhan Bridge was constructed in six (6) phases beginning in the year 2000 until its completion last September 2009. The completion of these permanent bridges is a contribution of the PGMA administration and the DPWH to the development of Negros Occidental, the sugar industry capital of the Philippines.  
 
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  10/13/09

EBDANE LEADS OPENING OF MAJOR ROADS TO BAGUIO TO AVERT VEGETABLE CRISIS IN METRO MANILA

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  Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. yesterday led the opening of major roads and highways leading to Pangasinan and Baguio to avert a crisis where scarcity of vegetables has led to their price increase by 300 percent in Metro Manila and to supply residents in affected areas with basic goods. This developed as a report from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bureau of Maintenance said that damages to roads and bridges brought about by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng have reached P 1.5 billion as of yesterday morning. Public Works Undersecretary Romeo Momo, who accompanied Ebdane, said they have opened up Marcos Highway and Naguilan Road as of 6 am and 2 am yesterday, respectively, and declared the two vital roads passable to light and heavy vehicles afterwards. The two main roads to Baguio and Pangasinan are now open to all kinds of vehicles and we will no longer have crisis in vegetable supply in Metro Manila and as well as shortage of basic goods in Baguio, Momo said. We have to thank our regional directors, district engineers and our men from DPWH Regions 1, 2 and CAR for working round the clock for four days now to make all vital roads passable. It helped that Secretary Ebdane was around to see to it that they get things done fast, Momo said. But he said that much remains to be done because they still have to work hard to open Aritao Road in Nueva Vizcaya, which also leads to Baguio, and the Baguio-Bontoc Road by yesterday afternoon. He also said that they have to repair the road in Ambassador Hill I Baguio which collapsed by about 80 meters. He said work on this may take two or three days. We have already started in our road repair and rehabilitation work and there is no stopping our men because Secretary Ebdane has a standing order for them to have little sleep and rest until the job is done, Momo said. Meanwhile, the DPWH reported that areas hardest hit by the typhoons are: Ilocos Region (Region 1) with the initial cost of P 383. 09 million; Cagayan Valley Region (Region 2), P 271.18; Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), P 207.93 million; Central Luzon (Region 3), P 382 million; National Capital Region (NCR), P 50 million; CALABARZON (Region 4-A), P 85. 90 million; MIMAROPA (Region 4-B), P 62.7 million and Bicol Region (Region 5), P 123.06 million.  
 
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  10/12/09

SECRETARY EBDANE SAYS REPAIR TO DAMAGED ROADS AND BRIDGES IN NORTHERN LUZON TO REACH OVER A BILLION

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  Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. has ordered his men to take advantage of the good weather condition to fast track the repair and rehabilitation of damaged roads and bridges even as he estimates that the government may need over a billion to do repair works. Meanwhile, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bureau of Maintenance reported that initial monitoring puts damages brought about by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng to national roads and flood control infrastructures in Luzon at P 1.43 billion. I directed our key officials to find out if we can divert initially some of the construction materials so that we can immediately do repair works and connect Pangasinan to La Union, said Ebdane of the areas greatly damaged by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. Ebdane said that the DPWH has emergency funds but these are not enough so they may have to request for additional calamity funds. We may need about over a billion to repair and rebuild roads and bridges that were destroyed by the two typhoons, Ebdane said. Ebdane said his men have been working round the clock since last week at the height of the rains and floods, but the work involved mostly road clearing and transferring of the stranded typhoon victims. He said the good weather will finally give him the chance to see the extent of the damage and do the repairs. According to Betty S. Sumait, DPWH assistant director of the bureau of maintenance, only Kennon Road remains passable to light vehicles, while Marcos Highway and Naguilan Road have remained closed to motorists. In Manila North Road, the alternate passable route is in Binalonan, Pangasinan passing through the barangays and municipalities of Lawak, Manaoag, San Jacinto, San Fabian and Damortiz in La Union, said Betty S. Sumait DPWH assistant director of bureau of maintenance. Sumait said the Bued Bridge in Pangasinan, which is part of the national highway that links Pangasinan to La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, remains not passable to vehicles after it collapsed due to the strong current of the Bued River. For his part, Pangasinan District Engineer Leopoldo Mendoza said estimated damage to Bued Bridge cost about P 80 million. The DPWH said other affected areas include Ilocos Region (Region 1),Cagayan Valley(Region 2), Central Luzon(Region 3),CALABARZON (Region 4-A),MIMAROPA(Region4-B), Cordillera Administrative Region(CAR) and National Capital Region (NCR). Meanwhile the BOM also reported that the Cagayan Valley Road and the Manila via Camiling, Tarlac is now passable to all types of vehicles.  
 
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  10/09/09

DPWH RELIEF OPERATION.

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  Volunteers from the Department of Public Works and Highways distributed relief goods to the victims of typhoon “Ondoy” in an evacuation site in Botolan, Zambales. Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. has recently ordered all DPWH officials and employees to extend humanitarian assistance to the typhoon victims.  
 
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  10/09/09

TYPHOON VICTIMS RECEIVE RELIEF GOODS FROM DPWH.

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  Volunteers from the Department of Public Works and Highways distributed relief goods containing canned goods, mineral water, rice, clothing and toiletries to the typhoon victims stationed at Tent City Camp 1, Botolan, Zambales.  
 
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  10/09/09

DPWH MEDICAL MISSION.

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  In coordination with DPWH officials and employees, Medical personnel from the Department of Public Works and Highways distributed medicines and vitamin supplements to the flood victims in Botolan, Zambales. The DPWH conducted a simultaneous relief and medical operation to the victims of typhoon “Ondoy” in Botolan, Zambales and Guagua, Pampanga yesterday.  
 
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  10/08/09

CONTRACTOR’S GROUP OFFERS TO FOREGO 15 PERCENT PROFIT TO REPAIR ROADS AND BRIDGES DAMAGED BY TYPHOONS

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  Heeding the call of Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. for contractors to help typhoon victims, the National Constructors Association of the Philippines (NACAP) yesterday announced that they are foregoing their 15-percent contractor’s fee in repairing damaged roads, dikes and school buildings hit by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng. “We are willing to donate and forego our 15 percent contractor’s fee to repair and rehabilitate roads and bridges damaged by the typhoons,” said NACAP National President Willy Castor in yesterday’s relief operation of the DPWH and NACAP in Guagua Pampanga and Botolan, Zambales. According to Castor, the NACAP has 10, 000 members with 70 chapters all over the country and he assures that in every region, there are corresponding contractors who are willing to help. Public Works Undersecretary Rafael Yabut hailed NACAP for their act of “supreme sacrifice,” saying that the gesture from the country’s biggest contractors’ association will save the government hundreds of millions of pesos which it needs to recover from the series of typhoons that ate up much of the government’s infrastructure and calamity funds. “NACAP is the first contractor’s group to respond the call of Secretary Ebdane for the private contractors all over the country to do community service by helping people and communities affected by floods,” Yabut said. Commenting on the disaster relief operation, Yabut said it is high time for the DPWH to go out of Manila and help people affected by floods. The DPWH disaster relief operation distributed 1,500 packs of foods and goodies. “Masyado nang saturated ang Metro Manila sa mga relief operations so dapat dito naman tayo mag-concentrate sa mga provinces. Hindi lang sa civil side ang DPWH may humanitarian touch din,” Yabut said. Each relief-pack costs P300-P350 and contains three kilos of rice, coffee, sugar, noodles, canned goods, a t-shirt, a short pant, a towel, and a set of slippers. Apart from Yabut and DPWH Region 3 Director Alfredo Tolentino, Omar Ebdane, also helped in the giving of relief goods in behalf of his father who has prior commitments. Earlier, the DPWH also conducted a relief operation in San Mateo Rizal through the efforts of the key officials, contractors and employees. “Aside from the relief operations the department has been conducting, Secretary Ebdane has also asked us to design cost-effective comfort rooms for the evacuation centers that are now facing health and sanitation problems following reports that 3,000 people share one toilet,” Yabut said. Yabut said they will soon be constructing restrooms made up of “cost-effective materials with second-hand drums which are long lasting and cheap compared to the imported portalets that cost eight thousand each to rent monthly. “Secretary Ebdane has ordered us to immediately design five units of toilets and bathrooms for men and another five units for women with a minimal cost of P 120 thousand to address the health and sanitation problems in evacuation centers,” Yabut said. Meanwhile, Regional Director Alfredo Tolentino says that the DPWH has allocated a P100 million budget for the repair and rehabilitation of major roads and dikes in Botolan, Taranglan, Candaba and Gemasan in Arayat. Initial report shows that Region 3 has a total damage of P 216 million to roads and bridges.  
 
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  10/06/09

DPWH PLANNING TO CONSTRUCT MULTI-BILLION FLOOD CONTROL PROJECTS NATIONWIDE TO PREPARE FOR ONDOY-TYPE OF FLOODS

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  Smarting from the Typhoon Ondoy experience, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is mapping out a master plan to construct 12 multi-billion flood control and drainage projects nationwide to prepare other parts of the country for big floods similar to that brought about by Ondoy. According to DPWH Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, they have identified 12 key-river basins in different parts of the country where big deluge are likely to happen and they are doing feasibility studies on their construction. Secetary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. wants us to be pro-active in planning out for the occurrence of big floods, earthquakes and all other calamities. But we are doing the planning in haste this time because Typhoon Ondoy was a big learning eye-opener to all of us, Yabut said. Ondoy, which brought higher rain volume than that of Hurrican Katrina in 2005, surprised everyone because it caused the flooding of many parts Metro Manila and Luzon which were not experiencing flooding before. In the proposed master plan prepared by the DPWH, the areas needing flood control and drainage projects under Package 1 include: Agos in CALABARZON (Region 4A), Yawa/Basud/Quirangay in Bicol Region (Region 5) and Amburayan in Ilocos Region (Region 1) and CAR. Package 2 include: Balete in MIMAROPA (Region 4-B), Aklan River in Western Visayas (Region 6) and Dungcaan (Pagbangaan) in Eastern Visayas (Region 8); Package 3: Guinabasan in Central Visayas (Region 7), Lake Mainit-Tubay in Caraga (Region 13) and Iponan in Northern Mindanao (Region 10); and Package 4: Tumaga in Zambonga Peninsula (Region 9), Lipadas in Davao Region (Region 11) and Silway-Popong-Sinaual (Polomolok) in SOCCSKSARGEN (Region 12). These major river basins have been chosen because of the frequency of overflows, bank collapse, landslides and flashfloods that occurred in these areas. Due to climate change, there will be a repeat of the Ondoy-like floods, so we have to revise our plans. Experience is the best teacher for us. We really have to upgrade now, Yabut said. DPWH Major Flood Control and Drainage Project Director Patrick Gatan earlier said that based on the data from our flood monitoring satellite office, the downpour of rain had brought a 100- year flood frequency compared to the 10-year flood frequency design of the drainage system in eastern part of Metro Manila. Ebdane said last week that although the plans to build flood-mitigation projects were put up well ahead of time, lack of funding delayed their implementation. One of these was the P4.5 billion Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project. Yabut said that they will have to source out international funding for these projects.  
 
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  10/05/09

DPWH TRAVEL ADVISORY

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  DPWH TRAVEL ADVISORY As of 12:00 noon October 05, 2009 Total cost of Infra Damage Nationwide: P 604.7 Million IMPASSABLE ROADS National Capital Region - M.H. Del Pilar Km 16+000 to Polo Br. Reason for Closure: Flooded road section Initial restoration cost in NCR: P 50 Million Cordillera Administrative Region Apayao -Cor.Kabugao Road.,Guinaang, Litttuacan Sec.; Claveria-Calansanan Rd. Kalinga -Mt. Province-Kalinga Bdry-Calnan Rd., Gonogon and Dalimuno Sec.; Kalinga-Abra Rd. (Ableg-Balenciagao Sec.) and Balbalan-Pinukpuk Rd. Mt.Province -Bontoc-Baguio Rd., Palingao Sec. (Libo Section, Pingad Section); Taludin-barlig-Natonin Rd., Lunas Natonin Section. Ifugao -Ifugao-Banaue-hungduan Rd.; Banaue-Mayoyao Rd., Tulaed Sec.; Banaue-hungduan-Beng.Bdry Road (hapao Hungduan) Reason for closure: Mud and Landslide Initial cost of damage in CAR: P 41.05 Million Region I -MNR, Santa, Ilocos Sur, Quirino Br. -MNR, Patapat Calvario, Pagudpud Reason for Closure: Rockslides and Fallen trees Initial cost of damage in Region I: P23.6 Million Region II -Cabagan Sta. Maria,Overflow Br. -Cagayan- Apayao Rd. Tuao Sec., Maguiling Br. -Dugo-San Vicente Rd. Simpatuyu Br. Santiago-Tuguegarao Rd. Reason for closure: Flood waters and Landslides Initial cost of damage in Region II: P 64.4 Million Region III Bulacan -Sta. Maria Norzagaray, Buhangin Section Road Nueva Ecija -Rizal- Pantabangan Rd.brgy Ganduz spillway Zambales -Olongapo- Bugallon Rd. Carael Sec. Reason for closure: Flashfloods and Landslides Initial cost of damage in Region III: P 166.0 Million Region IV-A Cavite -Tagaytay-Taal Lake Road Batangas -Palico- Balayan, Batangas Road, Cawong Br. Laguna -Calamba- Sta. Cruz- Famy Road Rizal -Marcos Highway (RCDG bridge) -Pililia-Jalajala Road Marikina-Infanta Road (intermittent sect.) Reason for closure: Landslides, Washed-out slope protection and scoured shoulders Initial cost of restoration in Region IV-A: P 85.90 Million Region IV-B Mindoro Occidental -Mindoro West Coast -Sablyan Penal Colony Road Reason for closure: Mudslides and road cut Initial cost of damage in Region IV-B: P 55.7 Million Region V -Catanduanes Circumferential Road Reason for closure: Landslides Initial cost of damage in Region V: P 118.065 Million All previously reported impassable 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.  
 
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  10/05/09

DPWH RELIEF OPERATION

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  Public Works and Highways Region IV-A Director Bonifacio Seguit(center) and officials of the DPWH Employees Union led in the distribution of relief goods in the evacuation center at Gitnang Bayan, San Mateo Rizal. DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. had appealed among the DPWH communities to not only assist in the rescue operation but also extend humanitarian assistance among the victims of typhoon “Ondoy”.  
 
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  10/05/09

EBDANE SAYS SQUATTING PROBLEM RENDERING MULTI-BILLION MEGA-DIKES INEFFECTIVE

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  Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. has proposed a review of the land use and zoning laws and ordinances to stop informal settlers from clogging and rendering ineffective flood-mitigation projects in National Capital Region (NCR) and other flood prone areas. Meanwhile, Patrick Gatan, DPWH Major Flood Control and Drainage project director, supported Ebdanes call for a review of the factors that cause floodings even as he revealed that per their initial evaluation, the water rainfall during Ondoy was higher than that of Hurricane Katrina which ravaged New Orleans in 2005. We must have a serious review of the zoning laws and ordinances. We have to prevent informal settlers from clogging and defeating the purpose of constructing multi-billion dams, mega-dikes, spillways and floodways, Ebdane said. A recent report from the Database of Water-Related Projects in the country conducted by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said that flooding is becoming a more serious problem in Metro Manila and other flood-prone areas because of the rapid urban expansion, inadequate river channel capacities, and insufficient equipment for maintenance for existing drainage facilities, which have been continuously clogged by squatting and garbage dumping. Ebdane also said with the floods now becoming inevitable because of the climate change and clogging of floodways, spillways and dams by informal settlers, Filipino should already consider changing lifestyle by adapting the ways of those who learned to live with floods. People in low-lying areas can follow the residents of Candaba. Laging binabaha pero hindi nagrereklamo dahil yung first floor nila protected ng walls at ang mga gamit nila piled up sa second floor, Ebdane explained. Gatan said that their flood monitoring satellite shows that typhoon Ondoy brought 454 mm amount of rainfall in existing road along Cainta River, Rizal Province, which is way above the 414.78 mm of Hurricane Katrina that inundated almost entire of New Orleans. Our system of mega-dikes, dams and other flood mitigation projects in Metro Manila just couldnt hold the high volume of water that Ondoy brought to us. Although we have made plans for more flood mitigation projects ahead of time, funding problems have stalled their immediate implementation, Gatan said. The P4.2 billion Pasig-Marikina River Improvement Project, which could have lessened the overflow of Pasig River, was scheduled to start construction in 2007 but funding problem caused the construction to be pushed back to 2009. The project is scheduled to be finished in 2013.  
 
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  10/02/09

DPWH BRACES FOR “PEPENG”

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  In preparation for the expected landfall of typhoon “Pepeng” in Cagayan Valley Region, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. ordered the deployment of emergency equipment and maintenance crew along the critical road sections in Daang Maharlika Highway and Manila North Road. “As forecasted by the PAGASA the main track of “Pepeng” will pass through the Cagayan Valley Region that’s why we are focusing our efforts in the landslide and flood prone areas in the said region” Ebdane said. Ebdane also instructed the DPWH Regions 1, 2, 3 and Cordillera Administrative Region and the DPWH Bureau of Maintenance Office to conduct a 24 hour monitoring the status of national roads starting today. A total of 48 equipment which are composed of 11 road graders, 9 payloaders, 13 dump trucks, 11 service vehicles, 2 bulldozers and 2 chainsaw and more or less 200 maintenance crew are now deployed. In Cagayan, among the identified critical sections are the Magapit-Lallo Section, Tugo-San Vicente Section, Junction Gatara- Kapisayan Section and Sta Margarita-Bulud Section along Cagayan Valley Road, Sta. Praxedes Section of Manila North Road, Itawis Bridge along Cagayan Apayao Road, Divisoria Bridge along Cagayan Valley Road. In Isabela the Talaytay Section in Ilagan, Naguilan-San Mariano Road, Km. 344 of Daang Maharlika Highway and Junction Ipil Quirino Boundary. In Nueva Vizcaya, the Abian Section and Kalitlitan Section along Daang Maharlika Highway and in Quirino along Gundanay-Kabarungan and San Leonardo-Aglipay Road. Meanwhile, the DPWH conducted today a relief operation for the victims of typhoon Ondoy In Gitnang Bayan, San Mateo Rizal. A total of 2 trucks of relief goods (2,500 bags) donated by DPWH officials and employees are now being distributed to the evacuees. The DPWH is still accepting donations at the identified drop off point along the DPWH Central Office Building Lobby at Bonifacio Drive Port Area, Manila.  
 
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  10/02/09

DPWH: Kaagapay Sa Kalamidad.

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways has reach out to typhoon affected residents in San Mateo, Rizal by providing relief assistance. Sending off truck loads of goods contributed by officials and employees are Undersecretaries Romeo S. Momo (3rd from left) and Rafael C. Yabut (at center, 7th from left) with Director Burt Favorito and other officials and members of the DPWH Employees Union.  
 
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  10/02/09

EBDANE SAYS LACK OF FUNDS PREVENTED TIMELY CONSTRUCTION OF KEY FLOOD-MITIGATION PROJECTS

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  Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. is pushing for the immediate release of funds for key flood control projects saying that although many of these have been planned well ahead of time, lack of funds have prevented their immediate implementation, resulting in bigger damages in flood-prone areas. Meanwhile, a top Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) official said that although the floodways and drainage systems have done their part during the onslaught of typhoon Ondoy, the heavy downpour in the areas of Cainta, Marikina and Pasig was simply too much for the floodways to contain. “Based on the data from our flood monitoring satellite office, the downpour of rain had brought a 100- year flood frequency compared to the 10-year flood frequency design of the drainage system in eastern part of Metro Manila,” said DPWH Major Flood Control & Drainage Project Director Patrick Gatan. Asked during a disaster briefing whether a review of the DPWH flood control program is necessary, Ebdane replied: “There may be no need for that, we just have to go back and find out, kasi ang nangyayari we have the design, but they are not implemented in time because of the lack of fund.” For his part, Gatan said they are confident to say that the DPWH has been able to follow the international standards of structural designs of floodways and drainage systems. However, it was not able to accommodate the unusual 455 mm amount of rainfall in a span of 24 hours, which is double the amount a standard drainage can take. Gatan further explained that the Cainta River, which has a 21.85 cubic meters per second capacity, has overflowed, making Cainta, Taytay, Marikina, and Pasig deeply flooded. “In fact, we have already dredged the Cainta River, from its original 21.85 capacity, we have improved it into a 51.5 cubic meters per second capacity,” said Gatan. Gatan said that the same thing happened in Marikina River, wherein it has a 900 cubic meters per second capacity, 4500 cubic meters per second of flood has overflowed. Aside from this, Gatan added that normally, 50 percent of the flood goes to the drainage and 50percent to the land, but because most of the area is cemented, 100 percent of the flood goes to the drainage which is likely unbearable. The DPWH started the Phase 1 of the P 4.5 billion Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project last July as part of their flood-mitigation plans to be finished by 2013. Gatan also clarified that the operation and maintenance of all flood control facilities and drainage structures were turned over to Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) as early as August 2002.  
 
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  10/01/09

DPWH TRAVEL ADVISORY

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  DPWH TRAVEL ADVISORY As of 12:00 noon October 01, 2009 Total cost of Infra Damage Nationwide: P 498.5 Million IMPASSABLE ROADS National Capital Region -Tipas-Napindan Road in Taguig City Reason for Closure: Flooded road section Initial cost of damage in NCR: P 50 Million Cordillera Administrative Region -Tangadan-Banga Section of Mt. Province-Tinglayan Lubuagan Road in Kalinga Reason for closure: Mud and Landslide Initial cost of damage in CAR: P41.05 Million Region III - Bitungal Section of Norzagaray Bigte Road - Buhanginan Section of Sta Maria Norzagaray Road - Baliwag-Candaba- Sta Road - Old Route of San Fernando Lubao Road - Carael Section of Olongapao-Bugallon - panagpaan-Rizal-Pantabangan Road along Km 152 Reason for Closure: Scoured bridge abutment Initial cost of damage in Region III: P131 Million Region 4-A Rizal - 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 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: P40.78 Million Region 4-B - Borocan-Sahing Section, Rayusan Section, San Agustin Sablayan Section and Kambingan Section along Mindoro West Coastal Road Reason for closure: Washed road and mudflow Initial cost of damage in Region 4-B: P 55.7 Million All previously reported impassable 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.  
 
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  10/01/09

EBDANE MOBILIZES PRIVATE CONTRACTORS TO HELP ONDOY VICTIMS; WATER EXPERT WARNS MORE ONDOY-LIKE FLOODS HITTING NCR

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  Appealing on the Pinoys Bayanihan Spirit, Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. has asked private contractors with projects in DPWH to help clear roads of mud and debris, transfer victims of typhoon Ondoy to relocation sites and dispose accumulated garbage to clean up affected communities. Meanwhile, Ebdane also ordered the 16 regional directors and more than 150 district engineers to contribute cash and goods to the victims and as well as set up their offices as a temporary drop-off centers for donations to thousands affected by the typhoon. We instructed all the regional directors and district engineers to contact all contractors in affected communities to do community service to help the victims of typhoon Ondoy in the form of bayanihan. Anyway, their businesses depend on the DPWH and it is time for them to give back to the community, Ebdane said. Ebdanes order came even as a professor and a specialist in Hydraulics Engineering warned that there could be more floods to hit Metro Manila and that what happened was just an awakening call for everyone. The DPWH Secretary issued the order for contractors to help last Tuesday and he lauded some of them for losing no time for putting his order into action. Ebdane said he will closely coordinate with the Philippine Contractors Association and Philippine Constructors Association on the matter. In fact some contractors have already responded, sending out dump trucks, bulldozers, pay-loaders and other heavy equipment to clear the roads of mud and debris in Marikina and Southern Luzon areas which were affected by the typhoon, Ebdane said. According to Ebdane, as early as last Saturday, he already ordered regional directors and district engineers in Metro Manila and other affected areas to send out dump trucks to help stranded motorists, to stay in their post for 24 hours to provide all kinds of assistance and that he was happy his men was up to the task. As to the donations, he said it is already a second nature for the DPWH officials and personnel to respond and help calamity victims. Automatic na yan sa kanila, in fact they are doing it in their own already, in their own individual capacities even before I made a formal order, Ebdane added. In a forum on flood mitigation called by Ebdane Tuesday, guest speaker Dr. Danilo C. Terante, Division Head, College of Engineering at the De La Salle University Manila, said global warming has so affected the weather condition that Metro Manila and Rizal can expect more floods similar to that brought by Ondoy. Terante, a specialist in Water Resources and Hydraulics Engineering, said the Philippines is a natural laboratory for typhoons and earthquakes and climate change will only increase these weather disturbances. The Philippines is considered as one of the most disaster-prone countries because it is located not only along the fire ring but also along the Pacific typhoon belt. Every year, about 20 tropical cyclones enter the archipelago and leave damaging effects such as floods and landslides.  
 

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