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  12/30/10

SITUATIONAL REPORT IN BICOL REGION

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  (As of 8:30 A.M.) As per report from field by District Engineer Romeo D. Doloiras of DPWH Sorsogon 1st District Engineering Office to DPWH Assistant Secretary for Luzon Operation Roy L. Manao, all national bridges in the Province of Sorsogon are passable to all types of vehicle contrary to the earlier reported news that one (1) of the bridge, Guinlajon Bridge, collapsed due to heavy rains. On the otherhdand, DPWH crew and equipment is undertaking clearing operation at Ariman-Casiguran Road, a national secondary road in Sorsogon following the occurrence of landslide yesterday (December 29, 2010) at around 4:00 pm. Also, DPWH Region 5 Director Danilo Dequito reported that landslide/debris at Manito Section in Manito, Albay were all cleared except at Cawayan Section which is half lane passable due to landslide while maintenance crew and equipment are now undertaking clearing operation at Sto Domingo, Albay which as of 12:00 noon, December 30, 2010, is impassable due to floodwater.  
 
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  12/22/10

SINGSON SPEAKS AT THE OATH-TAKING OF NEW CIVIL ENGINEERS

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  Excellent opportunities await good and talented civil engineers in the Philippines. Speaking at the oath taking ceremony held recently at Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City for the new civil engineers who successfully passed the recent civil engineering licensure examination, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said there is a real world waiting for good and talented civil engineers and willing to pay good money not just for talent but also for good work ethics both in the private and public sector. He challenged the new licensed civil engineer to excel in this profession and help the country in infrastructure development so that Philippines can again be globally competitive in terms of better and safer roads, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure. Secretary Singson also urged some 2,000 young civil engineers who passed the November 2010 examination given by Board of Civil Engineering of the Professional Regulations Commission to avail the information and knowledge readily available in the internet to know the latest technologies and practices to be able to be at par with the world’s best engineers. “Civil engineering is a very wide field so you have to specialize and have a distinct proficiency in the particular field you chose whether in road construction, bridge, transportation, water, airports, etc.”, said Singson. More than the technical expertise, Secretary Singson said work ethics, the good moral values and principles in life, must be established in the early part of career of a civil engineer. He encouraged them to participate in nation building thru governance and monitoring of government projects as DPWH commits to do the right projects, at the right cost and right quality. The DPWH under the President Benigno S. Aquino III administration is pressed to transform the organization to reduce corruption and is focused on upgrading the quality and safety of national roads and bridges. The Department is now simplifying its procedures, upgrading designs, construction methodology and practices to improve international roughness index of national road and is also promoting infrastructure development through Public-Private Partnership program.  
 
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  12/22/10

DPWH FORMS SKELETAL WORKFORCE FOR THE LONG HOLIDAY VACATION

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  To assure continued workflow, even during the long holiday vacation, DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson ordered the creation of Skeletal Workforce and designation of DPWH Action Officers during the Christmas holidays. “ As a public office, we must be accountable to the people at all times, we must able to respond to emergency road situations and important queries even during the holiday season” Singson said. The Skeletal Taskforce of the DPWH Central Office will take effect from December 24 to 27, 2010 and December 31, 2010 to January 2, 2011. The assigned Action Officers are instructed to report in a 24-hour, 6 - shift schedule. The Action Officers will man the DPWH Central Office and will head the workforce tasked to render emergency services that may be required during the holidays. In his memorandum, the Regional Directors of Regions I, II, III, IV-A, V, and Cordillera Administrative Region are directed to assure that all major thoroughfares are well maintained, free from obstructions and to set up Motorists’ Assistance Stations to assist the travelling public along identified critical sections along national roads. All communications system in the Department will also be kept operational for ready reception and transmittal of reports and instructions. For complaints and inquiries during the holidays, the DPWH Skeletal Workforce Hotlines are 304-3300; 304-3222; 304-3026 and 3043221.  
 
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  12/17/10

ANTI OVERLOADING STAKEHOLDERS DIALOGUE

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  DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson (3rd from left) discusses the importance of enforcing the provisions on anti-overloading in RA87943 to be able to upgrade the condition of the country’s national roads and bridges. With Secretary Singson are former Land Transportation Office Assistant Secretary Alberto Suansing, DPWH Undersecretary Raul Asis and Confederation of Truckers Association (CTAP)President Mr. Rodolfo Ocampo.  
 
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  12/17/10

DPWH CONDUCTS DIALOGUE WITH TRUCKERS ON ANTI-OVERLOADING OPERATION

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  “ We cannot afford to do nothing about overloading, we want to upgrade the status of our national roads by 2016” This was the statement of DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson during the stakeholders dialogue with members of the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines 9CTAP) and other concerned groupc which aims to discuss and solve critical issues in the strict implementation of the provisions of RA 8794 in the overloading of vehicles early next year. Under the MVUC Law, trucks are prohibited to pass through national roads and bridges if their axle load exceeds the 13,500 kilograms per axle capacity limit and allowable computed gross vehicle weight (GVW) Singson said that based on the recent studies conducted by the DPWH 50% of cargo trucks passing through the national roads are overloaded, which resulted to the early deterioration of the national roads. In a study conducted by the Australian Aid, 10% of overloading on national roads will result to a total of 30% deterioration to road and bridge structures. “ In able to save a huge amount of our national budget, we must strictly comply on what is provided by the law, so that we can effectively utilize the government funds to build the needed infrastructure” Singson added. Compared to the P19 Billion Asset Preservation Fund that the Department receives through the collected charges under the MVUC, the actual needed budget to maintain and preserve the total of 30,000 kilometers of roads is P40 Billion. Based on the International Roughness Index (IRI), the country average IRI index is 6 (six), which is considered as Poor, which is caused primarily by overloaded vehicles. Among those present during the dialogue are former Land Transportation Office Head Assistant Secretary Alberto Suansing, Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP) President Rodolfo Ocampo and representatives from the Integrated North Harbor Truckers Association, Association of Integrated Truckers of Montalban Aggregates, Manila North Tollways Corporation, South Luzon Tollways Corporation and DPWH Metro Manila District Engineering Offices. Critical issues raised during the dialogue are the main causes of the overloaded freights and cargo from ports, processing and manufacturing facilities and aggregate processing facilities. In able to solve the issue, the DPWH will conduct checking of gross vehicle weights of cargo trucks directly from the point of origin of the cargo. Singson also suggested to the cargo forwarders to include in their contracts with their clients that the penalty of excess load from the allowable limit shall be paid by their clients. Because of the important issues raised in the dialogue, instead of the scheduled full implementation of the anti-overloading operation on January 2010, the DPWH had given a one month moratorium, in able to have an ample time to coordinate with other concerned agencies. It is also expected that by February 01, 2010, strict implementation of anti-overloading shall be enforced.  
 
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  12/16/10

DPWH STUDY REVEALS GAS PIPE DAMAGE NOT CAUSED BY INTERCHANGE

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  A study conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reveals that the cause of damage in the gas pipe in Barangay Bangkal, Makati City cannot be attributed to the Magallanes Interchange structure. The location of the damaged portion of the pipe is not under the retaining wall of the ramp of the interchange, but about five (5) meters away from the wall. In the evaluation of DPWH design experts, the weight of the wall and the vibration by passing vehicles have very little effect at the distance from the wall. Moreover, pipe damage that resulted to massive gas leak in Barangay Bangkal are small holes, not cracks. Based on DPWH assessment, if the stress induced on the pipe by the structure well exceeded the resisting capacity of the pipe, the eventual damage that may be caused is the formation of cracks but not holes. The DPWH study showed that the stress and vibration transmitted to the pipe by moving vehicles on the ramp is very minimal considering that the height of the embankment near the location of the damaged pipe is about six (6) meters and the pipe is about 1.5 meters underneath the service road. The DPWH also explained that the 14-inch diameter pipe is even encased in about 10-inch thick steel reinforced concrete box which provides additional protection to the pipe against the effect of the weight of the structure and vehicular vibration.  
 
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  12/15/10

ANTI-OVERLOADING TASK FORCE DRY RUN

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  DPWH Maintenance crew conducts a random check on cargo trucks using a portable weighing machine along Marcos Highway as part of the dry run of the Anti-Overloading Operation which aims to apprehend overloaded trucks plying along national roads. Starting January 05, 2011, the DPWH, in coordination with the Philippine National Police and Land Transportation Office will deploy Anti-Overloading Team along strategic locations in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila to strictly enforce RA 8794.  
 
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  12/14/10

DPWH ADOPTS NEW KOREAN CONCRETE PAVEMENT TECHNOLOGY

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  Adopting the latest system and technology in implementing the country’s infrastructure projects to assure better quality to optimize the budget utilization, the Department of Public Works and Highways together with the Korean Expressway Corporation (KEC) and DASAN Consultants of Korea had conducted a seminar on Concrete Pavement Technology. DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the seminar was conducted as a result of technical cooperation with Korean Engineering Institutions and companies during the last Ministerial Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems held at Busan Korea last October. The resource speakers of the seminar are Mr. Han, Seung Hwan from KEC and Mr. Lee, Yong Jin from DASAN. Participants from the DPWH are the Directors from DPWH NCR, Region III, IV-A and IV-B, Bureau of Research and Standards, Bureau of Maintenance, Bureau of Construction and Bureau of Design, and Project Directors from selected project management offices. Among the topics discussed in the seminar are the, Status of Expressways in Korea, History of concrete pavement and Overview of Concrete Pavement in Korea such as road design, materials, construction methods, and maintenance and on-going research. Also the advantages of adopting lean concrete base, jointed plain concrete pavement, continuosly reinforced concrete pavement and latex modified concrete pavement was explained during the discussions. “ Compared to our concrete national roads that has an average rate of no. 3 in the International Roughness Index (IRI), in Korea, their concrete road has an average of 1.6 IRI, which means that through their research, they have developed a new system or technology which makes their concrete roads smoother” Singson added. The international roughness index (IRI) was developed by the World Bank in the 1980s (UMTRI, 1998). IRI is used to define a characteristic of the longitudinal profile of a traveled wheeltrack and constitutes a standardized roughness measurement. DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of project management office operations said that the seminar is a great challenge for the department to look beyond the current engineering methods and practices and adopt the new construction standards and methodologies.  
 
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  12/10/10

SINGSON BANS CONSTRUCTION OF NEW OFFICE BUILDING

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  To optimize available resources for infrastructure development, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson prohibits the construction of new DPWH offices. In his Department order No. 66, Secretary Singson particularly prohibited the construction of new DPWH guests houses, buildings and other facilities, particularly in the compounds of the DPWH Regional and District Offices. “ We must assure that every centavo of the government funds will be allocated to priority projects that are specifically designed to benefit the general public such as flood control structures and school building projects.” Singson added. Singson also instructed all officials and employees not to solicit funds for the said purpose from the members of the Congress and other government and private agencies. Meanwhile, necessary repairs and improvements of existing facilities, are allowed subject to availability of Engineering and Administrative Overhead (EAO) fund of the office concerned. The DPWH Committee on Office Improvements and on the Transfer of Offices will review the requirements of all DPWH Offices that are needed to be repaired.  
 
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  12/09/10

SAUDI FUND FOR DEVELOPMENT MISSION REPORT SIGNED.

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  Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) Mission Head Mr. Abdullah Al-Shedokhi (3rd from left), DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson (middle), and Mindanao Development Authority Chairperson Luwalhati Antonino (3rd from right) sign the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) Mission Report during the exit mission meeting for the implementation of Phase 1 of the Mindanao Roads Improvement Projects. Also present during the event are DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut and Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain and members of SFD Mission, Mr. Sa’Ed Al-Massikhi and Mr. Suliman Al Wated.  
 
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  12/06/10

DELP 6TH ANNUAL CONVENTION

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  The District Engineers League of the Philippines (DELP) held its 6th Annual Convention last 03 December 2010 at the Grand Ballroom of Oxford Hotel, Clarkfield, Angeles City, Pampanga with the theme DELP: Kaagapay ng Bayan sa Pagtatatag ng Matibay at Matuwid na Daan and Honorable Secretary Rogelio L. Singson as guest of honor.  
 
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  12/03/10

DPWH FOREWARNS OVERLOADED TRUCKS

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  It is high time to enforce the law. This is what DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson told his officials in the wake of numerous complaints on potholes and other damage to road pavement of national roads especially during rainy season. One of the main culprits in the early deterioration of asphalt or concrete road pavements is overloaded trucks, the DPWH said. It said that water and overloaded trucks pounding on the asphalt pavement would cause potholes and early damage to the roads. RA 8794 provides penalties for overloaded trucks and trailers and prohibits vehicles that exceed the allowable gross vehicle weights (GVW) and axle load of 13,500 kilograms from using the national roads. The allowable GVW is the maximum weight of a vehicle including its load that can be allowed without exceeding the load carrying capacity of a bridge structure. The computation of allowable GVW of a vehicle depends upon the number of its axle. For twenty-two-wheeler trucks, the maximum allowable GVW is 41,000 kilograms while for the ordinary six-wheeler trucks, it should be 16,880 kilograms. Although the DOTC through the Land Transportation Office (LTO) is responsible for imposing penalties on overloaded vehicles, Secretary Singson have asked the LTO to deputize DPWH personnel to enforce the anti-overloading law and to issue Temporary Operator’s Permit (TOP). The TOP indicates the excess load and corresponding penalty to be paid in the amount equivalent to 25% of the Motor Vehicles User’s Charge (MVUC) applicable to the apprehended vehicle. Following the deputation of DPWH personnel by LTO, portable weighing scales shall be fielded in strategic ingress and egress locations within Metro Manila starting January 5, 2011 to check overloaded vehicles. This shall be done in coordination with the uniformed personnel of the Philippine National Police.  
 
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  12/01/10

DPWH WELCOMES SAUDI FUND DEVELOPMENT MISSION

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  DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson (2nd from right) welcomes Mr. Abdullah Al-Shedokhi (3rd from left), head of the Saudi Fund for Development Mission (SFD). The SFD Mission is in the country to inspect and conduct coordination meeting in the implementation of Phase 1 of the Mindanao Roads Improvement Projects (P-1MRIP). Also present during the meeting are Mr. Sa’Ed Al-Massikhi and Mr. Suliman Al Wated- members of the SFD Mission and DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of foreign assisted project operations.  
 
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  12/01/10

DPWH CONDUCTS DIALOGUE WITH PUBLIC UTILITIES

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  During the Stakeholder Dialogue with Public/Private Utilities, DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson discusses the importance of immediate restoration of digging works along major thoroughfares to assure road safety and minimize traffic. The dialogue aimed at formulating stricter guidelines for road diggings/works along national roads. Among the participants in the discussions were representatives from Maynilad, Manila Water, Meralco, Digitel and Eastern Telecomm.  
 

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