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January 2011
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  01/31/11

ESTRELLA – PANTALEON PROJECT INSPECTION.

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  DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson listened as NCR Director Reynaldo G. Tagudando briefed him on the progress of activities for the construction of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge which connects Makati City with Mandaluyong City during a recent inspection. Also in photo are DPWH Undersecretary for Project Management Office Rafael C. Yabut and Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain. The project to date is substantially completed and remaining works cover the installation of lamp posts as safety features of the 676-lineal meters bridge.  
 
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  01/28/11

DPWH COMPLETES NEW FARM TO MARKET ROADS IN QUIRINO PROVINCE

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  To promote agricultural development especially in the Cagayan Valley Region which is one of the rice granary of the country, the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the completion of four farm-to-market roads in Quirino Province. DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said that one of the priorities of the Department is the completion road and bridge projects that leads to agricultural communities and food processing facilities. “ We have already coordinated with the Department of Agriculture with regards with the locations of their Bagsakan Center so that we can identify on what projects that we need to prioritize to improve the mobilization of agricultural products” Singson said. Among the completed farm-to-market road projects are the P5.294 Million Tres-Reyes-Dagupan Road, P5.297 Million Rizal- Sto. Tomas Road both located in the municipality of Saguday, the P5.296 Million Cabugao-Eden Road in the municipality of Aglipay and the P4.812 Million Pedlisan Road in the municipality of Maddela. Mr. Arnel Fundalan, a local farmer in Saguday said that since the department had completed the road project, the travel time from their farm going to the market areas has been reduced for about an hour an hour. Meanwhile, DPWH Region II Director Eugenio Pipo Jr said that in the province of Nueva Vizcaya the DPWH has also completed the P96.4 Million Bitnong-Belance-Neuva Vizcaya Boundary Road project in Dupax Del Norte, P19.275 Million Bam-Kas-Solano Road Project in Quezon and the P 9.984 Million Phase III of Solano Flood Control Project.  
 
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  01/27/11

DPWH COMPLETES 713 NEW SCHOOLBUILDINGS FOR 2010

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  Aiming to address the classroom shortage and to improve the quality of education in the country, the Department of Public Works and Highways has reported the completion of 713 new classroom buildings nationwide. In his report to DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH Task Force on School Building Program Chair, Assistant Secretary Dimas Soguilon said that out of the programmed 1,077 school building projects of the Department of Education for 2010 amounting to P 775 Million, 713 are completed, 233 are on-going while 109 are still on pre-construction phase. Ranking first in the most completed school building projects are the DPWH Region IV-A Office for completing 137 school building projects, followed by DPWH National Capital Region Office with 107 school building projects and the DPWH Region IV-B for completing 106 school building projects. For the year 2010, the DPWH also has completed the rehabilitation of 812 units of dilapidated classrooms. Under the Congressional Initiative Projects, the DPWH has completed a total of 301 school building projects amounting to P271 Million and rehabilitated a total of 191 school building projects amounting to P58.8 Million for the year 2010.  
 
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  01/20/11

DPWH STARTS SERIES OF WORKSHOP FOR 2011 BUDGET UTILIZATION

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  After the assurance of the budget frontloading for 2011 from the Department of Budget and Management and for the immediate completion of the government’s vital infrastructure projects, the Department of Public Works and Highways has conducted an Operations Coordination Meeting for Luzon. The coordination meeting includes series of lectures in the improved system of planning, constructing and maintaining DPWH projects. It also includes workshop for personnel capability enhancement and competitive bidding process. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that these series of workshops aim to change the culture, change in the values and to change the image of the Department. Among the participants are the DPWH regional directors, district engineers and division chiefs from National Capital Region, Regions 4-A, 4-B and 5. During the meeting, Singson had explained to the participants the details of his policy direction “ Right project, right quality at the right cost” which is the directive of his Transformation Program. Right project means the prioritisation of fund allocation on projects with national objectives such as national roads and bridges leading to major tourist destinations and highly agriculture areas or classified by the Department of Agriculture as “Bagsakan Centers”. In improving the quality of works, the Department is now adopting new construction methodology and equipment such as road pavers. The department is now also formulating new guidelines for the effective conduct of project inspection such as capability enhancement for DPWH project inspectors and materials engineers. To assure that projects are implemented with the right cost, a stricter bidding process and more competitive bidding system is now being implemented. Singson also warned the DPWH field officials that he will not tolerate the lobbying efforts of some politicians and contractors in their favor. “ Personal kong sinisiguro sa inyo na ipagtatanggol ko kayo laban sa mga abusadong pulitoko at kontraktor kung kayo ay nasa tamang daan” Singson added. Singson also informed field officials that he will no longer tolerate re-blocking projects as it is one of the major source of corruption in the Department. “ Instead of conducting re-blocking activities focus on the drainage improvement to assure a flood free roads and work on the entire rehabilitation of the damaged road section also to avoid simultaneous disruption of traffic” Singson added.  
 
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  01/19/11

MEASURES TO MITIGATE SAMAR FLOODING

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 8 Director Rolando M. Asis (at left) together with other public works engineers in a meeting with Bishop Crispen Varquez (extreme right) of the Diocese of Borongan, Eastern Samar to discuss engineering measures to mitigate flooding in the province. Heavy rains during the past days has cause flooding to some of the roadways making it hardly passable to vehicle and damaging road pavement.  
 
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  01/19/11

DPWH MEETS WITH BISHOP OF BORONGAN, EASTERN SAMAR

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 8 Director Rolando M. Asis (at left, upper photo) discuss with Bishop Crispen Varquez of the Diocese of Borongan, Eastern Samar engineering measures to mitigate flooding in the province during a recent meeting. Lower photo shows the flooded roadway in the Municipality of Quinapondan, Eastern Samar taken January 18, 2010 (4PM) following the onslaught of continuous heavy rains.  
 
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  01/19/11

CONTINUOUS HEAVY RAINS IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE LEAVES P 163.7 MILLION DAMAGE TO INFRASTRUCTURE- DPWH

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  Because of the continuous heavy rains in Southern hemisphere brought by the effect of cold front as explained by PAGASA, the Department of Public Works and Highways has reported the initial estimated P163.7 Million damage to infrastructure nationwide. In his report to DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH Bureau of Maintenance Director Angelito N. Twaño said that the most of the affected infrastructure facilities are located in Eastern Visayas Region. Among the impassable road sections due to landslide, road slip and damaged bridge are the Ginpandayan Section and Nipa-Mapanas Section along Palapag-Mapanas-Gamay-Lapinig Road and Catarman-Rawis- San Roque Section along Mainland Road Network in Northern Samar. In the province of Leyte, the Tabangco-Catmon-Manlawaan-Gimarco Road, Cabungaan-Tabunok-Consuegera Road, Libungao- Matag-ob - Palompon Roadand Merida-Lundag-Putingbato-Consolacion-Isabel Road are hardly passable because of washed out road surface materials. In Caraga Region, the Tago-San Miguel Bridge along Gamut- San Miguel Road in Surigao Del Sur is not passable due to collapsed slope protection structure and scoured pier foundation. In Agusan Del Sur, seventeen (17) sections along NRJ Bayugan-Calaitan-Tandag Road is hardly passable due to road slip, washed out road surface materials and roadway cut-off. In the province of Palawan, four sections of the Puerto Princesa South Road are not passable to light vehicles due to floodwater. “ Our respective regional and district offices have already deployed maintenance crew and equipment to conduct pallative repairs on the damage road sections to assure the immediate restoration of normal traffic flow and to provide assistance to emergency road situations” Twaño said. Twaño also said that warning signs are already installed on both ends of the affected roads to inform the motorists.  
 
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  01/18/11

DPWH COMPLETES 2,221 NEW INFRA PROJECTS IN ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA REGION

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  Considering the big potential for development because of its vast tract of fertile land and abundant natural resources in Mindanao, the Department of Public Works and Highways has reported the completion of 2,221 various infrastructure projects in Zamboanga Peninsula Region. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the present administration is now geared towards the allocation of more funds for the much needed infrastructure development in installation of policy reforms to provide a more conducive economic environment. DPWH Region IX Director Jorge U. Sebastian said that for the year 2010, they still have 113 on-going projects which majority are scheduled to be completed this coming February. A big portion of the total budget was allotted to the construction and rehabilitation of national highways amounting to P10.3 Billion. Among the other public infrastructure that were completed by the DPWH are school buildings, hospital and health facilities, water supply systems and flood control and drainage structures. Included in the significant infrastructure projects implemented by the DPWH Region 9 Office is the President’s Bridges Program Sanga-Sanga bridge and Lapid-Lapid bridge projects in Tawi-Tawi. The project aims to link the capital of this southernmost province of Mindanao to mainland Tawi-Tawi through the construction of these bridges, their approaches and attached road components crossing the Manauk Channel.  
 
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  01/13/11

DPWH & TRUCKERS AGREED TO IMPLEMENT 13.5 METRIC TON PER AXLE LIMIT STARTING FEB 1 & GVW ON MAY 1

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  After a second round of dialogue with truckers and haulers held today DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson has agreed that the enforcement on anti-overloading law using both the maximum allowable load limit of 13.5 metric tons per axle load and prescribed gross vehicle weight (GVW) standard shall commence in May 1, this year. “This will allow the truckers and haulers the opportunity to inform their customers, the importers and exporters, to adjust the weights of their cargoes,” Secretary Singson said. However, both parties have already agreed that starting February 1, the maximum allowable load limit of 13.5 metric tons per axle load shall be strictly enforced. Deputized DPWH personnel shall then begin issuing Temporary Operating Permits (TOPs) and shall be confiscating the plates of trucks found to be overloaded pursuant to the IRR of the enabling law, RA 8794. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has deputized the DPWH to enforce the said law on anti-overloading. Based on the anti-overloading provisions of RA 8794, only vehicles that will not exceed the 13.5 kilograms maximum axle load limit and the prescribed gross vehicle weight for trucks and trailers are allowed to proceed on the roadway. Secretary Singson said that DPWH would need a total of P40 Billion for road maintenance works because of the early deterioration of roads caused by overloaded trucks. “ This is a 10 year old law that we really need to implement to protect and assure the quality of our national roads and bridges” Singson added. Data from the ATOME dry run operation conducted yesterday (January 12, 2011) in the North and South Harbors, out of 179 trucks weighed 105 are overloaded. The overloaded cargo ranges from 1,000 kilograms to 36,000 kilograms. It is even noted that a single truck weighed for about 76,000 kilograms, which is extremely overloaded compared to the maximum 41,000 kilogram standard allowable weight limit for trucks with the same classification. “Just imagine how these trucks will do damage to our national roads especially our bridges” Singson said. Among the vital issues that were agreed upon during the dialogue are the conduct of truck weighing inside the port area and for the DPWH to consider the weighing receipt issued by the Bureau of Customs. As suggested during the dialogue, another coordination meeting together with the Department of Trade and Industry, Bureau of Customs and representatives from the manufacturing industry shall again be conducted.  
 
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  01/12/11

DPWH STARTS DRY RUN ON ANTI TRUCK OVERLOADING OPERATION

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  To protect and preserve the quality of national roads and bridges, The Department of Public Works and Highways has started today (January 12, 2011) the dry run of its Anti Truck Overloading Mobile Enforcement (ATOME) Operation. The DPWH-ATOME program aims to strictly implement the anti-overloading provisions of R.A. 8794 or the Motor Vehicles Users Charge Law. Among the identified entry points, weighing stations are the Moriones Gate, Zaragoza Gate and Capulong near C-2 in North Harbor, 25th street, 8the street and 2nd street in South Harbor, MIA Road cor Coastal Road- Paranaque City, Quirino Avenue-Las Piñas City, Manila South Road Viaduct- Muntinlupa City, Sumulong /Marcos Highwya, Ortigas Extension, Commonwealth Avenue- Quezon City, San Jose-Novaliches Road (Quirino Highway)- Caloocan City and Mac Arthur Highway- Valenzuela City. During the dry run, DPWH Maintenance Engineers together with representatives from Philippine National Police (PNP) checked the axle load of freight trucks and trailers using portable weighing scales. If found overloaded, the Team Leader informed the truck driver on the violation. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. 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 able to save a huge amount of our national budget for road maintenance, we must strictly comply on what is provided by the law, so that we can effectively utilize the government funds to build other priority infrastructure” Singson added. Secretary Singson also said that in able to give wider discussions and proper coordination with concerned stakeholders and give them an equal opportunity to inform the DPWH of their concerns, a second public dialogue will be conducted on January 13, 2010 at the DPWH Central Office in Port Area, Manila. In the two hour period of weighing operation, an average of 2 out of 10 trucks were found overloaded. It has also been observed that the process of weighing the trucks would take about 3 to five minutes, which already causes traffic congestion especially in truck congested areas such as North and South Harbors. DPWH Undersecretary Raul C. Asis said that the Department is now in the process of procuring 5 units of equipment that are capable of weighing trucks in motion to assure minimal traffic congestion during the weighing operation. In a weighing operation conducted at gate 1 of the South Harbor Compound, Ms. Mary Zapata, from Well Cargo and a member of the Aduana Business Club said that they are not against the strict implementation of the anti-overloading law as in the long run they will be the one to benefit if it will be implemented. “Ito ang pinakamagandang batas para sa aming mga truckers dahil magiging doble ang biyahe namin at liliit ang maintenance cost ng aming sasakyan, pero ang hinihiling naman sana namin ay mas bigyan ito ng masusing pag-aaral dahil maraming industriya ang apektado dito” Zapata added.  
 
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  01/12/11

DPWH STARTS DRY RUN OF ANTI-OVERLOADING CAMPAIGN

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  DPWH Undersecretary Raul C. Asis (standing right) personally supervised the truck axle weighing operation part of the DPWH Anti Truck Overloading Operation held at 8th Street, Port Area, Manila. On February 01, 2011, the DPWH Anti Truck Overloading Task Force will start apprehending overloaded freight trucks along national roads.  
 
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  01/07/11

DPWH TO CONDUCT 2nd ROUND DIALOGUE WITH TRUCKERS AND TRADERS

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  To assure proper coordination with concerned stakeholders and resolve certain issues related to the strict implementation of the Anti-Overloading provisions of Republic Act 8794, the Department of Public Works and Highways will conduct a second public dialogue for its Anti-Overloading Operation on January 13, 2011 at the DPWH Central Office Building. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the second dialogue aims to widen the coordination with other stakeholders who were not able to attend the first meeting last December regarding the implementation of DPWH Anti-Overloading Operation on February 01, 2011. “ In the first dialogue, we have realized that the anti-overloading issue is not only the concern of truckers and the Department but it also includes the other industries such as export and import, aggregates and agriculture” Singson added. Among the invited stakeholders are the representatives from Philippine Ports Authority, Metro Manila Development Authority, Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Philippine National Police, Department of Trade and Industry, aggregate processors, cement manufacturers, quarry operators, grain and vegetable handlers and various truckers / haulers association. On January 12-14, 2011, the DPWH Anti-Overloading Team, together with MMDA and PNP personnel will start a dry run on apprehending overloaded freight trucks and trailers along 14 identified entry points in Metro Manila. The anti-overloading team will be equipped with portable weighing scale, traffic control device and camera to document unusual cases such as escorted trailer trucks.  
 
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  01/05/11

BICOL INSPECTION

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  Secretary Rogelio L. Singson received briefing from Region 5 Director Danilo Dequito on the heavily silted Yawa River in Legazpi City during his recent inspection of damaged infrastructure in Bicol Region due to heavy rains. Secretary Singson together with Undersecretary for Regional Operation Romeo S. Momo also inspected Sangay (Camarines Sur) to Tiwi (Albay) Boundary Road, Padang Section of the Legazpi-Sto. Domingo-Tabaco Road, and Legazpi City-Manito Road in the Province of Albay which prior to DPWH clearing operation was rendered impassable due to flash flood and occurrence of landslides.  
 
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  01/04/11

DPWH TO START DRY RUN OF ANTI OVERLOADING OPERATION

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  After announcing the start of its Anti-Overloading Operation in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila on February 01, 2011, the Department of Public Works and Highways will conduct a dry run on weighing overloaded trucks on 14 identified entry points of cargo trucks in National Capital Region to test its readiness and procedural operation starting January 11, 2011. Among the identified entry points are the Moriones Gate, Zaragoza Gate and Capulong near C-2 in North Harbor, 25th street, 8the street and 2nd street in South Harbor, MIA Road cor Coastal Road- Paranaque City, Quirino Avenue-Las Piñas City, Manila South Road Viaduct- Muntinlupa City, Sumulong /Marcos Highwya, Ortigas Extension, Commonwealth Avenue- Quezon City, San Jose-Novaliches Road (Quirino Highway)- Caloocan City and Mac Arthur Highway- Valenzuela City. During the dry run, DPWH Maintenance Engineers together with representatives from LTO and PNP will check the axle load of freight trucks and trailers using portable weighing scales. If found overloaded, the Team Leader will issue a notice to the truck driver to inform him about the violation. But starting February 01, 2011 all vehicle violators, which shall be found in excess of the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight (GVW) shall pay a penalty in the amount equivalent to 25 percent of the MVUC applicable to the vehicle at the time of apprehension. The apprehended vehicle shall not be allowed to proceed on the roadway if its axle load exceeds the 13,500 kilograms or the vehicle load exceeds 150 percent of the maximum allowable GVW. As provided under the provisions of RA 8794, the following are the allowable GVW: trucks with 2 axle (6 wheels)- 16,880 kgs; trucks with tandem rear axle/ 3 axles (10 wheels)- 27,250 kgs; trucks with tandem rear axle/ 4 axle (14 wheels)- 29,700 kgs; truck semi-trailer with 3 axles (10 wheels)- 30,380 kgs; truck semi-trailer with 4 axles (14 wheels)- 30,380 kgs; truck semi trailer with 5 axles (18 wheels)- 37,800 kgs; truck trailer 2 axles at prime mover /3 axles at trailer (18 wheels)- 30,378 kgs; truck trailer 2 axles at prime mover / 2 axles at trailer (14 wheels)- 30,378 kgs; truck trailer 2axles at prime mover / 3 axles at trailer (18 wheels)- 36,900 kgs; truck trailers 3 axles at prime movers / 3 axles at trailer (22 wheels)- 41,000 kgs; truck trailer 3 axles at prime mover / 2 axles at trailer (18 wheels)- 37,800 kgs; and truck trailer 3 axles at prime mover / 3 axles at trailer (22 wheels)- 41,000. DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said that in able to inform the concerned stakeholders and to give them an equal opportunity to inform the DPWH of their concerns, a public dialogue was conducted last month together with truckers/haulers and other private road sector such as NLEX and SLEX. “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 national roads is P40 Billion.  
 
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  01/02/11

SINGSON’S DPWH TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM CONTINUES FOR 2011

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways will continue its transformation program for 2011. Thus said Secretary Rogelio L. Singson as he renewed his call for employees’ support and cooperation in the full implementation of the reform agenda particularly the curbing of corruption that President Benigno S. Aquino III wants to institute in the Department. In his New Year’s message, the DPWH chief said that priority for 2011 would be the infrastructure projects under the General Appropriations Act and he wanted it to be implemented and bidded out properly according to specifications. Secretary Singson said that he still want to minimize corruption in the DPWH so that moving forward up to the year 2012, the Department would be on the straight path and restore the trust of the people. DPWH Undersecretary Raul C. Asis said that in support to the transformation program, every employee of the Department in the Central Office and subsequently the 16 Regional Offices and 182 District Engineering Offices will undergo two (2) day Culture Building Workshop for every personnel to know and realize the common vision of the agency. Noting that not all employees and even officials are aware of the agency mission, Secretary Singson and the Management Committee has simplified it into: “doing the right projects, at the right cost, and the right quality”. Undersecretary Asis said that this mission statement is actually the elements of project management. In construction management you are managing the elements of time, cost and quality, Asis said. Secretary Singson’s program of restoring professionalism in the DPWH paid off. Survey result shows positive approval rating on the leadership performance of Secretary Singson and this was also recognized by the 24 member panel of Commission of Appointment who confirmed his appointment and made him part of the first batch of President’s Cabinet appointees to go through the confirmation process before the end of year 2010.  
 

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