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February 2011
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  02/23/11

DPWH ORDERS STRICT ENFORCEMENT OF A 27-YEAR OLD LAW

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  Like the 10-year old anti-overloading law, RA 8794, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson also ordered the strict compliance to Batas Pambansa 344 otherwise known as Accessibility Law. Singson as national building official has ordered all city and municipal building officials to strictly implement the provisions of BP 344 and to ensure that all approvals of application for building permits and certificates of building occupancy shall be evaluated to comply with said law. Singson made the order following the human rights advisory report issued by the Commission on Human Rights which states among others, " while the accessibility law has been in existence for 27 years already, yet, implementation of this law remains inadequate if not manifestly scarce." In the report, CHR also reminded that the government that upon ratification by the Philippines of the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, it has bound itself to implement the provisions of the said Convention. Singson also directed the DPWH regional directors to see to it that plans and designs of public buildings and other structures must conform with the provisions of BP 344. "I will hold all DPWH regional directors responsible for any infraction or violation relative to this directive," Singson said. When he assumed office last year, Singson has directed the regional directors and district engineers to conduct comprehensive audits of all government buildings and sports centers. For those buildings or structures under DPWH responsibility, regional directors are directed to submit action plan with corresponding budgetary requirement to make these buildings/ structures compliant to BP 344.  
 
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  02/23/11

DPWH ADOPTS STRICTER GUIDELINES FOR MVUC FUNDS

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  Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson has directed the DPWH Road Program Office to review all plans and programs to be funded by Motor Vehicle User’s Charge or MVUC prior to his approval and subsequent deliberation by the Road Board. This will ensure the prudent and objective use of MVUC funds, also known as Road User’s Tax, Singson said. In the past, it was reported that MVUC funds were allegedly subjected to misuse and abuse. In a department order he recently issued, Singson has designated the DPWH Planning Service Chief as concurrent head of Road Program Office. The Road Program Office is responsible in the planning, programming, implementation and monitoring of projects funded by VUC. To ensure that MVUC funds are used objectively for road maintenance activities, the priority list of projects shall be generated from the Pavement Management System/ Highway Development Management or PMS/HDM4. The PMS/HDM4 is a tool used to assess investments in asset preservation and network development schemes. It also prioritizes a list of candidate road projects into a one-year or multi-year program. Singson also directed that MVUC Special Road Safety shall be used for road safety projects such as procurement of guard rails, safety barriers, pavement markings, cat’s eyes or retro-reflective studs, chevron road signs and other road safety signages and shall be based from the Traffic Accident Recording Analysis System or TARAS and Road Safety Audits. TARAS and road Safety Audits are tools used to generate a priority list of road safety projects that should be installed at critical sections of national roads or the so-called “black spots.” Where accidents oftentimes occur. Singson said that in the past, national roads not needing guard rails are installed with as high as two-tiered guard rails. These guard rails should be installed along national roads in the mountainous areas and not along rice paddies, added Singson. He also acknowledged the presence of syndicates who go around Congress enticing Congressmen for early release of MVUC by simply signing the request for funding.  
 
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  02/15/11

DPWH APPREHENDS 1,094 OVERLOADED TRUCKS

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  Out of 14,372 trucks that had been weighed along the 14 Anti Overloading Mobile Enforcement (ATOME) Operation weighing stations, 1,094 were apprehended due to overloading. During the 3rd Anti Truck Overloading Stakeholders dialogue, DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that even though only 7.6 percent of the trucks that were weighed were found overloaded, the department will still continue to be vigilant in enforcing the law to assure public safety. “ What is good about this is that actual data reveals that there is already a awareness and compliance among the truckers and concerned industries but we must also stay focus as there are some reports of truckers that evade our weighing stations by plotting alternate routes and resorting to armed motorcyle escorts to intimidate our field personnel” Singson added. Compared to its initial operation last February 1, 2011 or 17.6 percent of the trucks that were weighed were overloaded but from February 10 to 13, 2011 only an average of 4 percent were apprehended. During the dialogue, Singson had encourage the representatives from the trucking, manufacturing, import and export industries to submit suggestions and pertinent data that could help the department in coming up for a better system in implementing the provisions of Republic Act 8794. Cement industries recognize the necessity of enforcing the anti-overloading law to preserve the roads and to ensure public safety. They expressed their support on the ongoing enforcement of RA8794 of anti-overloading law through paid advertisements in national newspapers. Among the participants on the dialogue are representatives from the Confederation of Truckers Association, Montalban Aggregates Truckers Association, Association of Concerned Transport Organizations and San Miguel Corporation. Members of the panel are DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson, Undersecretary Raul C. Asis, in-charge of the DPWH ATOME Operation, Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya and Former Land and Transportation Assistant Secretary Alberto Suansing.  
 
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  02/14/11

DPWH TO CONDUCT 3RD ANTI TRUCK OVERLOADING PUBLIC DIALOGUE

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  To resolve the remaining issues and concerns of various stakeholders regarding the implementation of Section 6 of Republic Act 8794 entitled “Penalty for Overloading”, the Department of Public Works and Highways shall conduct the 3rd Anti Truck Overloading Stakeholders dialogue on February 15, 2011 at the Multi Purpose Hall of DPWH Central Office Bldg. Port Area, Manila. Among the invited concerned stakeholders are different federations / associations on truck owners, shippers forwarders and port operators. “ We are continuously coordinating with the concerned stakeholders in able to come up with a system wherein we can implement the law that will be both beneficial for the private and government sector” Singson said. Since February 1, 2011, the DPWH had started to implement its Anti Truck Overloading Mobile Enforcement (ATOME) Operation following the 13.5 ton per axle load limit and both Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) starting May 01, 2011. ATOME aims to apprehend overloaded trucks in able to preserve and protect the quality of national roads and bridges nationwide. For the period from February 01 to February 08, out of 8,405 trucks that have been weighed, 626 were apprehended due to overloading. Topping the list of weighing stations with most apprehended violators is the Mac Arthur Highway Weighing Station in Valenzuela City with a total of 145 truck overloading violations.  
 
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  02/11/11

CITIES OF MAKATI AND MANDALUYONG CONNECTS ANEW WITH ESTRELLA-PANTALEON BRIDGE

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  A new bridge that connects the progressive cities of Mandaluyong and Makati crossing Pasig River was formally open today (February 11, 2011) to motoring public. Vice-President Jejomar Binay, DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, Austrian Ambassador to the Philippines Wilhelm Donko, and Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay and Mandaluyong City Benhur Abalos led the ceremonial drive-thru and ribbon cutting ceremonies at the newly constructed Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge. The 676 lineal meters concrete and modular steel bridge, which was constructed at a cost of P303.655 Million, is part of the government effort to decongest traffic. The bridge will serve as additional access to Makati Southern part of Metro Manila and vice-versa, relieving congestion at Guadalupe and Makati-Mandaluyong Bridges. Secretary Singson said that the opening of this bridge will further promote economic and social development in these two (2) highly commercialized cities in Metro Manila. Construction of the eight (8) spans bridge wherein the Austrian Government thru Waagner-Biro supplied the three (3) modular steel component, was implemented by the DPWH National Capital Region under the leadership of Regional Director Reynaldo Tagudando. To ensure safety, lampposts were installed on the bridge proper and along the 231 lineal meters Mandaluyong side approach and 243 lineal meters Makati side approach.  
 
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  02/11/11

ESTRELLA - PANTALEON BRIDGE INAUGURATION

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  Vice-President Jejomar Binay and DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson led the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the inauguration of Estrella- Pantaleon Bridge Project connecting Makati and Mandaluyong City. Witnessing the event are Austria Ambassador Wilhelm Donko, Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay and Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos.  
 
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  02/11/11

CEREMONIAL DRIVE THRU

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  Vice President Jejomar Binay and DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson leads the ceremonial drive thru during the inauguration of Estrella - Pantaleon Bridge Project in Makati City. Joining them are Makati City Mayor Junjun Binay and Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos.  
 
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  02/04/11

MORE THAN HALF A BILLION TAXPAYERS’ MONEY SAVED DUE TO OPEN, COMPETITIVE BIDDING

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  With the elimination of negotiated contracts in the Department of Public Works and Highways, the government was able to save P577 Million in taxpayers’ money during the second half of year 2010. “The amount of more than half a billion in government funds is just for 29 projects bid out in the Central Office. We expect to generate much more savings from the bidding of all DPWH projects nationwide,” DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said. The savings were derived from the 29 projects procured through open and competitive bidding done only in the DPWH Central Office since July 2010, of which 25 projects are Post “Ondoy” and “Pepeng” Short-Term Infrastructure Rehabilitation Projects (POPSTIRP). The 25 POPSTIRP roads, bridges and flood control projects bid out have a total approved budget for the contract (ABC) of P1.084 Billion but the total bid price is P838.8 Million generating a savings of P 245.3 Million. It is to be recalled that upon assumption to office as DPWH Secretary in July 2010, Secretary Singson cancelled 19 POPSTIRP negotiated contracts worth P 934.1 Million. Also bid out which garnered the biggest savings derived are those from the bidding of the contract package II of the Plaridel Bypass road with P163.2 Million savings from its approved budget and the C-3 (Araneta Avenue)/Quezon Avenue Interchange Project with P104.5 Million savings. Other two (2) projects bid out are the contract packages II-A and II-B of the Urgent Bridges Construction Project for Rural Development with a total approved budget of P989.55 Million and total bid amount of P925.79 Million generating a total savings of P64.76 Million. We expect to save more government funds as we institutionalize reforms in the bidding process and also pursue the transformation program in the DPWH. To further ensure the integrity of the procurement process in the DPWH and to prevent undue fraternization of the Bid and Awards Committee (BAC) Chairmen with the contractors , Secretary Singson in a memorandum has ordered the rotation of the (BAC) chairmen from among the third ranking permanent officials in the central, regional and district engineering offices. Renewal of existing designations of BAC chairmen beyond their fixed term of one (1) year shall need the approval of Secretary Singson. Secretary Singson continues to seek the help of civil society organizations, NGOs and church-based organizations to assure that DPWH does the right projects, at the right cost and the right quality.  
 
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  02/03/11

DPWH RECORDS P383.7 MILLION DAMAGE TO INFRA DUE TO HEAVY RAINS

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways has recorded a total of P383.7 Million estimated damage to infrastructure in Visayas and Mindanao brought about by continuous heavy rains in the area. Latest report from the DPWH Bureau of Maintenance revealed that the most affected province is Agusan del Sur with a total of P 96 Million damage to national roads and bridges. Among the reported impassable road sections in the province are Brgy. Sto Niño, Berseba and Bayugan along Bayugan-Calaitan-Tandag Road, Brgy. Anibongan, Prosperidad, Brgy. Los Arcos and Sitio Magsaysay along Awa- Azpetia- Lianga Road. In Agusan Del Norte, the Kabalalahan Section along Buenavista-Bunaguit Road and Brgy. Dankias along Butuan City-Malaybalay Road in Butuan City are also impassable due to flooded road sections. In Surigao Del Sur, the Tago-San Migeul bridge along Gamut-San Miguel Road is closed to traffic because of collapsed slope protection structure and scoured bridge foundation. Along the Surigao Davao Coastal Road the Sampinit-Unaban-Pocto Section and Badjang Bailey Bridge are also closed to traffic because of flooded road section.In Eastern Visayas, the following road sections along Pangpang-Palapag-Mapanas-Gamay-Lapinig Road in Northern Samar are hardly passable due to rockslide and washed out road surface: Nipa-Mapanas, Panhagdaan, Sitio Malabago, Nipa, Palapag, Pampang and Lapinig. In Leyte, the Tebangco-Catmon-Manlawaan-Gimarco Road and Cabungaan-Tabunok - Consuegra Road are also hardly passable due to rutted road surface. Meanwhile, in the Cordillera Region the Tiiwan Section along Banaue-Hugduan-Benguet Boundary Road is still closed to traffic because of landslides.The respective DPWH regional and district offices have already deployed emergency crew and equipment to conduct repair works and slide clearing operations. Warning signs were also installed along affected road sections to advise the motorists.  
 
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  02/01/11

DPWH STARTS ANTI-TRUCK OVERLOADING OPERATIONS

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  DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson (left) personally supervises the truck weighing operation along R10 Road in Manila. Starting February 1, 2011 the DPWH is now implementing its Anti-Truck Overloading Mobile Enforcement which aims to apprehend overloaded trucks to preserve the quality of roads and bridges. With Secretary Singson are DPWH Undersecretaries Rafael C. Yabut and Raul C. Asis.  
 
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  02/01/11

DPWH STARTS A.T.O.M.E OPERATION

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  To minimize damage to national roads and bridges caused by overloaded trucks, the Department of Public Works and Highways has started today its Anti Truck Overloading Mobile Operation (ATOME) nationwide. In Metro Manila, the DPWH has deployed 13 ATOME Teams that are tasked to check and if found overloaded will apprehend all violators. Weighing stations are located at the Moriones Gate, Zaragosa Gate and Capulong near C-2 in North Harbor, 25th Street, 8th Street and 2nd Street in South Harbor in Manila, MIA Road cor Coastal Road in Paranaque City, Quirino Avenue-Las Pinas City, Manila South Road Viaduct-Mintinlupa City, Sumulong / Marcos Highway, Ortigas Extension, Commonwealth Avenus- Quezon City, San Jose - Novaliches Road (Quirino Highway)- Caloocan City and Mac Arthur Highway- Valenzuela City. The ATOME Teams are composed of DPWH engineers, deputized by the Land Transportation Office, DPWH maintenance crew and representatives from Philippine National Police and Metro Manila Development Authority. If found overloaded, the LTO-deputized DPWH enforcers will confiscate the driver’s license and plate number of the vehicle and will issue a Temporary Operators Permit (TOP) which has a 24 hour validity. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson personally monitored the ATOME Operation in Capulong Street along R10 in Tondo, Manila. “We are not doing this for the collection of penalty fees, we are doing this to protect and preserve our national roads and bridges to assure public safety” Singson said. The first shift of the DPWH ATOME Operation starts every 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and 2nd shift will start from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am.  
 

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