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March 2011
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  03/31/11

SINGSON FORMS ROAD PATROL

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  Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson orders the formation of maintenance point persons or “road patrol” in the district engineering offices to monitor the condition of national roads and bridges in their areas of jurisdiction. In his Department Order No. 13 dated 14 March 2011, Singson said that these “road patrol” shall conduct daily inspection of their assigned road sections including bridges to identify and record defects and deficiencies. These reports shall then be submitted to the maintenance engineer of the district office who shall schedule the immediate rectification of the noted defects taking note of the response time allowed for each defect. This system improves the road maintenance service delivery to the public, Singson said. This would also to ensure that national roads and bridges are safe and convenient to the traveling public at all times, added Singson. In urban centers like Metro Manila, the road patrol is assigned with at least 30 kilometers and in semi-urban or rural areas, approximately 50 kilometers of national road sections. To ensure that the system is carried out effectively, the district engineer concerned meets the maintenance engineer and the road patrol or point persons to monitor and evaluate compliance to response time to correct the noted defects or deficiencies. Further, the concerned DPWH regional director, maintenance engineer and the inspectorate team shall conduct periodic inspection of regions and districts to monitor the compliance to this instruction of Secretary Singson. Singson’s directive also includes the required response time allotted for each defect or deficiency, i.e., potholes, alligator cracks, lush vegetation, clogged drains, and no or faded road markings – 3 days; major scaling and low or inverted shoulder – 7 days; shoving and corrugation – 10 days; and, pumping and depression – 30 days.  
 
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  03/29/11

DPWH CREATES INTER-AGENCY COMMITEE TO UPDATE FLOOD MANAGEMENT MASTER PLAN IN METRO MANILA

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  In line with the government’s disaster risk reduction program, the Department of Public Works and Highways creates an Inter-Agency Steering Committee (IASC) for the master plan update for flood management in Metro Manila and surrounding areas. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that updating the flood management master plan is vital to reduce the vulnerability of Metro Manila and nearby areas to possible flood threat due to climate change. IASC primary task is to conduct a risk assessment study for Metro Manila and surrounding basin area to support the preparation of a comprehensive flood risk management. The IASC will also determine a set of priority structural and non-structural measures that will provide sustainable flood management up to a designated safety level. The committee will also conduct consultation activities, including meetings, workshops and seminars among stakeholders to ensure that their concerns are duly considered into the risk assessment and to agree on the flood risk management. The IASC is divided into two steering committee levels, the High Level-IASC and the Technical Level IASC. High Level IASC will oversee the preparation of master plan and provide policy direction while the Technical Level IASC will act as oversight committee who will provide support and guidance on technical and administrative matters. High Level IASC will be composed of the Heads/ Secretaries of Department of Public Works and Highways(DPWH), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) , National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) and representatives from the provincial government of Rizal, Laguna and Bulacan. Meanwhile, the Technical Level IASC is headed by DPWH Assistant Secretary Maria Catalina E. Cabral and co-chaired by DENR Assistant Secretary Analiza Rebuelta. Among the members are Pia Corrina Reyes- NEDA, Director Ronald Flores- NDRRMC, Asst. General Manager Cristina Velasco- MMDA, Asst. Gen. Manager Dolora Nepumoceno- LLDA, Dir. Nathaniel Servando- PAGASA, Dir. Alan Gatpolintan- PRRC, Dir. Resito David-DPWH Flood Control Office, Dir. Patrick Gatan- DPWH Foold Control Office, Dir. Reynaldo Tagudando- DPWH NCR, Dir. Alfredo Tolentino- DPWH Region III, Dir. Luis Mamitag- DPWH Region IV-A, Ms. Gertie Sison- Rizal Provincial Govenrment, Mr. Valentine Guidote- Laguna Provincial Government and Ms. Arlene Pascual- Bulacan Provincial Government.  
 
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  03/22/11

DPWH PARTNERS WITH CSOs IN ALL STAGES OF PROJECT DEVELOPMENT CYCLE

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  “No more hidden transactions in the DPWH,” said Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson. “We have to abide with the instructions of President Aquino on transparency, good governance, and “daang matuwid (straight path).” Singson recently signed DPWH Department Order No. 14 directing the creation of a committee to provide, among others, strategic and policy directions on DPWH-CSO partnership and, formulate the terms of engagement of CSOs in all stages of DPWH project development cycle. “CSOs may participate in project identification, preparation, budgeting, procurement, implementation, operation, evaluation and other areas of mutual interest,” Singson said. He also directed that the list of accredited CSOs, guidelines and application form are published in the DPWH website (www.dpwh.gov.ph). At the same time, Singson has ordered the setting up of a DPWH-CSO Desk Office under the Public Information Division to receive and process CSO application for accreditation. DPWH-CSO partnership also implements Department of Budget and Management - Budget Circular Memorandum No. 109 directing six (6) national government agencies (NGAs) and three (3) government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) to consult CSOs in the preparation of their FY 2012 budget. In compliance with this budget circular, DPWH has signed a budget partnership agreement (BPA) with “Bantay Lansangan,” an umbrella group of CSOs nationwide and DPWH current partner in project monitoring. The BPA was signed by DPWH Secretary Singson and “Bantay Lansangan” executive director Vincent T. Lazatin of Transparency and Accountability Network (TAN). Under the signed BPA, the CSOs participate in the budget process which include the review, assessment, or evaluation of DPWH projects programmed for FY 2012.  
 
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  03/18/11

DPWH RE-ASSESS STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY OF BUILDINGS AND BRIDGES

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  Government buildings, national bridges and other critical respondents and infrastructure would be subjected to re-inspection/re-assessment by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to check their present structural integrity in support to the concerted effort for disaster preparedness and response mechanism . Secretary Rogelio L. Singson directed all DPWH Regional and District units to re-conduct inspection of all public buildings particularly hospitals and schoolbuildings, fire and police stations as well national bridges to assess their earthquake vulnerability following the tremor that hit Haiti in 2010 and recent ground shaking in New Zealand and Japan. In Metro Manila, structures which were constructed before the enactment of National Building Code in 1972 such as buildings in the Malacanang compound including Malacañan Palace, Senate within the GSIS Building in Pasay, Batasang Pambansa, Supreme Court, and Court of Appeals are among in the list of national government buildings to be checked, said Undersecretary and Task Force on Building Inspection Head Raul C. Asis. Asis led a team of trained inspectors in the safety checking of National Museum Building in Manila whether this old structure could withstand earthquake. By doing this periodic checking of structures for signs of cracks and defects, government reduces the possible damage and loss of lives in the event of earthquake with possible immediate engineering intervention, said Asis. DPWH re-inspection also covers some previously declared condemned building structures in coordination with the local building officials to check whether it is still occupied, no tenants, or have been demolished. The DPWH District Offices were also directed to get the local government units from the provincial down to barangay level involved in disaster preparedness by checking local roads and bridges, and public buildings. DPWH has also exerted effort to prevent or mitigate disaster by subjecting some major old bridges that include San Juanico Bridge and flyovers to rehabilitation/repair by retrofitting works thru steel jacketing, use of carbon fiber and re-strengthening/reinforcement of footings. The Department is also doubling its efforts to hasten the preparation of plans and other pertinent documents for the reconstruction/rehabilitation/repair of newly identified bridges that manifested signs of wear and tear in Metro Manila.  
 
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  03/17/11

DPWH TRAVEL ADVISORY As of March 17, 2011 11:00am

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  IMPASSABLE ROADS Region VIII Leyte - Mahaplag - Libagon Section Alternate Route: Abuyog-Silago-Himayangan-Liloan Road Samar - Wright - Taft Road along Bgry. Malinao due to flooding Eastern Samar - Junction Buenavista-Lawaan Road along Brgy. San Vicente, Quinapondan Eastern Samar due to flooding - Camp 5 - Juction Taft- Borongan Road along Brgy. Mailnao San Pablo due to flooding DPWH Region 8 Office has dispatched five (5) dumptrucks to assists in the rescue and evacuation efforts of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.  
 
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  03/16/11

DPWH URGES LGUs’ BUILDING OFFICIALS TO INTENSIFY INSPECTION

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  Building officials of the local government units who issued building and occupancy permits should intensify inspection of buildings, both private and government-owned, in their areas of jurisdiction amid the calls of ensuring public safety during calamities. “These building officials should continue checking the structural integrity of these buildings especially at these present times to assure public safety,” DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said. “Like the 18-storey Philcomcen building in Ortigas, Pasig City, the building official should look into its present condition. If it warrants immediate demolition, then it should be demolished before it poses danger to the public,” Singson said. At the same time, DPWH engineers were also directed to continue with their inspection of national roads, tunnels, flyovers, interchanges, elevated expressways, bridges along national roads, to further assess on what works to be done to retrofit, reconstruct or undertake major repairs to improve the structural stability of these structures. The DPWH has undertaken inspection of at least 300 structures along national roads in Metro Manila to check on their seismic vulnerability taking into account the type of structure, configuration, bridge location and seismicity of bridge site as well as its importance for social or survival and defense requirement. DPWH also undertook the inspection of at least 1,000 public buildings located in Metro Manila where some have been recommended for urgent detailed evaluation to determine the structural performance of these buildings in case of major earthquakes. Singson called on the private sector like the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) and the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP) to participate in conducting audit of public buildings particularly schoolbuildings, hospitals, housing projects, and other important government buildings. If possible, audits should include thorough materials testing, Singson said. In a meeting with Phivolcs Head, Renato Solidum Jr., PICE President Benito M. Pacheco, ASEP President Wilfredo Lopez, Metro Manila building officials who are members of Philippine Association of Building Officials (PABO), DPWH key officials and representatives of other concerned government agencies and the private sector, Singson reiterated his previous directives that a concerted effort must be in place to further ensure that the government is prepared in the event a disaster may strike the country.  
 
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  03/11/11

DPWH ENSURES GENDER MAINSTREAMING IN ITS PROJECTS

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  In celebrating women’s month, the Department of Public Works and Highways has assured that DPWH projects should abide with the implementing rules and regulations of RA 7192 mandating that programs and projects are gender-responsive. Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that DPWH projects have considered the peculiarities of each gender from project identification and designing, planning and budgeting, and implementation. “We are making road infrastructure and related facilities sensitive to the different travel needs and patterns of women and men, especially those from low income sectors who rely solely on public and intermediate modes of transport. We also recognize the equal opportunities of men and women to employment even in road construction and maintenance, equitable wages, equal participation in decision making bodies including in road governance structures,” Singson said. The DPWH Committee on Gender and Development (COGAD) headed by DPWH Assistant Secretary Maria Catalina E. Cabral, oversees the compliance of the Department with national gender policy mandates like the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act 7192, otherwise known as the “Women in Development and Nation Building Act of 1992” The department’s kick-off ceremony for this year’s celebration has Caloocan City Representative Mary “Mitch” Cajayon, a renowned advocate of women rights and gender development in the lower house, as guest of honor and speaker. In her message, Representative Cajayon recognized the efforts of the Department in making concrete steps to make the country’s infrastructure facilities gender sensitive. Cajayon also commended the DPWH for its efforts to address the concerns of women in terms of infrastructure projects. In his message read by Undersecretary Jaime A. Pacanan, Secretary Singson has recognized female officials and employees of the DPWH who have fostered positive influence not only in the lives of their loved ones but also to their co-workers. “These women are continuously leveling up their craft and challenging their male counterparts to make bigger difference in their chosen fields,” Singson added. Part of the women’s month celebration were the launching of the COGAD website and helpdesk with Representative Cajayon and members of the DPWH MANCOM, and “Dugo ko pang Dugtong ng Buhay ng Kapwa Ko,” a blood-letting activity spearheaded by COGAD. Also, mobile business centers or “tiangge” exhibits were set-up in the DPWH lobby. Program of activities during the women’s month are the recognition of DPWH Women Achievers, livelihood training such as mushroom production/raising, hydrophonics urban gardening, food processing and subsidized flu vaccination for female employees. The DPWH COGAD will also conduct series of lecture discussions regarding Magna Carta of Women, menopausal and prostate awareness and monitoring of diabetic patients.  
 
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  03/11/11

BACOLOD CITY FLYOVER PROJECT

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  DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson inspects the site of the proposed first Bacolod City Fly-over project in Negros Occidental. With him are DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain, Region 6 Director Evelyn T. Barroso, Project Director Oscar Villanueva of Urgent Bridges Construction Project for Rural Development (UBCPRD) Project Office and Bacolod City OIC-District Engineer Josefino Melgar.  
 
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  03/11/11

CONSULTATIVE MEETING WITH DPWH PALAWAN CONTRACTORS HELD

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways is continuously undertaking consultative meetings with contractors and stakeholders in line with the transparency program of the Aquino administration. Some 20 contractors operating in the province of Palawan participated in a consultative meeting organized by the DPWH Palawan Second District Engineering Office headed by District Engineer Kalikozaman T. Taha. Engineer Taha said that the holding of meeting with contractors facilitates settlement of project related issues such as formulation of catch-up plans to take advantage of the dry season to expedite work activities. Also discussed were the bidding and awarding process in accordance with Republic Act 9184 or Government Procurement Act, processing and releasing of payments, among others. Earlier, Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has directed field officials to level the playing field among contractors and suppliers doing business with the Department, saying “it is not business as usual”. Engineer Taha also told contractors on the agency thrust to do the right projects, at the right cost and right quality. Contractors with noted defects within the warranty period need to undertake appropriate corrective measures as Secretary Singson directed the tightening of quality control and assurance in project implementation, Engineer Taha added. Contractors were also reminded to exert more efforts to have their firms ISO certified as the DPWH endeavors to ensure the quality performance of the contractors thus resulting to quality of work done in government projects.  
 
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  03/10/11

JAPAN EMBASSY PRESS TOUR

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Project Director Oscar Villanueva of the Urgent Bridges Construction Project for Rural Development Project Office (at center) shows to visiting Japan Embassy officials and media members led by Second Secretary of the Economic Section Hirochika Namekawa and Japan Information and Culture Center Press Officer Kenji Hirai the 380 lineal meters Pantal Bridge along Dawel-Pantal-Lucao Diversion Road in Dagupan City, Pangasinan during their press tour to showcase the Official Development Assistance projects of Government of Japan in the Philippines. Constructed at a cost of P903 Million, Pantal Bridge is the centerpiece of 64 bridges under Contract Package III of the Urgent Bridges Construction Project for Rural Development, to which the Government of Japan thru the Japan International Cooperation Agency (formerly Japan Bank for International Cooperation) provided funding under special yen loan. Also in the group are DPWH Pangasinan 2nd District Engineer Rodolfo Dion , Eiji Kobayashi of Toyo Construction, Engr. Francis Escobar, and Eric Ruiz and Jung Sung Lee of Katahira Engineers International.  
 
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  03/10/11

TOUR AT PANTAL BRIDGE

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  The Embassy of Japan conducts a press tour at Pantal Bridge in Dagupan City, Pangasinan to showcase the Official Development Assistance (ODA) projects of Japan in the Philippines. Implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways through the Urgent Bridges Construction Project for Rural Development (UBCPRD) Project Office, Pantal Bridge which was funded by a loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the Government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (formerly Japan Bank for International Cooperation) complements the 4.157 kilometer Dawel-Pantal-Lucao Diversion Road, a road project implemented by DPWH Region I through local funds which eases the traffic in Dagupan City traditionally known for its bangus industry but is fast becoming the central business district in Western Luzon. In photo at Pantal Bridge are (from right) Japan Embassy Second Secretary of the Economic Section Hirochika Namekawa, DPWH Project Director Oscar Villanueva of UBCPRD Project Office, Pangasinan 2nd District Engineer Rodolfo Dion, Eiji Kobayashi of Toyo Construction, Engr. Francis Escobar of DPWH-UBCPRD Project Office, and Japan Information and Culture Center Press Officer Kenji Hirai.  
 
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  03/08/11

DPWH ACCELERATES P542 M REHABILITATION OF ANTIQUE ROAD

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways reports that it has accelerated works on the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Pandan - Libertad Road in the province of Antique. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the Pandan - Libertad road project involves the construction of two (2) road sections from Pandan to Libertad in Antique including the rehabilitation or construction of twelve (12) bridges. " The improvement of this road network will provide easy access not only for Antiqueños in northern Antique but also for foreign and local tourists who travel along the nautical highway going to Boracay from Iloilo thus further boosting eco-tourism in northern Antique and enhancing agricultural productivity and economic enterprises" Singson said. Among the bridges to be rehabilitated are Nauring, Bugang, Duyong, Quibacan, Igot, San Roque, Nipa and Iniyawan while the bridges to be reconstructed are Inigman, maramig, Cawayan and Idiayan. The road project is scheduled to be completed by April 2012.  
 
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  03/01/11

SINGSON ORDERS TRANSPARENT BIDDING OF DPWH PROJECTS

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  Based on approved government appropriations act, approximately 1,493 projects worth P56.48 billion under the DPWH regular infrastructure program are set for implementation in 16 regions nationwide this year. With the big volume of projects, DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has ordered DPWH field offices to fast track the transparent bidding of these various projects to take advantage of the good weather condition being experienced in many parts of the country. Singson, however, warned DPWH regional and district engineers to be transparent in the conduct of bidding in their respective areas. “Bidding should be competitive, no collusion, no favors, no rigging, no negotiated contracts,” said Singson. “Any DPWH official found to have colluded with the contractors or any person in the bidding and awarding of contracts shall be dealt with accordingly. “I am warning them. No business as usual in the DPWH,” he said. “I also enjoin our various stakeholders such as contractors, power brokers, politicians, not to interfere in the bidding and awarding of projects,” added Singson. The DPWH is seeking the support of the civil society organizations, NGOs, and other government officials to monitor and ensure that DPWH projects are bid out competitively which is in line with President Aquino’s “matuwid na daan” policy in reducing or minimizing corruption in the government. In full transparent public biddings, DWPH can achieve more than 20% savings from the budgetary allocations. These savings can be used for additional infrastructure projects, Singson said. To date, DPWH was able to save P577 million in government funds with the open, competitive and transparent bidding of 29 projects in the DPWH Central Office.  
 
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  03/01/11

DPWH PARTNERS WITH DSWD FOR STREET CHILDREN

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  Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson gives the check amounting to P300,000 to Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman in support of the DSWD’s social welfare operations for street children. Last year, the DPWH signed a Memorandum of Agreement with DSWD pledging financial support to the governments poverty alleviation program.  
 

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