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April 2011
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  04/29/11

DPWH CONDUCTS FIRST CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION BUDGET CONSULTATION

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  In line with its transparency and transformation program, the Department of Public Works and Highways has conducted its first Civil Society Organization Budget Consultation for the FY 2012 Infrastructure Priorities and Strategies. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that this is just one of the innovations that the DPWH has adopted to assure that the Department will implement the right projects, at the right cost with the right quality. “ We recognize the importance of civil society organizations not only to safeguard socio-economic balance but also our vital partners in the implementation of the governments projects to sustain economic growth through poverty alleviation, which is the primary goal of the Aquino administration” Singson said. Among the vital issues that Secretary Singson presented to the CSOs are the actual condition of national road network in the country, target outcome over the Medium-Term Development Plan, Medium-Term Infrastructure Investment Program, FY 2012 Budget Strategies and DPWH reforms. DPWH Assistant Secretary Maria Catalina Cabral, in-charge of DPWH Planning Service discussed the crafting and the proposed FY 2012 budget, guidelines in clustering projects and the utilization of savings. During the consultation, Mr. Joseph Rañola, representative from the Center for National Budget Legislation congratulated the DPWH for making a milestone in public governance by strictly practicing full transparency and partnering with CSOs and other concerned stakeholders. “ We are being a strong observants of the DPWH budget preparations for 16 years, this is only the first time that we have seen the Department being proactive in its transparency program” Rañola added. Meanwhile, Ms. Ma. Flora Mey Cerna, a representative of Bantay LAnsangan, had suggested to replicate the budget consultation activities in the regional level in able for their regional partners to integrate their inputs as they have first hand knowledge on the actual infrastructure needs in their localities. Secretary Singson assured the participants that this is just one of the series of budget consultation that the department will conduct before the final submission of the DPWH FY 2012 Proposed Budget in the Department of Budget and Management. Among other CSOs present during the consultation meeting are the Marinduque First Saturday Movement Inc., Government Watch, Samar Partnership for Peace and Development, Makati Business Club, Philippine Contractors Association, National Accredited Contractors Association of the Philippines and Research Education and Institutional Development Foundation. Academic institutions such as Mapua Institute of Technology, Ateneo School of Government and University of the Philippines College of Engineering representatives are also present during the consultation meeting. Partner national government agencies also attended such as Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian reform, Department of Budget and Management, Department of Transportation and Communication, Road Board and the Department of Tourism.  
 
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  04/29/11

DPWH CONDUCTS FIRST BUDGET CONSULTATION WITH CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS

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  Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson discusses with representatives from the Civil Society Organizations, engineering schools, other, concerned stakeholders and national government partners the priorities and strategies of DPWH lined up in the DPWH 2012 Budget during the CSO Budget Consultation Meeting.  
 
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  04/26/11

DPWH – CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS CONSULTATION ON 2012 BUDGET SET

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  In line with the government’s policy to institutionalize citizens’ participation as a component of the national government’s budget process, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) shall hold a consultation with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), engineering schools, and other national government agencies to converge on the FY 2012 DPWH Budget Proposal. “This is to solicit inputs to come up with DPWH and CSOs common objectives and to enhance the quality of the budget process through citizens’ participation in the preparation of the FY 2012 national budget which is responsive to the country’s development needs and pressing concerns to alleviate poverty and improve the quality of public services,” Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said. Secretary Singson added that with the CSOs’ participation in the budget process which include the review, assessment, or evaluation of DPWH projects programmed for FY 2012, the department’s continuous pursuit of increasing transparency and efficiency in the delivery of quality infrastructure and services is now intensified. At least 200 participants from civil society organizations, engineering schools, and other government agencies are expected to attend the meeting on 28 April 2011, 3:00 p.m. at the DPWH Multi Purpose Hall, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila. The DPWH has earlier strengthened its partnership with civil society organizations not only in procurement and project monitoring but in all stages of project development cycle including budgeting process in its effort to make its budget process more open and responsive. The Budget Partnership Agreement (BPA) was signed with the first set of civil society organizations accredited by DPWH as official partners led by “Bantay Lansangan” and its members. Secretary Singson reiterated his call to CSOs to participate in project identification, preparation, budgeting, procurement, implementation, operation, evaluation and other areas of mutual interest. To date, at least fifty civil society organizations are already accredited partners of the DPWH and forty CSOs have pending accreditations prior to their submission and completion of required documents. Through the CSO Desk Office, the DPWH encourages interested civil society organizations which are not yet accredited to apply for accreditation by simply sending the filled out application form that can be downloaded from the DPWH website (www.dpwh.gov.ph) together with the specified documentary requirements.  
 
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  04/20/11

After Competitive and Transparent Bidding JICA GIVES THUMBS UP ON UTILIZATION OF LOAN SAVINGS FOR PHILIPPINES’ RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

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  In a healthy sign of confidence due to greater transparency and leveling the playing field in Philippines’ bidding process, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which provided loan for rehabilitation of clusters of infrastructure damaged in 2009 by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, approves the use of fund savings for other reconstruction undertakings. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that JICA has granted the DPWH request to rehabilitate new additional roads, bridges and flood control damaged by typhoon Ondoy and Pepeng using the JICA funded Post Ondoy and Pepeng Short term Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project (POPSTIRP) balance or savings. In May 2010, JICA granted P5.054 Billion loan intended for implementation of 48 contract packages of flood control projects worth P1.523 Billion and 31 project clusters of roads and bridges component with allocation of P1.576 Billion. The loan also allows for reimbursements of 87 sub-projects of flood control worth P428 Million and 349 sub-projects of roads and bridges worth P1.527 Billion that have already been earlier implemented by Philippine government’s funds. Following the cancellation of 19 negotiated contracts when Secretary Singson assumed leadership in July 2010, about P493 million estimated savings from bid award versus original loan allocation were generated to date from the successful open, transparent and competitive re-bidding of these projects. About 38 contract packages worth P1.168 Billion worth of flood control component and 31 clusters worth P1.438 Billion of roads and bridges component were already awarded to various contractors who are now working round-the-clock to complete their contracted projects on or before September next year. The substantial savings is also attributed to the “right project, right cost, right quality” policy of the DPWH Secretary through better selection and identification of projects and good design that would result to right cost estimates. To ensure the continued growth of the domestic economy and as agreed with JICA, DPWH vows to pursue fast-track reconstruction and rehabilitation of other calamity-damaged infrastructures using POPSTIRP balance/savings within the loan closing date on September 2013. Higher investment for the improvement of needed infrastructure would help the Philippines achieve the development goals and provide better social services to the people.  
 
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  04/20/11

DPWH TO START REPAIR OF TYPHOON DAMAGED STRUCTURES IN CENTRAL LUZON

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  Construction activities for six (6) projects in Nueva Ecija are about to commence after the Department of Public Works and Highways has completed the conduct of open and competitive bidding under the Post Ondoy and Pepeng Short Term Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project (POPSTIRP). The six projects with a total cost of P81.910 Million has generated more than P6 Million savings from the approved budget of P88.021 Million which Secretary Rogelio L. Singson attributed to sound financial planning for the project and, open, transparent and competitive bidding process in the Department. The bid out projects are the rehabilitation or restoration of three (3) damaged sections of Daang Maharlika Highway in Carranglan, Nueva Ecija particularly in Barangay Putlan (km. 196+400 – km 196+500 and km 193 + 500), and Barangay Capintalan (km 205 + 175 – km 205 + 267). Also included in the project are the rehabilitation or restoration activities for damaged river channel in Putlan, Carranglan; Ilog Baliwag bridge along Nueva Ecija-Pangasinan Road; and Calaocan bridge along Bongabon-Rizal-Aurora Road. These works will be undertaken within contract duration period of 250 calendar days and the DPWH expects that substantial accomplishment will be posted during the summer months taking advantage of the favorable weather condition. The project is funded under a loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency. The saved amount can be reprogrammed for other government priority undertakings such as the construction of classrooms to benefit more schoolchildren.  
 
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  04/20/11

P97- M ALBAY ROAD PROJECT NEARING COMPLETION

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways is on the last stage of completing restoration activities of the damaged portions of Ligao-Pio Duran Road, a national arterial road in the province of Albay costing P97 million. In his report to DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH Philippine Japan Highway Loan-Project Management Office (DPWH-PJHL-PMO) Director Virgilio C. Castillo reported that the contractor R.D. Interior JR. Construction/Philworks Const.& Supply (JV) has already posted an accomplishment of 98 percent in the contracted project covering protection works of 31 damaged locations at intermittent sections. The posted accomplishment for this project is four (4) percent ahead of schedule as DPWH ordered the contractor to work round the clock. Expected to be fully completed before the end of the month of April 2011, the road project covering roads and bridges with total length of 1.8 kilometer underwent suspension of activities due to unworkable weather. Earlier, Secretary Singson directed DPWH-PJHL-PMO to confer with project consultants in coming up with the most suitable measures to be adopted to prevent recurrence of structural damages which was experience by this project during the onslaught of heavy rains. Some prior restoration/protection works had been damaged by the continuous extra ordinary heavy rains in the project site from November 2010 to January 2011. Completion of the Ligao-Pio Duran Road will facilitate the prompt delivery of various agricultural and marine products from this part of Albay towards other trade centers in Bicol and Manila.  
 
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  04/20/11

RECONSTRUCTED LAGUNA BRIDGE OPENS TO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways formally re-opens to traffic the 30 lineal meters San Miguel bridge in Majayjay, Laguna. Inaugurating the P33 Million worth bridge project are DPWH Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo, Laguna 4th District Representative Egay San Luis, DPWH Region IV-A Director Luis A. Mamiitag, Jr., DPWH Laguna 1st District Engineer Manuel Y. Alejo, Jr. and other public works and local officials. The re-opening of San Miguel Bridge addresses the problem of isolation and travel inconvenience among residents. ‘With this newly reconstructed bridge, a manifestation of the sincere desire of the government to bring productivity, progress and development in the countryside, we can look forward to heightened economic activity in Majayjay, Laguna”, said Undersecretary Momo. San Miguel bridge also known as Olla Bridge was among the infrastructure damaged at the height of typhoon “Santi: in October 2009. The bridge reconstruction project was started in July 2010 under contract with Jaime B. Ching Enterprises and strict supervision of Laguna 1st District Engineering Office. The bridge is made of single span pre-stressed concrete girder type IV-A, girder structure and concrete sidewalks on circular column spill through abutment on spread footing foundation. Aside from the bridge proper, the project also involves the concrete paving of 200 lineal meter bridge approaches including combination of gravity wall type II and grouted riprap slope protection and other related activities.  
 
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  04/19/11

DPWH COMPLETES P682 M HIGHWAY PROJECT IN MOUNTAINOUS NORTHERN LUZON AREA

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways has completed the improvement of national arterial highway connecting Cervantes, Ilocos Sur to Abatan, Buguias, Benguet. Funded under a loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the Government of Japan thru Japan International Cooperation Agency, the 31 kilometers Cervantes-Mankayan-Abatan road section was completed at a cost of P682 million. The project in the mountainous and rolling terrains of Ilocos and Cordillera Regions, involved the concrete paving work of about 25.27 kilometers, improvement of shoulders, slope protection activities, and rehabilitation and improvement of five (5) existing bridges with a total length of 248.03 meters. The project was undertaken by China Harbour Engineering Company with Katahira and Engineers International assisting the implementing office, DPWH-Philippine Japan Highway Loan-Project Management Office in quality completion of the project. Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that this road development project is a clear manifestation that the DPWH is committed to enhance productivity of rural communities with easy transport of products and services. DPWH-PJHL-PMO Project Director Virgilio C. Castillo in his report to Secretary Singson and Undersecretary for PMO operations Rafael C. Yabut said that the contractor of the project has been directed to expedite the preparation of as-built drawings of the project so that final inspection can be conducted. The said mountainous road also helps the coffee growers in upland Ilocos Sur and the vegetable farmers in Benguet to transport their produce to Candon City which is nearer than Baguio City.  
 
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  04/19/11

THREE DPWH BIDDING ACTIVITY GENERATES P7 MILLION FUND SAVINGS

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  Three (3) clusters of road and bridge restoration projects in Luzon generated some P7.047 Million savings following the conduct of competitive and transparent bidding process by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the government fund saving is attributed to DPWH adoption of local competitive bidding procedures in accordance with the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 9184 or Government Procurement Reform Act in the re-bidding of rehabilitation works for typhoon-damaged national roads and bridges in Pangasinan, La Union, Benguet, Laguna and Quezon Provinces. In La Union, the road rehabilitation activities for Bauang-Baguio City Road (km 259 + 165 – km 280 + 747 with exception) was bid out by Aquino-Dela Cruz Engineering Construction at a cost of P31.067 Million. Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the amount is about P2 Million or 6.05 percent lower than the P33.067 Million approved budget for the contract included under the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded Post Ondoy and Pepeng Short Term Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project (POPSTIRP). Also under this cluster with 90 days contract duration period are three (3) other sub-projects involving the rehabilitation/restoration of damaged roads and bridges to at least their pre-typhoon condition, namely: 1) Manila North Road, Carmen-Binalonan Section, Pangasinan (km 168 + 393 km, 187 + 721 km with exceptions); 2) Manila North Road, Carmen, Rosales Pangasinan (km 168 + 275, km 169 + 442 km with exceptions); and 3) Cabalayangan Bridge (km 224 + 131) along San Nicolas-Natividad-San Quintin-Umingan-Guimba Road, Pangasinan). Generating a savings of P2.550 Million lower than the approved budget for the contract of P75.508 was the rehabilitation/restoration project along Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan-Bakun Roads (km 263 + 000 – km 347 + 300 intermittent sections) in Benguet . Contract works in this mountainous part of Cordillera which will be undertaken within 250 calendar days include restoration of road cuts, slope protection, grouted riprap, gabions, structural concrete and bio-engineering solutions at intermittent sections. The project was bid by R.A. Pahati Gravel and Sand in the amount of P72.958 Million generating 3.38 percent budget savings. The bidding of the POPSTIRP Laguna and Quezon cluster, which involves repair/rehabilitation of damaged roadway, bridges and slope protection using reinforced earthwall or anchormesh gabion, was bid by J.D. Legaspi Construction in the amount of P50.348 Million, P2.497 Million or 4.73 percent lower than the P52.845 Million approved budget for the contract. The Laguna-Quezon cluster which has to be completed within 150 calendar days is composed of the following seven (7) sub-projects: 1) Marikina-Infanta Road (km 84+775 km 84+802 km), Sta Maria, Laguna; 2) Marikina-Infanta Road (km 85+900 km 85 + 945 km), Sta Maria, Laguna; 3) Marikina-Infanta Road (km 89 + 400 – km 89 + 453.20 km); 4) Marikina-Infanta Road (km 92 + 800 – km 92 + 830), Infanta, Quezon; 5) Patay na Tubig Bridge (km 82 + 350), San Pablo-Calauan Road; 6) Buenavista Bridge (km 82 + 600) along Calauan-Nagcarlan Road; and Liliw Bridge (km 100 + 420). However, Secretary Singson said that these contractors which submitted lowest bid amount for projects will be subjected to post-qualification procedures before issuing notice of award to further determine their contractual capability and competency and in accordance with the provisions of Republic Act 9184.  
 
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  04/18/11

DPWH UPGRADES MINIMUM PAVEMENT THICKNESS STANDARDS

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  In line with the Department’s transformation program that ensures quality road network, the Department of Public Works and Highways adopts new standards for national roads pavement thickness. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the standardized pavement thickness will prevent the early deterioration of road pavements due to overloading. In his Department Order no. 22, series of 2011, Secretary Singson has directed that the thickness for the new construction and rehabilitation or upgrading of Portland Cement Concrete Pavements shall be 280 mm. However, a thickness of less than 280 mm, but in no case less than 230 mm may be adopted depending on the Cumulative Equivalant Single Axle Load (CESAL). CESAL is the primary criterion used for the selection of the appropriate design of roads depending on the daily average effect of each vehicle type passing on the pavement For pavement rehabilitation works using the crack and seat method, minimum thickness of 260mm is prescribed for the new pavement that will be constructed on top of the deteriorated pavement. For pavement reblocking, the thickness of the new pavement will be the same as the replaced blocks. For asphalt pavement, a minimum thickness of 50 mm is prescribed for overlaying works but on grounds of economy, pavement thickness of more that 50 mm will be considered only if the cost of the asphalt pavement of such thickness is less than the cost of a 230 mm thick concrete pavement. On both pavement types, the thickness of pavement will be verified from pavement design analysis using the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) method as contained on the DPWH Design Guidelines. AASHTO is a standards setting body which publishes specifications, test protocols and guidelines which are used in highway design and construction throughout the United States. The Philippines, through the DPWH, is the only country outside North America authorized to use the AASHTO Standards. For pavement width, minimum width of the carriageway shall be 6.70 meters, while for rehabilitation or upgrading works involving at least 500 meters, the minimum width of the carriageway to be adopted shall be 6.70 meters.  
 
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  04/14/11

DPWH DEFERS G.V.W PROVISION OF ANTI-OVERLOADING PROGRAM

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways has announced that its Anti Truck Overloading Mobile Enforcement (ATOME) Program temporarily defers the enforcement of the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight (GVW) provision of Anti-Overloading Law. DPWH Undersecretary Raul C. Asis, Head of the DPWH Anti Overloading Task Force said that the temporary deferment was due to the on-going arrangements with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other stakeholders in the synchronization of the weighing operations and the finalization of revised GVW limits for each truck/trailer configuration. “While finalizing the revised GVW limits, we shall continue enforcing the 13.5 ton per axle load limit” Asis said. The DPWH ATOME program aims to minimize damage to national roads and bridges brought by overloaded trucks and to save billions of public funds allocated for road and bridge maintenance operation. Since the DPWH started enforcing the load limit in February 1 this year, it has been observed that there has been a sharp decline on the number of load limit violators. In Metro Manila, the DPWH has deployed 13 ATOME Teams that are tasked to check and if found overloaded will apprehend violators. DPWH 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 Avenue- 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. The first shift of the DPWH ATOME Operation starts every 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and 2nd shift is from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am.  
 
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  04/13/11

DPWH READIES FOR LENTEN SEASON

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  Anticipating the influx of motorists especially along major thoroughfares in nearby provinces in Metro Manila during the Lenten Season, the Department of Public Works and Highways activates its “Lakbay Alalay Program” to assure road safety and travel convenience of the public. The DPWH “Lakbay Alalay Program” involves the deployment of Motorists Assistance Centers along identified critical road sections in major thoroughfares nationwide. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson instructed all DPWH Regional Directors and District Engineers to assure that all road sections are well maintained and free of potholes; pavement marking are reflectorized to guide the night-driving motorists; kilometer posts that serve as guide to motorists are detailed and legible; and informational and directional signs are installed on conspicuous locations and well visible along national roads. “We will also deploy DPWH equipment and mechanics to be assigned in critical areas along national roads in round the clock shift to provide immediate assistance to emergency road situations” Singson said. Singson also added that travel advisories for the alternate routes by-passing traffic congested areas and road sections where construction activities are on-going must be installed specifying the entry and exit point and corresponding distances. The regional directors and district engineers were also instructed to coordinate with their respective Land and Transportation Office, Philippine National Police, and concerned officials of the local government in order that required assistance may be provided by the Department. To assure the effective implementation of the program, the concerned officials were also instructed to provide the DPWH Bureau of Maintenance Office the names, contact numbers and schedules of their respective District Motorists Assistance Team for information and reference.  
 
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  04/12/11

DPWH ACCEPTS SUMMER YOUTH TRAINEES

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  Some 50 youth applicants have been accepted and assigned to various bureaus and services of the Department of Public Works and Highways Central Office under the CY 2011 Government Internship Program. Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the CY 2011 Government Internship Program is one of the major components of President Benigno S. Aquino administration’s “Kabataang Pinoy Program” by making them experience the role of being public servants engaged in the delivery of government programs and projects. Secretary Singson hopes that the youth trainee, who will be serving the DPWH for a period of two (2) months, will develop a public service focused mindset and helps the agency in advocating the agency various transformation program designed to eliminate the problem of negative perception – the stigma as one of the most corrupt government agencies, when they return back to their respective schools or when get employed in private companies. Earlier, the DPWH Administrative and Manpower Management Service conducted needs assessment of the applicants to determine the number needed to be productively deployed in offices at the Central Office. In choosing the numbers of youth government trainees aged 18 to 25 years old, about 129 applicants underwent competitive examination on March 25, 2011 followed by orientation seminar among top examinees on administrative policies and nature of DPWH work activities on March 28, 2011. GIP trainees will receive a stipend of not more than seventy-five percent of the applicable prevailing minimum wage. Payments for the wages will be charged to available funds of the Department subject to the usual accounting and auditing rules and regulations. The National Youth Commission, the policy-making coordinating body of all youth-related institutions, programs and activities of the government, seeks continued support to Government Internship Program by national government agencies not only during summer period.  
 
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  04/11/11

ALL OUT TO USE GREEN TECHNOLOGY

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  Training on bio-engineering technology for construction, planning and design engineers from the Regional and District Engineering Offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways is on-going at the Central Office in support of the government’s effort to promote green engineering and minimize the effects of climate change and at the same time it will be cheaper using traditional concrete. Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson ordered the conduct of the training to teach DPWH project engineers on the use of coconut fiber/coconets erosion control materials as bio-engineering measures and be able to properly apply this new technology in government on-going and future projects. Coco-fiber products can be used as coconut fiber materials or coconets for soil conditioning and erosion control, Secretary Singson said. Earlier, Secretary Singson issued Department Order No. 41 directing all regional directors, district engineers and project engineers to prioritize in the design consideration, the usage of coconut bio-engineering products/solutions in all DPWH projects/activities especially those projects involving slope stabilization, soil conditioning, soil erosion prevention and/or hydroseeding. Having been tasked by the government as one of three (3) agencies together with the Department of Agriculture and Philippine Coconut Authority to adopt and promote the use of bio-engineering products/technologies, a Certificate of Conditional Approval has been issued by DPWH under Department Order 29 in 2008, accrediting the use of Coconet Bio-Engineering Solutions, in Item 518, in DPWH Projects, from January 2008 until January 2013. Singson said that the use of the coco-fiber products in the engineering industry will not only beneficial for the environment but it will also give support to the P-Noy administration’s poverty alleviation program through gainful employment opportunities particularly for coconut farmers in rural areas. At the end of the three-day training, participant engineers are expected to gain more knowledge on the general characteristics of coconut fiber, distinguish the characteristics and specifications of coconut fiber geotextiles and bio-engineering materials. The engineers shall be able to undertake corresponding material field testing, and explain the basic factors to be taken into consideration in designing erosion control system in cut or fill slopes as well as the installation methodologies and field inspection of materials for project. Participants are also taught on the aspect of erosion control on road slopes, streambank and shoreline, and the common errors in design and installation of coconut fiber erosion control materials and plants used for different situation in slope protection and the vetiver grass production and utilization.  
 
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  04/08/11

DPWH STARTS CONSTRUCTION OF P712 - MILLION BRIDGE IN ISABELA

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has started the construction of the locally funded 500-meter Lullutan bridge along Ilagan - Delfin Albano - Mallig Road in Ilagan, Isabela costing P712 Million. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the government has saved at least P38.8 Million in government funds from the approved budget for the contract (ABC) of P751 Million due to open competitive bidding done for the project. The bridge project, funded by the national government, is vital in the area because it is located along the arterial road in the Cagayan Valley region, said Singson. It is also expected to ensure the immediate delivery of farm produce to market and food processing areas in Metro Manila, thus, avoiding spoilage of said products, Secretary Singson said. The project’s scope of work includes the construction of 14 span steel H beam type bridge with composite slab supported with two (2) column pier resting on group bored piles foundation, and, approximately 1,173 meter length of PCCP approaches. The two-lane bridge project also includes the provision of drainage facilities with slope protection. The bridge project is under the supervision of DPWH - Urgent Bridges Construction Project for Rural Development-Project Management Office (UBCPRD-PMO).  
 
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  04/07/11

DPWH HIRES ROADSIDE MAINTENANCE WORKERS

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways hires roadside maintenance workers to do the actual road works and not as mere “15-30” employees as alleged before. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has ordered the 182 District Engineering Offices nationwide to start hiring workers on job-order basis for the implementation of the CY 2011 roadside maintenance program along national highways beginning this month of April. These workers serve as augmentation workforce to the regular maintenance crew of the District Engineering Offices in undertaking various roadside and carriageway maintenance activities that include the cleaning of roadsides, and desilting of drainage canals, longitudinal pipes and cross drains. Other work involves the cutting of vegetation along shoulders up to the road-right-of-way, manual reshaping of gravel shoulders and carriageway, manual pothole patching, clearing of sidewalks and immediate response to calamities. Secretary Singson has also directed the District Engineers nationwide to give priority consideration to the hiring of out-of-school youths with age bracket of between 18 to 24 years old and other marginalized members of the society identified by DSWD who are residents in the immediate vicinity of the work location. “They should also give priority to the qualified children of OFWs displaced by the civil war in Libya,” said Secretary Singson. “Aside from better roadside management that will help prolong service life of infrastructure, this program provides gainful employment opportunities to the Filipino people and supports the accelerated poverty alleviation program of the P-Noy administration”, added Secretary Singson. Funds for the roadside maintenance program of national highway are sourced from the Motor Vehicle Users Charge (MVUC) derived from vehicle registration collected by the Land Transportation Office. Hired workers are deployed at one (1) worker per 3.5 kilometers of national roads except in Metro Manila or National Capital Region. For proper identification of these government workers, Secretary Singson said that the DPWH offices shall provide a common designed uniforms. In accordance with DOLE guidelines, roadside workers will receive an average minimum rate per day of P404.00 for those in the National Capital Region, P300.00 for those employed in Regions 3, 4-A and 11, and P250.00 in the other regions.  
 
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  04/06/11

DPWH HURDLES 2nd LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE GOVERNANCE SYSTEM

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  DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has reported the Department’s gains in its Performance Governance System (PGS) road map and balanced score card under the Millenium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) program in achieving national competitiveness, economic growth, good governance and human development. Secretary Singson urged DPWH officials and employees to toe the line and to veer away from the “business as usual” way of implementing government projects. The performance report, according to Secretary Singson, included the change agenda now being in placed in the DPWH. The strategic shifts include the involvement of the external stakeholders. At present, DPWH sees the external stakeholders as partners. The civil society organization (CSO) is actively involved in the DPWH operations, such as in the various stages of the project development cycle from project identification to post-evaluation. Before, according to Secretary Singson, focus is greatly placed on the physical projects being implemented, called, major final outputs or MFOs at the expense of the supporting elements such as human resources and organization and resources. Now, DPWH gives emphasis to creating a professional people with shared mission and optimization of available resources in an effort to curb leakages. Secretary Singson also said that a radical shift include the reactive complaints management system to a more proactive stance through leadership by example, policy directives on transformation framework, and, investigations and sanctions. With its negative perception of corrupt government agency, Secretary Singson leads in the values formation program within the organization to address the concern in the decline of moral values to a restoration of trust and dignity in public service. The DPWH is one of the initial identified six (6) government offices to use the performance governance system in doing their mandates. The other agencies include the Department of Education, Department of Health, and Department of Transportation and Communications, Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Philippine National Police. The panelists during the presentation of the revalida report include Matthew Bohn of MCC, Dr. Jesus Estanislao of the Institute of Solidarity in Asia, Ric Fisher of the World Bank, Ambassador Cesar Bautista of National Competitiveness Council, Guillermo Luz of Makati Business Club, Mario Lopez of the Asian Institute of Management, Jessica Gingerich of National Endowment for Democracy, Antonio Kalaw of the Development Academy of the Philippines, and, Marivic Espano of Punongbayan and Araullo.  
 
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  04/01/11

PARTNER WITH DPWH TO FIGHT CORRUPTION, CSOs TOLD

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is working on formalizing its partnership with the CSOs not only in budgeting process but in all stages of project development cycle. In his speech, read by Undersecretary Raul C. Asis during the launching of CSO partnership for better infrastructure project of the Research, Education and Institutional Development in Iloilo City, Singson challenged the CSOs to get involve not only in the budgeting and spending but also in the bottom-up approach in project identification in the provincial or regional development councils. He encouraged the CSOs to work hand in hand with the local government units and the congressmen and other significant government agencies in identifying and prioritizing the projects particularly in the rural areas. This would ensure that the government programs and projects being drawn up represent the actual needs of the people, Singson said. The DPWH is also now partnering with the CSOs and NGOs in the procurement or bidding process, implementation or actual construction, operation and post project evaluation. The move is in line with the DPWH transformation framework which he has drawn up for full transparency and accountability to the people and to reduce corruption. Reacting to the recent Pulse Asia survey where DPWH ranked third among the government agencies perceived to be corrupt with a huge decrease of 13.8% from the last year’s survey, Singson said that he was not pleased with the result. He further said that he vows to continue with his fight against corruption at all levels in the DPWH. Singson said that he is counting much on the CSOs and NGOs in seeing to it that every single cent of taxpayers’ money goes to the right project with the right cost and right quality. He said that he will turn around DPWH into a more efficient and professional government agency founded by the highest level of good governance, transparency, and accountability. The REID’s project on partnership for better infrastructure through increased participation, transparency and accountability in budget and spending is being supported by the United States Agency for International Development or USAID and the Asia Foundation.  
 

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