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June 2011
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  06/30/11

DPWH WRAPS-UP WORKS FOR BACOLOD CITY’S FIRST FLYOVER

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  Construction activities of the Department of Works and Highways (DPWH) for the flyover project at the junction of Lacson Avenue-Lacson Circumferential Road in Bacolod City have reached its final completion stage. After almost four (4) months of intensified construction since work commenced on March 5, 2011 for the double lane 195 lineal meters Lacson-Circumferential Flyover, the project has reached 92 percent completion to date. According to Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of DPWH Project Management Offices (PMO), the P365.436 million worth project is funded with a loan from the French Government and with materials supplied by French supplier Matiere S.A.S. The permanent flyover project, under the supervision of Project Director Oscar Villanueva of the DPWH-President’s Bridge Program Office is made of five (5) spans modular steel and four (4) piers and road approaches of about 145.20 meters wherein DPWH Western Visayas Regional Director Evelyn Barroso facilitated the acquisition of road right-of-way. The flyover, which is part of the DPWH Mega Bridges for Urban and Rural Development Project, is originally scheduled for completion by October 2011 but with the concreting of approaches as remaining balance of work, this could be opened to vehicular traffic within the month of July 2011. DPWH Assistant Secretary for PMO Operations Emil K. Sadain said that construction of prefabricated modular permanent flyovers under the Mega Bridges for Urban and Rural Development Project supports President Benigno S. Aquino III and Secretary Rogelio L. Singson’s decongestion program in heavily travelled and congested highways along the national road network and urban centers. Secretary Singson said that the construction of the flyover, first of its kind in Negros Occidental, will play a significant role in the overall transportation system of the Negrenses as it decongests the urban center of Bacolod and links to most of the city’s production and commercial zones. This particular project will contribute in increasing the existing road capacity to mitigate traffic congestion in Bacolod City, especially during sugar milling season, where truckloads of sugarcane products frequently passes through this junction. It will also lessen the travel time by more than 30 minutes going to and from the Bacolod-Silay Airport as well as Banago Port, thereby improving business and tourism opportunity in the area.  
 
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  06/28/11

SINGSON ASKS DPWH OFFICIALS AND EMPLOYEES WHO ACT AS CONTRACTORS TO QUIT

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  “Your time is up. You have already almost a year benefiting from what you’re doing,” Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson told DPWH officials and employees who are also reportedly acting as project contractors or middlemen and collectors for contractors of the department. Secretary Singson issued this warning to stubborn officials and employees of the department who are not in favor of his transparency and transformation reform program. He said that in his nearly one year of service as DPWH Secretary, there are still enemies of his reform program within DPWH. “These people who want to stay in their comfort zones should look for other jobs outside the department. They should not wait for me to make the first move to have them taken out of the DPWH,” Secretary Singson said. Secretary Singson reiterated his call to support his reform and good governance program after the DPWH has celebrated its 113th anniversary on June 23. He thanked and at the same time appealed to all upright officials and employees to do what is right, and only for the good and interest of the general public as people expect a big change in DPWH. “We want to restore public trust in DPWH,” he added. As reported earlier, the government through DPWH was able to save about P2 Billion in taxpayers’ money through open, competitive and transparent bidding nationwide since July 2010 and about P7 Billion more funds will be saved for this year as the agency further institutionalizes reforms in the bidding process and also pursues the transformation program. Secretary Singson also mentioned that with the establishment of the DPWH call center 165-02, he expects addressing more complaints and grievances received by the department. The call center is aimed at promoting transparency and improving complaints and feedback mechanism of the department.  
 
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  06/28/11

DPWH EXTENDS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR MINDANAO RIVER BASIN DEVELOPMENT

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson sent a composite team of experts to provide technical assistance to the Presidential Task Force Mindano River Basin Rehabilitation and Development (PTFMRBRD) for the on-going development of Mindanao River Basin Integrated Management and Development Master Plan (MRBIMDMP), a long term solution to the flooding problem in Central and other parts of Mindanao. Assistant Secretaries Emil K. Sadain and Dimas O. Soguilon together with DPWH Major Flood Control Project (Cluster 2) Director Rogelio Ang discussed with PTFMRBRD Deputy Executive Director and MRBIMDMP Technical Working Group Chair Nathaniel A. Campo the proposed community-based approach in addressing flooding problem in areas within the Mindanao River Basin. The Task Force has proposed engaging the community and project stakeholders in the implementation of structural flood mitigating programs particularly in the dredging, spoil bank and dike construction along the Mindanao River and employing indigenous diking design by using dredged material and water hyacinths to minimize construction cost and bamboo and vetiver grass cultivation for erosion protection. Sadain said that the concept will enhance community participation, ownership and accountability and will complement the appropriate engineering intervention or action particularly the handful of dredging works for the severely silted rivers. With the Presidential Task Force for Mindanao River Basin as the lead actor in the mobilization of the communities in their involvement to the project, a caucus which will be composed of representatives from the floodplain communities will be organized and will be involved from project planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation. The severe siltation of major rivers within the basin and the episodes of recent heavy rainfall in all areas of the basin have caused the breaching of river wall and water to discourse into farmlands and further aggravated by the mass of water hyacinth that clog waterways resulting to extreme flooding in the lower part of Cotabato City and adjacent areas. The deployment of emergency response team from the DPWH-President’s Bridge Program has speed up the clearing of water hyacinth. There are also two (2) watermaster units, assigned to undertake round-the-clock dredging operation which due to menacingly high volume of silt and excessive growth of water hyacinth is inadequate to handle the huge tasks at the Rio Grande de Mindanao and its four tributary rivers namely Pulangi, Buluan, Allah and Libungan. With the need to implement an intensified dredging operation, Soguilon said additional watermaster dredging equipment should be acquired primarily because of the equipments’ versatility of operation in shallow and narrow waterways. The Mindanao River Basin with an area of about 23,170 square kilometres is the 2nd largest river basin in the Philippines. It covers major portions of the provinces of Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Cotabato City, Maguindanao, Bukidnon and some portions lying in the provinces of Agusan del Sur and Lanao del Sur. Major rivers within the basin include the Allah River, traversing the Allah Valley in the south, the Pulangui River with headwater from Bukidnon, and Mindanao and Tamontaka Rivers in the Lower Cotabato River Basin.  
 
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  06/27/11

DPWH CLEARING ACTIVITIES

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  With the mass of water hyacinth that has previously clog the Delta Bridge along Rio Grande de Mindanao which caused the river to flow into the lower areas in Cotabato City substantially removed, the Department of Public Works and Highways is continuously undertaking dredging and emergency clearing works to control heavy siltation. In photo checking the progress of activities as directed by Secretary Rogelio L. Singson are DPWH Assistant Secretaries Emil K. Sadain and Dimas O. Soguilon together with Region 12 Director Subair S. Diron and OIC-District Engineer Basir Ibrahim of Cotabato City Sub-District Engineering Office.  
 
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  06/27/11

DAMAGED MINDANAO WATERWAYS

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  DPWH Assistant Secretaries Emil K. Sadain and Dimas O. Soguilon confer with Planning Engineer Ebrahim M. Langeban of DPWH Cotabato City Sub-District Engineering Office who explained the river flow direction of the Mindanao River Basin, the 2nd largest river basin in the Philippines. The large volume of rain water which carried rocks and sediments, and the surge of water hyacinths caused the breaching of several portion of river banks of Ala, Lambayong, Matampay and Simuay-Ambal Rivers resulting to massive flooding in Central Mindanao. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has directed Asec. Sadain and Soguilon to extend technical assistance to the Presidential Task Force Mindanao River Basin Rehabilitation and Development (PTFMRBRD) in providing inputs in the on-going development of master plan for Mindanao River Basin for long term solution to the flooding problem. Also in photo are PTFMRBRD Deputy Executive Director Nathaniel A. Campo, DPWH Major Flood Control Cluster 2 Director Rogelio Ang, and OIC-District Engineer Basir Ibrahim of DPWH Cotabato City Sub-District Engineering Office.  
 
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  06/22/11

DPWH CELEBRATES 113 YEARS OF SERVICE: P-NOY TO ACTIVATE 24/7 CALL CENTER HOTLINE

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) celebrates today (Thursday, 23 June) its 113th Anniversary with President Benigno S. Aquino III as guest of honor. The DPWH was established on June 23, 1898 by then President General Emilio Aguinaldo as among the pioneer government offices after his proclamation of Philippine Independence. This year’s anniversary theme “DPWH: Kaisa sa Tuwid na Daan sa Pag-asenso” is consistent with the P-Noy’s governance program of choosing the right path towards Philippine economic progress considering that DPWH is perceived as one of the most corrupt government agencies. Secretary Singson is taking the lead in ensuring the implementation of the transformation program in the DPWH through his management philosophy of “doing the right project at the right cost and right quality”. The government thru DPWH was able to save about P2 Billion in taxpayers’ money through open, competitive and transparent bidding nationwide since July 2010 and more funds will be saved as the agency further institutionalizes reforms in the bidding process and also pursues the transformation program. Rooted on the core values of public service, integrity, professionalism, excellence and teamwork, DPWH envisions of being an effective and efficient government agency, improving the life of every Filipino through quality infrastructure. With focus on upgrading the quality and safety of national roads, DPWH intends to improve and/or rehabilitate the existing concrete/asphalt roads in order to optimize their structural soundness and smooth riding surface and lengthen their design life. The national roads is targeted by 2016 to be 96.19% paved in concrete or asphalt, depending on the prevailing design conditions/considerations. Highlight of the anniversary celebration is the activation of the DPWH Call Center Hotline 165-02 which will enable the Department to receive and/or act on complaints and queries 24/7 a day, seven days a week. The President is expected to do the inaugural call. The DPWH Call Center Hotline accepts calls nationwide. It was procured through open and competitive bidding and awarded to SPi-CRM Inc. (formerly the ePLDT Ventus Inc.). DPWH Call Center Hotline has 10 (ten) dedicated customer service representatives who accept calls 24/7 and with the DPWH National Capital Region and its District Engineering Offices directly connected to the system to immediately respond to complaints and queries within Metro Manila while those concerning areas outside Metro Manila will be handled and monitored by the DPWH-Public Information Division-Complaints and Action Center. The Call Center has recording features of calls, generates daily, weekly, monthly and yearly monitoring report, and is also an information base for travel/ traffic advisory to accurately inform the general public of road conditions during repair works and calamities. President Aquino and Secretary Singson will also award formal recognition to distinguished retiring DPWH employees and those who have rendered 40 years of service, who have contributed in providing the country with quality infrastructure facilities and services.  
 
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  06/22/11

DPWH MOBILIZES ADDITIONAL PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT TO ASSIST IN RIO GRANDE DE MINDANAO RIVER DECLOGGING

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  The DPWH-President’s Bridge Program Office (PBPO) has mobilized its emergency response team that includes its personnel and various heavy equipment to assist in the on-going efforts to declog the Rio Grande de Mindanao of water lilies and other debris that have been causing the devastating flood in Cotabato City and nearby areas to comply with the instructions of DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson. Prior to this, the DPWH Secretary has ordered all available DPWH resources in Central Mindanao including the national head office to provide assistance in the declogging activities especially near the mouth of Rio Grande. Since last Saturday, trailer trucks from the PBPO Tagoloan Depot in Cagayan de Oro delivered one backhoe, one crane and twelve barge components to bring the dredging fleet to Cotabato City. The dredging operation team has commenced the declogging works yesterday morning. As of last week, various military and civilian government personnel, both from the national and local level including various equipment are already on site to help in the clearing works being carried out by the DPWH Region 12 office with 2 watermaster dredgers in operation. The clogged area is so massive that DPWH personnel are resorting to pulling the water lilies manually. The flooding that has been wrecking havoc in the area for the past week has been caused by incessant rains and aggravated by clogging of water lilies and other debris from Liguasan Marsh down to Rio Grande de Mindanao. The debris have accumulated during the past week and is now estimated to be over 20 hectares in area with 4 meters in thickness.  
 
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  06/21/11

ILOILO FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETE - DPWH

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  Flood damage and inundation will soon be mitigated in Iloilo City as the construction of the Iloilo Flood Control project in Western Visayas Region is now substantially complete ahead of anticipated schedule. Project Director Patrick B. Gatan reported to Secretary Rogelio L. Singson that the DPWH Major Flood Control Project has already accomplished 96.31% as against target accomplishment of 95.70% for the construction of Jaro Floodway & Improvement of Tigum and Aganan Rivers in Iloilo City. Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of the PMO-operation said the project costing P 2.22 billion started in April 2006 and is scheduled to be completed by the last working day of 2011. “The project which is mainly composed of river improvement and construction of floodways aims to create more sustainable urban community and provide safer, more pleasant living condition for people in the urban area of Iloilo City,” Gatan added. It involves the construction of Jaro Floodway, improvement of Tigum River, improvement of Aganan River, and construction of six (6) bridges. Two floodways, Jaro Floodway and La Paz Floodway are employed to divert the excess flood discharge of Jaro River towards the Iloilo Strait. Ongoing works include the construction of Pagsangaan Bridge in Pavia, revetment works at Tigum River (Tigum River Improvement); construction of Anilao Bridge in Pavia, revetment works at Brgy. Amparo, Pavia (Aganan River Improvement); and dike embankment at Brgy Hinactacan, Lapaz. Works earlier completed is the improvement of Iloilo River that includes construction of New Carpenter’s Bridge, restoration of Old Carpenter’s Bridge, construction of Iloilo Road Dike at Carpenter’s Bridge to Diversion Road and at Forbes Bridge to Nabitasan Lapaz. Also finished is the Improvement of Upper Ingore Creek including the construction of stone masonry at Diversion Channel, RC-U Channel at City Homes Village in Lapaz and in Jaro; and improvement of Jaro River mouth’s slope protection at Brgy. Ticud Lapaz. The Philippine Government and the Government of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) jointly financed the project. DPWH got the services of CTI Engineering International Co. Ltd. together with Woodfields Consultants and Basic Technology and Management Corporation to provide consulting assistance and Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Company Inc. as contractor.  
 
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  06/17/11

DPWH IMPROVES ROAD CONNECTING NEGROS PROVINCES

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  The national government has improved the national highway connecting the provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental. Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) concreting of Bacolod South Road at Barangay Pook, Culipapa and Sanke, in Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental has improved travel time between the two (2) provinces of Negros Island via Hinoba-an Basay Road. In her report to DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH Region 6 Director Evelyn T. Barroso said that the P46 Million road improvement project under the CY 2010 infrastructure program, which is on final completion stage was implemented by the DPWH Negros Occidental 3rd District Engineering Office. The project, which speed up mobility of products and services as well as facilitate comfortable travel to tourism destinations, lessened the remaining gravel road along this highway to 1.85 kilometers. Flooding problem was also mitigated following the raising of the roadway and installation of drainage structures and reinforced concrete box culvert. The DPWH has also programmed the improvement of the remaining gravel road under the CY 2011 Infra Program fund and in the proposed 2012 budget to fully pave the highway. Also, the Department undertook the rehabilitation of Kabankalan-Bais Road which forms part of the nautical highway between Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental towards the road network leading to the major port of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental and Cebu Province. Under the CY 2010 infra program, about 11 kilometers of deteriorated asphalt pavement of Kabankalan-Bais Road was rehabilitated at a cost of P240 Million which also involves road widening, slope protection works and installation of warning and informative signs as well as rumble strips and pedestrian lanes for public safety. Secretary Singson said that the completion of these projects speak well of the government’s effort to achieve the inclusive growth vision by pump-priming the economy through infrastructure development.  
 
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  06/17/11

DPWH FOCUSES ON MANILA NORTH ROAD IMPROVEMENT

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  Infrastructure projects for Region 1 under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) CY 2011 infrastructure program are focused on the rehabilitation and improvement of national arterial and secondary national roads along the Manila North Road (MNR) to speed up mobility. DPWH Region 1 Director Veniedo O. Reyes said that this is consistent with the President Benigno S. Aquino III’s national development thrust and Secretary Rogelio L. Singson’s policy and strategy of upgrading the quality and safety features of the national roads and bridges. DPWH Region 1 has about 80 infrastructure projects under the CY 2011 General Appropriation Act (GAA), most of them are intended for the rehabilitation and widening of Manila North Road from Pangasinan towards La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. To date, of the 80 projects in Region 1, 13 projects have been completed, 18 are on going and the remaining projects are for implementation. Director Reyes said that the completion of three (3) major bridges namely Bagulin Bridge along San Fernando -Bagulin Road; Banela Bridge along San Nicolas-San Quintin-Umingan Pangasinan-Guimba,Nueva Ecija Road, and the Aluling Bridge in Cervantes Ilocos Sur will interconnect the inner municipalities of the Ilocos Region. The Aluling Bridge, which is expected to be completed this year 2011, will also connect Region 1 to Mountain Province of the Cordilleras. The project will facilitate easy movement of people, goods and services from the highlands to Candon City in Ilocos Sur. Meanwhile, to mitigate flooding and relieve the anxiety of the stricken communities in eastern Pangasinan which had been devastated by previous typhoons particularly Ondoy and Pepeng, Director Reyes personally monitors the progress of activities and quality of works of completed and on-going restoration/rehabilitation of major flood control projects along the Agno River. The flood control projects are part of the Post Ondoy Pepeng Short-Term Infrastructure Rehabilitation Projects (POPSTIRP) under loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. “We should not let great devastation happen again, that’s why, we in the DPWH Region 1 are very strict in the implementation of rehabilitation works and inspections are being done regularly”, said Director Reyes. Joining Director Reyes in his inspection at the on-going restoration and rehabilitation of the flood control structures along Talingkapor Dike in Santa Maria East, San Nicolas, and Sitio Departe, Barangay Bantog, Asingan are Agno Flood Control Project Director Edgardo C. Paragas, OIC-District Engineer Emmanuel W. Diaz of Pangasinan 3rd District Engineering Office and Regional Maintenance Chief Cornelio G. Amita.  
 
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  06/17/11

AGUSAN BRIDGE REPAIR NEARING COMPLETION

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  The on-going rehabilitation works of Wawa Bridge in Sibagat, Agusan del Sur will be completed soon. This was learned from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office XIII after Secretary Rogelio L. Singson ordered that all carry-over projects must be completed by the middle of this year 2011. With an accomplishment of 85.51% as of May 31, 2011, repair works, which includes reinforcement/replacement of structural steel component, repair/replacement of dilapidated 228.20 lineal meter concrete deck slab, asphalt overlay, painting and electrical lighting and bank protection structure, will be completed on June 30, 2011 as targeted. Regional Director Danilo E. Versola said that inspite of two (2) recent flooding which affected the construction activities, the contractor doubled its efforts to complete the project Director Versola enjoins the motoring public to bear with the temporary inconvenience brought about by the project as this will bring more benefits in the days ahead. Earlier, Secretary Singson has directed all the 16 Regional Directors and 180 District Engineers that fast tracking the completion of 2010 projects must be done in order to give focus on the implementation of CY 2011 projects, otherwise targets to achieve the inclusive growth vision of the President Benigno S. Aquino III administration will be jeopardized. Relatively, DPWH Region 13 has 68 projects under the CY 2011 Regular Infrastructure Program for a total appropriation of P2.387 Billion. DPWH targets that by 2014 all national arterial roads are paved and all bridges along the national road are permanent by 2016.  
 
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  06/14/11

ALTERNATE ROUTE ASSESSED

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson on-board a shuttle bus traverses the E. Rodriguez Avenue-Tomas Morato Avenue-Timog Avenue-Quezon Avenue-Roosevelt Avenue-Del Monte Avenue up to Quezon Avenue and Araneta Avenue intersection as he assessed vehicular traffic flow at these routes which will be utilized as an alternative route with the implementation of C-3 (G. Araneta Avenue)-Quezon Avenue Interchange Project. Together with Secretary Singson are DPWH Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo, Assistant Secretary Alfredo G. Tolentino, DPWH Urban Road Projects Office Director Mariano R. Alquiza, DPWH-National Capital Region Director Reynaldo Tagudando, Engr. Emil Llavor of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Road Safety Unit, and Col. Gene Abrajano, Dexter Cardenas and Danilo Cordero of the Quezon City Department of Order and Safety.  
 
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  06/14/11

TRAFFIC FLOW AT QUEZON AVENUE

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson together with Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo and DPWH-Urban Road Projects Office Director Mariano R. Alquiza observes the vehicular flow of traffic along Quezon Avenue and C-3 (Araneta Avenue) as the government will soon start at this vicinity the construction of C-3 (G. Araneta Avenue)/Quezon Avenue Interchange Project, a 440 lineal meter underpass project that will speed up traffic flow and reduce pollution. Costing P430 Million, the project has a construction period of 450 days.  
 
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  06/14/11

LINK TO LEGAZPI CITY PROPER

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 5 Director Danilo Dequito (2nd from left) and Asst. Regional Director Jesus Salmo (4th from left) inspects the Dapdap Bridge, a vital link connecting to Legazpi City proper. Also in photo are (from left) Asst. District Engineer Vicente Miraballes and District Engineer Walter Lubiano of DPWH Albay 2nd District Engineering Office, and District Engineer Roberto Rito and Asst. District Engineer Rafael Presbetero of Albay 1st District Engineering Office.  
 
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  06/14/11

LEGAZPI CITY’S NEWEST ATTRACTION

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 5 Director Danilo Dequito, together with Asst. Regional Director Jesus Salmo and District Engineer Roberto Rito inspects the Puro Boulevard which is part of the 4.085 kilometer Legazpi City Coastal Road traversing the coastal barangays of Victory Village, Dapdap, Puro and Lamba. The road project has provisions for jogging lane, bicycle lane, rock-causeway and lighting facilities that further attracts tourist in the area.  
 
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  06/13/11

DPWH CHECKS ALTERNATE ROUTE FOR C-3 (ARANETA AVENUE)/ QUEZON AVENUE INTERCHANGE PROJECT

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson conducts an ocular inspection on the alternate routes for vehicular traffic re-routing to be affected by implementation of C-3 (G. Araneta Avenue)-Quezon Avenue Interchange Project. “Motorists are advised to expect traffic build-up along Araneta Avenue and Quezon Avenue as the government starts the construction of the 440 lineal meter underpass project this June 2011 to speed up traffic flow and reduce pollution load by lessening gas emissions during traffic gridlock”, said Secretary Singson. Costing P430 Million, the interchange project involves the construction of a 4 lane underpass along Quezon Avenue crossing Araneta Avenue, including the installation of a submersible pumps to manage flooding and construction of reinforced concrete box and pipe culverts. The project, which when completed is also expected to help decongest traffic along EDSA and nearby major thoroughfares, also includes the widening of Mariblo Bridge along Quezon Avenue and improvement of service roads and approaches of the intersection. To ensure that the flow of traffic will not be severely affected during the 450 calendar day construction period, the DPWH Urban Roads Project Office together with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Quezon City Government mapped out a traffic management re-routing. For motorist from EDSA Quezon City going to Manila/Quiapo , the DPWH has identified 11 alternate routes, among which are from EDSA turn right at West Avenue turn left at Del Monte Avenue and left to A. Bonifacio Avenue, turn right to Blumentritt, left at Dimasalang all the way to Manila. Motorists coming from Manila through España to different point along EDSA Quezon City have also 11 identified route options, among which is from España turn right at E. Rodriguez Sr. straight to EDSA/Cubao Interchange then take left to EDSA/Quezon City. There are six (6) identified routes for motorist coming from Sta. Mesa and Aurora Boulevard through C-3 (G. Araneta Avenue) to A. Bonifacio Avenue, among which is to turn left at Bayani or E. Rodriguez Ave., then right at Banawe Street, right at Amoranto Street, left at G. Araneta Avenue then straight to A. Bonifacio/North Luzon Expressway. The complete lists of alternative route can be viewed at DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph.  
 
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  06/13/11

DPWH, DepEd and REID PARTNERSHIP

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Education (DepEd) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Research, Education and Institutional Development (REID) Foundation related to the development and implementation of the government’s School Building Program. A policy research and advocacy institute that is currently implementing program called “Promoting Public-Private Partnership in Infrastructure Development”, REID Foundation which is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Asia Foundation, has voluntarily offers its technical assistance particularly in the crafting of a business case and completing the necessary project evaluation forms as required by National Economic Development Authority-Investment Coordinating Council and in reviewing the construction technologies presented by interested parties during the pre-qualification stage. In photo are (from left to right) Dr. Steven Rood of The Asia Foundation, DedEd Undersecretary Francisco M. Valera, DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, REID President Enrico L. Basilio and Robert Burch of USAID.  
 
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  06/09/11

PPP PROJECTS TO AUGMENT PHILIPPINE ROAD DEVELOPMENT

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  The Philippines is not solely banking on Public Private Partnership (PPP) program for government’s road network upgrading. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the government will invest about P750 Billion for infrastructure projects between 2011-2016 and is further boosted by existing Official Development Assistance (ODA) of about P50 Billion. The DPWH Chief said that PPP is an augmentation of the master development plan for Philippines national road network. “We have major infra program on our regular budget such as the P430 Million worth C-3 (G. Araneta Avenue)/Quezon Avenue Interchange Project which is set to start by July and we hope that the general public will understand the temporary inconvenience the construction will bring as we also seek for motorists cooperation in the traffic management plan and alternates routes formulated in coordination with Metro Manila Development Authority, Quezon City local government, and other stakeholders”, said Secretary Singson. Under the road masterplan for the National Capital Region, DPWH is also focusing on the completion of Don Mariano Marcos Avenue Extension, the construction of flyover crossing Commonwealth Avenue which has some right of way issues to be addressed on both sides, and the Mindanao Avenue Extension. To speed up the provision of safe, efficient, adequate, reliable cost effective and sustainable infrastructure, the government through DPWH has come up with high standard highway master plan covering Metro Manila and 200 radius outside Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, Davao and General Santos Corridor. At the Cabinet Economic Cluster meeting at the DPWH Central Office, PPP Center Executive Director Philamer C. Torio said that two (2) road development projects under PPP namely the Daang Hari-SLEx Link Project and NAIA Expressway Project Phase 2 are now under National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) review and is expected for approval within this month of June. Secretary Singson said that the Daang Hari-SLEx Link Project is a new 4 kilometer, 4-lane paved toll road that will pass through the New Bilibid Prison reservation that will connect Bacoor, Cavite to the South Luzon Expressway thru Susana Heights while the NAIA Expressway Project Phase 2 with a total length of 5.2 kilometers traversing Pasay City and Parañaque City will improved access to Ninoy Aquino International Airport. A third PPP project which is a unsolicited proposal is the NLEx-SLEx Connector Project that will further decongest Metro Manila traffic and provide better access to Manila ports. The project, which is now under negotiation between DPWH and Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation before submission to NEDA for approval, involves the construction of a 13.4 kilometer 4-lane elevated expressway to link the existing SLEX and NLEX passing through Metro Manila and utilizing the existing Philippine National Railways (PNR) alignment as its route. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory L. Domingo said that more than the construction of roads and other infrastructure, the economic cluster meeting has also come up with recommendation for construction of classrooms under PPP and ODA mode to address the school facility problem of the Department of Education (DepEd). The government targets an initial 10,000 classrooms for this year under PPP which the DPWH is helping DepEd in coming up with Terms of Reference. With quality education among the priority of the President Aquino administration, about 10,000 to 15,000 classrooms are to be constructed this year under the General Appropriations Act that will further narrow down the present 60,000 classrooms backlog. Mr. Guillermo M. Luz, Co-Chairman of the National Competitiveness Council Philippines said that the infrastructure as well as education and transaction processes initiative of the government which is supported by the business sector will raise the competitiveness ranking of the country.  
 
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  06/09/11

KAMANAVA CONDUCTS MEETING WITH LGUs

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  DPWH-KAMANAVA Area Flood Control and Drainage System Improvement Project Director Macariola S. Bartolo explains to project stakeholders particularly among the concern local government unit (LGU) heads their responsibility in ensuring effective operation of the constructed flood control facilities during a coordination meeting with LGU, representatives of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held at Bangkulasi Pumping Station along R-10, Navotas City. The recurrence of informal settlers and rampant throwing of garbage are among the possible problems that would hamper the effectiveness of the flood control project.  
 
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  06/08/11

DPWH CONVERGES WITH NATIONAL AGENCIES FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is closely coordinating with at least four (4) national government agencies in putting up infrastructure projects nationwide. In a press briefing following the Cabinet Economic Cluster Meeting held at the DPWH Central Office, Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the Department has at present three (3) convergence programs supportive of the government’s program of accelerating infrastructure development towards the realization of the inclusive growth vision. First, according to Secretary Singson, the DPWH has forged an agreement with the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) for them to identify where the major airports and seaports that will be constructed so that these can be integrated with the DPWH road development efforts. The second convergence is with Department of Agriculture (DA) and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and this concerns the management of the river system. Secretary Singson said that it is useless for the DPWH to construct flood control on the downstream if there is no activity happening upstream in the river system. He said that the DENR has to address illegal logging and undertake reforestation because the strong water will just continue to damage our flood control system because of inadequate watershed protection and continuous river siltation . He also suggested that if possible, the Department of Agriculture (DA) and National Irrigation Administration (NIA), can impound the water upstream so that it can be used for domestic water or for irrigation purposes. In support of the tourism program which will double the value of Philippine peso, the DPWH has agreed with Department of Tourism (DOT) in providing list of priority tourism destinations so that these can be supported with enough infrastructure such as access roads and potable water supply. Secretary Singson said that under the proposed 2012 budget, about P5 to 6 Billion of the infra program supports the tourism masterplan of DOT.  
 
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  06/02/11

BIKERS AND PEDESTRIANS: 100% AT RISK ALONG COMMONWEALTH AVENUE ACCORDING TO ASSESSMENT

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  A detailed road inspection reveals that Commonwealth Avenue is 100 percent high risk to accident for bicyclists and pedestrians. Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that based on preliminary result of the road assessment conducted by the especially equipped vehicle, Multi-Infrastructure Distress Analyzing System or MIDAS and highly trained Korean and Australian road analysts under the International Road Assessment Program or iRAP Philippines, the entire Commonwealth Avenue has generated a star rating of one (1) to two (2) stars, considered to be high risk, for bikers and pedestrians. With five-star roads the safest and one-star roads the least safe, Secretary Singson said that star rating for Commonwealth Avenue provides a simple and objective measure of the level of safety ‘built in’ to the road for vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. For vehicle occupants, 69 percent of the Commonwealth Avenue has generated one (1) to two (2) stars while 89 percent of this highway also obtained similar star rating for motorcyclists. iRAP’s Star Ratings are based on road inspection data collected through digital images and geo-referencing and analysis of design features known to influence the likelihood of crashes as well as their severity including intersection design, road cross-sections and markings, roadside hazards, and pedestrian lanes. Secretary Singson said that Commonwealth Avenue has become high risk because of the high level of activity along the highway, with 27 percent of road has neither footpaths or with footpaths but are obstructed. It was also observed that there are numerous pedestrian bridges without accompanying pedestrian fences while some of the pedestrian bridges end on traffic lanes. Ninety seven percent of the Commonwealth Avenue has medium or high level of obstruction encroaching on the road, majority of which are ambulant vendors, and almost the entire road has severe roadsides with poles, trees, and end barriers occupying within the five (5) meter pavement. With the high volume of traffic along the highway, there are also few intersections without traffic signals. On a positive aspect, Secretary Singson said that the presence of center median has helped avoid the occurrence of head-on crashes. In the worthy effort of reducing the risk of road accident along Commonwealth Avenue, a total comprehensive approach focusing on infrastructure, speed management, and behaviour will be needed, added Secretary Singson.  
 
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  06/01/11

PROJECT REALIGNMENT AFFECTS DPWH INFRA PERFORMANCE

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  Realignment of infrastructure projects has affected the overall implementation performance of key DPWH infrastructure projects nationwide. Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that about 893 projects or 68% of the 1,311 projects clustered for implementation for CY 2011 were requested for realignment by constituents and politicians. “Instead of indiscriminate releasing of project funds which was a practice in the past, I require revisions in plans, program of work and detailed estimates of these realigned projects as one (1) project is totally different from other before they can be bid out”, said Secretary Singson. He added that under the reform policy, DPWH adopts prudent and objective selection of projects to ensure desired social outcomes are achieved. Secretary Singson has also ordered the review and rebidding of government contracts and cancelled approved negotiated contracts entered into under the past administration. DPWH personnel responsible in preparing detailed program of work and cost estimates also underwent retraining to optimize DPWH budget preparation. As per DPWH Order No. 57 dated series of 2010 and part of the transparency program, all procuring entities of the Department were also directed to post, aside from invitation to bid/request for expression of interest, all bidding documents and plans, at the DPWH and the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) websites, www.philgeps.net. However, carry-over projects worth P8.5 Billion or 969 kilometers of national roads and 3,700 lineal meter of bridges were constructed/rehabilitated/improved in the first quarter of 2011 by DPWH nationwide. In addition, 263 lineal meters of bridges were completed in the rural areas including 8.3 kilometers of farm-to-market roads worth P31 Million under the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) fund; 448 classrooms worth P243 Million for the Department of Education (DepEd) Schoolbuilding Program; and 2,242 or P1.5 Billion worth of other infrastructure consisting of small water supply, school facilities, health and hospital improvements.  
 

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