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  07/29/11

GOVERNMENT INFRA PROJECTS TO BOOST DEVELOPMENT EFFORTS IN ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA

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  The national government is pushing for the development of Zamboanga Peninsula with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) implementing some P1.679 Billion worth of infrastructure projects throughout the Region. DPWH Region 9 Director Jorge Sebastian said that the amount under the CY 2011 DPWH Infrastructure Program Fund is intended to finance the implementation of 65 high impact projects. According to Director Sebastian, of the 65 projects, 13 projects were completed with 26 on-going and 26 under pre-construction stage. With the improvement of quality and safety of national highway as the top priority concern of the Department under Secretary Rogelio L. Singson’s leadership, Director Sebastian said that the various road development projects in the Region will also have a greater impact on President Benigno S. Aquino III administration’s program for socio-economic development in remote places with the government providing access to food production areas. The upgrading of quality and safety of national roads and bridges in Region 9 will also result to the improvement of peace and order through increased mobility of people, goods and services. Under the proposed CY 2012 Infrastructure Program Fund, DPWH Region 9 is proposing the initial funding of P340 Million for the planned Zamboanga City By-Pass Road Project. The proposed road project will link the east coast to the west coast where industrial and commercial centers are located as well as an alternative route for vehicular traffic outside the city proper. The men and women of the DPWH Region 9 are focused on implementing quality projects for the improvement of the lives of the people in Zamboanga Peninsula.  
 
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  07/28/11

QC ROAD EXTENSION PROJECT TO OPEN SOON

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways’ road extension project in Quezon City is now substantially completed and will be opened to vehicular traffic in the coming days. In his report to DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH Urban Road Projects Office (URPO) Director Mariano R. Alquiza said that concrete paving of the six (6) lanes 500 lineal meters R-7 Don Mariano Marcos Avenue (Commonwealth Avenue) Extension Project is already completed, with the application of pavement markings and construction of electrical panel post as the remaining activities. Costing P65.898 Million, the project connects Don Mariano Marcos Avenue with Quirino Highway in Novaliches, Quezon City. Also part of the project contract under Solid Rock Construction are the installation of reinforced concrete pipe culvert, concrete manhole and curb inlet manhole as drainage provision. Safety features of this highway includes street lightings using galvanized pole with double luminaire lamp, regulatory and warning road signs, and reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings. Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the opening to vehicular traffic of this extension road aside from providing solution to congestion problem on existing main road in the vicinity will have an impact on the environment with speedy travel resulting to less vehicular smoke emissions and fuel savings. The DPWH is also pursuing the completion of flyover crossing Commonwealth Avenue connecting Tandang Sora and Luzon Avenue, Quezon City. The 522 lineal meters flyover project is a vital component of the C-5 Road Extension Project connecting road components from South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). The construction of the flyover form part of the on-going widening of Tandang Sora Avenue and Luzon Avenue which when completed will lessen travel time and ensure smooth flow of traffic coming from Katipunan Road (C-5) going to NLEX via Congressional Avenue and Mindanao Avenue. Also, it will reduce the density of motorists from other major national roads coming from SLEX bound to NLEX.  
 
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  07/22/11

DPWH ENFORCES STRICT COMPLIANCE ON POLICY ON DIGGINGS/EXCAVATIONS BY PRIVATE AND PUBLIC UTILITIES ON NATIONAL ROADS

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  In an effort to strengthen and improve its reforms, the Department of Public Works and Highways has reiterated its rules and regulations on the strict compliance on the policy on diggings/excavations by private and public utilities on national roads. Secretary Rogelio L. Singson issued Department Order No. 26, series of 2011 after he observed that the conduct of utility agencies, companies or corporations, whether public or private, in undertaking excavations and/or intermittent restoration works on the national roads have caused their deplorable and dangerous condition. “More often than not, the restoration/reconstruction takes place several months later, making the motoring and commuting public suffer inconveniences. So in order to ensure that future undertakings on road excavations and its restoration and/or reconstruction works are done properly, we have issued guidelines for the guidance of everyone,” Singson said. . All applications for the issuance of Excavation Permit on national roads shall be processed only upon submission/compliance by the utility agency or its agent or contractor of the following: sketch plan/map showing the exact location of the project, including the name of the road section, type of underground or aerial facility/structure to be installed; DPWH-approved Programs of works (POWs) with detailed estimates for the cost of excavations and cost of restoration; Bar/Gantt Chart or PERTCPM Chart; typical section and specifications, type and total area of pavement to be excavated, type and extent of work to be undertaken, and name and address of contractor; accomplished terms and conditions; posting of performance bond; and payment of a non-refundable amount to cover the engineering and administrative overhead of issuing office. Upon receipt of complete requirements, DPWH representatives together with the contractor shall have a joint field inspection to determine the extent and actual location of the proposed work. Road sections affected by an excavation shall be temporarily paved or patched with bituminous concrete surface course until it can be fully restored to its original condition. Final restoration woks by the utility contractor shall commence immediately once the utilities installed are made operational under the close supervision of DPWH's authorized representatives. The digging or excavation for the construction and/or installation of public utility facilities shall be done in harmony with the guidelines on tree planting along national roads, to avoid any overlap. In the event that there will be a road expansion or improvement to be introduced in the national road which will affect existing utility facilities or structures located thereon, such utility facilities or structures shall be removed and/or relocated, and the cost for its relocation and removal shall be borne by the utility agency concerned. In this case, DPWH waives the payment of all fees, including deposits and bonds, with respect to the relocation and removal. All requests for excavation permits, regardless of amount, will be processed by the concerned DPWH district engineering office and to be approved by the DPWH regional director. The completed restoration works shall be monitored during the warranty period. A corresponding warranty bond equivalent to ten percent (10%) of the actual restoration cost, callable on demand, shall be held in trust for a period of one (1) year from the date of issuance of a Certificate of Completion and can only be released upon the issuance of a Certificate of Acceptance by the issuing office. All diggings or excavations, including restorations or reconstruction works shall be done in two (2) shifts (day and night), if practicable, in highly urbanized areas or traffic congested areas for early completion of restoration work. Excavations for all types of underground utilities along national roads will only be allowed in accordance with the DPWH Typical Roadway Section for 20 meters, 30 meters, 40 meters and 60 meters road right of way. In case of reported violation of the conditions of the excavation permit, DPWH shall give the applicant a reasonable period to rectify such violation. Failure to rectify the violation within the period provided shall warrant the revocation or cancellation of the permit.  
 
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  07/21/11

DPWH TO PUSH BIG DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS FOR METRO ILOILO

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is pushing for the implementation of various projects in Iloilo City that will further enhance the resurging socio-economic activities in Western Visayas. On top of the priority projects which were discussed during the recent meeting between Senator Franklin Drilon, DPWH Region 6 Director Evelyn T. Barroso and other officials are the cleaning of the river of sunken derelicts, removal of fish pens, ceasing of operations of establishments that are contributing to the pollution in the river, dredging of the Iloilo River and its tributaries, and upgrading of the existing Treñas Boulevard, which was developed initially as part of the Iloilo River improvement under the Iloilo Flood Control Projects implemented by the Department. To jump-start the river clean-up drive, DPWH has dispatched the dredging equipment, Dredge Visayas 2 while sandbagging of the temporary disposal site for the dredged materials is almost completed. In line with the program to deliver a safer lest a flood-free and aesthetically sound river environment, Senator Drilon has earmarked P150 Million for the construction of an Esplanade, a curvilinear park, with view decks and walkways and an el-fresco diving, among other appurtenances. First phase of the development will start from the Carpenter’s Bridge to the Diversion Bridge while second phase will commence from the Iloilo-Jaro Diversion Bridge, constructing a footwalk crossing the Dungon Creek, to be connected to Forbes Bridge. The esplanade project is anticipated to commence within the later part of the third quarter this year. Another high-impact project that Senator Drilon is vigorously pursuing in support of the President Benigno S. Aquino III development agenda and Secretary Rogelio L. Singson’s program to decongest traffic is the construction of the proposed Iloilo Circumferential Road (C-1). The project is conceptualized to address the demand of the growing road traffic in Metro Iloilo area and in line with the vision of the metropolis as the socio-economic and tourism hub of Western Visayas. The project includes the full acquisition of the 40-meter road-right-of-way requirements, construction of a two-lane paved road covering a total length of 14.18 kilometers and construction of five (5) concrete bridges with the total length of 392 lineal meters. It will cover 8.28 km (59%) in Iloilo City, 2.70 km (19%) in Pavia, and 3.20 km (22%) in Oton and is estimated to cost P1.706 Billion. The DPWH, under its FY 2011 Fund, has already released an amount of P4 Million for the conduct of parcellary survey of the project in anticipation of its implementation. The procurement process is already on-going with related activities scheduled to be completed before the end of this year. Considering the high budgetary requirements, the DPWH divided the project into five (5) sections, with an initial amount of P240 Million for the construction of the priority section of the Circumferential Road already requested. Realizing also the worsening traffic congestion along the Jaro-Leganes Road (Iloilo East Coast-Capiz Road, new route), Senator Drilon committed P200 Million, out of his Priority Development Fund for FY 2012, for the widening of the Jaro-Leganes Road, from an existing two-lane to four lanes to start from the Montinola Bridge in Jaro to the town plaza of Leganes. This project will complement the initial development being initiated by Iloilo City Lone Congressional District Representative Jerry P. Treñas, allocating P20 Million for the widening of several critical bottlenecks along the Jaro-Buntatala Section of the national road as well as the commitment of the DPWH to fund the remaining P60 Million to fully complete the road widening. The project is estimated to cost P281 Million. Also included in the development initiatives of Senator Drilon is the improvement of road along Jalandoni Bridge to Diversion Road, including the construction of Dungon Bridge. This P174 Million project earmarked under FY 2012 also includes improvement of 0.89 kilometers of roads starting from Jalandoni Bridge, corner Rizal Street to Diversion Road, intersecting with Hechanova Street. These vital development initiatives in Metro Iloilo that Senator Drilon is spearheading in partnership with DPWH will contribute to socio-economic development of Metro Iloilo and Western Visayas Region at large.  
 
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  07/14/11

DPWH EASTERN VISAYAS EQUIPMENT SERVICES 24/7 READY

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  In line with Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) policy oN quick response and calamity preparedness, the DPWH 8th Regional Equipment Services (RES) has established its 24/7 ready Equipment Emergency Task Force. Eastern Visayas Regional Director Rolando M. Asis said that the task force personnel are equipped with raincoats, boots, flashlights, hard caps and various hand tools. Its equipment are the following: -1- unit Prime Mover with trailer, -2- units service vehicles, -1- units Stake Truck, -6- units Dump Trucks, -1- unit Shop Truck, -2- units Fork Lifts, -2-units Road Graders, -1- unit Hydraulic Excavator, -1- unit Truck Mounted Crane and -1- unit Pay Loader. The 8th RES located in Palo, Leyte is tasked to undertake the management, repair, maintenance and rehabilitation of various construction and maintenance equipment of the DPWH. “Despite limited resources and funds, our office was able to put its mission into action,” said RES engineer Romy M. Gumban. “We have five (5) regular area shops and nine (9) sub-shops strategically located in Eastern Visayas. Each area shop has also its own Equipment Task Force ready as the need arises and during emergency situations,” added Gumban. Major activities of DPWH 8th RES include preventive maintenance of DPWH vehicles and equipment. Interim repairs or mechanical repairs of equipment/vehicle which are emergency in nature is carried out by area shops or mobile service units. Building and yard maintenance and disposal of unserviceable equipment are also among their major activities. To manage financial requirements, expenses incurred during preventive maintenance and interim repairs of vehicles and equipment are shouldered by the end-users. However, accomplishment for interim repair is greatly affected if spare parts for replacement are not immediately available in local market. Likewise, accomplishment on equipment rehabilitation is also affected if mechanics assigned on said activity are temporarily pulled out for other emergency repairs or activities especially during calamities.  
 
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  07/13/11

PHASE IX CAGAYAN DE ORO THIRD BRIDGE ACCESS ROADS FAST TRACKED

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  The long-delayed construction of access roads leading to Cagayan de Oro Third Bridge in Cagayan de Oro City is now nearing completion. In her report to Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH-Region 10 Director Norma U. Gironella said the ongoing construction of Cagayan de Oro 3rd Bridge’s access roads and coAstal roads posted an actual accomplishment of 94.85% with a positive slippage of 0.060 %. Director Ginorella said they are now focusing on the completion of Phase IX of Cagayan de Oro Bridge and Access Road Project. It comprises road concreting of Bayabas Section-West Bound Terminal-Iponan Bridge III Junction, Igpit, Opol National Road; road concreting along barangays Kauswagan and Bayabas, and graveling of coastal roads along barangays Lapasan and Gusa. The ongoing road concreting works has a total length of 14.423 km and a total cost of P642,824,622.51. “Upon its completion, the agricultural communities in the congressional districts of Cagayan De Oro and Misamis Oriental can immediately deliver their products to the market areas. It also serves as access road going to the Cagayan De Oro Port, and it connects the city Port Road in Puntod to the existing national road network in Opol, Misamis Oriental. It is expected to attract more investors and generate job opportunities in the area,” Gironella added. The entire Cagayan de Oro Bridge and Access Road Project has 12 phases. Majority of the phases (phase 1-VIII) are already complete. Phase X will start this year after the release of funds needed for the construction of additional 620 linear meter coastal road along Barangay Gusa and construction of Kulambog Bridge along Kulambog, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City. Phase XI of the project is programmed for implementation in CY 2012. It will be centered on the completion of the Cagayan de Oro Coastal By-pass Road, Junction J.R. Borja Extension and Gusa National Highway, the Rotonda at Barangay Puntod, and the construction of Bitan-ag Creek at Barangay Lapasan. When completed, this huge project will be an enormous help to the travelling public along Butuan-Cagayan-Iligan Road (BCIR) as heavy traffic congestion will be avoided. It is vital to the economic activities in Cagayan de Oro City and its neighboring cities and towns.  
 
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  07/13/11

CAGAYAN DE ORO FLYOVER TO BE FINISHED BY AUGUST

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  The P362.950 million Puerto-Sayre Flyover Project of the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) in Cagayan de Oro City is about to be completed by next month (August 2011). Construction of the two-lane prefabricated modular permanent flyover, first of its kind in Northern Mindanao, which started at the later part of March 2011 has reached 73 percent completion. The project which is part of the Mega Bridges for Urban and Rural Development Project of the President’s Bridge Program Office is funded under the French Government’s financial assistance to the Philippines. Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of DPWH foreign-funded projects, said that with all the modular steel materials from French supplier Matiere S.A.S. available in the project site, DPWH President’s Bridge Program Office Director Oscar Villanueva is pushing for the early completion of the project three (3) months ahead of the original schedule (November 2011). As the government’s engineering measure to mitigate vehicular congestion, the 195 lineal meters flyover project along Puerto-Sayre Highway Road is consist of five (5) spans modular steel, four (4) piers and road approaches with total length of 38.83 meters. Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the completion of this flyover project will play a significant role in the overall transportation system in Northern Mindanao particularly decongesting vehicular traffic and provide immediate link to the Region’s production and commercial zones. Based on DPWH study, traffic volume in Cagayan de Oro as the capital city of Misamis Oriental has increased rapidly due to urbanization. Due to this increase in vehicular traffic, congestion has become chronic everywhere in the city.  
 
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  07/12/11

DPWH ENFORCES STRICT COMPLIANCE ON SMOKE FREE POLICY

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  To promote and protect the welfare of officials and employees, the Department of Public Works and Highways has recently adopted its smoke-free policy and guidelines pursuant to the provisions of the Tobacco Regulation Act of 2003 (R.A. 9211) and the Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 17, s. 2009.. Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that smoking is now prohibited inside DPWH premises, offices/work-places and ground, except for identified and designated smoking areas that are located in outdoor open spaces with no permanent or temporary roof or wall. Likewise, sale, distribution or purchase of tobacco products inside the DPWH compound is strictly prohibited. “If officials and employees strictly observe and implement the policies and guidelines set by the implementing rules and regulations of RA 9211, they are not only safeguarding their own health and environment but also for the benefit of the transacting public as well. Productivity of personnel is also enhanced,” Singson added. The designated smoking area with highly visible signages shall not be larger than 10 square meters nor within 10 meters of entrance/exits or any place where people pass or congregate. Smoking breaks at 10-10:15 am, 12:00-1:00 pm and 3:00-3:15 pm shall be strictly observed. All heads of offices are held accountable in the implementation of the smoke-free policy in their respective office premises.  
 
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  07/12/11

2 MORE ROADS INCLUDED IN FIRST TRANCHE OF ASSET PRESERVATION PROJECTS

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  The government will accelerate the provision of safe, efficient, reliable, cost–effective, and sustainable road infrastructure nationwide to realize the vision of “Inclusive Growth.” Additional two (2) road development projects for implementation by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are included in the Road Sector and Improvement Development Program (RSIDIP) Asset Preservation Component Tranche 1 to be financed by the Philippine Government and requested loan with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) co-financed by OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) Fund for International Development. The two (2) proposed projects which were endorsed by the Regional Development Council-Central Visayas include the Manjuyod-La Libertad Road and La Libertad-Vallehermoso Road along Dumaguete North Road in Negros Oriental. In her report to Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, DPWH Project Implementation Officers for Official Development Assistance (ODA) funded projects, and Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain, in-charge of the operations of DPWH Project Management Offices, DPWH-Asian Development Bank-PMO (DPWH-ADB-PMO) Director Estrella T. Villar said that these two (2) road sections will be subjected for detailed engineering to be conducted in year 2012 to determine the specific limits, scope of works, project cost, design and specifications and subsequently be implemented on the same year. Based on the conceptual design, the Manjuyod-La Libertad Road will consist of 25.317 kilometers asphalt concrete overlay and 20.165 kilometers reconstruction while the La Libertad-Vallerhermoso Road will consist of 16.885 kilometers asphalt overlay and 22.871 kilometers reconstruction. Under the leadership of Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH will also undertake improvement through asphalt paving of nine (9) other national roads under RSIDIP Asset Preservation Component Tranche 1, eight (8) of which have completed detailed engineering design namely: Bauang-Baguio Road, La Union and Benguet; Olongapo-Bugallon Road, Zambales; Palo-Carigara-Ormoc Road, Leyte; Daang Maharlika Road (Lilioan-Naval Highway), Leyte; Iloilo Capiz Road (Old Route), Iloilo; Dipolog-Oroquieta City Road, Zamboanga del Norte; Bukidnon-Cotabato Road, North Cotabato; Butuan-Cagayan de Oro City-Iligan Road, Misamis Oriental side; and Butuan-Cagayan de Oro City-Iligan Road, Agusan del Norte side which are also for detailed engineering design). Terms of Reference (TOR) for the additional projects without detailed engineering design was already reviewed by the DPWH Bureau of Design and comments are being incorporated while TOR for the construction supervision is being reviewed. The total of 11 roads with combined length of 340 kilometers were selected from the long list of road sections generated by the DPWH Highway Development and Management (HDM-4) program. Secretary Singson said that the improvement projects, aside from upgrading the quality and capacity of road network that will boost the development of the traversed areas, will also generate employment opportunities. DPWH infrastructure projects contribute significantly to local employment generation and have harnessed skills and technical expertise of the workforce, added Secretary Singson.  
 
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  07/11/11

DPWH SEEKS LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION TO PRESERVE PASIG-MARIKINA RIVER FLOOD CONTROL STRUCTURES

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is seeking enhanced accountabilities of the concerned local government unit heads and community stakeholders in the maintenance of river improvement works along Pasig-Marikina river channel. Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, during his inspection of the riverside of Lower and Upper Pasig River from Delpan Bridge in Manila to Napindan Hydraulic Control Structure in Pasig City, noted the importance of the participation of stakeholders and the identification of their corresponding roles in prolonging the service life of the government’s established flood mitigation structures. At present, construction and improvement of revetments, parapet walls and other improvement works under the DPWH Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project Phase 2 from Delpan Bridge in Manila to the immediate vicinity of Napindan Hydraulic Control Structure in Pasig City is at 93 percent, more than 14 percent ahead of schedule. Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, DPWH Project Implementation Officer for Official Development Assistance (ODA) funded projects said that inasmuch as flood-related risks and damage are the immediate concern of local communities, stakeholders should help control recurrence of obstructions, encroachment and informal settlements along river waterways which impede the flow of water. Local leaders’ commitment to protect from indiscriminate dumping of garbage resulting to siltation of Pasig River waterways is of paramount importance to ensure project sustainability, added Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain, in-charge of DPWH Project Management Offices. Funded under a loan agreement between Government of the Philippines and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the project under two (2) contract packages with contractor Toyo Construction Company Limited, was implemented by the DPWH Major Flood Control Projects (Cluster 1)-Project Management Office under supervision of Project Director Patrick Gatan. Contract package 1-A covering the area of Delpan Bridge to Lambingan Bridge or the Lower Pasig River has a contract amount of P2.348 Billion while contract package 1-B with contract cost P1.681 Billion covers the Upper Pasig River from the area of Lambingan Bridge to the immediate vicinity of Napindan Hydraulic Control Structure. The two (2) contract packages are scheduled for completion by June 2012.  
 
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  07/11/11

C-3 SOUTHERN ALIGNMENT

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is proposing to continue the southern alignment of the existing Circumferential Road 3 from San Juan City to South Luzon Expressway passing the Cities of Mandaluyong and Makati in line with program to decongest traffic. In photo checking the alignment of the proposed road project prior to conduct of feasibility studies and detailed engineering is DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson together with Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain and Bureau of Design Director Gilbert Reyes.  
 
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  07/11/11

RIVER INSPECTION

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  Department Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson checks the improved revetments and parapet walls which will reduce the overflow of Pasig-Marikina River, the main natural drainage of the National Capital Region, during his inspection of the Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project Phase 2 from Delpan Bridge in Manila to the vicinity of Napindan Hydraulic Control Structure in Pasig City. With him explaining details of work is DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut.  
 
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  07/11/11

BOAT INSPECTION

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  The Philippine government is bringing back life to the historic Pasig River with an aesthetically sound river banks and environment through the Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project of the Department of Public Works and Highways. New revetments and parapet walls including drainage improvement works are being carried out under Phase 2 of the Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project covering about 16.4 kilometers of the river strecth from Delpan, Manila to Napindan Hydraulic Control Center, Pasig City. In a boat ride conducting Pasig River inspection are DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson together with Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Assistant Secretaries Emil K. Sadain and Alfredo G. Tolentino, and Major Flood Control Project (Cluster I) Director Patrick Gatan, NCR Director Reynaldo Tagudando and Bureau of Design Director Gilbert Reyes.  
 
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  07/08/11

3 FIRMS UNDERTAKE CONSTRUCTION OF BY-PASS ROAD IN BULACAN

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  Three (3) project contractors will share expertise and resources in undertaking the 7.53 kilometers contract package 2 segment of Plaridel By-Pass Road Project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Bulacan. The joint venture group of C.M. Pancho Construction Inc., J.E. Manalo & Co., Inc. and D.M. Consunji Inc. has commenced work for the road project traversing Barangay Bulihan, Plaridel towards Bustos, Bulacan . Costing P543 Million, the project is financed under a loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with the DPWH-Philippine Japan Highway Loan-Project Management Office (DPWH-PJHL-PMO) alongside with Katahira & Engineeers International implementing and supervising the project activities. The project involves portland cement concrete paving 30 millimeter thick and 7 meter wide with 2.50 meter wide shoulder on each side. The contract also includes the construction of six (6) pre-stressed concrete deck girder bridge and one (1) reinforced concrete deck girder bridge with a total length of 241 lineal meters as well as installation of drainage facilities, slope protection works and other miscellaneous activities. DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut together with Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain, Project Implementation Officers for Official Development Assistance-funded project, said that work is in progress in areas with initial set of permit to enter as Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has directed to expedite construction activity to accomplish the project before loan closing period of July 2012 . To expedite the project, continuous meetings and dialogues with concerned land owners and representatives from the DPWH Bulacan 1st District Engineering Office are being conducted in order to resolve road right of way problems. Meanwhile, construction of a new interchange and ramps along North Luzon Expressway in Barangay Burol, Balagtas, Bulacan under contract package 1 of the Plaridel By-Pass Road Project has reached 83 percent completion to date The project, under contract with E.C. De Luna Construction at a cost of P1.570 Billion, also involves construction of toll plaza and reinforced concrete box underpass as farm crossing, and concrete paving of 6.87 kilometer roadway traversing municipalities of Balagtas, Guiguinto and Plaridel also includes construction of 2.40 kilometer access road to link with the Philippine Japan Friendship Highway or Daang Maharlika, the national arterial road connecting Central Luzon to Cagayan Valley Region. Construction of the steel arch toll plaza, supervision building including its facilities and bridge interchange is in accordance with the specification of the NLEX operator Manila North Tollways Corporation. Completion of Plaridel By-Pass Road Project packages 1 and 2, which is part of the government under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s vision of easing traffic congestion along vicinity of core urban areas, is expected to reduce travel time of motorists and commuters bound for other parts of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija and Cagayan Valley Region by 20 minutes.  
 
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  07/08/11

DPWH CONDUCTS 4TH STAKEHOLDERS DIALOGUE ON ANTI-OVERLOADING

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  Truckers, freight forwarders, haulers, importers, exporters, and other concerned groups attended the 4th consultative dialogue with stakeholders conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways to settle various issues and concerns in line with the implementation of the Anti Truck Overloading Mobile Operation (ATOME) nationwide. Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the dialogue is convened to have a better understanding and coordination between government and private sector in the implementation of the anti-overloading law. “We are here for the presentation of the final proposal on the implementation of both axle load limit and Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) and we need to hear the reactions and comments of the stakeholders before we publish and enforce the revisions for the actual enforcement of the law, he said. “The DPWH had looked on two things for this proposal – practicality of the implementation and safety of our highways and bridges. We are upgrading the standards of our highways and bridges to take heavier loads,” Singson added. DPWH-Bureau of Design Director Gil Reyes presented the proposed revisions to the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act (RA) 8794 that include the limitation on maximum axle load for tandem and tridem axles, and increasing the allowable gross vehicle weight (GVW) for each truck/trailer configuration. Revisions were computed based on bridge design adopting AASHTO specifications that prescribe a different maximum load for tandem and tridem axles because closely spaced axles have much greater combined damaging potential than two or three single axles. The proposed revision on axle load are: 13,500 kg for single axle, 21,000 kg for tandem axle, and 27,000 kg for tridem axle. The criteria for limiting the GVW are the following: maximum axle load for dual wheel axle (single axle) is 13.5 tons; maximum axle load for dual wheel group are 10.9 tons for tandem axle and 9 tons for tridem axle; and the design capacity of bridges as to moment/bending shear. Among the participants are DOTC Consultant Alberto H. Suansing, General Edgar Aglipay of Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines (CTAP), representatives from Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine National Police Academy (PNP), top management officials from the Alliance of Concerned Truck Owners and Organizations (ACTOO), Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC), Petron Corporation, Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI), Samahan sa Pilipinas ng mga Industryang Kimika (SPIK), Integrated North Harbor Truckers Association (INHTA), International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), Trust International Paper Corporation (TIPCO), Association Of Carriers & Equipment Lessors (ACEL), Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc. (HCPTI), AIR-21, Nestle Philippines, KEFCI-Dupont, Airlift Asia, different federations/associations on truck owners, shippers forwarders and port operators. Undersecretary Raul Asis told representatives from the trucking, manufacturing, import and export industries to submit comments, reactions, other suggestions, and pertinent data that could help the department in coming up for a better system in implementing the provisions of RA 8794. Their inputs will be incorporated to the proposed revisions to the IRR of RA 8794. The revised GVW will be published for 3 consecutive weeks in national broadsheets. Upon publication, a 3-month moratorium will be observed before the implementation of the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) in addition to the 13.5 ton or 13,500 kg. per axle limit. Majority of the truckers are in favor of the provisions of the DPWH since trucks with lower loads are easier to maintain but they suggested that there should be a separate provision in the law for local shippers, importers and exporters. ATOME is aimed to apprehend overloaded trucks to preserve and protect the quality of national roads and bridges nationwide. The DPWH had started its implementation on February 1, 2011 following the 13.5 ton per axle load limit.  
 
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  07/08/11

DPWH UNDERTAKES ACCESSIBILITY SEMINAR IN CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY

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  In ensuring compliance to Accessibility Law for persons with disabilities (PWDs), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) conducted an orientation seminar on the amended Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Batas Pambansa Bilang 344 (BP 344) in Cagayan de Oro City. Assistant Secretary Dimas S. Soguilon, DPWH Permanent Representative to the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) emphasized that the resolve of Secretary Rogelio L. Singson in the implementation of the law which is already in existence for 27 years. “The DPWH is focused on the promotion, implementation and monitoring whether all structures either public or private are compliant to the provisions of BP 344,” Soguilon said. “After almost three decades now, the challenges that confront the PWD sector still exist and could be an impediment for them to mainstream in the society,” Soguilon added. Soguilon warned all building officials, who were in attendance, not to issue building permit if facilities for PWDs are not included in the plan and certificate of occupancy if accessible structures are not constructed since anybody could file charges against these liable persons. He also ordered DPWH focal persons to audit existing government buildings in order to assess whether these structures are compliant to the law or not. Highlight of the event was the workshop proper wherein participants were asked to identify issues and problems in implementing Accessibility Law in their respective offices/local government units and the strategies to address them with proposed timelines. Assistant Regional Director Efren A. Berba welcomed the participants from Region X consist of building officials of the different local government units, representatives of different organizations of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and focal persons of the different DPWH Region X district offices. Significant topics were also discussed during the seminar like the Orientation on BP 344 and its IRR by Arch. Mariano del Castillo of DPWH-Bureau of Design; Philippine Legislation on Accessibility by Arch. Jaime de Silva, Chairman of the Committee on Accessibility of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP); Best Practices in compliance with BP344 by Dr. Enrique Ampo, Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Disability Affairs in Region X; and Accessibility Audit Methodology by Arch. Armand Michael Eustaquio, Deputy Chairperson of the Committee on Disability Affairs of UAP. All the participants signed the manifesto of commitment promoting the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities by encouraging them to take full participation in the society they live in and granting them full enjoyment of all opportunities afforded to other members of society. The seminar is part of the continuous process of the department in the promotion of Accessibility Law through the conduct of nationwide forums across the country. The same seminars were previously conducted in the National Capital Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Regions 1, 2, 3, 4A, 4B, 5, 6 7, 8 and 9. BP 344 known as “An Act to enhance the mobility of disabled persons by requiring certain building, institutions, establishment, and other public utilities to install facilities and other devices” was signed into law on February 25, 1983.  
 
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  07/08/11

DIALOGUE ON ANTI-OVERLOADING

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  Public Works Secretary Rogelio L. Singson answers various issues and concerns raised by concerned stakeholders during the 4th DPWH-Stakeholders Dialogue on the implementation of the RA 8794 (Anti-Overloading Law). With him from left are DPWH Bureau of Design Director Gil Reyes, Undersecretary Raul C. Asis and DOTC Consultant Alberto H. Suansing.  
 
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  07/08/11

ACCESSIBILITY SEMINAR IN CDO

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  Public Works Assistant and DPWH Permanent Representative to the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) Secretary Dimas S. Soguilon, explains the importance of the promotion, implementation and monitoring of Batas Pambansa No. 344 (Accessibility Law) before building officials of the different local government units in Region X, representatives of different organizations of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Region X and focal persons of different district offices DPWH Region X.  
 
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  07/07/11

ROAD IMPROVEMENT WORKS AT EASTERN SIDE OF METRO MANILA SURPASS TARGET ACCOMPLISHMENT

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  Government’s road improvement works from Marikina City to Antipolo City has already posted more than 52 percent accomplishment. In his report to DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson and Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of operation for Project Management Offices, Project Director Carlos G. Mutuc of the DPWH National Roads Improvement and Management Program-Project Management Office (DPWH-NRIMP-PMO) said that the contractor Hunan Road and Bridge Corporation has exceeded already by one (1) percent the scheduled accomplishment for the project by doubling the effort in its road capacity improvement work contract at the 4.4 kilometer Evangelista Street to Masinag Section. Costing P969 Million, the project which is a component of Philippine Government and World Bank-funded NRIMP Phase 2, is expected to be fully completed by January 2012. Secretary Singson said that the improvement of carriageway of Marcos Highway through combination of portland concrete cement paving and asphalt overlay will provide solution to the pressing problem of daily traffic congestion in the eastern side of Metro Manila. “The public will have better opportunities for access to public transport facilities with improved traffic management by the installation of road signs (warning, regulatory, informatory) and added safety features with reflectorized thermosplastic as pavement markings and single and vapour-tight luminaire lightings”, added Singson. Among the engineering interventions adopted by the DPWH to improve the existing transport network of this highway is the provision for public utility vehicle lane at the 16 to 17 meter wide travel way per direction and the construction of box culvert westbound from Balanti Creek to Tayug Street down to Marikina River outfall. Assistant Secretary for PMO Operations Emil K. Sadain said that the provision of 4.0 x 2.5 meter box culvert together with the installation of longitudinal reinforced concrete pipelines will also complement to President Benigno S. Aquino III program to minimize flooding as it will improve the discharge volume of rain/flood water from the upstream area of Cainta and Antipolo City in the Province of Rizal down to Marikina River outfall. The project has also adopted environment-friendly provision for two (2) meter wide bike lanes on north and south side as well as one (1) meter planting strip, landscaping for the planting of shrubs, and retaining wall structures. Also, to minimize congestion brought about by the construction activities, motorists has followed the traffic management plan formulated by the joint effort of the DPWH, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and concerned local government units.  
 
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  07/07/11

DAMAGED LEYTE ROAD UNDERGOES REPAIR

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is undertaking repair works on badly damaged pavement of national highway in Eastern Visayas Region. Reconstruction/rehabilitation of Palompon-Isabel-Merida-Ormoc Road in the 4th Congressional District of Leyte is on-going at a cost of P25.168 Million and expected to be completed by November 2011. The project is the national government’s solution to motorists and commuters woe of traversing the damaged road that has prolonged travel time due to heavy traffic. DPWH Region 8 Director Rolando Asis said that damage to this road network according to the report of Leyte 4th District Engineer Lino Fransciso C. Gonzales is attributed to truck overloading and the series of calamities experienced by the Region. In consonance with the instruction of Secretary Rogelio L. Singson to ensure the safety of the general public while the project is on-going, informative and warnings signs where installed along the project area. Also, to ensure quality completion of the road rehabilitation project which is a renewed commitment of the DPWH under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III, proper base course surface compacting, field density test and materials testing are undertaken prior to concrete pouring under the direct supervision and constant monitoring of project engineers from Leyte 4th District Engineering Office. DPWH has also coordinated with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the concerned local government units head to provide assistance in the traffic management so as to allay inconvenience of the public with the one (1) lane road closed to traffic because of repair activity. Meanwhile, District Engineer Gonzales spearheaded the repainting of bridges and kilometer post as part of the preventive maintenance program along national highway under its jurisdiction. The DPWH Leyte 4th District Engineering Office with office based in Ormoc City has jurisdiction over national infrastructure (roads, bridges, flood control) in Ormoc City and six (6) municipalities namely Albuera, Isabel, Kananga, Matag-ob, Merida and Palompon.  
 
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  07/06/11

DPWH PUSHES ROAD IMPROVEMENT IN ROMBLON

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways is addressing infrastructure inadequacy in the island of Romblon as a step in reducing poverty and pushing the Philippines growth. In his report to DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH Region 4-B Director Huillio B. Belleza said that they are presently undertaking the concreting of Guinhayaan-Malbog Port Road in Tablas Island, Romblon. The project, which involves concrete paving of about 693 meters at a cost of P15 Million is expected to be completed by August 16, 2011. The DPWH Romblon District Engineering Office, in line with “right project, right cost, right quality” management philosophy of the Department is undertaking strict supervision and monitoring of the project under contract with Algimar Construction. The Guinhayaan-Malbog Port Road project which is within the Tablas Circumferential Road is a combination of national and provincial roads leading to the port in the Municipality of Sta. Fe. Belleza said that the Municipality of Sta. Fe serves as the gateway to the tourism destination of Boracay Island via 30 minutes pump-boat and the improvement of the road network will also boost the tourism development of Romblon Province. In 2010, the DPWH implemented upgrading from gravel to concrete in rolling terrain of about 810 meter in the amount of P20 million which also includes construction of lined canal and slope protection works. Stakeholders that includes local officials and community residents traversed by the project are thankful to the national government under the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III as the project not only will benefit growth of tourism but will facilitate better delivery of agricultural products to market centers. Provision for access to tourism destinations, airports, ports, and agricultural food production areas and economic zones are among the road development priorities of the DPWH.  
 
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  07/06/11

P2-BILLION INFRA PROJECTS COMPLETED IN WESTERN VISAYAS

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the implementation of P2 Billion worth of infrastructure projects in Western Visayas Region. Regional Director Evelyn T. Barroso said that the completed projects during the first half of year 2011 include repair and rehabilitation of roads, de-clogging of canals and drainage systems, and construction of bridges, multi-purpose buildings and health centers. Implementation of projects were fast-tracked by Director Barroso through holding regular meetings with various contractors and project engineers of the Region and the 15 District Engineering Offices to remind the order of Secretary Rogelio L. Singson policy on no suspension/extension due to “unfavorable weather condition under ordinary circumstances.” Director Barroso emphasized that project suspension/extension is not allowed because the usual number of rainy days has already been calculated in the original computation of project contract duration. However, the request for project extension or suspension due to force majeure or extra ordinary circumstance maybe allowed, subject to evaluation, Director Barroso added. A contractor shall be compelled to pay liquidated damages for failure to complete the project on schedule or their contract will be terminated or rescinded if it incurs a negative slippage of beyond 15 percent, added Director Barroso. Negros Occidental which has five (5) district engineering office has the biggest share of budget, with P1.22 Billion for the construction of roads and bridges, followed by the Province of Antique with P825.4 Million; Iloilo City and Iloilo Province with 551.3 Million; Island Province of Guimaras with P48 Million; and Capiz Province with P18.7 Million. In line with the recent DPWH 113th Anniversary Celebration, photos of various Region 6 completed projects were displayed at the Regional and District Offices to give the public an opportunity to be apprised of the projects that were already undertaken. To facilitate payment for completed works, Director Barroso reminded that Secretary Singson together with the DPWH management committee has crafted Department Order No. 19, series of 2011 that set new guidelines on the processing of progress billings and establishes the cut-off date for submission of supporting documents on the 10th day of each month in order to give ample time for review and processing and subsequent inclusion in the List of Due and Demandable Accounts Payable (LDDAP) for submission to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on every 25th of the month. District Engineers assigned in Region 6 were also directed not to process requests for digging/excavation permit unless the policy on diggings/excavations by private and public utilities on national roads are complied as set forth under Department Order 26.  
 
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  07/06/11

QUEZON AVENUE UNDERPASS PROJECT CONFORMS WITH M.M.U.T.I.S MASTER PLAN – DPWH

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  Based on the strategic traffic masterplan jointly conducted by Japan International Cooperating Agency (JICA) and University of the Philippines - National Center for Transportation Studies (UP-NCTS) entitled, “Metro Manila Urban Transport Integrity Study” (MMUTIS), the Quezon Avenue underpass is ranked number 1 (one) among the 6 (six) alternative schemes as the most feasible with the least cost to improve traffic condition along Quezon Avenue and Araneta Avenue (C-3) intersection. According to DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, MMUTIS is the masterplan for an urban expressway network in Metro Manila. It includes the construction of LRT Line 4 Project which will run from old Bilibid Terminal in Sta. Cruz, Manila and would pass through Quezon Avenue towards Batasan Terminal in Quezon City wherein the rail line alignment is assigned to the second level of Quezon Avenue. The masterplan is also done in coordination with the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC). Also in the study is the possible construction of Metro Manila Expressway (Skyway Phase 3) Project which includes the construction of elevated routes above existing arterial roads such as C-3, C-5 and Quezon Avenue, Secretary Singson said. Considering the other planned projects under MMUTIS the following six (6) alternative traffic engineering schemes were evaluated for the C-3 (Araneta Avenue) – Quezon Avenue Interchange project; Scheme No. 1 costing P1.3 Billion includes 3rd level 4-lane overpass along C-3 with Quezon Avenue at ground level, LRT Line 4 at 2nd level and Skyway 3 at level 4. Scheme No. 2 costing P837 Million is composed of four lane underpass along C-3 while Quezon Avenue at ground level, LRT Line 4 at 2nd level and Skyway Phase 3 at 3rd level. Scheme No. 3 costing P756.5 Million is consist of an underpass along Quezon Ave with C-3 at ground level, LRT Line 4 at 2nd level and Skyway 3 at level 3. Scheme No. 4 costing P1.07 Billion includes the construction of one 2nd level overpass along Quezon Ave composed of two separate structures, each with 2-lane traveledway for the southbound and northbound through traffics. C-3 at ground level, LRT Line 4 at second level and Skyway 3 at 3rd level. Scheme No. 5 costing P1.07 Billion is consist of a single structure 2nd level C-3 overpass with 4 lanes divided carriageway and Quezon Avenue at ground level, LRT Line 4 will be at 3rd level while Skyway 3 at 4th level. The approved Scheme No. 6 costing P546.4 Million is a modified version of Scheme No. 3. Its unique feature is the minimal right of way acquisition by adopting an overhanging roadway to accommodate left turning lanes along Quezon Avenue. Like Scheme No. 3, it includes construction of underpass along Quezon Avenue and C-3 Road at ground level. With a transparent, open and competitive bidding, the project is bid out with the contract amount of P430 Million generating a savings of P116.40 Million. Secretary Singson said that aside from being the cheapest among the six options, other advantages of constructing an underpass along Quezon Avenue include : fully conforming with MMUTIS Master Plan; has minimal right-of-way acquisition cost; affected building structures are minimal; no significant increase in noise pollution and gaseous emissions; no displacement of communities; and, has the shortest construction time. The implementing office, DPWH Urban Roads Projects Office, also assured that the Quezon Avenue Underpass Project will not be affected by flooding because aside from it is being located in a higher elevation, the project includes the provision of water cisterns beneath the underpass with enough holding capacity. Three units of submersible pumps will also be installed with 277 liter per second capacity and will be operated depending on the intensity of the rain. All the drainage around the underpass will also be upgraded to increase carrying capacity.  
 
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  07/05/11

MORE INFRA PROJECTS COMPLETED IN BICOL

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has recently completed the construction of a shorter route from Legazpi City Albay to Sorsogon City, Sorsogon. Completed 38 days ahead of completion date was the opening of San Francisco-Salvacion Road at a cost of P5 Million. Secretary Rogelio L. Sinsgon said that the road project provides added convenience to travellers and will help uplift the living condition of people in the area. The construction of two (2) multi-purpose buildings in Legazapi City were also completed at a cost of P5 Million. Constructed was the Dap-Dap and Puro Multi-Purpose Buildings designed for general public use, regardless of age and gender. Part of the building structure now serves as an outpost of the Philippine National Police for purpose of maintaining peace and order while the other portion was utilized as public comfort rooms. These two (2) in one (1) projects that cater to the safety and sanitation need of the people was inaugurated by DPWH Region 5 Director Danilo Dequito and Legazpi City Mayor Geraldine Rosal. To minimize flooding, the DPWH has also completed the rehabilitation/improvement of drainage system in Matagbac, Tabaco City.  
 
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  07/05/11

DPWH UNDERTAKES TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN CENTRAL MINDANAO

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  About 96 percent of the concreting works for the more than 36 kilometers Maguindanao/Sultan Kudarat Boundary-Lebak-Kalamansig Road in Central Mindanao has been completed. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that this major development on the transport infrastructure in the provinces of Maguindanao and Sultan Kudarat reduces travel from two (2) hours to about one (1) hour. The project involves the portland concrete cement paving of highway 6.70 meter wide and construction of two (2) reinforced concrete deck girder bridges and one (1) pre-stressed concrete deck girder bridge with a total length of 41.26 lineal meters. DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Project Implementation Officer for Official Development Assistance-funded projects, said that financing for this project costing P764.658 Million was funded through a loan agreement between the Philippine Government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Also financed by JICA is the on-going rehabilitation and reconstruction of the 37 kilometer North Upi-Maguindanao/Sultan Kudarat Boundary Road which is 62 percent completed. Costing P892.399 Million, the project involves concrete paving of existing 27.7 kilometer gravel road and rehabilitation of about 4.6 kilometer concrete road while about 5.9 kilometer portion has been exempted from the rehabilitation works due to good road condition. Assistant Secretary for Project Management Office Emil K. Sadain said that these two (2) on-going projects under the implementation of the DPWH Rural Roads Network Development Project-Project Management Office (DPWH-RRNDP-PMO) form part of the 105 kilometer Awang-Upi-Lebak-Kalamansig Road or Central Mindanao Road Project. Earlier, the improvement of the 30.18 kilometer Jct. Awang-North Upi Road from the junction of Cotabato-Koronadal Road was completed in the amount of P566 Million under financing of the national government (Government of the Philippines) and with DPWH Region 12 implementing the project. Secretary Singson said that aside from reduced transportation cost, enhanced social service delivery and job creation, the development of Central Mindanao Roads will give boost to the President Benigno S. Aquino III administration’s program for peace and development.  
 
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  07/04/11

MORE INFRA PROJECTS UNDERWAY IN SOUTHERN MINDANAO

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), in line with the government’s program to increase the Philippines’ paved road ratio, will soon undertake upgrading from gravel to concrete of roads in far flung Davao del Sur. DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut together with Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain, in-charge of projects under Official Development Assistance (ODA), have started discussion with DPWH Region 11 and project stakeholders on the implementation of concrete paving works along Malita-Don Marcelino Road under the National Road Improvement Management Program 2. The more than 30 kilometers road project will traverse the coastal line of Celebes Sea and is a continuing link of the newly completed Jct. Sulop-Malalag-Malita Road. This project will improve the transport of goods and services between towns and provinces of Southern Mindanao. Meanwhile, to solve the perennial landslide problem along Daang Maharlika in Mawad, Compostela Valley, the DPWH-Compostela Valley District Engineering Office has proposed to undertake slope protection works as an engineering intervention under the DPWH road slope management system for the Tuburan Section of the highway which frequently experienced landslides. District Engineer Silvino C. Cortez, Jr. said that they are constantly monitoring this road section considered among the most critical especially during heavy rains. At the onset of rain, Cortez said that DPWH maintenance equipment and crew are on alert to provide immediate assistance and clearing of obstruction along the national highway’s carriageway. Region 11 Director Sinaolan T. Macarambon has also instructed other district engineers in Southern Mindanao to conduct inventory of critical sections prone to landslides so that it could be included for immediate prioritization in the being establish road slope management system. Also, following the recent occurrence of landslide along Davao-Bukidnon Road which resulted to clogging of lined canal and cross drainage, the DPWH Davao City Sub District Engineering Office has immediately dispatched maintenance crew and equipment to clear highway obstructions. To meet the set target completion for the on-going Compostela-Cateel Road, Davao Oriental 1st District Engineer Joselito Caballero has ordered round-the-clock work for this project. The Compostela-Cateel Road is a direct link to Compostela Valley Province and shorter route than Davao Oriental-Surigao Coastal Road when going to Davao City via Compostela Valley.  
 
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  07/04/11

14 NEW BRIDGES COMPLETED IN WESTERN VISAYAS

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  Fourteen bridge projects in different parts of Panay Island in Western Visayas Region have been completed in June 2011 by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), providing a new dimension of development by reinvigorating isolated communities and opening new avenues of economic opportunities. The completed bridges are part of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded Urgent Bridges Construction Project for Rural Development implemented by the DPWH President’s Bridge Program Office. In the Province of Antique, completed are the construction of nine (9) single span reinforced concrete deck girder bridges along Anini-y-Tobias Fornier-Hamtic Road namely 12.90 linear meter Igdalaguit Bridge costing P15.863 Million, 15.90 linear meter Bayo Bridge costing P24.969 Million, 12.80 linear meter Butuan Bridge costing P22.846 Million, 15.90 linear meter Siraan Bridge costing P28.908 Million, 18.90 linear meter Dapog Bridge costing P21.694 Million, 25.70 linear meter Panabigan Bridge costing P24.285 Million, 20.90 linear meter Iba Bridge costing P29.507 Million, 15.80 linear meter Bongalonan Bridge costing P30.448 Million, and 18.70 linear meter Dapdap Bridge costing P 27.748 Million. Also completed in the province are the construction of 10.80 linear meter Bongol Bridge along Valderama-Bugasong Road costing P19.812 Million and 15.80 linear meter Bia-an Bridge along Hamtic-Bia-an-Egaña-Sibalom Road costing P30.871 Million Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the completion of these new bridges replacing old temporary structures ensure a safe and reliable movement of people, goods and services in Antique and gives boost to the DPWH target program of 100% permanent bridges along national highway by year 2016. The construction of the 150.30 linear meter Nichols Bridge along Alimodian-Sinamay-Sta. Cruz-San Miguel Road in Iloilo to replace the old bridge that collapsed at the height of typhoon Frank in June 2008 has been also completed. Costing P383.152 Million, the project also involves the concrete paving of 114.683 lineal meters approach road “A” and 104.517 lineal meters approach road “B”. The completion of 54.80 lineal meter Culasi Bridge along Ajuy-Barotac Road (Iloilo) at a cost of P59.560 Million replacing the old weaken bridge will enable to accommodate the present traffic demand. Also in Iloilo, the new 12.80 lineal meter Balua Bridge which was constructed at a cost of P33.710 Million ensures smoother travel along Manduriao-San Miguel-Alimodian-Maasin-Cabatuan Road.  
 
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  07/01/11

DPWH TO COMPLETE OSMEÑA HIGHWAY FLYOVER REHABILITATION IN AUGUST AS SCHEDULED

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  The on-going repair/rehabilitation works being undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) at the flyover along Osmeña Highway crossing Buendia Avenue in Makati City will be completed as scheduled in late August 2011. The rehabilitation of the flyover structure which was built in the 70’s is in line with Secretary Rogelio L. Singson’s program of upgrading the quality and safety of national roads and bridges. Under contract with Tokwing Construction, the project started on May 6, 2011 and has a duration period of 120 calendar days. The works involved are the replacement of the existing uneven asphalt pavement to provide a smooth riding surface, strengthening of some bridge girders with the application of fiber reinforcement polymer and injection of structural epoxy in portions with spalled concrete, improvement of the parapet wall railings, median island and lighting system, and provision of new drainage facilities. Part of the contract is the conduct of further investigation of the as-built condition of the bridge so that its actual load capacity can be determined since the previous construction records of the bridge are not anymore available. DPWH engineers said that the investigation requires first the removal of the existing asphalt pavement along one side of the bridge to expose the surface of the concrete deck and to conduct some tests. This explains why the construction activities on top of the bridge have to be suspended while the investigation was going on but repair works are continuously being done under the bridge. The investigation took 30 days. Initial results of the investigation shows that very thick reinforced asphalt pavement will have to be provided in some portions in order to attain the desired curved finish of the pavement which will necessitate the strengthening of some girders. DPWH expects an increase in project cost due to necessary additional works. Strengthening works on the girders may start next week after which laying of the new asphalt pavement on the southbound side will be undertaken. Traffic can be immediately allowed as soon as the asphalt pavement is completed. Works on the pavement along the northbound side will follow and are expected to be completed in less than two (2) weeks time so that this portion can be opened to traffic on the first or second week of August.  
 
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  07/01/11

PROGRESS OF WORK FOR OSMEÑA FLYOVER CROSSING BUENDIA

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson inspect the progress of activities for the on-going rehabilitation/repair of the flyover along Osmeña Highway crossing Buendia Avenue in Makati City. Repair activity for the more than 30 year old flyover is in line with the Department’s program of upgrading the quality and safety of national roads and bridges. With Secretary Singson overseeing the cutting of aphalt pavement for the provision of trench with steel grating for drainage purposes are DPWH Assistant Secretary Alfredo Tolentino, DPWH National Capital Region Director Reynaldo Tagudando, and media members. The project is expected to be fully completed on or before August 28, 2011.  
 
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  07/01/11

SAGGED PORTION OF OSMEÑA FLYOVER (BUENDIA) FLYOVER

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson points to broadcast and print media members deflection/sagged sections of the existing deck slab of the flyover along Osmeña Highway crossing Buendia Avenue in Makati City which is undergoing repair/rehabilitation works. DPWH will apply fiber reinforcement polymer in between new asphalt layers to facilitate smoother riding surface and improved flow of traffic. Structural analysis of the flyover was conducted to discover the actual profile of the bridge deck slab after scraping the asphalt. The project is expected to be fully completed on or before August 28, 2011.  
 
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  07/01/11

OSMEÑA FLYOVER REPAIR ACTIVITY

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson directs DPWH engineers and contractor to expedite project activities as he analyzes the straight line diagram for the repair and rehabilitation of Osmeña Flyover crossing Buendia Avenue, Makati City. The rehabilitated/repaired southbound portion of flyover is expected for re-opening to vehicular traffic before end of July while works for the northbound side including the installation of lightings, drainage system and reflectorized pavement markings is expected to be fully completed on or before August 28, 2011.  
 
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  07/01/11

OSMENA FLYOVER UNDERNEATH ACTIVITY

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  Epoxy injection into cracks and repair of spalled concrete by epoxy grouting and application of skim coat underneath the flyover along Osmeña Highway crossing Buendia Avenue in Makati City are being undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as the more than 30 year old structure undergo repair and rehabilitation. In photo checking the progress of work are DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson together with NCR Director Reynaldo Tagudando, Assistant Secretary Alfredo Tolentino (partly hidden) and members of the Philippine print and broadcast media.  
 

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