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  09/30/11

DPWH ISSUES GUIDELINES ON PROPER IMPLEMENTATION OF ACCESSIBILITY LAW

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  In an effort to ensure that all buildings, facilities, structures and utilities for public use are accessible to persons with disabilities, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has recently issued guidelines on the proper implementation of Batas Pambansa Bilang 344 in all levels of bureaucracy. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, who is the National Building Official, has ordered all DPWH Regional Directors and District Engineers, and Building Officials of Local Government Units (LGUs) to strictly comply with the provisions of the Accessibility Law. “These guidelines are formulated because DPWH is focused on the promotion, implementation and monitoring whether all structures either public or private are compliant to the provisions of BP 344 which is already in existence for 28 years,” said Assistant Secretary Dimas S. Soguilon, DPWH Permanent Representative to the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA). In the new guidelines, District Engineering Offices (DEOs) of the DPWH are responsible in the conduct of an assessment/inspection of all existing national buildings including all its structures and facilities in coordination with the concerned owner/agency/office. While Building Officials (BOs) in the different LGUs are responsible for privately-owned building structures and facilities for public use and local government-owned buildings, structures and facilities, within their respective area of coverage. Buildings, structures and facilities found to be not compliant shall be issued "First Notice of Non-Compliance" for the respective owner's appropriate action. The conduct of assessment/inspection is in coordination with the concerned owner/agency/office. Regular quarterly monitoring on the compliance or actions taken by owners of those buildings, structures, and facilities which were issued with the Notice of Non-Compliance shall also be conducted by the concerned DEOs and BOs. If during the second and third round quarterly monitoring, there are building owners who failed to fully comply or correct the deficiencies, a second "Notice of Non-Compliance" and a third and final "Notice of Non-Compliance" shall be issued, respectively. If building owners with final "Notice of Non-Compliance” still failed to comply or correct the deficiencies, the District Engineer, in the case of national buildings, and the Local Building Official, in the case of LGU-owned and privately-owned buildings shall make a written report of non-compliance. Appropriate legal actions shall be instituted against the said owners in accordance with BP 344 and its implementing rules and regulations. All reports are to be submitted to the Office of the DPWH Secretary, NCDA, and Local Chief Executives of the concerned local government units for their information. Secretary Singson added that for buildings, structures and facilities for construction, repair and renovation, regional directors and district engineers shall ensure that all plans and designs of DPWH-funded projects are 100% compliant to BP 344 and correspondingly, no project plans and designs should be approved if found to be not compliant to the said law. Moreover, all Buildings Officials are enjoined to review applications for issuance of building permits. They are directed not to approve such applications if the building plans and designs/specifications are not compliant with BP 344 and its implementing rules and regulations. Building plans and designs found to be not compliant with BP 344 shall be returned to the owner-concerned for correction and/or revision to comply with this law. Similarly, the Certificate of Building Occupancy shall not be issued if the building was found to be constructed not in accordance with its approved plan and specifications.  
 
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  09/29/11

DPWH TRAVEL ADVISORY September 29, 2011 As of 7:00am UNPASSABLE ROADS

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  CORDILLERA REGION Abra - Abra-Kalinga Road Reason for closure: Rock and landslide Mt. Province - Tiktik and Pingad Section along Baguio – Bontoc Road - Matoytoyoc Section along Mt. Province – Cagayan via Tabuk- Enrile Road - Talubin Section along Bontoc – Banaue Road - Calabacan Bridge along Mt. Province – Ilocos Sur Road - Junction Talubin-Barlig-Paracelis-Calaccad Road Reason for closure: Due to road cut and series of landslides Benguet - Shilan – Beckel Road - Buboc Section along Benguet-Nueva Vizcaya Road - Camp 5 & 6 along Kennon Road - Itogon-Dalupirip Road - Ambassador Section along Baguio-Bontoc Road - Lamagan Section along Gurel-Bukod-Kabugao-Bugias- Abatan Road Reason for closure: Due to landslides Kalinga - Tabuk Banawe Road via Tanudan-Barlig Road - Malalao Road - Salegseg Section along Kalinga-Abra Road Reason for closure: Not passable due to Road slip and landslides Apayao - Magnas Section along Claveria-Calanasan Road Reason for closure: Landslides Ifugao - Burnay Bridge along N. Vizcaya-Ifugao-Mt. Province Road - Babaue-Hungduan – Benguet Boundary Road Reason for closure: Collapsed Bridge and series of landslide REGION I Ilocos Sur - Katkateng Bridge along Cervantes-Quirino Road Reason for closure: Due to high level of water REGION II Cagayan - Gagabutan Bridge III along Cagayan – Apayao Road - Maguilling Overflow Bridge along Cagayan-Apayao Road Reason for closure: Due to damaged bridge and high level of water Isabela - Cabagan Sta Maria Overflow Bridge - Tagaran Bridge along Daang Maharlika Reason for closure: High level of water Nueva Vizcaya - Junction National Bitnong Belance in Nueva Vizcaya Road Reason for closure: Due to landslide REGION III Aurora - Brgy. Villa along Aurora- Nueva Ecija Road - Baler Casiguran Road - Dinadiawan Bridge Reason for closure: Due to landslide and flooded road section Nueva Ecija - Brgy. Putlan- Carranglan along Daang Maharlika - Brgy. Aya and Brgy. San Juan along Pinagpanaan Rizal-Pantabangan Road - Nanduran Spillway and Baong Spillway along Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road - Pantoc -Gabaldon and Brgy Ligaya Section along Tablang-Gabaldon Road Reason for closure: Due to Flooded road section and damaged bridge Bulacan - Bocaue Section along Manila North Road - Pandayan Section in Meycauyan Manila North Road Reason for closure: Flooded road section REGION V Catanduanes - Summit-Viga along Catanduanes Circumferential Road Reason for closure: Land and mudslide Albay - Panganiran Section and Sitio Miligon Basicao in Pio Duran along Albay West Coast Road Reason for closure: Flooded road section Note: DPWH Regional Offices has deployed emergency crew and equipment to conduct clearing and emergency repair works. Warning signs are installed to inform the motorists.  
 
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  09/26/11

DPWH TO SPEND P78.167 BILLION FOR NEXT YEAR

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has raised to P78.167 Billion the budget for highways improvement under the proposed FY 2012 General Appropriations Act. The amount is more than P10 Billion in the highways investment program for CY 2011 which the Department utilizes in road paving to upgrade quality and safety of national arterial roads, targeted to increase to 14,864 kilometers by the end of the present year to 15,315 kilometers by end of FY 2012 compared to 14,429 kilometers in FY 2010. In addition to the improvement of national arterial roads, the proposed amount for CY 2012 will also be utilized to increase to 11,463 kilometers the total length of paved national secondary roads. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that DPWH FY 2012 budget priorities also include the concreting and widening of arterial roads that lead to designated tourism destinations, airports, Roll On Roll Off (RoRo) ports and food production areas and economic zones. The DPWH has also initiated the construction of loading and unloading bays to minimize traffic congestion, one (1) of which is located along C-3 Road in Calookan City where left turning passenger jeepneys and buses from Dagat-Dagatan Avenue now use to load and unload passengers. In upgrading the quality of safety of national roads, DPWH has adopted new standards for concrete pavement thickness from 230 millimeters to 280 millimeters. The new standard road pavement thickness coupled with more stringent project supervision, outsourcing of quality assurance, and management of overloading through enforcement of laws will help prolong the service life of our national road system, said Secretary Singson. In addition, right on time preventive maintenance works by adopting the computerized Highway Development Management-4 (HDM-4) program of the Department will ensure better assets preservation and minimize costly rehabilitation and reconstruction activities.  
 
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  09/22/11

DPWH FAST TRACKS REHABILITATION OF CAMILING BRIDGE

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  Considering its importance to motorists going in and out of western Pangasinan, the Department of Public Works and Highways is now fast tracking the implementation of the Rehabilitation of Camiling Bridge along Romulo Highway in Camiling Tarlac. In his report to Secrteray Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH Region III Director Antonio Molano said that the project is now 72% complete, ahead of 57% compared to its scheduled 15% accomplishment rating. “ We have encountered some delays during the bidding process due to the strict compliance of the provisions of Republic Act 9184 otherwise known as the Government Procurement Law, but when the project officially started last September 02, 2011 we had instructed the Tarlac District Engineering Office to closely supervise the implementation of the project to immediately complete it as soon as possible.” Molano said. The Camiling Bridge was closed to heavy vehicles since December 2009 because of old age and deterioration, since then public buses are diverted to take the Bayambang-San Carlos Road which is three hour longer in travelling time compared to Romulo Highway route going to Bolinao, Pangasinan. Since then, numerous complaints from motorists as well as passengers were received by the DPWH Complaints and Action Center due to the inconvenience of the longer traveling time. DPWH Tarlac District Engineer Benjamin Lopez said that before its formal closure they had installed informational and traffic signages to inform the public of all possible alternate routes for heavy vehicles. “ We are very thankful to the project contractor and they were able to mobilize additional manpower and equipment and were able to complete majority of the programmed works on schedule” Lopez added. The rehabilitation of Camiling Bridge is expected to be completed by October 31, 2011.  
 
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  09/22/11

PAMPANGA RIVER IMPROVEMENT WORKS

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  The national government thru the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) undertakes engineering measure `to alleviate flood damage in Pampanga primarily due to the clogging of lahar deposits along river channels. In photo shows the recently completed 5.20 kilometer channel improvement works at San Fernando River under Contract Package 3A of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded Pinatubo Hazard Urgent Mitigation Project, Phase III. Implemented by the DPWH-Mount Pinatubo Emergency-Project Management Office, the improvement project provides safe conveyance of flood water through Barangay San Felipe, San Fernando City, Pampanga.  
 
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  09/21/11

GOVERNMENT ENGINEERS TO UNDERGO PROMOTIONAL EXAM ON OCTOBER

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  Engineers of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) interested to apply for future promotion has to undergo the Civil Service Commission (CSC)-DPWH Promotional Examination set on October 1, 2011. To further promote professionalism, Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the promotional examination covers all qualified engineers of the Department who are holder of Engineer III, Engineer IV, Engineer V, District and Assistant District Engineers, Project Managers I-IV, Director III (Assistant Regional Director and Assistant Bureau Director), and Director IV (Regional Director and Bureau Director) positions in the Department regardless of whether they had taken and passed any other similar examinations. The CSC-Promotional Examination for CY 2011 is different from other promotional examinations given in the past, more specifically the November 5, 1994 CSC-DPWH Promotional Examination. Earlier, Department Order 43 was issued requiring the passing of CSC-DPWH Promotional/Qualifying Examination as qualification requirements in the evaluation and selection of candidates for appointment to executive/managerial positions. The examination covers the following subject areas: 1) analytical ability; 2) specialized technical ability (consists of planning (10%), design (20%), procurement (10%), construction (25%), quality assurance (20%), and maintenance (15%)); and managerial ability. Percentage weight allocation per subject is different for the 2nd and 3rd level positions. Examinees who failed the examination scheduled on October 1, 2011 may retake the similar examination next year with the specific date to be announced later. However, frequency of re-taking the CSC-DPWH Promotional Examination is limited to ensure that only the best qualified and most competent will be appointed to executive/managerial positions. Those who failed the second time may only re-apply after five (5) years from the date of the preceding examination while third time examinee who still failed the test is automatically disqualify.  
 
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  09/20/11

P362 MILLION CAGAYAN DE ORO FLYOVER TO FORMALLY OPEN SEPTEMBER 21

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  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson together with French Ambassador to the Philippines Thierry Borja de Mozota will lead tomorrow (September 21, 2011) the inauguration of the Puerto-Sayre Flyover in Cagayan de Oro City. On hand to assist them in the unveiling of project marker are local officials led by Congressman Rufus Rodriguez, Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Serina Moreno, and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano. DPWH, which implemented the project, will also be represented by Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain, Region 10 Director Norma Gironella and Project Director Oscar C. Villanueva of the President’s Bridge Program Office. Costing P362.950 Million, the 195 lineal meters long 7.5 lineal meters wide Puerto-Sayre Flyover Project was completed within the period of five (5) months as it has been fast-tracked by the DPWH in order to ease the inconvenience brought about by the construction activities in the busy intersection of Iligan-Cagayan-Butuan Road and Sayre Highway. This permanent flyover is made of modular steel supplied by French firm Matiere S.A.S and is consist of five (5) spans, four (4) piers supported on 1.5 meter diameter bored piles and 120 lineal meters approach roads. Implemented by the DPWH President’s Bridge Program Office under the Mega Bridges for Urban and Rural Development Project in coordination with the DPWH Region 10 Office and City Government of Cagayan de Oro, the project was funded under the COFACE Export Credit Guarantee Assistance of the French Government. The flyover is envisioned to lessen traffic congestion by about 30 minutes during peak hour periods where high volume of passenger jeepneys and buses travel towards west and east side of Northern Mindanao.  
 
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  09/20/11

REAP OFFICERS INDUCTED

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  DPWH Undersecretary Jaime A. Pacanan formally assumed leadership of the country’s association of road engineers after taking his oath of office before Mindanao State University President Dr. Macapado A. Muslim in Marawi City. Other officers inducted were : Bernardo N. Buenaventura (1st vice-president), Governor Mamintal A. Adiong, Jr. (2nd vice-president), Mariano R. Alquiza (secretary), Sinaolan T. Macarambon (treasurer), David G. Sanchez (business manager), Anesia B. Bautista (PRO), Juanito P. Abergas (auditor), and, Alfredo P. Adriano, Virgilio A. Arpafo, Efren l. David, Danilo E. Dequito, Nathanael V. Fernandez, Angelito M. Twaño, Danilo E. Versola as directors, and, Bashir D. Rasuman, immediate past president as ex-officio director.  
 
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  09/20/11

DPWH & MULTI-SECTOR GROUP HOLDS FIRST MEETING

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as part of its transformation program conducted today (September 20, 2011) the 1st Multi-Sector Governance Coalition (MSGC) Meeting between DPWH management and MSGC external stakeholders from the sector of civil society, professional, end-users, media, service providers (contractors and consultants), academe, and other government agencies where key issues to improve performance and strategic issues and concerns were discussed to further improve the delivery of government’s infrastructure services. Leaders/representatives of Bantay Lansangan, National Competitiveness Council (NCC), Council of Engineering Consultants of the Philippines (CECOPHIL), Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), Philippine Constructors Association, Inc. (PCA), National Press Club, and University of the Philippines’ (UP) College of Engineering have also supported the DPWH strategy of building a culture of participative governance with the signing of a pledge of commitment affirming support to MSGC and which was accepted by DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson. Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) President Francisco C. Eizmendi Jr. said that the setting up of the DPWH MSCG is also part of the institutionalization of the DPWH Performance Governance System which as presented by DPWH Undersecretary Raul C. Asis advocates to transform the organization and its employees, optimize resources, and simplify/innovate to reduce corruption and improve efficiency. MSGC is organized as an advisory body primarily to provide the DPWH Secretary and management executives sound advice and opinion on how to successfully accomplish the goals and objectives of the DPWH PGS Strategy Map and the corresponding transformation program. As member of the MSGC, Jowil Plecerda of Bantay Lansangan, Guillermo Luz of NCC, Virgilio A. Madrazo of CECOPHIL, Mikunug Macud of PICE, Manolito P. Madrasto of PCA, and Mina Navarro-Diaz of NPC have also unanimously chosen Alexis Acasio of UP College of Engineering to be the DPWH MSGC Chairperson for the next two (2) years. MSGC is expected to conduct periodic assessment of the DPWH projects and performance and come up with periodic road sector status report card including public perception survey to improve transparency and accountability in reporting performance. As venue for communicating and consulting the policies and strategic direction of the DPWH, MSGC will also serve as feedback mechanism for DPWH policies and strategic direction to ensure its responsiveness as well as provide suggestions to address issues and concerns. MSGC will also contribute and share technical expertise to support the DPWH strategy such as Public-Private Partnership undertakings and increasing private sector investment to encourage private sector participation and ensure alignment of objectives from the different sectors and consultative bodies.  
 
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  09/20/11

MULTI-SECTOR GOVERNANCE COALITION MEETING

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  Public Works Secretary Rogelio L. Singson and Director Alexis Acacio of the UP-College of Engineering (seated) posed after the 1st DPWH-Multi Sector Governance Coalition (MSGC) meeting held recently at the DPWH Central Office Operation’s Room. With them are (from left to right) National Press Club Director Mina Navarro-Diaz; Ms. Estelita Y. Gutierrez of Council of Engineering Consultants of the Philippines (CECOPHIL); Bantay Lansangan Coordinator Jowil Plecerda; Philippine Constructors Association (PCA) Executive Director Manolito P. Madrasto; National Competitiveness Council (NCC) Chairman Guillermo Luz; Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) President Francisco C. Eizmendi, Jr.; DPWH Undersecretary Raul C. Asis; CECOPHIL President Virgilio A. Madrazo; PICE Director Mikunug Macud; Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut; and Assistant Secretaries Dimas S. Soguilon, Emil K. Sadain and Alfredo G. Tolentino. Director Acacio was unanimously chosen by the group to head the DPWH-MSGC.  
 
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  09/16/11

SAMAR CIRCUMFERENTIAL ROAD REHABILITATED

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  The DPWH Eastern Samar District Engineering Office has recently completed the rehabilitation of the Bacayawan-Cansilides Section of the Samar-Pacific Circumferential Road. This P38 Million road project was completed two months ahead of schedule due to the additional mobilization of manpower and equipment.  
 
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  09/16/11

DPWH COMPLETES NEW ROAD NETWORK IN NORTHERN LUZON

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  DPWH Region I Office has recently completed the Solsona-Kabugao Road in Ilocos Norte. This P 192 Million road project serves as the only access road of the Municipality of Kabugao going to the nearby provinces and main commercial center in Ilocos Norte. The concreting of the road network has lessened of travel time from one and a half hour to 45 minutes from Kabugao to Solsona.  
 
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  09/16/11

DPWH - METRO ILOILO WATER DISTRICT MEETS TO DISCUSS POLICY ON DIGGINGS

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  A meeting between the Department of Public Works and Highways and Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) officials was held recently at DPWH Region 6 office in Iloilo City to discuss implementation of policy on diggings/excavation along national roads. Provisions of the DPWH Order No. 26 series of 2011 otherwise known as the “Policy on Diggings/Excavations by Private and Public Utilities on National Roads” was discussed at the meeting between DPWH Region 6 Director Evelyn T. Barroso, MIWD General Manager Le Jayme Jalbuena, and District Engineers of DPWH Iloilo City, Iloilo First, Iloilo Second and Iloilo Fourth District Engineering Offices. Earlier, Secretary Rogelio L. Singson issued Department Order No. 26 upon observing that the haphazard restoration works on excavation activities on national roads by public utility agencies, companies or corporations, whether public or private, have caused the deplorable and dangerous condition of national highways. More often than not, the restoration/reconstruction takes place several months later; resulting to travel inconvenience among motorists and commuting public. As provided under the DPWH Order, all applications for the issuance of Excavation Permit on National Roads shall be processed by concerned DPWH office only upon submission/compliance by the utility agency or its agent or contractor of the Sketch Plan showing the exact location of the project Also part of the requirements prior to issuance of permit includes the programs of work with corresponding detailed estimates, timetable of the proposed work, typical section and specifications, and accomplished terms and conditions. DPWH also imposed the posting of necessary surety in the form of Performance Bond, callable on demand, equivalent to 100% of the full restoration/reconstruction cost of the affected area and payment of a non-refundable amount to cover the Engineering and Administrative Overhead (Supervision Fee). With all these requirements clearly explained to heads of DPWH offices that issues excavation permit and the MIWD General Manager having the knowledge of their responsibilities, we expect better restoration works and preserve national roads in future water service improvement within the service area of MIWD, said Director Barroso.  
 
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  09/16/11

DPWH REGION 6 TO INTENSIFY CAMPAIGN AGAINST OVERLOADING

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region VI is set to procure additional portable weighing machines in order to intensify its campaign against overloaded trucks in Western Visayas. Regional Director Evelyn T. Barroso said that the office has requested funding from the DPWH Central Office for the establishment of weighbridge stations in the region. At present, DPWH Region VI has no portable weighing machine and has only three (3) weighbridge stations located in Iloilo City, Dumarao in Capiz and Talisay City in Negros Occidental. However, the weighbridge in Iloilo City, along the Jaro-Leganes Road, was nearly decommissioned. DPWH Iloilo City OIC- District Engineer Jose Al. V. Fruto said that more weighbridge stations should be established and more portable weighing machines should be acquired, considering that twenty-five percent (25%) of cargo trucks passing the national roads are overloaded. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that overloading is one of the major reason for the early deterioration of our national roads. The national government is spending billions of pesos for the rehabilitation and maintenance of roads, thus spending money for road rehab will be useless if overloading won’t be stopped” said Secretary Singson. DPWH Region VI has already impounded at the end of July 2011 some 100 overloaded cargo trucks and sanctioned them for violating the Republic Act 8794, otherwise known as the Anti-Overloading Law of the Philippines. Under R.A. 8794, trucks are prohibited from passing the national roads and bridges if their axle load exceeds the 13,500 kilograms/axle capacity limit and allowable computed gross vehicle weight. The law also states that a penalty equivalent to twenty-five percent (25%) of the Motor Vehicle User’s Charge shall be imposed to violators.  
 
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  09/14/11

DPWH ADOPTS PRUDENT BUDGET SPENDING

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  “We are now guided with our philosophy of doing the right projects at the right cost and right quality. We are using our funds prudently. We do the same number of approved projects with the same specifications, same number of manpower but complete them with lesser amount thus resulted in savings.” Secretary Rogelio L. Singson justified the underspending issue of the DPWH that allegedly resulted in lower GDP because of the Department’s low expenditure. Singson said that the DPWH did quality spending during the first semester of this year. He further explained that the causes of delay in project implementation are the realignments requested by politicians and the people themselves. The DPWH also encountered right of way problems particularly in C-5 Extension to NLEX, C5-Muntinlupa Extension, and R-10 projects that further delayed project implementation. “We instil strict discipline in the enforcement of our projects using strategic allocation; proper utilization and distribution of Motor Vehicle Users Charge (MVUC) for road maintenance; and open & transparent competitive and simplified bidding process. These are the key reasons why we are now saving close to four billion pesos at the end of the third quarter which can be utilized for other infra development projects,” added Singson. The practice of indiscriminate fund releases in the past is now a “no no” in the DPWH. Objective project identification and selection through the Highway Development Management Program (HDM4) is now observed not on political interventions. An approved revised plans, program of work and detailed estimates is a requirement before bidding out realigned projects, Singson further explained. In addition, DPWH has developed IT in public disclosure through the DPWH website. Planning and budgeting procedures are now synchronized with its multi-year planning system, through e-budgeting system as well as e-NGAS or electronic new government accounting system. Civil society organizations are involved in planning, identification, monitoring and evaluation. The Department has a 24/7 Call Center (165-02) to address queries and complaints.  
 
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  09/13/11

SECOND LEVEL EXPRESSWAYS TO SOLVE TRAFFIC IN METRO MANILA’S MAJOR HIGHWAYS

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  The government is seriously considering second level highways along major highways in Metro Manila. The concept is to separate local/domestic traffic from true traffic congestion in urban areas. Speaking at Communication and News Exchange (CNEX) Forum held at the Philippine Information Agency in Visayas Avenue, Quezon City, DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said the DPWH is in the process of addressing a major EDSA problem, which is heavy traffic. “We are looking for new approaches like constructing elevated expressways or underground tunnels similar to our developed neighbour countries in South East Asia,” he said. During the forum, Secretary Singson outlined the DPWH’s mandate, focusing its budget and other resources to upgrading national roads network from north to south meeting international road safety standards. Rehabilitation of roads in Mindanao is one of PNOY’s priority with 26% allocation from the 2012 budget. Singson encouraged LGUs to utilize surface water rather than groundwater from deep wells through water impounding/watershed management and reforestation upstream or upland areas to increase irrigated areas, operate electricity and other domestic use. DPWH is now undertaking convergence programs with concerned government agencies. In close coordination with DA, DAR DENR for the development of flood control, water impounding and watershed protection, and integrated river basin management plan. Also with MMDA for flood control measures and needed infrastructure in flood prone areas in the metropolis. Secretary Singson also assured the public that the DPWH is now saving close to P4 billion for this year’s third quarter because of open competitive public bidding. This, together with a more strategic infrastructure allocation, project identification and selection is the key reason in making our budget more prudent. “We consider the general public especially the media as our partners. We want people to be involved in the monitoring and feedback of public works projects. Your complaints can be easily conveyed through our 24/7 call center 165-02,” Singson added.  
 
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  09/13/11

CNEX FORUM

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  DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson was the guest speaker at Communication and News Exchange (CNEX) Forum held recently at the Philippine Information Agency, Visayas Avenue, Quezon City. Secretary Singson stressed present plans and programs of the Department anchored on good governance, transparency, and accountability to curb corruption.  
 
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  09/12/11

GOOD ROADS IN LANAO DEL SUR, URGED.

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  “We need good roads in Lanao del Sur to attract investors and promote peace initiatives in the area,” said Mindanao State University (MSU) President Macapado A. Muslim during the induction of national officers of the Road Engineering Association of the Philippines (REAP) recently held at the Provincial Capitol of Lanao del Sur in Marawi City. The MSU president urged the REAP officers headed by its president, DPWH Undersecretary Jaime A. Pacanan to partner with the local government units in Lanao del Sur to provide assistance in ensuring that good roads are built in the province. In his inaugural speech, Pacanan urged REAP officers and members to commit themselves to work with both the private and the public sectors to attain President Aquino’s goal of attaining equitable development through the DPWH’s efforts to upgrade, improve and rehabilitate the country’s road network to make these national roads 100% paved by 2014. Pacanan also reiterated DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson’s targets on safety improvements along high-risk sections of roads as the country faces calamities such as strong typhoons, earthquakes and other man-made calamities which caused the destruction of our road network due to landslides, mudslides and rockslides. “Road engineers will have to adopt green engineering measures by utilizing the coconut bio-engineering technology solutions in the road projects that involve slope stabilization, soil conditioning, soil erosion prevention, hydroseeding and even river bank protection for roads located near river banks,” said Pacanan. Pacanan added that as part of promoting bio-engineering technology, technical sessions can be started by including civil engineering students in conducting technical seminars in the course of their on-the-job training after being exposed to actual field situation such as in the conduct of feasibility studies, preparation of detailed engineering, actual project management on the ground, quality testing and acceptance of projects and road maintenance works up to project evaluation. Also inducted to office were : Bernardo N. Buenaventura (1st vice-president), Governor Mamintal A. Adiong, Jr. (2nd vice-president), Mariano R. Alquiza (secretary), Sinaolan T. Macarambon (treasurer), David G. Sanchez (business manager), Anesia B. Bautista (PRO), Juanito P. Abergas (auditor), and, Alfredo P. Adriano, Virgilio A. Arpafo, Efren l. David, Danilo E. Dequito, Nathanael V. Fernandez, Angelito M. Twaño, Danilo E. Versola as directors, and, Bashir D. Rasuman, immediate past president as ex-officio director. REAP was established on 1976 as an organization headed by established personalities in the field of civil engineering particularly in road engineering.  
 
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  09/10/11

SINGSON SPEAKS BEFORE CE STUDENTS

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  “I challenge you to do more for the nation. Since civil engineering is a very wide field, I am encouraging you to go to the next battlefield and specialize in water resources management.” DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson told civil engineering students who attended the recently held 6th National Civil Engineering Symposium at the University of the Philippines Theater to actively involve in nation building through civil works and development. Secretary Singson called on the association of civil engineering students to partner with the LGUs in their locality in the implementation of flood control and water resources management. “You may consider the experience as your on the job training, while as students, you can already participate in laying down these physical foundations of our country’s economic growth,” he said. He also encouraged them to participate in the monitoring of government projects. “We welcome CE students as volunteers to help us in our endeavours to make sure that we are doing the right projects, at the right cost and right quality,” Singson added. Secretary Singson also discussed his experience in containing flood water in Fort Bonifacio. This is the 72 meters and six storeys deep retarding basin around Burgos Circle where all the drainage water is being retained before it is pumped out into the tiny creek. In the DPWH, rainwater collection system is now being implemented by all regional and district engineering offices nationwide. This rainwater collection system can be constructed preferably within the premises of public school compounds or public buildings especially in those areas where water is limited. This system can also be used by urban and rural households for non-potable domestic use such as gardening, toilet flushing and vehicle washing. Also, DPWH is adopting the use of coconut geotextile or coco netting for the prevention of soil erosion. This was already adopted along Estero de Paco. Coconut bio-engineering products/solutions are used in all DPWH projects/activities especially those projects involving slope stabilization, soil conditioning, soil erosion prevention and/or hydroseeding. Another is the soon to be completed Pasig- Marikina River Channel Improvement project designed to significantly reduce or mitigate flooding along the adjacent areas caused by channel overflow. The DPWH is at present completing the flood control master plan for greater Manila to include Laguna Lake, and Bulacan and Pampanga rivers. The Department is also planning to construct the following projects: Marikina Dam which will regulate flood discharge from the Marikina watershed and eventually prevent flood overflow from Marikina and Pasig rivers; and the 43.6 kilometer, four-lane flood control dike expressway in the coastal area of Laguna de Bay from Taguig to Los Baños and Rizal. During the open forum, Secretary Singson stressed that the DPWH under PNOY’s administration is pushing for the transformation of the organization to reduce corruption and is focused on upgrading the quality and safety of national roads and bridges.  
 
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  09/10/11

PLAQUE OF APPRECIATION FOR SECRETARY SINGSON

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  DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson receives a plaque of appreciation as speaker during the 6th National Civil Engineering Symposium held recently at the UP theater from officers of the University of the Philippines – Association of Civil Engineering Students (UP-ACES) led by its President Jan Mikhail C. Ynion.  
 
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  09/10/11

GUEST SPEAKER

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  DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson was the guest speaker at the 6th National Engineering Symposium held recently at the University of the Philippines theater hosted by UP- Association of Civil Engineering Students (ACES). Secretary Singson spoke on innovations for floodwater management.  
 
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  09/07/11

NEW FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT FOR LAOAG CITY

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  DPWH Region I Director inspects the location of the proposed flood control project in Laoag City programmed under the DPWH CY 2012 Infrastructure Program. With Director Reyes is Ilocos Norte 1st District Engineer Nestor Pasion.  
 
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  09/06/11

TRABAHONG LANSANGAN MOU SIGNING

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  DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson and DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman signed the Memorandum of Understanding on “Trabahong Lansangan: Programang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino” held at the Baseco Compound Covered Court, Manila . The program aims to provide employment opportunities to unskilled workers who are members of the DSWD’s Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program through the DPWH’s road side maintenance program. Witnessing the MOU signing were: DSWD Assistant Secretary Vilma Cabrera and Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim.  
 
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  09/06/11

DPWH PROVIDES JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNSKILLED WORKERS

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  Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson leads in the awarding of job contracts to 400 unskilled workers in Metro Manila during the launching of the “Trabahong Lansangan: Programang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino” held at the Baseco Compound Covered Court, Manila. The program aims to provide employment opportunities among the DSWD’s Programang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino beneficiaries through the DPWH’s roadside maintenance program.  
 
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  09/05/11

DPWH and DSWD STARTS ROADSIDE JOB GENERATION PROGRAM

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways today will enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to provide roadside maintenance jobs to beneficiaries of DSWD’s PPPP. The program, dubbed as “Trabahong Lansangan ng Programang Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino,” aims to provide employment opportunities among the unskilled Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries of the DSWD. DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson and DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman shall also launch the program today at Baseco Compound Covered Court, Tondo, Manila National Capital Region through the formal hiring of workers for road maintenance activities such as drainage declogging and street sweepers. Under the program the DSWD will provide priority list of benefeciaries, conduct community organization and social preparation skills inventory and development and conduct regular monitoring/reporting of project operation. In turn, the DPWH will provide the DSWD the list of its annual labour requirement for skilled and unskilled jobs, allocate 20% of its labor requirement to Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino benefeciaries nationwide and ensure implementation of appropriate labor wages.  
 
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  09/02/11

DPWH TRAVEL ADVISORY

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  All motorists are advised to avoid using the EDSA Southbound Outer Lane from September 02, 2011 10:00pm up to September 05, 2011 5:00am due to Concrete reblocking at corner Ayala- EDSA.  
 

For more information, contact :

Public Information Division

Phone: 304-3370

 
 
2008 Department of Public Works and Highways
Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila

Trunk line Number: (632) 304-3000  

(632) 304-3370