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  11/28/14

WORKS ON MULTI-MILLION BRIDGE IN SURIGAO DEL SUR
NEARING COMPLETION

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A mega bridge project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Surigao del Sur will soon be completed posting an accomplishment of 78%.

This was disclosed by DPWH-CARAGA Regional Director Danilo E. Versola, citing the construction of P738-million Tago-Lapaz Bridge, a 12-span, 320 lineal meter bridge, connecting Barangay Poblacion, Tago and Barangay La Paz, Bayabas.

Versola said DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson ordered the DPWH-CARAGA office to fast track the completion of the much delayed project which faced several stoppages in its phases of construction since 1991.

Singson, when he assumed office as DPWH Secretary, ordered all the bridge projects taking years to complete be finished under the term of President Aquino. One classic example of these bridges is the Aluling Bridge in Cervantes, Ilocos Sur which was conceptualized way back in 1978 with construction activities started in 1990. The bridge finally opened to traffic in March 2013.

The final stage for the completion of the Tago-La Paz bridge costing P60 million involves the furnishing and launching of portions of span 7, 8 and 9; construction of spans 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9; construction of concrete railings both sides from pier 4 to pier 9; and the repair and construction of craneway.

The final stage of work may be finished this December if the weather permits, said Versola.

Situated near the Pacific Ocean, the project area usually experiences rainy weather condition during “ber” months which hamper the progress of works.

Upon completion, the Tago-Lapaz Bridge shall serve as an alternative bridge to the existing 200-meter old Gamut Steel Bridge along Surigao-Davao Coastal Road.

It will also shorten travel time within Surigao del Sur’s coastal municipalities, and eventually, improve the peace and order condition in the area boosting the economic activities in the whole province.

 
 
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  11/27/14

DPWH RECEIVES ENVIRONMENT EXCELLENCE AWARD FROM DENR

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The efforts of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to promote and improve environment-friendly office operations was recognized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

From bagging a Citation of Merit Award in the previous ”Search for Eco-friendly Government Offices” in 2011, DPWH has now received the highest Environmental Excellence Award from DENR-Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

EMB lauded DPWH for “consistently integrating into its official functions its environmental management programs”, particularly its electricity, water conservation and greening programs.

“We are pleased to accept this award, as we know that all employees of the Department contributed to this,” said DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, adding “We hope to institutionalize this eco-friendly culture in all DPWH offices nationwide and in project implementation”.

Since being cited in 2011, the DPWH Central, regional and district offices, under the supervision of Planning Service - Environmental and Social Safeguards Division, have improved eco-friendly policies and programs, from the waste segregation management, water, fuel and energy-conservation, to the development of effective information-education materials.

Among eco-friendly strategies of the DPWH are to accustom employees to keep lights to the minimum every lunchbreak, turn-off appliances that are not in use, strictly follow air-conditioning operating hours and to install rainwater collection system to be used to water plants that are in the premises of the office. In projects, DPWH continues to advocate use of coconets for slope protection and reduction of soil erosion.

The DPWH is the only national government agency (NGA) to have received the highest recognition this year, others were government-owned and control corporations (GOCCs) namely National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR); National Electrification Administration (NEA) Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).

NGAs and GOCCs are being evaluated for a minimum of one year, using the 4 P’s: Policy, Promotion of Awareness, People, and Practices. Specifically, DENR will look into programs on water, fuel and electricity conservation, waste management, air pollution prevention, green procurement, emergency preparedness, and orderliness, cleanliness and safety of its premises as criteria for judging.

The search for the Eco-friendly Government Offices was launched to assess and recognize the implementation of environmental management programs in government NGA and GOCC offices within Metro Manila and at the national level.

 
 
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  11/27/14

DPWH-NCR ROAD REPAIR SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER 28 – DECEMBER 1

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The Department of Public Works and Highways-National Capital Region (DPWH-NCR) will undertake reblocking and road repair effective 10 PM of November 28, Friday to 5 AM of December 1, Monday on the following roads in Quezon City:

1.Along Fairview Avenue from Camaro St. to Marlboro St. (3rd lane, South bound);

2.Along Mindanao Avenue from Road 8 to North Ave. (1st lane, South bound);

3.Along Araneta Avenue from Calamba St. to Quezon Ave. (1st lane, South bound);

4.Along C.P. Garcia Avenue from D. Castañeda to Velazquez St. (3rd lane, North bound);

5.Along Quirino Highway from Camachile St. to Teacher’s Bliss (2nd lane, North bound);

6.Along Batasan Road from Civil Service Commission to DSWD (2nd lane, East bound);

7.Along Congressional Avenue from EDSA to Herefored St. and from Sinagtala St. to Minadanao Ave. (2nd lane, East bound);

8.Along Congressional Avenue Ext. from Luzon Ave. to Miranila Subd. (3rd lane, West bound); and

9.Along Aurora Boulevard from G. Baldovino to C-3/Gregorio Araneta Ave. (West bound)

 
 
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  11/26/14

DPWH CHIEF URGES CONTRACTORS TO COMPLY WITH PROJECTS’ SPECS

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“Do good to your country by being truthful in the implementation of your projects. That’s the least you can do to pay back the taxpayers, after all, they’re the ones paying for your services”, said Public Works and Highways Rogelio L. Singson as he appeals for the contractors’ sense of patriotism in implementing government projects.

While procurement for the 9,278 projects valued at P269.7 Billion for CY 2015 Infrastructure Program has started, Singson asks the contractors to help in the Department’s transparency and accountability efforts by not conniving with anyone or giving “commissions” to anyone including DPWH employees, politicians or with other contractors in securing projects from DPWH. Instead, the contractors are told to give the best price and follow specifications.

Singson also appealed to the contractors to strictly comply with the approved plans and specifications. “Do not shortchange the Filipino people by engaging yourselves to corrupt practices,” he added.

With considerable increase of infrastructure investments programmed in the 2015 national budget, DPWH has enough public works projects for qualified and competent contractors.

However, there are still reports that contractors are giving advance payments to unscrupulous individuals peddling projects in exchange for a promise of bagging government contracts. Nobody in DPWH can commit projects to anyone.

“As corruption perception survey results in the past has shown positive improvement of the Department due to its transformation program to include efficiency and transparency in the procurement process, we continue to appeal to the contractors to refrain from colluding with either DPWH employees or with other contractors”, added Singson.

To lessen opportunities for collusion, DPWH has simplified the bidding process with only five (5) documentary requirements and eliminated the submission of letter of intent to encourage participation of more bidders. DPWH also no longer accepts credit line certification from banks to augment financial contracting capacity which is also another source of corruption.

DPWH is also monitoring the contractors who just participate in many of the biddings without any intention of winning any bid as evidenced by the variance from the approved budget for the contract.

To date, there are at least 89 blacklisted contractors in the list of the Construction Industry Authority of the Philippines (CIAP).

 
 
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  11/18/14

NEW SERVICE DIRECTOR

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Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson administered the oath taking of Director Elizabeth P. Pilorin as the newly- appointed Director of Stakeholders Relations Service (SRS). Witnessing the event is the Director’s eldest daughter Haia

 
 
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  11/18/14

NEW DPWH AUDIT CHIEF

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Atty. Gliricidia C. Tumaliuan with her proud parents Benjamin and Emma Tumaliuan as witnesses, took her oath of office as Director of the Internal Audit Service (IAS) before Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson.

 
 
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  11/18/14

LEGAL SERVICE DIRECTOR

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Atty. Estrella T. Decena-Zaldivar took her oath of office as the new Legal Service (LS) Director before DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson with her husband Judge Oscar Zaldivar witnessing to the occasion.

 
 
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  11/13/14

DPWH EXPANDS OPERATION OF HOTLINE 165-02

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Operation of a mechanism for good governance and anti-corruption program of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the Central Office has expanded to include 16 Regional Offices.

The DPWH 24/7 Call Center Hotline 165-02 is now connected with DPWH’s 16 Regional Offices nationwide. Calls or complaints are directly routed to these regional offices for prompt action.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that this will promptly address every public issue concerning the Department by having it directed to appropriate field units of the agency.

“We want to hear peoples’ point-of-view on DPWH programs and projects, and policies and activities as we are prepared to listen and learn from one another.

Operationally managed by DPWH Stakeholders Relations Service, the Call Center under outsourced contract with Pilipinas Teleserve facilitates DPWH feedback communication with its stakeholders and directly provides support to Secretary Singson’s right quality reform program.

DPWH public engagement thru Hotline Number 165-02, monitored and analyzed public opinion and issues serve as basis in the formulation of guidelines and policy improvements and/or issuances.

Other than the 24/7 Call Center Hotline 165-02, the policy of transparency in the Department via citizens feedback platform includes feedback e-mail in the DPWH website www.dpwh.gov.ph, TXT 2920 short messaging system, walk-in, letter referrals, social media (facebook and twitter), and media (print and broadcast) monitoring system.

 
 
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  11/13/14

PROCESS IMPROVEMENT AT DPWH SUPPORTED IN THE FIELD

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District and Assistant District Engineers of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) welcomed the challenge to adopt globally accepted standards.

The gearing up towards Quality Management System has been the theme of the annual national convention of District Engineers League of the Philippines (DELP), the unifying organization for DPWH district and assistant district engineers.

In a keynote mesage of Secretary Rogelio L. Singson delivered by Undersecretary for Regional Operations Romeo S. Momo, he lauded the initiative and commitment of field heads to improve service delivery as the DPWH is working the attainment of international standards of quality systems and procedures through ISO 9001:2008 Certification.

The 10th staging of annual gathering of leaders of the 180 DPWH District Engineering Offices, the frontliners and primemovers of infrastructure development, is an opportune time as DPWH is working hard to meet the requirements for ISO Certification.

Working on for ISO Certification is major transformation strategy of DPWH in delivering improved infrastructure services to the people.

The enthusiastic desire for process improvement reflects DPWH commitment to be a model of good governance.

Host of this year event held November 7, 2014 at Clarkfield, Pampanga is DELP Region 3 Chapter with District Engr Erelina B. Santos as chair of the convention.

The DELP National Officers are the following: Nicomedes Leonor, president; Fernando Cruz, executive vice president; Ramiro Cruz, vice president for Luzon; Daisy Toledo, vice president for Visayas; Rey Peter Gille, vice president for Mindanao; Lorna Ricardo, secretary; Medel Chua, treasurer; Rodolfo Dion, auditor; Marlo Correa, PRO; Fernando Ongkingco, business manager; and Mikunug Macud, immediate past president.

 
 

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