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  09/17/14

SEVEN (7) ROAD SECTIONS STILL IMPASSABLE DUE TO TYPHOON LUIS

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is working round-the-clock to re-open seven (7) national road sections affected and still closed to traffic by the recent onslaught of “Typhoon Luis”.

As of September 17, 2014, 10AM, the DPWH Bureau of Maintenance identified national roads closed to traffic in the following regions due to flood waters, landslide and washed out detour road: three (3) roads in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), one (1) road section each in Regions 1, 2, 3, and 5.

Closed to traffic due to landslides are the Mt. Province-Ilocos Sur Road via Tue (K0393+800, K0392+055, K0390+380, K0389+380, K0388+900) and Junction Talubin-Barlig-Natonin Road (Talubin Section) in Mountain Province; and Jct. Panganiban – Sabloyon Road (K0076+700, K0081+500), in Sabloyon, Caramoran, Catanduanes.

Still under floodwaters and impassable to all type of vehicles are the detour road at Baligued Bridge (K0198+269) and Sapang Bridge I (K0199+343) along Camilin-Wawa-Bayambang-Malasiqui-Sta. Barbara Road in Pangasinan and Cabagan Sta. Maria overflow bridge (K0451+462) in Isabele Province with Daang Maharlika and Santiago-Tuguegarao Road as alternate routes.

The Nueva Ecija – Pangasinan Road (K173+500) at Brgy. Sabit, Cuyapo and Brgy. Mapangpang, Lupao in the Province of Nueva Ecija is closed to traffic due to washed out detour road while Shilan Beckel Road (K0263+200) in the Province of Benguet is undergoing widening works.

Infrastructure damage for CAR and Region 3 is placed at P2.75 Million while assessments are still on-going for Regions 1, 2 and 5.

 
 
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  09/15/14

DPWH INSTALLED WARNING SIGNS, UNDERTAKES IMMEDIATE CLEARING
ON “TYPHOON LUIS” AFFECTED INFRASTRUCTURE

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Concerned Regional and District Engineering Offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Typhoon “Luis” affected areas have installed warning signs on damaged national roads including those declared closed to traffic.

Situational report obtained from maintenance point persons in the field by DPWH Bureau of Maintenance revealed that as of 6 AM today (September 15, 2014), the Calacaban Section of Mountain Province-Ilocos Sur Road via Tue (KM389+100) in Mountain Province is closed to traffic due to landslide with DPWH crew and equipment deployed for immediate clearing as soon as workers’ safety is assured.

The Cabagan Overflow Bridge in Sta. Maria, Isabela and Cabatangan River Section of Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road in the Province of Aurora were also both closed to vehicular traffic due to flood waters.

In Nueva Ecija, strong current of flood waters washed out and rendered closed to traffic the detour road at KM173+500 in Barangay Sabit, Cuyapo forming part of Nueva Ecija-Pangasinan Road.

Flood waters of 1.0 meter high has restricted the movement of all types of vehicle at KM303+400 in Mabini-Caranglaan Section of Pangasinan-Zambales Road in Pangasinan while KM578+000 in Paraiso Ni Juan, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and KM396+500 of Pangasinan-La Union Road are both one lane passable following the occurrence of slides.

Slides have also occurred at intermittent section along Ilocos Sur-Abra Road and Tagudin-Cervantes Road in Ilocos Sur but open to all types of vehicles.

To immediately attend to repair and improvement of calamity damaged infrastructure, Secretary Rogelio L. Singson through Department Order 96 dated September 11, 2014 directed the immediate submission by the Regional Directors and District Engineers factual ground validation of damages to DPWH projects for request for funding.

All calamity reports has to be reviewed by the Regional Director within two (2) days from receipt of final report from the ground before forwarding the duly validated report together with supporting documents to the office of Secretary Singson.

Among the supporting documents are the endorsement of the Regional Director, program of work and detailed unit price analysis, project profile, site location map, captioned and dated pictures, and certification by the Regional Director and District Engineer that the project is actually damaged by the particular calamity or disaster.

Calamity damage reports on infrastructure are categorized in three (3) priority groups: Priority 1 – involves immediate rehabilitation of collapsed bridges, cut road sections, breached seawalls and dikes, and uproofed or totally destroyed public buildings to quickly restore mobility and ensure the safety of the affected aeras; Priority 2 – involves ordinary repair works such as patching potholes, resurfacing of washed out roads and slightly destroyed flood control structures; and Priority 3 – involves minor repair work or improvement to prevent further deterioration.

 
 
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  09/12/14

DPWH SHORTENS WORK DURATION ON CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

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“Let the contractor follow our shortened schedule.”

This was the marching order given by Secretary Rogelio L. Singson to the 16 Regional Directors of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in a regular meeting held at the DPWH Head Office.

Singson said that the DPWH implementing units in the Regional and District Offices may also order contractors to shorter project durations whenever possible to ensure timely completion of projects, especially in populated and urban areas.

“As we are about to enter the last quarter of the year, we have to tighten our project management and reduce the number of calendar days with additional resources of contractors especially for projects in highly urbanized areas, added Singson.

In 2012, Secretary Singson through Department Order 44 implemented standardized construction duration of various categories of projects/works depending on cost.

The standardized durations for the corresponding categories of works is the maximum prescribed days. Construction works beyond allowable period must be subject to approval of the DPWH Bureau of Construction.

The Secretary has also reminded the Regional Directors to strictly follow the approved specifications and design standard in the concreting of farm-to-market roads nationwide.

In areas where the average daily traffic is less than 200, DPWH constructs minimum pavement width of 4.0 meter for two lanes and 5.0 meters for two lanes for 200 to 400 average daily traffic. The minimum concrete pavement thickness is 150 millimeter (6 inches).

 
 
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  09/11/14

DPWH SEEKS CONCURRENCE OF CITY OF MANILA BEFORE THE START OF ANDA CIRCLE REMOVAL

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The Department of Public Works and Highways – National Capital Region has sought the concurrence of the City of Manila and the National Historical Commission before it proceeds for the removal of the rotunda along Bonifacio Drive.

In a letter to Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada, DPWH NCR Regional Director Reynaldo Tagudando requested for the concurrence of the City Government of Manila before proceeding with project implementation including the relocation of Anda monument inside the rotunda located along Bonifacio Drive to Maestranza Park in Intramuros, Manila.

Tagundando also said that the proposal to transfer the Anda monument was approved by Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. in a memorandum dated January 25, 2013. Also contained in the said Memorandum is the non-objection to the transfer of the monument by Dr. Maria Serena I. Diokno, Chair of the National Historical Commission.

The removal of the Anda circle was planned since last year (2013) to ease the worsening traffic condition in the area due to the presence of trucks coming to and going inside the Manila South Harbor, Manila North HarBor including the Manila International Container Terminal.

Scope of work on the projects includes the removal of the rotunda and replace it with concrete pavement and the establishment of a signalized traffic system by installing traffic lights. The project is expected to ease the traffic gridlock being experienced daily in that particular area.

 
 
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  09/11/14

SINGSON LEADS OATHTAKING PROGRAM FOR DPWH PROJECT MANAGERS

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“Prove that you deserve your appointment as Project Manager (PM) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)”.

Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, in administering the oath of office of some 30 individuals appointed to the position of PM-1, PM-2, and PM-3, challenged them to perform their sworn duties and responsibilities as public servants with particular emphasis on accountability for their actions.

The DPWH Secretary also reminded them that the oath of office symbolizes pledge to the Philippine government and, more importantly, to the Filipino people—that public resources will be utilized prudently for general public benefits and not for selected few individuals.

“I just hope that those appointed PMs who passed a rigid selection and screening process taking into consideration the qualifications with regards to educational achievements, specialized trainings, work experiences, and performance ratings are truly men and women of moral values and dedicated to help us in our effort to transform and professionalize the DPWH organization to restore public trust”, added Singson.

From a pool of Department’s Project Managers under the direct supervision of DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, a Project Manager, depending upon expertise, experience, rank and magnitude of Project Management Office (PMO) projects, is assigned to ensure the effective implementation of major foreign assisted projects.

Meanwhile, 111 DPWH engineers have also passed the DPWH Field Managerial Competency Examination administered by the Civil Service Commission on June 29, 2014 as part of the efforts to professionalize the organization.

A total of 109 are qualified for promotion in the second level position while two (2) eligibles are to handle third level managerial position in the Department.

As one of the largest organization in the executive branch, the DPWH has embarked on implementing promotional examination as one of the basis in measuring merit for promotion and assignment of technical personnel.

 
 
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  09/05/14

DPWH WORKS ON NEW KALIBO BRIDGE PROJECT
SEEN TO SUPPORT TOURISM IN AKLAN

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is constructing a new bridge in Kalibo, Aklan that will support the national government program of providing good quality infrastructure that will further give boost to the promotion of trade and tourism.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that works are in progress for the P240 Million Kalibo Bridge 2 along Aklan East Road targeted to be completed in June 2015.

Singson said that the construction of the new bridge will assist the old Kalibo Bridge adjacent to the project in providing smooth travel from the towns of Kalibo to Numancia and vice versa.

“Kalibo Bridge 2 which has been undergoing construction is one of the priority projects of the Department in Western Visayas that shall facilitate tourism industry through better transportation from Aklan’s provincial capital of Kalibo and other areas in Panay going to Caticlan – the gateway to Boracay Island” said Singson.

According to DPWH Regional Director Edilberto Tayao, the two (2) lanes bridge project spanning Aklan River has a total length of 450-lineal meter consisting of 9 piers (bored piles) and 8 circular-type columns, and street lighting.

“It will have a higher elevation compared to the old one to reduce potential damage from strong water current and serious flooding,” Tayao added.

Tayao also reported that the DPWH Region 6 has also recently completed the 11-month rehabilitation and strengthening of the old Kalibo Bridge to facilitate safe land travel of motorists and commuters.

“We just completed rehabilitating the old bridge last July, and we are hoping that with this and the completion of the new Kalibo Bridge, we will have better road access to our tourism areas by next year,” said Tayao.

The town of Kalibo, famous for the annual Ati-Atihan Festival every January and which homes an international airport, is known to be the second-best (next to Caticlan) entry point of tourists going to the white island beach of Boracay.

 
 

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