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  07/18/16

DPWH TO BUILD 187 RAINWATER COLLECTORS IN WESTERN VISAYAS

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More than a hundred rainwater collectors that aim to mitigate flooding and fulfill the ever-increasing demand for water supply in Region 6 is under way.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allocated P37.4 Million for the implementation of 187 rainwater collection system (RWCS) projects in Western Visayas.

The rainwater collectors shall conform to the prototypes prescribed by DPWH such as reinforced ground storage tank with capacity of 4,000 liters of water, reinforced steel ground storage tank with 4,000 liters of capacity, plastic container tank and concrete storage tank with a capacity of 6,000 liters.

The RWCS shall be installed within the premises of public markets and public elementary schools with no existing water supply or the source of water is limited.

When harvested, the rainwater can also be used for several agricultural and environmental purposes.

This year, a total amount of P700 Million is programmed for the nationwide implementation of Rainwater Collection System (RWCS).

This is in compliance to Republic Act (R.A.) 6716 also known as “an act providing for the construction of water wells, rainwater collectors, development of springs and rehabilitation of existing water wells in several barangays.”

The rainwater collection system projects are being monitored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for their climate change adaptation.

 
 
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  07/15/16

SAN FERNANDO BYPASS NOW OPEN TO TWO-WAY TRAFFIC

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The Department of Public Works and Highways has lifted the one-way traffic scheme on portion of San Fernando-San Juan Bypass Road which is undergoing road rehabilitation and repair.

Motorists can now ply along the bypass road both northbound and southbound directions but will have to follow a “stop and go” traffic scheme particularly at section KM270+000 to KM274+800 where some lanes are closed for repair.

Informative traffic signs are in place to guide motorists who are also advised to use alternative routes to avoid traffic congestion.

Rehabilitation of San Fernando-San Juan Bypass Road is being implemented at a cost of P39 million by DPWH La Union First District Engineering Office. It involves reblocking of carriageway and concreting of shoulder, provision of drainage canal, and painting works.

 
 
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  07/11/16

2 ROAD SECTIONS IN CORDILLERA NOT PASSABLE

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Two (2) road sections in Benguet and Mountain Province in Cordillera Administrative Region are impassable due to damage caused by continuous heavy rains induced by southwest monsoon referred to as the “habagat” brought by Typhoon Butchoy.

In a report submitted to the Department of Public Works and Highways Head Office, the DPWH – Bureau of Maintenance (DPWH-BOM) identified closed section in Benguet as Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual Road, K0275+209 (detour road). The detour road was washed out by the strong current brought by flash flood.

In Mt. Province, Junction Talubin-Barlig-Natonin-Paracelis-Calaccad Road, K0386+900 Talubin-Chatol Section is also closed to traffic due to road slip.

DPWH is undertaking emergency construction of detour bridge at the affected road section in Benguet while a temporary bailey bridge is being installed at Talubin-Barlig-Natonin-Paracelis-Calaccad Road in Mountain Province.

 
 
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  07/11/16

DPWH STARTS MAJOR FLOOD-RISK MANAGEMENT PROJECTS FOR REGIONS 2, 10, 4-A

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is now implementing the P356 million Flood-risk management project for Cagayan River, Tagoloan River, and Imus River (FRIMP-CTI) in Regions 2, 10, and 4-A respectively.

In a report, DPWH Unified Project Management Office-Flood Control Management Cluster (UPMO-FCMC) Director Patrick B. Gatan said full-scale improvement works composed of structural and non-structural measures have commenced on the critical portions of mentioned rivers identified by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as priority areas for flood-risk mitigation.

A JICA-assisted study entitled “The Preparatory Study for Sector Loan on Disaster Risk Management in the Republic of the Philippines” identified Cagayan River in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan and Tagoloan River in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental as priority river basins while a separate study entitled “The Study on Comprehensive Flood Mitigation for Cavite Lowland Areas in the Republic of the Philippines”, identified Imus River in Barangay Abanu I-G and Barangay Buhay na Tubig in Imus City, Cavite as one of the principal rivers for the implementation of flood-control projects.

In the Cagayan River Basin, where typhoons usually occur during July-December, about 8 times a year, DPWH will be implementing bank protection works, mainly installation of revetments for most commonly damaged sites namely: Alibago and Catanggaman Revetment, and Catanggaman Spur dike in Tuguegarao City.

River bank erosion associated with sediment deposition that causes flooding to area of about 1,300 hectares in Tagoloan River in Misamis Oriental will also be addressed once DPWH finishes project composed of dike system, drainage improvement, drainage channel, as well as non-structural intervention like excavation.

For Imus River in Cavite, DPWH will build dike, drainage sluice, and retarding basins in Imus City and Bacoor City areas. This will prevent the reoccurrence of 2006 and 2013 flooding in the lower reaches that led to immeasurable damages to thousands of affected residents, crops and fisheries, livestock and infrastructure.

The Flood-risk management project for Cagayan River, Tagoloan River, and Imus River (FRIMP-CTI), which commenced in April 2016, will be completed by March 2019.

 
 
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  07/05/16

DPWH IMPLEMENTS ONE-WAY NORTH BOUND TRAFFIC SCHEME AT SAN FERNANDO BY-PASS ROAD

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The San Fernando-San Juan By-Pass Road in the Province of La Union is placed under one-way traffic scheme due to the on-going road rehabilitation works.

The Department of Public Works and Highways - La Union First District Engineering Office reported that the San Fernando-San Juan By-Pass Road is passable only to northbound motorists going to other northern towns of La Union and the provinces of Ilocos Sur, Abra, Ilocos Norte and even to Cagayan.

Southbound motorists will have to utilize the Manila North Road which is two-way traffic opened or other alternate routes in going to their destinations.

One-way traffic flow for northbound motorists was implemented to ease traffic congestion brought about by road lane closure due to the fast tracking of construction activities for the rehabilitation of San Fernando-San Juan By-Pass Road specifically between KM270+000 to KM274+800.

The DPWH La Union First District Engineering Office has informed through letters to LGUs and posted advisories inside the bus terminals and other affected transport companies, and other government agencies before the traffic changes of one-way scheme was implemented.

LGUs and police authorities have been also requested to provide traffic management assistance.

To date, the P32 Million road rehabilitation project which involves reblocking of concrete carriageway, paving of shoulder, and construction of drainage canal is 61 percent completed.

Repair and rehabilitation of the by-pass road is in line with the DPWH effort of improving the road quality condition.

 
 
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  07/04/16

TURN-OVER OF DPWH LEADERSHIP

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Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has formally transferred the leadership of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to Acting Secretary Rafael C. Yabut. Witnessing the turnover ceremony were (from left) Assistant Secretary Dimas S. Soguilon; Undersecretaries Emil K. Sadain, Romeo S. Momo and Maria Catalina E. Cabral; incoming DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar, Undersecretaries Raul C. Asis and Ardeliza R. Medenilla; and Assistant Secretaries Eugenio R. Pipo Jr. and Gilberto S. Reyes.

 
 
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  07/04/16

YABUT ASSUMES DPWH LEADERSHIP

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Leadership of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has been formally transferred by Secretary Rogelio L. Singson to Acting Secretary Rafael C. Yabut.

In a simple turn-over ceremony held July 1, 2016, outgoing Secretary Singson formally handed over to Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut the official flag of the Department symbolizing reins of authority.

In his address to all officials and employees at today’s flag raising ceremony, Acting Secretary Yabut challenged the DPWH Team to join and follow President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s call for change by taking a lift from the President’s powerful address: “I have no friends to serve and I have no enemies to harm, we only have a common good and the people’s well being to collectively pursue”.

Yabut also lauded the contribution of Secretary Singson and the entire men and women of the Department, for all the accomplishments made in the past six (6) years.

 
 
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  07/01/16

ANTI-OVERLOADING POLICY SUSPENSION EXTENDED ANEW

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Truck owners have another five (5) months to conform to the rules on overloading or the maximum allowable gross vehicle weight (GVW).

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) extended from July 31 to December 31, 2016 the suspension of enforcement of maximum allowable GVW for truck semi-trailer with 3-axles at motor vehicle and 2-axles at trailer for a total of 18 wheels under Code 12-2 and truck semi-trailer with 3-axles at motor vehicle and 3-axles at trailer for a total 22 wheels under Code 12-3. Other truck/trailer codes must follow the latest maximum allowable GVW.

Other truck/trailer codes must follow the current maximum allowable GVW.

The latest suspension has considered the requests of the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines requesting to give them more time to acquire additional transport equipment.

By January 1, 2016, all trucks/trailers must be fully-compliant to with Codes 12-2 and 12-3 to have maximum allowable GVW of 41,500 and 42,000 kilograms respectively.

DPWH and DOTC through the Land Transportation Office (LTO) enforce the anti-overloading law with the installation of 24/7 weighbridge stations and portable weighing machines at strategic locations along national roads, and imposition of penalties on overloading vehicles.

Overloaded trucks are fined with 25% of the amount of their motor vehicle user’s charge (MVUC) applicable to the vehicle at the time of infringement.

The anti-overloading policy is pursuant to the provisions of Republic Act 8794 otherwise known as “An Act Imposing a Motor Vehicle Users Charge on Owners of all Types of Motor Vehicle and for Other Purposes”, which aims to promote motorist safety and prevent early deterioration of roads cause by overloading.

 
 
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  07/01/16

ROAD OPENING BRINGS HOPE TO REMOTE VILLAGE IN SOUTHERN LEYTE

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The on-going road project in the far-flung village of Kinachawa, San Ricardo, Southern Leyte is bringing hope to locals, whose community has been isolated by bumpy and hilly farm-to-market road.

Coconut farm laborer Jeynel Ballispin, 24 is pleased to see people working in their village to widen the existing narrow provincial road into a national highway.

This year, the Department of Public Works and Highways – Southern Leyte District Engineering Office (DPWH-SLDE) is currently implementing a PHP40 million opening an alternative road that will serve as an access road of farmers going to the markets.

“This is something that we have been looking forward to. I am saving money now so I can buy a motorcycle to transport farm products to the town center someday,” said Ballispin.

The young father’s daily grind in the past decade is to harvest nuts in a farm he does not even own. He’s paid P200 for day-long hard work, just enough to sustain the basic needs of his wife and their child.

Ballispin is just one of the nearly 400 residents of Kinachawa village, who stand to benefit a road project that directly links San Ricardo town to more progressive Liloan town. The village is about 17 kilometers away from the town center.

DPWH District Engineer Ma. Margarita C. Junia said that for the 2016 allocation, the project will open about 1.70 kilometers of gravel road. Other civil works include roadway excavation of hard rocks, installation of drainage system, and slope protection works.

“With the ongoing works, there are only less than two kilometers remaining to link the new road to existing provincial road in San Ramon village. In few months, the entire road stretch will be passable to single motorcycle,” Junia explained.

About P200 million is needed to finance the opening activities of an alternative Liloan-San Ricardo Road. The project is designed to cut travel time and skip road sections vulnerable to landslides and accidents.

The remaining P140 million funding requirement is expected for disbursement in the next two years – P88 million in 2017 and P72 million in 2018.

The construction of the circumferential road will reduce the distance from Liloan port to another exit point to Mindanao in San Ricardo town from more than 40 kilometers to only 20 kilometers.

“The road opening is needed to ensure that land transportation would not be disrupted with landslides, road slips, and accidents,” Junia said.

The project will convert an existing provincial road into a primary highway, unlocking economic activities in rural communities of two towns in the southernmost part of Southern Leyte Island.

Through the new road network, motorists can reach San Ricardo town from Liloan town without traversing the landslide-prone and accident-prone road sections in San Francisco and Pintuyan towns.

The DPWH pushed for safer alternative road to San Ricardo after noting that more buses and rolling cargoes use the Benit port in San Ricardo town instead of nearby Liloan port considering the former’s proximity to Surigao.

The route is being serviced by Montenegro Shipping Lines Inc. using a roll-on roll-off vessel, which makes four round trips daily.

Sea travel from San Ricardo to Lipata port in Surigao del Norte takes an hour, way shorter compared to more than three hours of travel time through Liloan port.

Although Benit port is closer to Surigao, some motorists prefer to take the Liloan port despite irregular trips, considering the difficulty in maneuvering along the “saddle road” in Pintuyan town.

 
 

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