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11/29/11

DPWH IMPROVES TOURISM ROADS IN NORTHERN LUZON

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  Bright ray of hope for the re-emergence of Northern Luzon as top tourism destination with the Department of Public Works and Highways completing the reconstruction and improvement of the national road from Laoag City to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. With tourism as one of the drivers of Philippine economy, DPWH Region 1 Office carried out the improvement of about 21.835 kilometers portion of the Manila North Road in Ilocos Norte at a cost of P209 Million passing the towns of Bacarra, Pasuquin, Burgos, and Bangui. Using the pavement management or highway development and management (HDM 4) system of the Department, the rehabilitation, reconstruction, and upgrading of damaged national roads from kilometer 484+900 to kilometer 589+050 (with exception) will boost the program to further attract tourists in popular places of Ilocos Norte such as the St. William Cathedral and the sinking bell tower, the old church in Bacarra, the famous biscocho bread in Pasuquin, Kapurpurawan rock formation and Cape Bojeador in Burgos town, the Windmill farm in Bangui, and white sand beaches and the breathtaking Patapat viaduct in Pagudpud. Among the road improvement works undertaken include asphalt paving of concrete paved road to prevent further deterioration, repair of cracked and damaged pavement by removal and replacement with new 250 millimeter thick concrete pavement, road widening, and road shoulders concrete paving particularly at Burgos section. To ensure safety of motorists, flexible metal guardrails were also installed at hazard-prone areas as well as application of reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings on new pavement. Complementing with the road improvement works in Ilocos Norte, the DPWH-Ilocos Sur 2nd District Engineering Office has also reported the completion of its rehabilitation, reconstruction and upgrading project on damaged paved national road along the Manila North Road in Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur. The road improvement project costing P8.778 Million involves asphalt overlay of about 6,238.90 square meters and concreting of 821.09 square meters from kilometer 334+109 to kilometer 335+759. Additional amount of P3.888 Million was poured for the asphalting works at kilometers 334+109 to kilometers 334+520 with an area of 753.70 square meters and road shoulders concreting of 382.60 square meters.  
 
11/22/11

DPWH REGION I, PROHIBITS ILLEGAL USE OF ROAD RIGHT OF WAY

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways Region I prohibits the illegal use of Road Right of Way along the National and Secondary Roads. The total ban on the display and installation of commercial advertising signs including billboards, stalls and shanties and other obstructions is in compliance with National Building Code Development Office (NBCDO) Memorandum Circular (MC) Number 4 series of 2011. To date DWPH has removed 31 commercial stalls and shanties, 20 Billboards, and other obstruction such as plants and plant box, installed heavy vehicles, stocked piled reinforce concrete piles along the Road Right of Way. The MC prohibits the display and installation of commercial advertising signs and other paraphernalia within the Road Right of Way of National and Secondary Roads and the DPWH Department Order Number 52 series of 2003, the Removal of Obstruction and Prohibited Uses within the limit of Road Right of Way. According to OIC-DPWH Regional Director Daniel G. Domingo, these obstructions confuse and block the view of the motorist on the interpretation of official traffic signs, signals or devices. Dir. Domingo instructed the Regional Maintenance Division and the District Engineers to comply with the Memorandum.  
 
11/03/11

DAMAGED PAVED NATIONAL ROAD IN ILOCOS SUR, REHABILITATED AND UPGRADED

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  DPWH-Ilocos Sur 2nd District Engineering Office has completed the rehabilitation, reconstruction and upgrading of the damaged paved national road along the Manila North Road in Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur. The road project on kilometer 334+109-Kilometer 335+759 has its main component and scope of work of 6,238.90 square meters of asphalt overlay and 821.09 square meters concrete works with an appropriation of P8,778,000.00 while kilometer 334+109-Kilometer 334+520 has a 753.70 square meters of asphalt overlay and 382.60 square meters of concrete works on the road shoulder with an appropriation of P3,888,000.00. Ilocos Sur 2nd District Engineer Ray A. Elaydo said the project ensures a safety travel to all kinds of vehicles, easier and faster transport of local crops and will improve tourism activity of the province .  
 
10/20/11

TRAVEL ADVISORY October 20, 2011

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region I would like to inform the public that the Patapat Viaduct - Calvario Section along the boundary of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and Santa Praxedes, Cagayan is one lane open to traffic as of October 20, 2011. This road section was severely affected by heavy rains that caused landslide and made the road intermittently closed. Informative warning road signs were placed at strategic location to advise the public on necessary precautionary or safety measure. The District Engineering Office and Regional Maintenance Crew together with the Philippine National Police personnel in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte are on the site to manage the traffic.  
 
09/29/11

MAJOR ROADS AND BRIDGES ALONG THE MANILA NORTH ROAD IN REGION I, PASSABLE

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  As Typhoon “Pedring” traversed Region I, the Department of Public Works and Highways activated its 24/7 action monitoring team. DPWH Regional Director Veniedo O Reyes has reported that roadlines, water levels along bridges and flood control sites were monitored and cleared. As he inspected the major roads along the Manila North Road, Director Reyes said that the DPWH Regional and District Disaster Teams were activated once a typhoon is declared in the area. “Agad agad namang nasa kalsada ang mga Maintenance Point Persons at Roadside Maintenance Crews ng mga District Engineering Offices kasama ng mga Roadside Maintenance Workers na laging naka bantay sa kalsada upang linisin at alisin ang anumang sagabal sa daan, at ngsisilbi ding Motorist Assistance Team”. Warning/Informative signs are also installed to ensure the safety of the travelers, he added. To date all major/national roads and bridges along the Manila North Road are passable to all types of vehicles. Cervantes-Quirino road is not passable due to high water level at Katkateng River while Junction Santiago-Banayoyo-Lidlidda-San Emilio is open only up to Tiagan section San Emilio, Ilocos Sur. In Pangasinan, under water sections (0.30m) are the Urdaneta Junction- Dagupan City Road, Banaoang and Santa Barbara old Road, Maningding Section, Sta Barbara which are not passable to light vehicles. Urdaneta Junction-Dagupan-Lingayen Road, Mayombo and M.H. Del Pilar Section, Urdaneta Junction-Lingayen road via Zambales, downtown Tapuac section, Dagupan City, Pangasinan-Zambales Road, Barangay Bolo in Labrador is under water by 0.15 meters and Bakit-Bakit Junction, Mauban Section, Balungao, is hardly passable to light vehicles. The removal of slides along San Fernando-Bagulin road is on going. On his road inspection Director Reyes said that he instructed all the DPWH employees to stay alert and be ready to act and report any situation that may cause harm to the public because of the typhoon. The moment the rain stop and water subsides all roads will be cleared and the reports that will be submitted by the 10 DPWH District Engineering Offices in the region and the Agno Flood Control System, related to the damages will be verified . With Director Reyes in his inspection were Regional Maintenance Chief, Cornelio C. Amita and Engineer Baltazar F. Lavarias, Chief, Planning and Design, Regional Office I.  
 
09/22/11

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT September 20, 2011

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region I is informing the public that the detour road along Agoo-Baguio Road (Marcos Highway or Jose D. Aspiras Road) kilometer 257+200, Palina, Pugo, La Union is now open to all types of vehicle since September 17, 2011. Be informed that this road section was severely damaged by previous typhoons that caused various road slips and eroded shoulder and was aggravated by typhoon “Mina”, which made the road closed to heavy vehicles on September 15, 2011. Informative/warning signs were placed at strategic locations to advise the public on necessary precaution and/ or safety measure.  
 
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.  
 
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.  
 
09/01/11

DPWH SUPPORTS 4PS

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  In support to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the national government, the Department of Public Works and Highways, La Union 1st District Engineering Office hosted the Launching of Sustainable Livelihood through Guaranteed Employment for 4Ps Beneficiaries in Region I and Convergence Caravan on August 26, 2011, with the theme “Sama-samang Ugnayan para sa Pag-unlad ng Kabuhayan”. The activity highlighted the actual hiring of eight (8) Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiaries in La Union who are eligible to join the employment program as part of the DSWD-DPWH Cooperation Project on Guaranteed Employment. “DPWH shall hire beneficiaries on a 6-month rotation based on the listing provided by the DSWD, with a guaranteed estimated salary of Php30,000 for the whole period.”, said District Engineer Elpidio C. Paragas, La Union 1st DEO, in a press conference later in the program. Dr. Silas R. Arellano, DPWH Region I Administrative Officer said that the main concept of the program is that the government provides every Filipino an opportunity and an instrument to earn a living in order to cross poverty. The DPWH’s contribution to this endeavor is to provide employment. But people should not be dependent on the government. After 5 years, the beneficiaries shall then be responsible in sustaining their livelihood.” The DPWH earlier has agreed to hire 20% of its unskilled labor force at the regional level for each of the following projects: Roadside Maintenance of National Roads (MVUC), Preventive Maintenance, and Regular Infrastructure Projects. In a Memorandum signed by DPWH Region I Director Veniedo O. Reyes, all District Engineers are directed to give priority consideration to the hiring of out-of-school youth with age bracket of 18-24 years old and other marginalized members of the society identified by the DSWD who are residents in the immediate vicinity of the project. For Special Roadside Maintenance, at least 20% of the total required workers shall be reserved for the hiring of Pantawid Pamilya Beneficiaries identified by DSWD. The activity was spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and participated in by the Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry, Technical Education on Skills Development Authority, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Environment and Natural Resources and National Food Authority. DSWD OIC Regional Director Marlene Febes D. Peralta laid down the following goals of the activity;for government agencies and private organizations to focus on their key functions on partnership building and market linkaging to leverage the socio-economic opportunities for the economically active poor skilled and unskilled workers of the 4Ps, as priorities, especially from the business development service providers and microfinance institutions; to sustain and expand the socio-economic benefits gained by the 4Ps beneficiaries even beyond the five-year intervention of the Conditional Cash Transfer through the Sustainable Livelihood and Guaranteed Employment; the convergence continously build, expand and update the portfolio of public and private sector partners for the job generation needs of the CCT beneficiaries. Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is a flagship program of the national government on poverty reduction and social development, with the program Goals of Social Assistance – to provide cash assistance to the poor to alleviate their needs (short term) and Social Development – to break the intergenerational poverty cycle through investment in human capital, i.e. health, nutrition and education (long term). It is one of the responses of the Philippine Government to the challenge of meeting the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs): Eradicating Extreme Poverty and Hunger, Achieving Universal Primary Education, Promoting Gender Equality and Empowering Women, Reducing Child Mortality, and Improving Maternal Health.  
 
08/22/11

BY-PASS ROAD IN LAOAG CITY PROPOSED

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  To decongest the traffic in the City of Laoag, a by-pass road was proposed by Congressman Rodolfo C. Fariñas of the 1st District of Ilocos Norte. This was disclosed by Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Director Veniedo O. Reyes. After his inspection in the proposed site, Dir. Reyes said that the construction of the by-pass road will reduce travel time and benefits the people living in the countryside of the city as this will help them transport their produce to the business center. The by-pass road project is proposed in the CY 2012 DPWH Budget.  
 
08/12/11

BANELA BRIDGE COMPLETION, ON TOP OF DPWH REGION 1 PRIORITY

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 1 Office is prioritizing the completion of Banela Bridge Project in Umingan, Pangasinan. According to DPWH Region 1 Director Veniedo O. Reyes, the bridge project which is being constructed over Banela River, connects the town of San Quintin and Umingan. Director Reyes recently inspected the project together with DPWH Regional Maintenance Chief Cornelio G. Amita, Project Engineer Jimmy Reyes and Resident Engineer Alfredo Cayabyab to see the progress of works for the project which when completed, will not only serve the eastern province of Pangasinan but also the nearby province of Nueva Ecija. Construction of the new bridge will replace the old dilapidated reinforced concrete deck girder bridge, which was constructed by the provincial government of Pangasinan. The project is in line with the DPWH target set by the leadership of Secretary Rogelio L. Singson over the period of six (6) years (2011-2016) to make permanent all temporary bridges along national roads which is about 8,544 lineal metes nationwide through replacement including reconstruction of 10,600 lineal meter existing permanent bridges and repair/rehabilitation of 104,293 lineal meters. “We will work on national roads and bridges upgrading in terms of quality and safety to improve the overall performance of Philippine infrastructure”, said Secretary Singson. Phase 1 of the Banela bridge, with the contract amount of P144. 251 Million includes all substructures, girders, diaphragms, partial slope protection and embankment at approach ‘A’, was completed on March 17, 2010. Under CY 2011 DPWH Infrastructure Program, the amount of P70 million was released for the implementation of Phase 2 to complete the bridge including the approaches and river dike protection. The project is implemented by the Construction Division of the DPWH-Region 1 Office.  
 
07/25/11

DPWH REGION I SUPPORTS THE PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER (PPUR) CAMPAIGN AS ONE OF THE NEW 7 WONDERS OF NATURE

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  As a matter of national pride and patriotism, Department of Public Works and Highways Region I Regional Director Veniedo O. Reyes encouraged his constituents to support the campaign on the proclamation of the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as one of the New Seven (7) Wonders of Nature (N7WN). Director Reyes said that the support is by voting thru internet N7WN Website, text message or via telephone, “siguradong pasok ang PPUR pag lahat ng Filipino na Internet user at mobile phone subscribers ay boboto sa PPUR”. The Philippines has over 30 million internet users and 77 million mobile phone subscribers. The voting period is until November 11, 2011 Part of the DPWH Monday program on July 25, 2011, was the documentary film video of the PPUR campaign. Leading the simultaneous voting through text was DPWH RO-I, Administrative Chief, Silas R. Arellano, who also said that “what you see in the different states of America, you’ll find it in one place in the Philippines, Puerto Princesa, if PPUR will be included in the N7WN, our country, will be admired in the world and us Filipinos will be honored”. President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, signed proclamation No. 182 dated June 3, 2011. Aquino III “Declaring the National and International Promotion Campaign for the PPUR as one of the New Seven (7) Wonders of Nature”. The N7WN is a global polling campaign started in 2007 by an independent, Swiss-based, government-controlled foundation that conducted the global polling campaign in search of the New 7 Wonders of the World, an innovative marketing program that yielded economic, social and tourism benefits to the winning host countries. The 8.2-kilometer long Puerto Princesa Underground River formed 30 million years ago is considered the longest underground river in the world, with unique and outstanding scientific, biological and geological features recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and declared as a National Geological Monument in December 2003.  
 
07/25/11

DPWH REGION I, IMPLEMENTS RAINWATER COLLECTION

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  To deal with the government’s program on climate change through water conservation the Department of Public Works and Highways Region I complied to RA 6716 which provides for the construction of water wells, rainwater collectors, development of springs and rehabilitation of existing water wells in all barangays in the country as it implements the Rain Water Collection System (RWCS). DPWH R.O.I,Regional Director Veniedo Reyes said that this is in compliance to the directive of DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, to accomplish immediately the construction of RWCS , “ kailangan ngayon palang ay madagdagan na natin ang mga paraan para makaipon, at makatipid sa paggamit ng tubig, hindi lang para sa atin kundi para sa mga susunod pang henerasyon ” he added. To date, in Region I, the DPWH Ilocos Sur 2nd District Engineering Office has started the RWCS construction while the Regional and 8 District Engineering Offices have already selected the beneficiaries ,advertised and scheduled biddings after which the construction of the facilities follows. The designs of the rainwater collections varies from reinforced concrete ground storage tank that has a capacity of 8,000 liters of water, reinforce ground storage tank with 4,000 liters capacity, plastic container tank with 4,000 liters and the concrete stage storage tank with 60,000 liters capacity. The RWSC shall be installed within the premises of public school compound or public building with no existing water supply or source of water is limited or scarce. The DPWH Regional and District Engineering Offices shall enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the concerned Principal or the recipient of the RWCS. If there is no public school or public building qualified, public market may be considered The DPWH Central Office had allotted an initial fund of P38 million for the construction of rainwater collection facilities nationwide.  
 
07/05/11

DPWH ON FLOODING PREVENTION, ROAD MAINTENANCE AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 1 has activated its Regional and District Engineering Offices Risk Reduction Management Team and to prevent flooding the desiltation, clearing and cleaning and cleaning of drainages, lateral canals and waterways including the vegetation control and pruning of trees has long been continuing before the onset of the rainy season, this was disclosed by Regional Director Veniedo O. Reyes. He added that prior to the opening of classes he has instructed the District Engineers to remove obstructions, barricades and those business signs that have been installed near the edges of pavement, ramps; even the construction materials, junked motor vehicles on road shoulders that may endanger the safety of the residents and commuters. To date, he said this has been successfully complied and the removal of barricades in front of schools has also been well coordinated with the school/barangay officials. The continuous operation of zero potholes and sealing of cracks along the national roads has always been one of the main concerns of the agency in the maintenance of roads particularly along the national roads, “I am always on the road to see to it hat this is being done, so far, well maintain naman mga kalsada sa Region 1”. The office he said, has employed 456 roadside maintenance workers deployed at one worker per 3.5 kilometers along the national road in addition to its regular road maintenance workers. Further, he informed that DPWH Region 1 maintains 1,637.092 kilometers of national roads and 518 bridges region wide and in line with the government’s program on the accelerated poverty alleviation the office will hire 20% of the total required workers for the Special Roadside Maintenance. This he said is part of the DPWH and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) cooperation Project on Guaranteed Employment for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program Beneficiaries.  
 
06/17/11

DPWH FOCUSES ON MANILA NORTH ROAD IMPROVEMENT

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  Infrastructure projects for Region 1 under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) CY 2011 infrastructure program are focused on the rehabilitation and improvement of national arterial and secondary national roads along the Manila North Road (MNR) to speed up mobility. DPWH Region 1 Director Veniedo O. Reyes said that this is consistent with the President Benigno S. Aquino III’s national development thrust and Secretary Rogelio L. Singson’s policy and strategy of upgrading the quality and safety features of the national roads and bridges. DPWH Region 1 has about 80 infrastructure projects under the CY 2011 General Appropriation Act (GAA), most of them are intended for the rehabilitation and widening of Manila North Road from Pangasinan towards La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. To date, of the 80 projects in Region 1, 13 projects have been completed, 18 are on going and the remaining projects are for implementation. Director Reyes said that the completion of three (3) major bridges namely Bagulin Bridge along San Fernando -Bagulin Road; Banela Bridge along San Nicolas-San Quintin-Umingan Pangasinan-Guimba,Nueva Ecija Road, and the Aluling Bridge in Cervantes Ilocos Sur will interconnect the inner municipalities of the Ilocos Region. The Aluling Bridge, which is expected to be completed this year 2011, will also connect Region 1 to Mountain Province of the Cordilleras. The project will facilitate easy movement of people, goods and services from the highlands to Candon City in Ilocos Sur. Meanwhile, to mitigate flooding and relieve the anxiety of the stricken communities in eastern Pangasinan which had been devastated by previous typhoons particularly Ondoy and Pepeng, Director Reyes personally monitors the progress of activities and quality of works of completed and on-going restoration/rehabilitation of major flood control projects along the Agno River. The flood control projects are part of the Post Ondoy Pepeng Short-Term Infrastructure Rehabilitation Projects (POPSTIRP) under loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the Japan International Cooperation Agency. “We should not let great devastation happen again, that’s why, we in the DPWH Region 1 are very strict in the implementation of rehabilitation works and inspections are being done regularly”, said Director Reyes. Joining Director Reyes in his inspection at the on-going restoration and rehabilitation of the flood control structures along Talingkapor Dike in Santa Maria East, San Nicolas, and Sitio Departe, Barangay Bantog, Asingan are Agno Flood Control Project Director Edgardo C. Paragas, OIC-District Engineer Emmanuel W. Diaz of Pangasinan 3rd District Engineering Office and Regional Maintenance Chief Cornelio G. Amita.  
 
05/16/11

DPWH ADOPTS BIO ENGINEERING

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  To support the government’s effort to promote green engineering and minimize the effects of climate change, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office I joined the DPWH Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) on the training on Bio Engineering using coconut fiber erosion control materials as bio engineering measures. The two part training activity which is composed of a two days lecture and a one day practicum at the Halsema Highway in Mountain Province, aims to provide the necessary product knowledge and confidence for DPWH Engineers to be able to properly apply this new technology to design and implement projects using coconut fibers in the government on-going and future projects. DPWH Region I, Regional Director Veniedo O. Reyes said the coconut fiber materials or coconets can be used for soil conditioning and erosion control and will not only be beneficial for the environment but it will also give support to the poverty alleviation program of the government employment possibilities particularly to the coconut farmers. Prior to the training DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson issued Department Order No.41 directing all Regional Directors, District and Project Engineers to prioritize in the design consideration the usage of coconut bio-engineering products/solutions in all DPWH projects and activities especially those projects involving slope stabilization, soil conditioning, soil erosion prevention and/or hydro seeding. The participants of the training were the Division Chiefs and District Sections Chiefs from Construction and Planning and Design of the DPWH Region I and CAR.  
 
05/16/11

BUCONG BRIDGE UNDERTAKEN EMERGENCY REPAIR

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  The Bucong Bridge along Manila North Road, Barangay Langlangca, Candon City has undergone repair to allow heavy vehicles to pass through due to damage sustained from a vehicular accident. Since it is a weak bridge, only one big vehicle was allowed to pass at a time. The accident happened at the height of a heavy rain brought by “Typhoon Bebeng” on May 10, 2011 at about 1:40 AM involving a northbound RCJ Bus crashed at the bridge while negotiating the curved inflicted damages on the first span of the bridge which eventually caused the bridge deck of the right lane (first span) to sag due to the damaged main part of the structure and buckled bottom chord. This was disclosed by District Engineer Ray A. Elaydo of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 2nd Ilocos Sur District Engineering Office (DEO), Candon City. Engr. Elaydo said that warning signs and devices were immediately installed and a maximum load limit of ten (10) tons was imposed for the safety of motorist passing through the bridge. The repair of the damaged portion followed as soon as the materials and heavy equipment arrived; temporary shorings were installed to strengthen the bridge deck allowing heavy vehicles to pass through one at a time. The bridge was opened to all types of vehicles at 4:45 PM of May 14, 2011. The Bucong Bridge was constructed way back in 1920 and is one of the bridges in region 1 that interlinks those travelers coming from Manila to the northern part of Ilocos Region and vice versa. It has been reported weak from time to time and recommended for replacement especially now because the temporary repairs done will not guarantee the stability of the bridge, hence, the district office reiterates their request for immediate change of the damaged bridge to assure the smooth flow of traffic and protect the safety of the traveling public.  
 
 
 

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