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  Clearing operations are still on-going in eight (8) road sections in Regions 1, 2, 3, 8 and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) that were closed to vehicular traffic due to landslides, washed out detour road and flood waters left by recent typhoon “Luis”.

Monitoring of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bureau of Maintenance indicates that as of 12 noon today, September 18, 2014, deployed DPWH manpower and equipment are doubling efforts to clear landslides and re-open to vehicular traffic the Mt. Province-Ilocos Sur Road via Tue (K0393+800, K0392+055, K0390+380, K0389+380, K0388+900) in Mountain Province and similar recent occurrence at Matagob-Libongao-Palompon Road in Leyte.

At least four (4) road sections are impassable to vehicles due to floodwaters that includes the detour road at Baligued Bridge (K0198+269) and Sapang Bridge I (K0199+343) along Camiling-Wawa-Bayambang-Malasiqui-Sta. Barbara Road in Pangasinan, Cabagan Sta. Maria overflow bridge (K0451+462) in Isabela Province, and Ormoc-Merida Road and Dagami-Burauen Road both in Leyte Province.

The Nueva Ecija – Pangasinan Road specifically at KM173+500 in Brgy. Sabit, Cuyapo and Barangay Mapangpang, Lupao in the Province of Nueva Ecija is impassable due to washed out detour road while Shilan Beckel Road (K0263+200) in the Province of Benguet is closed due to an on-going widening works.

Estimated cost of damage by the Bureau of Maintenance is at P4.48 million.



  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.



  The Ninoy Aquino Bridge was inaugurated by His Excellency President Benigno Simeon Aquino III on August 18, 2014 in Tuao, Cagayan.

The President led the ceremonial unveiling of a marker plate on the bridge named after his father, the late Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino III together with Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, and Presidential Legislative Liaison Office Secretary Manuel Mamba who is from Cagayan Province.

Also present were DPWH Regional Director Melvin B. Navarro, Construction Division Chief Jose Tobias together with other District Engineers and Regional Staff.

The 360-meter lineal meters Ninoy Aquino bridge connects the Cagayan Valley Region to the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), particularly to the provinces of Kalinga and Apayao.

The bridge is an inter-regional linkage between and among Regions I, II and CAR.

The P599.4-million Ninoy Aquino Bridge is connected to the 40-meter Malummin Bridge, and the 20-meter Angang Bridge. The project also consist a 21.93-kilometer road network in Tuao.

Secretary Singson said the bridge will reduce the travel time from Tuao to Kabugao from four to five hours to two-and-a-half hours.

The two-hour travel time from Tuao to Conner, Apayao will also be reduced by half an hour, while the two-hour trip from Rizal in Cagayan to Tuguegarao will be reduced to one hour and twenty minutes, he added.

Secretary Singson said that the Ninoy Aquino bridge was built to replace the "Itawes overflow bridge" which is usually impassable during typhoons and floods. He added that the all-weather bridge will make transportation and traffic sufficient and free flowing 24/7.

Regional Director Melvin B. Navarro said that with the completion of the bridge, Cagayan Valley Region 2 is linked to CAR particularly Apayao via Conner and Kabugao. Likewise, Baguio will be accessed via Tabuk City, Tinglayan and Bontoc. Region I is linked through the City of Vigan and the towns of Santa and Narvacan via Pinukpuk, Balbalan and Bangued.

The construction of the bridge and its approaches has significantly reduced travel time to Region I and CAR. It was made possible with the connection of two (2) national roads, which are the Jct. Calanan-Pinukpuk-Abbut Road, Tuao-Abbut Section of CAR and the Cagayan-Apayao Road of Region II.

This project shall promote socio-economic development and shall alleviate the living condition of the people.

DPWH has generated a savings of P33.7 million in this project through an efficient and transparent bidding process.



  Assistant District Engineers Edmund De Luna, Oscar Guimiran and Isagani Caime took their oath of office before Regional Director Melvin Navarro. Lower photo shows Director Navarro administering the oath of ADE Lorna Asuten of Cagayan Third District Engineering Office.  



  District Engineer Bernard Moreno, head of DPWH Isabela Fourth District Engineering Office takes his oath of office before Region 2 Director Melvin Navarro following the release of his appointment as full pledge District Engineer.  



  Director Melvin B. Navarro of the Department of Public Works and Highways Region 2 administered the formal oath-taking of promoted engineers from District Engineering Offices of Cagayan Valley Region to assume their new role and responsibilities in the Department.

Assistant Regional Director Alexander D. Nola and the Division Chiefs joined the ceremonies with Administrative Division Chief Nestor Q. Marallag in-charge of introducing appointees to District Engineers and Assistant District Engineers position.

The District Engineers who took their oath are Bernard P. Moreno of Isabela Fourth DEO, Marifel T. Andes of Quirino, Edith R. Babaran of Isabela Third DEO and Rommel E. Fabi of Batanes. The Assistant District Engineers are Edmund B. De Luna of Nueva Vizcaya First DEO, Lorna B. Asuten of Cagayan Third DEO and Isagani Caime

Director Navarro exhorted the employees to be dedicated in their duties and responsibilities and to always bear in mind their role as public servants. “Lagi ninyo sanang tatandaan na isa-puso at isa-isip ang paglilingkod at serbisyo sa publiko” he said.



  The Department of Public Works and Highways has completed the construction of 440.14 kilometers of Farm-to-Market Roads (FMRs) costing P2.36 billion.

Under the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project Phase 3 (ARISP-III), DPWH implemented the construction of 126 FMR projects that aim to benefit hundreds of agricultural communities from across the country.

In Region 1, 17 farm-to-market roads with total length of 54.46 kilometers were completed at a cost of P296 million. This includes the improvement of 13.5-kilometer Lichauco-Evangelista Road and construction of vented spillway along Evangelista-Panganiban Road in Pangasinan.

In CAR, 8 projects or a combined 41.83 kilometers of roads, were accomplished in the amount of P232 million. One of the major FMRs completed in the Cordillera is the construction and improvement of the 16-kilometer Bugnay-Buscalan-Butbut Road with bridge and spillway in the municipality of Tinglayan in Kalinga province.

DPWH also completed 36.63 kilometers of FMRs in Region 2 in the amount of P137 million. A total of 12 FMRs were constructed, including the improvement of 7.8-kilometer San Antonio-Mapalad-Bautista FMR with 22 linear meters bridge in Isabela.

In Central Luzon, 19 projects having total road length of 49.54 kilometers, at a cost of P224 million were completed. It includes the improvement of 6.7-kilometer portion of San Ildefonso (Sitio Mapiña) Road in Pampanga.

For Regions 4A and 4B, 34.58-kilometers and 19 kilometers of FMRs were completed costing P200 million and P138 million, respectively. The longest FMRs accomplished in these 2 regions are the construction of 7.59-kilometer Barangay Jaybanga-Barangay Nagtaluntong Road in Jaybanga and Apar, Lobo, Batangas and improvement of JPR Tiondonan-JPR Mendoza Proper Road in Jofel, Palawan.

Agrarian communities of Region 5 on the other hand now utilize the 5 FMRs with total length of 17.74 kilometers costing P83 million. This includes the improvement of 4.76-kilometer Matoog-toog-Pambuhan Road in Pambuhan, Mercedes, Catanduanes.

DPWH also finished constructing a total of 17 FMRs in Region 6 with combined road length of 59.32 kilometers; 5 in Region 7 with 19.12 kilometers; and 3 road projects in Region 8 with 5.9 kilometers length, with a total cost of P497 million.

Additionally, DPWH completed 49.27 kilometers of farm to market roads from the 11 projects in Region 10, amounting to P243 million.

In Regions 11, 12, 13, the department finished implementing: 7 projects with span of 21.46 kilometers, 2 projects with 5.89 kilometers; and 8 projects with 25.36 kilometers of FMRs respectively.

With the completed projects, DPWH now has accomplished 85 percent of the needed road projects for the Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project Phase 3 which is expected to be completed within the year 2014.

To date, only 25 farm-to-market road projects remain under construction, with 12 under pre-construction, and 12 others under pre-engineering activities.

Upon completion, FMRs will provide access to agricultural goods to the market, as well as support for the establishment of agri-business enterprises by promoting linkages between and among the 175 agrarian reform communities in 54 provinces.



  With unabated road accidents involving two-wheeled trailers pulled by two wheel tractors or commonly known as ‘kuliglig,’ the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Cagayan Valley Region will hold a consultative stakeholders’ meeting with local chief and other concerned government agencies to formulate solutions to address the issue.

Earlier, DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has directed that “kuliglig,” tricycles or pedicabs may use the most outer lane of the widened national roads in order not to impede the free flow of traffic.

However, the newly widened concrete pavements were made as solar dryers for palay or corn kernels making these kuliglig and tricycles to use the inner or fast lanes, said Secretary Singson.

Oftentimes, Singson noted that “kuliglig” or tricycles lead a long train of buses, trucks, cars and other vehicles behind them, which could not overtake.

Cognizant on the danger passed by these tricycles, the Department of Interior and Local Government in its Memorandum Circular 2007-01 has also prohibited the operation of tricycles or pedicab on national highways.

The problem is, according to DPWH Region II Director Melvin Navarro, the local government units allow these tricycles, pedicab and “kuliglig” to use the national highways due to absence of alternate routes.

Along Cagayan Valley road, Navarro also observed the absence of tail lights or even reflectorized stickers placed at the rear of these trailers including tricycles and pedicabs placing them as road risks at nighttime especially to fast moving passenger buses and freight trucks.

“But we have to be firmed in our advocacy in promoting road safety and protect public welfare. We cannot afford to be just sitting down here and watch these accidents happen,” Navarro further said.



  Pursuant to its mission of providing quality infrastructure facilities responsive to the needs of the Filipino people, Department of Public Works and Highways recently inaugurated a newly rehabilitated bridge located along Manila North Road in Barangay Namuac, Sanchez Mira, Cagayan. DPWH Region 2 Director Melvin Navarro led the opening of the new Namuac Bridge, together with Cagayan Second District Representative Baby Aline Vargas-Alfonso and other Sanchez Mira municipality officials. According to Navarro, the newly replaced Namuac Bridge, which is the first completed major bridge project implemented by DPWH Regional Office 2 for 2014, has two (2) lanes, three-spans, and 109.5 lineal meters in length. Since it is located along Manila North Road, the replacement of old Namuac Bridge is expected to facilitate the development of Cagayan Valley region and other neighboring areas. “The newly constructed infrastructure will greatly improve accessibility and mobility in the vicinity by providing an enhanced transport facility in the Manila North Road which is the gateway to Region 1”, said Navarro. “It will likewise play a major support in the interplay of agricultural, industrial and tourism growth and exchanges between the provinces in Cagayan Valley and Ilocos Region,” added Navarro.  



  Secretary Rogelio Singson meets women road workers in Abulug, Cagayan  



  Secretary Rogelio Singson checks the progress of work at Lullutan Bridge Project in Ilagan, Isabela  



  Secretary Rogelio Singson visits the Nursery/Lactating Section where he takes time to play with an DPWH employee's baby.  



  DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson together with Assistant Secretary Eugenio R. Pipo conducts inspection on major infrastructure projects in Cagayan Valley.

The DPWH was warmly welcomed by Regional Director Melvin B. Navarro together with the District Engineers and Regional Office employees at the Regional Office on March 28, 2014.

In his visit, Secretary Singson took opportunity to confer with Director Navarro and the members of the regional staff relative to the implementation of major infrastructure projects including open forum with employees relative to their concerns and issues.

The group went to conduct ocular inspection of PMO implemented projects in Isabela namely the Lullutan bridge and Sta. Maria Cabagan bridge.

March 29, 2014, the Honorable Secretary went on to conduct project inspection of the Magapit-Sta.Ana Road, Magapit-Mission Jct. Section in Lallo, Cagayan a World Bank funded project that involves the improvement of about 23.72 kilometers of secondary national roads in the Cagayan Valley Region under the National Roads Improvement and Management Program Phase II. He also inspected the newly retrofitted Magapit Suspension Bridge.

Secretary Singson also visited the women road workers at Abulug, Cagayan where the women laborers were installing thermoplastic pavement markings. The Secretary expressed his gladness seeing women doing non-traditional jobs in Region 2. The Secretary commended DPWH Regional Office 02 for initiating the women empowerment project that looks to break barriers in gender equality and job generation.

The Secretary inspected on-going construction of major bridges along Manila North Road namely Lucban bridge, Pamplona bridge and Namuac bridge.



  For so long, road maintenance was seen as “men's work” but women equipped with training are proving that they can also do the job and play an integral part in taking care of our highways.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), supporter and advocate of women empowerment, promotes gender sensitivity and social responsibility by providing non-traditional jobs for women.

In his report to DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, DPWH Region 2 Director Melvin B. Navarro said that the agency in partnership with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has opened to women challenging and sustainable jobs such as road maintenance works which was traditionally handled by men.

Navarro said that adequate training programs were given to women to enhance their skills and capabilities in doing maintenance works, among which is the operation kneading machine used for thermoplastic pavement marking.

"Through the new learned skills, women which pursue non-traditional jobs will become more productive, gain self-reliance, and help improve their respective family income as DPWH guarantees that all persons regardless of gender have equal opportunities to get involved in our development activities”, added Navarro.

Women road workers have undergone orientation in operating the Kneading Machine at the DPWH-Cagayan 2nd District Engineering Office compound in Libertad, Abulug, Cagayan prior to their deployment.

Based on monitoring of Cagayan Second District Engineer Joselito Arao, the first batch of women road workers started applying/installing thermoplastic pavement markings along Manila North Road (MNR), Lucban Section (KO667 to KO 668) in Abulug, Cagayan.

For 23 years old Chinee Gaba, her being exposed to fieldwork is challenging and fulfilling knowing that she is among the first batch of women employed in this kind of work.

Meanwhile 25 years old Jenelin Palatan of Tuguegarao City revealed that her job which is hard as may be viewed their being exposed outside office but it became light and easy with the DPWH providing good tools, working environment and treating them equally.

“Doing a man’s job gives me a sense of fulfillment that is why I’m encouraging others to apply here in DPWH”, said Palatan.



  The Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office 02 headed by Director Melvin B. Navaro led the 1st Regional Staff Conference last January 16, 2014 held at the DPWH R02 onference hall.

The meeting was attended by Division Chiefs and District Engineers together with their accounting staff.

Latest policy direction from the Honorable Chiefs and District Engineers together with their accounting staff.

Latest policy direction from the Honorable Secretary Rogelio L. Singson was discussed by Regional Director Melvin B. Navaro. He urged the conferees to fast truck the implementation of infrastructure projects and emphasized the need to improve the accomplishment rating of their respective offices to uplift the region’s standing.

Also in the agenda were the issues and concerns of the regional staff which was discussed by the respective Division Chiefs. Among the topics discussed were the new Public Financial Management Reform and the Unified Account Code Structure (UACS) .
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