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10/13/08

DANGAL NG BAYAN AWARDEE

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  Ms. Evelyn Reonal (2nd from right) of Albay District Engineering Office, a recipient of the prestigious Dangal ng Bayan Award bestowed by no less than Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the Malacanang Palace poses with Albay District Engineer Manuel Azurin, RD Roces, Albay DEO Chief Adm. Officer Teresita Talastas, and Dr. Flocerpida Azotea.  
 
10/13/08

OVERALL CHAMPION

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  DPWH Players with RD Roces holding the trophy awarded to DPWH as Overall Champion for the recently concluded Government Employees’ Inter-Agency Sports Fest 2008 sponsored by CSC, Albay Province and the Albay Administrative/HRM Officers’ Association (AAHRMOA), Legazpi City  
 
10/13/08

DPWH REAP CSC AWARDS

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office No. 5 at Rawis, Legazpi City receives multiple awards from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in connection with the celebration of its 108th Anniversary which has the theme “Republic Service: Kabalikat ng Bayan sa Panahon ng Paghamon.” In a letter by CSC Region V Director Cecilia R. Nieto to DPWH Regional Director Orlando Roces, it was informed that DPWH Region 5 was chosen as one of the semi-finalists in this year’s Regional Search for Outstanding National Government Agency. Awards rites was held at Kanzo Hall & Restaurant, Legazpi City on September 26, 2008. Dr. Flocerpida Azotea, DPWH Region V Chief Administrative Officer received the awards in behalf of Director Roces. Dr. Maria Teodora Losantas, DPWH Human Resource Management Officer is likewise a semi-finalist for the Outstanding Human Resource Management Practitioners for the National Government Agency (NGA) level. DPWH Region V was also declared Overall Champion for the recently concluded Government Employees’ Inter-Agency Sports Fest 2008 sponsored by CSC, Albay Province and the Albay Administrative/HRM Officers’ Association (AAHRMOA), Legazpi City. Awarding Program was on September 30, 2008 at People’s Hall, Albay Capitol Building, Legazpi City. Dr. Azotea represented DPWH. This is a big celebration for the DPWH family. We also have here Ms. Evelyn Reonal of Albay District Engineering Office, a recipient of the prestigious Dangal ng Bayan Award bestowed by no less than Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo at the Malacanang Palace,” said RD Roces during their Flag Raising Ceremony on October 6, 2008. Dr. Azotea, said that Ms Reonal’s salary will be adjusted to a rate equivalent to the next higher position effective on the date of the conferment of the award, September 19, 2008. This incentive is pursuant to the provisions of R.A. No. 6713 otherwise known as “Rules Implementing the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees”. Dr. Azotea said that DPWH nominated Ms. Reonal for the said award through a letter from the Manager of Land Bank of the Philippines, Legazpi City Branch to DPWH commending the awardee. An incident happened last year, June 22, 2008 at Land Bank of the Philippine (LBP), Legazpi Branch wherein Ms. Reonal encash checks for the salaries of Albay DEO personnel. Upon receiving cash from the teller, she usually checks the amount at the money counter machine that is located in a secluded section of the bank. On that particularly day, she was within a few steps from the machine when she saw a bundle of a hundred-peso bill stuck up in the said money counter. Without any second thought, she immediately informed the Bank’s Assistant Manager about the matter. The money amounted to P100,000.00. Another reason for celebration according to RD Roces is the appointment of OIC-Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Jaime Martinez as full-fledged ARD.  
 
08/16/08

DPWH COMPLETES P11 MILLION FLOOD CONTROL PROJECTS IN MASBATE PROVINCE

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  Protecting agricultural lands and residential areas especially during the rainy season, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported the completion of the P11 Million flood control projects in Masbate Province. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. DPWH Masbate 1st District Engineer Ely Tungala said that the four (4) flood control structures, included in the priority pro-poor projects were recently completed. “ We have prioritized the implementation of these flood control structures because Masbate is located within the typhoon belt. The newly built structures now protect a total of seven barangays and 40 hectares of agricultural lands” Tungala said. Mr. Laurio Rolando, a farmer in Brgy Sug-Ong in the Municipality of Baleno said that since the flood control structure was built in their barangay, the recent heavy rains did not breach their farmlands thus increasing their profits due to decrease in crop damage. Among the completed flood control projects are the construction of lined canals with cover along Quezon Street in Masbate City (P 4 Million), construction of flood control dikes along Brgy. Tugbo in Masbate City (P 3 Million), Brgy. Bonbon in Milagros (P 2 Million) and in Brgy. Lagta, Baleno (P 2 Million).  
 
08/12/08

BIR AND CSC HONORS DPWH

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  During its 104th Anniversary Celebration, the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) awarded the Department of Public Works and Highways Bicol Region Office a certificate of recognition for its invaluable support in tax collection effort of the BIR through the contractors’ VAT. BIR revenue Region # 10 OIC-Director Atty. Diosdado R. Mendoza said that the assistance of the DPWH had significantly contributed in the attainment of the collection goal of their office for taxable year 2007. Meanwhile, in their letter dated August 6, 2008, the Civil Service Commission congratulated Ms. Evelyn Reonal, Cashier I, of the DPWH Albay First District Engineering District as one of the recipients of the CSC Dangal ng Bayan Award for this year’s search for Outstanding Public Officials and Employees. Ms. Reonal was cited for her honesty for surrendering a bag of 100 peso bills amounting to P100,000 which she found inside a Land Bank of the Philippines Branch in Legazpi City. Ms. Reonal’s conferment of award will be held at the Malacañang Palace on September 19, 2008. DPWH Region V Director Orlando Roces said that the entire DPWH community in Bicol Region are so gratified to receive this prestigious award, these will surely boost the morale of the entire DPWH family.  
 
08/03/08

DPWH CONDUCTS FLOOD CONTROL CONSULTATIVE MEETING IN CAMARINES NORTE

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  To mitigate damage brought by floods in Camarines Norte especially during rainy season, the Department of Public Works and Highways has conducted a Consultative Meeting on Flood Control Measures in Daet, Camariens Sur. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. DPWH Region V Director Orlando Roces said that the flooding along Vinzons Avenue occurred when residential and commercial establishment were constructed near Aswang Creek. “ The flooding problem in the area had greatly affected not only the transport sector but also the entire economy of Daet, that’s why we have organized a consultative meeting together with the local government units and business sector to immediately resolve the problem” Roces said. Roces added that the flooding also incured additional road maintenance funds as it resulted in the early deterioration of asphalt overlay in the said road section. Investigation revealed that the flooding was due to the re-routing and blocking of the of the Aswang Creek. During the meeting it was also discussed that the Camarines Norte Water District pipe line also blocks the drainage system. To prevent flooding, the DPWH Camarines Norte District Engineering Office and the Municipality of Daet will conduct clearing operations on the waterway of Aswang Creek and in coordination with the National Irrigation Administration the DPWH will restore the original course of Aswang Creek.  
 
05/06/08

MORE FUNDS FOR ANDAYA HIGHWAY

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  With the released of P350.20 Million funds under the CY 2008 General Appropriation Act (GAA), the DPWH Bicol Region is set to start the Asphalt Overlay and Improvement of Quirino - Andaya Highway. During the site visit made recently by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. and Undersecretary Ramon P. Aquino, DPWH Region 5 Director Orlando Roces disclosed that bidding for the project is scheduled on today (May 16, 2006). Implementation of project will commence on June 2, 2008 and shall be completed within 300 days. Asphalt Overlay and Improvement of Quirino - Andaya Highway Project is divided into three sections namely Del Gallego-Ragay section and Lupi-Sipocot section both in Camarines Sur and Tabugon- Sta Elena Section in Camarines Norte. Secretary Ebdane instructed Director Roces to closely monitor the project implementation since it is a vital route that connects Northern Luzon, Metro Manila and Calabarzon areas to Bicolandia, Visayas and Mindanao regions. The Andaya Highway forms part of the inter-regional link connecting Eastern and Central Nautical Highways.  
 
04/30/08

RORO TO SPUR PROGRESS IN BICOL

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) worked together for the successful launching of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH) in Region 5. Her Excellency President Macapgal-Arroyo graced the start of the ceremeonial activities yesterday, April 28, 2008 at Bulan, Sorsogon where she lighted the giant map of the Central Seabord. President Arroyo with her entourage proceeded to Masbate Port then to Cawayan Port where the main even was held including the briefing on the road connecting Central Nautical Highway Ports in Masbate done by DPWH 5 Regional Director Orlando Roces. Her Excellency was satisfied on the accomplishments done by DPWH Region 5 on the roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) project before Several RoRo transit points for this nautical highway program of the government are now in existence in various parts of the country. DOTC will open four (4) more of these facilities in Pilar, Sorsogon and in Aroroy, San Jacinto and Cawayan., all in the island province of Masbate. The port component in this project is under DOTC and the road component, by DPWH. “We have on going projects at intermittent sections of the road linking Aroroy Port, Cawayan Port, “ said Director Orlando Roces. “The targeted schedule to fully improve or rehabilitated these road sections is 2009, work activities had started in 2006, “he added. The total road length from Aroroy Port to Cawayan Port via Aroroy-Lagda-Jct. Malinta-Jct. Buenavista-Cawayan is 110.829 kilometers, 75.382 kms. of which is paved, 20.148-km is under construction and the remaining 15. 299-km has yet to be paved or improved. For the Aroroy Port to Esperanza Port, a total of 23.543 kms of its 162.254 kms. road section is under construction and for Masbate City Port to Cawayan Port. 55.180 kms of its 62.486 km stretch is paved and the remaining 7.306 kms is still unpaved. “We are optimistic that the remaining unpaved portions of the road sections shall all be improved in 2009 since Her Excellency is determined in pursuing RoRo projects to intensify progress and development particularly in the countryside,” said Director Roces.  
 
02/28/08

BICOL TRAVEL ADVISORY

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  As of February 28, 2008, the following road sections of the national road are rendered not passable/hardly passable to motorists: ALBAY: LEGAZPI-PUNTA DE JESUS ROAD -Malobago Section – passable as of yesterday afternoon (February 27, 2007) -Tinapian Section – impassable due to washed out spillway. Temporary spillway to be constructed. DAANG MAHARLIKA -Culliat Section – Hardly passable with severely eroded roadsides due to strong current of water crossing roadway. Temporary measure through sand bagging is being undertaken to minimize the volume of water passing through the section. LIGAO-TABACO ROAD -Tobgon Detour Spillway, washed out. Alternate Route: Batang-Binanuan-Nasisi Provincial Road. ALBAY WEST COAST ROAD -Libon-Pantao Road (Paclas Section) – Hardly passable due to flooded Roadway. Removal of slides along Barangay Caguscus and Biak-na-Bato in Libon still ongoing. Alternate Route: Libon-Bacolod-Buga Road. CAMARINES SUR III DEO -Tigaon-Goa-San Jose-Lagonoy-Guijalo via San Vicente Road Lagonoy-San Vicente Section and Teres-Caramoan-Guijalo Section – Passable only to motorcycles due to scoured embankment and heavily damaged road surface. Temporary repair works, ongoing. -Presentacion-Maligao Road – Hardly passable. With scoured embankment/slope protection works and washed out surfacing materials. Reapir/Restoration works ongoing. -Pili-Tigaon-Albay Bdry. Road – passable but with major cutslip/scoured slope protection works that may lead to the collapse of the existing concrete pavement at Km. 491+300 (Barangay Sibaguan). Maintenance Crew continues to clear and remove falling loose boulders at Barangay Patitinan. -Tinambac-Siruma Road – passable but with critical condition at intermittent sections. Temporary repair works, ongoing. -Goa-Digdigon-San Isidro Road – hardly passable from 496+600 to Km. 503+073 due to washed out surfacing materials. Maintenance operation, ongoing. SORSOGON 1 DEO -Juban-Magallanes Road, Tinago Section – declared passable as of 9:30 PM of February 27, 2008. -Putiao-Pilar-Donsol Road – impassable due to road slip, scoured slope protection/shoulder. Appropriate warning signs and barricades were installed. Alternate Route: Pilar Diversion Road -Pilar Diversion Road, Km. 558+700 – half lane passable due to damaged concrete pavement. -Sorsogon-Baco-Manito Road a) Sitio Liday, Bacon – half lane passable due to road slips b) Milaviga Bridge Approach, Barangay San Juan, Bacon – passable but with scoured slope protection. SORSOGON SUB-DEO (2nd Legislative District) -Juban-Magallanes Road – declared passable as of 11:30 AM of February 27, 2008. -Irosin-San Roque-Bulusan Lake Road – total road closure due to 34 L.M. of scoured and eroded road at San Roque, Bulusan. Appropriate warning signs were installed and manning traffic on 24 hours basis. Mabey bridge will be installed over the damaged section. Delivery of materials ongoing. Expected to be completed on Saturday, March 1, 2008.  
 
01/10/08

DPWH COMPLETES THE RECONSTRUCTION OF TRAVESIA BRIDGE IN BICOL

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  Motorists coming in and out of Legaspi City will be relieved of almost an hour of extended travel time as the Department of Public Works and Highways reported the completion of the Travesia Bridge along Daang Maharlika Highway in Guinobatan, Albay. DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. said that with the completion of the bridge it would improve the income of truckers as well as the public transport sector because it decreases transport expenses by cutting down the traveling time for about 45 minutes. The old Travesia Bridge was damaged last 2006 after the passage of more or less 200 trucks included in the “Mercy Caravan”, government’s relief distribution program for the victims of typhoon Reming in Albay and Sorsogon. DPWH Region V Director Orlando Roces said that the original expected completion date of the bridge was on October 2007, but due to unworkable weather condition during the third quarter of 2007 they failed to meet its target completion date. Meanwhile, Guinobatan Mayor Juan Garcia had extended his gratitude on the accomplishment of the DPWH and commented that with the strict implementation of the project he is confident that the new bridge can withstand supertyphoons. Also in Albay, Roces also reported that the repair of Tobgon Bridge in Ligao City is already 88.11% complete and if good weather prevails they are expecting to complete it before the end of January 2008. Tobgon Bridge was damaged due to the heavy flow of volcanic debris from Mt. Mayon during height of typhoon Reming. Both bridge replacement projects are funded under the regular CY 2007 Infra fund amounting P24.7 Million for Travesia Bridge and P35.1 Million for Tobgon Bridge including the detour spillway and approaches.  
 
 
 

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