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  The WV BUILDERS NEWS, the official publication of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 6 was awarded as Best Agency/LGU Newsletter (second place) for 2016 by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region 6.

The said award, which includes certificate of recognition and a trophy was given during the Information Officers’ Year-end Conference and Awards 2016 last December 2 at the Iloilo Grand Hotel, Iloilo City.

The newsletter entries of the participating National Government Agencies (NGAs) and Local Government Units (LGUs) in the whole region were critiqued by the external panel of judges commissioned by PIA, as to relevance of content and messages, technical quality, responsiveness to the needs of clients and effective communication support to development, which resulted to the selection of the top 7 entries.

The WV BUILDERS News, is a monthly publication of the Regional Office and handled by the Regional Public Information Office (RPIO) headed by Regional Public Information Officer, Ms. Vivian C. Tan, who is also a recipient of Special Award of Distinction given by PIA in 2015.

Tan said that it is the first time the DPWH sent official entries to the categories of Best Agency/LGU Newsletter and Best Performing Information Office.

“These awards are good enough for a first timer like us, and these would give us more inspiration to more dedicated and diligent in responding to the needs of the stakeholders,” Tan added.

DPWH was also awarded by PIA as honorable mention for the Best Performing Information Office for 2016. The winners of the said category were chosen based on consistency, diligence and committed service to the public through information, education and communication programs, activities and services.



  The then flooded road section along Roxas City Boundary-Panitan-Bailan Road, Brgy. Agkilo in Panitan, Capiz, is currently being upgraded by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office VI, hence, would bring travel convenience to motorists, when completed.

The said project is implemented and supervised by the Regional Office headed by Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño and Assistant Regional Director Jose Al V. Fruto.

The project, in the amount of P60.6 million from FY 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA), involves concrete reconstruction of 2-lane road with the length of 1.4 kilometers.

According to Fruto, the said area is flood prone, that even the road completely submerges in water when heavy rains occur, that even the installed wheel guard could not be seen by motorists.

Fruto added that in order to make the continuous flow of traffic even during rainy days, the DPWH has constructed an elevated road, higher than the level of the rice fields.

Engr. Ormel G. Santos, chief of the Construction Division also said that the project, which also includes the provision of 300mm slab and drainage, is expected to be completed before this year ends.

Roxas City-Panitan-Bailan Road is a national road connecting the town of Panitan to Roxas City, passing various agricultural areas; hence its good condition would cause easy and faster delivery of goods and services.

During the onslaught of typhoon “Marce” recently, the road, according to Project Engineer Florenda Dumol, was slightly covered by water; however it is still passable, not like before when the road was impassable during heavy rains or typhoons.

Likewise, the motorists are happy that with this elevated road, they can smoothly and continuously travel from Roxas City to Panitan, vice versa, without being disturbed and hindered by water overflow.

“Tungod sining bag o nga kalsada, indi na kami yanda maka experience sang daw dagat nga tubig nga kinanglan pa namon mag sakay sa mga baroto para ikarga amon mga dala (With this new road, we will not experience anymore, the ocean-like water wherein we have to use boats to transfer or commodities/luggage),” said Engr. Ethel B. Morales, Assistant District Engineer of Capiz First District Engineering Office and a frequent passer along this road section.



  Residents in the northern part of Iloilo province as well as neighboring provinces of Aklan and Capiz will have a better medical facility with the proposed construction of additional building at the Iloilo Provincial Hospital.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Iloilo 2nd District Engineering Office will be undertaking the construction of a 2-Storey building within the premises of Iloilo Provincial Hospital in Pototan, Iloilo.

The project involves the construction of wards for indigent patients and other services as tertiary facility of the provincial hospital.

District Engineer Nilo B. Gavia also said that the project includes demolition of the old 1-Storey structure and construction of a new 2-Storey building with the area of 21.79 meters in length and 45.80 meters in width.

“The X-Ray room, laboratory and ultrasound room will be constructed at the ground floor, while the second floor will be utilized as wards,” Gavia said.

Assistant District Engineer Edna May D. Cañete added that the project has an appropriation of P30.0 Million, with the budget coming from the FY 2015 Department of Health (DOH) Health Facilities Enhancement Program (HFEP) Fund.

Cañete also said the project is set for public bidding and the construction will commence as soon as necessary documents are complied by the winning contractor.

“The second floor, which is intended for hospital wards, could accommodate at least 46 patients,” Cañete added.

Once completed, the said hospital building would be able to cater more patients particularly those who are from the northern and central towns of Iloilo and would provide them with easy access to medical attention, without going to the hospitals in Iloilo City.



  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region VI has allocated a total amount of P310.509 Million for the upgrading of roads leading to various tourist sites in the province of Antique.

Works are on-going for the concreting of the existing 11.296-kilometer gravel road from Brgy. San Antonio to Brgy. Flores in Culasi town, Antique leading to Mt. Madia-as, which is known for waterfalls and mountain trekking.

According to the Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño, Jr., the project costing P70.0 Million is funded under the FY 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA) of the Regional Office.

Leaño also said that the Regional Office is also undertaking the upgrading of road from Brgy. Villahermosa to Sition Apong in Brgy. Cabladan in the town of Sibalom, which leads to several tourist destinations such as Sibalom Natural Park, Waterfalls, Rafflesiaspesiosa viewing, gemstones hunting, Lake Pako, Bato Pispis and Mountain trekking.

The project involves concreting of gravel road, two lanes, with the total length of 20.458 kilometers in the amount of P200.0 Million, funded under the FY 2016 GAA of the Regional Office.

Leaño added that implementation of the said projects is under the supervision of DPWH, Antique District Engineering Office (DEO).

Likewise, Antique DEO District Engineer Gerald A. Pacanan said that they are also implementing another tourism road project – the concreting of Sto. Rosario-Malumpati Road in Pandan town, leading to rising Malumpati Health Spring and Tourist Resort and Bugang River.

Pacanan said that a total of P60.509 Million was allocated by the District, P20.0-Million from FY 2015 Regular Infra and P40.509 Million from FY 2016 Regular Infra, which is intended for the concreting of 3.60 kilometers road going to these tourist sites.

More tourists are expected to visit the said tourist destinations in the province of Antique once the road upgrading projects are completed, thus, would enhance the province’s tourism and economic conditions, and improve the lives of the people living in the said areas.



  Several homeowners, business operators and their representatives along General Luna Street sat for a dialogue with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO), the Iloilo City Engineering Office and the Iloilo-Batiano River Development Council (IBRDC) at the Iloilo City Hall Multi-Purpose Hall, November 8, 2016 concerning the implementation of the proposed Esplanade 4 and 6.

DPWH OIC Assistant Regional Director Jose Al V. Fruto presented the projects to be implemented by next year which includes the Esplanade 4 connecting Iloilo Bridge (B.S. Aquino Jr. Avenue) Jalandoni Bridge and subsequently to Forbes Bridge (River Queen Hotel) for the Esplanade 6.

A brief review of the survey done by PENRO was presented by Engr. Romulo Sumaculob. The original boundaries of the Iloilo River were identified way back in the 1916 Cadastral Survey. Engr. Sumaculob also showed the 2011 survey to determine the river’s present appearance.

Fruto also appealed for the cooperation of the owners to start facilitating the marking of the property lines in the area to complete the plan so as not to hamper the implementation of the project.

In addition, PENRO Raul Lorilla assured the stakeholders that DPWH and DENR will maintain the cadastral line subject to the submission of pertinent documents from the owners of the houses and businesses along the area. Lorilla stressed the purpose of holding this meeting with the structure owners so the team can check the extent of encroachment along the Iloilo River covering the two Esplanade projects.

The meeting with the stakeholders is a collaborative effort of DPWH, DENR and Iloilo City government to inspect each affected property to identify and address issues on ownership, among others.

A technical working group will be created to address these issues individually and the stakeholders were reminded to present pertinent documents concerning their properties.



  Twelve (12) new equipment to be used for disaster response activities in Western Visayas were recently turned over to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office 6 by DPWH Bureau of Equipment.

The new equipment transferred to the custody of the DPWH Region 6 Equipment Management Division headed by its chief, Engr. Ronnie C. Catuiran, are the following: one (1) unit of road milling machine with accessories; five (5) units of dump truck; four (4) units chain saw; one (1) unit power light tower with generator; and one (1) unit amphibious.

The additional equipment will be deployed in District Engineering Offices (DEOs) in the region to be utilized in various disaster response operations, relief and rescue operations as well as in maintenance activities.

“The acquisition of new equipment is very timely for emergency disaster response operations considering that Western Visayas had experienced series of natural phenomena such as typhoon and earthquakes,” Catuiran said.

To date, DPWH Region 6 has a total of 20 units of different types of disaster-response equipment, stationed in the Regional Office and various District Engineering Offices, ready for deployment when need arises.



  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar ordered the Regional Directors and District Engineers all over the country to activate the annual “Lakbay-Alalay” program for the forthcoming observance of All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

Through a memorandum, Villar directed the regional and district heads to create a composite team, including an anchorman, that will aid the traveling public on strategic locations in their respective jurisdictions from at 5:00 o’clock in the afternoon on October 28 until 12:00 noon of November 2, 2016.

In Region VI, Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño instructed the District Engineers to ensure that proper signage and warning signs are provided on all on-going construction projects in their respective areas of jurisdictions.

Leaño guaranteed that traffic advisory for alternate routes by-passing traffic congested areas and road sections with on-going construction activities will be installed with specific entry and exit points and corresponding distances.

The DPWH crew is also tasked to coordinate with other concerned entities such as the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine National Police (PNP) and officials of the Local Government Units (LGUs) to provided necessary assistance.



  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 6 has lined up several strategic infrastructure programs to decongest major thoroughfares and implement integrated seamless transport system in Western Visayas by providing new road openings connecting several provinces including island linkages by year 2020

According to OIC Assistant Regional Director Jose Al V. Fruto, among the projects set to be implemented includes the widening of Aklan East Road and Aklan West Road that will improve accessibility to Boracay island from anywhere in Panay Island.

Fruto also mentioned the on-going Kalibo Circumferential Road, which is also expected to decongest the traffic in the busy town.

Similarly, the Roxas City Circumferential Road will lessen traffic congestion at the busy streets of Roxas City and will also provide easy access to Culasi Port. Travelling to Capiz from Iloilo City will also be more accessible with a 4-lane wide thoroughfare.

In addition, funds have been proposed for a road connecting Lambunao town of Iloilo and Valderrama in Antique, which is a major road opening that will connect the two provinces and will be called Panay East-West Road (East-West Lateral) when finished.

Likewise, one of the visions of Secretarty Mark Villar is the implementation of Panay-Guimaras Bridge that will further boost tourism at Guimaras Island. Motorized boats have long transported people and goods along Iloilo Strait, the body of water that separates Iloilo and Guimaras.



  Residents near the rivers in Pontevedra and Pan-ay in the province of Capiz are now less worried of water overflow during rainy season with the completion of two significant river controls in the said towns.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Capiz First District Engineering Office (DEO) has completed the construction of Pontevedra River Control in Pontevedra town (upstream of Agbalo Bridge and Tico River Control (downstream) in Pan-ay town.

The construction of Pontevedra River Control, with the contract amount of P18.799 Million involves the construction of additional 228.80 lineal meters of concrete revetment wall resting on steel sheet piles along the Pontevedra River.

Also, the construction of P18.718 Million Tico River Control involves the construction of 132.40 lineal meters of concrete revetment wall resting on steel sheet piles along Pontevedra River that is connected to the main 152-kilometer Panay River.

The said river control systems are expected to mitigate the perennial flooding problems in the towns of Pontevedra and Pan-ay, which are considered as catch basins of Panay Island.

According to District Engineer Sanny Boy O. Oropel, the two (2) flood mitigation projects will benefit people in the areas, who had experienced flooding during rainy days, damaging their properties and livelihood.

“With these flood control structures, they can sleep soundly at night even if it’s raining, and not worried of volume of the water from the river that may reach and damage their houses,” Oropel said.

Assistant District Engineer Ethel B. Morales also said that in the past, roads in these areas were hardly passable during rainy days because the river water overflows to the roads.

Project Engineer Julius Abela added that massive flooding in the said areas, which was predictable before, particularly during the devastation of Typhoon “Yolanda” in 2013 may not happen again with the construction of these flood control structures.

Meantime, DPWH, Capiz 1st DEO is supervising the on-going improvement of Iloilo East Coast-Capiz Road Pan-ay section, which is also a flood-prone section.

In order to address the problem, the DPWH is upgrading the road elevation to prevent the highway from being submerged in floodwater during rainy days.



  Engineers from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Guimaras District Engineering Office together with representatives from the Department of Agrarian Reform-Guimaras Provincial Office (DARPO-Guimaras) conducted revalidation of two (2) bridges in Guimaras Province for the proposed inclusion in the “Tulay ng Pangulo Para sa Kaunlarang Pang-Agraryo (TPKP).

The technical team from the two offices conducted a re-validation of the existing bailey bridge in Salvacion-Tastasan and waterway structure over Loblob river in Nazaret- East Valencia, both in the town of Buenavista.

In 2009, these structures were proposed to be included in the “Tulay ng Pangulo” but did not materialize due to lack of fund allocation.

Hence, according to DAR, they recently received a memorandum to conduct a re-validation of the these proposed Tulay ng Pangulo projects, yet they have no engineers to handle such activity, thus, engineers from DPWH were sent to provide technical assistance.

The construction of these two (2) proposed bridges will be very beneficial to the residents as it will facilitate faster and more convenient transport of products to the market centers.



  Local and foreign tourists going to Boracay Island can now travel safely with the provision of warning and directional signs along the national roads.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - Aklan District Engineering Office has completed the installation of chevrons along the curve sections of Aklan West Road from the towns of Nabas to Caticlan in Malay.

Installed signs are vital to the safety of motorists from Iloilo City and the provinces of Iloilo and Capiz going to Caticlan in Malay town, vice versa.

According to District Engineer Noel L. Fuentebella, the installation of the said chevron is part of the Long Term Performance Based Maintenance Contract (LTPBMC) of the National Roads Improvement and Management Program, Phase 2 (NRIMP-2) of the Department.

Fuentebella added that the installation of the said chevron is in accordance with the standard specification as provided in the Department Order No. 10, series 2011.

To ensure that the signs are clearly visible and free from roadside vegetation, maintenance crew of the District will be regularly deployed.

Chevron signs are used to guide motorists/drivers through a change in horizontal alignment of the road such as curves and less than sharp turns. They are also used to supplement any of the advance warning signs such as guide posts and delineators.

Chevron sign is made of reflective sheeting that is weather resistant and has high reflectivity to vehicle headlights depending on the angle of incidence.



  Members of the local legislative body the Municipality of San Lorenzo in Guimaras province are now housed in a more conducive office, with the completion of its new building.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Guimaras District Engineering Office has completed the construction of a new Legislative building, which is one of the 9 projects implemented by the District under one cluster contract project, with the total amount of P11.0 Million.

According to District Engineer Rolando P. Ubaldo, the building is constructed within the compound of the Municipal Hall of San Lorenzo for easy access of both the employees and the stakeholders.

Ubaldo said that a total of P6.0 Million was funded for the said project, which involves construction of a building with a floor area of 285 square meters.

An additional 55.30 meters was included in the project for the construction of porch and ramps for the persons with disabilities, pursuant to the provisions of BP 344, otherwise known as “An Act to Enhance the Mobility of Disabled Persons by Requiring Certain Buildings, Institutions, Establishments and Public Utilities to install facilities and Other Devices.”

“The remaining P5.0 Million was utilized to construct multi-purpose pavements in the barangays of Constancia, Sebario, Suclaran, Cabano, Igcawayan, Sapal and Tamborong, all in San Lorenzo town,” Ubaldo added.



  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar conducted an ocular inspection at the on-going construction of new Aganan Bridge in Maasin, Iloilo.

The construction of a 180 lineal meter bridge along Mandurriao-San Miguel-Alimodian-Maasin-Cabatuan road is being implemented by the DPWH Regional Office 6.

Accompanying the Secretary are OIC- Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño Jr., OIC-Assistant Regional Director Jose Al V. Fruto, OIC-Chief of Construction Division Engr. Ormel A. Santos, District Engineer Edmund V. Opinion, District Engineer Rodney A. Gustilo and representatives from the contractor.

The first phase of the bridge project started April 2016, with the appropriation of P61.8 Million from the FY 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA), under contract with IBC International Builders Corporation in the amount of P59.49 Million.

Aganan Bridge Project involves construction of 2-lanes, 6-spans at 30m PSCG AASHTO Type IVB Bridge on bored pile foundation, 3-spans complete continuous superstructures with sidewalk and railings, fabrication of additional 3-30m PSCG for span 4 and complete substructures consisting of 2-pier abutments and 5 piers both with 2 columns on bored pile foundation with abutment and scour protection.

The second phase of the project for implementation in FY 2017 covers the completion of 3-spans superstructures with sidewalk and railings as well as construction of bridge approaches including slope protection.



  Two programs on youth were showcased in the recent hosting of the 3rd Quarter Meeting of the Regional Youth Advisory Council (RYAC) by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office VI held last September 15, 2016.

The hiring of young engineers possibly aged 30 and below through the creation of the 1,394 Engineer II permanent positions and the conduct of the Cadet Engineer Program (CEP) were among those discussed by Ray Adrian C. Macalalag, Engineer II of the Planning and Design Division and Youth Focal Person of this Office.

The DPWH Regional Office VI alone was assigned 14 Engineer II positions last May 2015 which specifically required applicants to be not more than 30 years old.

It was further enhanced by the then Secretary Rogelio L. Singson who appealed to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for the lifting of the required four hours of training and one year experience to ensure that academically qualified fresh graduates will be hired. This was granted per CSC Resolution No. 1501502 promulgated on December 18, 2015.

Meanwhile, the CEP is a special program of the Department wherein 40 stringently selected applicants undergo rigorous training on the various operations of DPWH for six months.

The Regional Youth Advisory Council has been organized by the National Youth Commission (NYC) under the Office of the President as the regional counterpart in the National Advisory Council at the National Level. Its functions include advisory and consultative bodies on matters relating to youth affairs, welfare, and development.

Former NYC Commissioner for Visayas, Assistant Secretary Jo Jan Paul J. Peñol, was among the attendees.

The meeting was attended by member agencies and institutions, including BJMP, CHEd, DA, DENR, DILG, DOH, DOLE, DOT, DPWH, NCIP, NEDA, NYC, PIA, PNP, PopCom, PSA, and TESDA in the government sector, the University of Iloilo and West Visayas State University in the education sector, and the PBS Radyo ng Bayan Iloilo in the media sector.

The hosting of this meeting was spearheaded by Macalalag with the support of the Office of the Regional Director, Office of the Assistant Regional Director, Regional Public Information Office, Human Resource and Administrative Division, and the Planning and Design Division.



  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Aklan District Engineering Office (DEO) is set to construct twenty (20) rainwater collection systems for the different public schools in the Province of Aklan .

A total amount of P3.2 Million from the FY 2016 Regular Infrastructure Program of the DPWH is programmed for the implementation of Rainwater Collection System (RWCS).

This is in compliance to Republic Act (R.A.) 6716 otherwise 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.

Some twenty (20) different public schools benefitted from the RWCS construction that started July this year. The schools are from the twelve (12) different municipalities such as Makato, Banga, Ibajay, New Washington, Tangalan, Madalag, Nabas, Lezo, Altavas, Malinao, Batan and Libacao.

DPWH is readily facing the impacts of La Niña on the water resources and water infrastructure of Region 6. This project aims to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for water supply and the harvested rainwater can also be used for several agricultural and environmental purposes in the province.

As La Niña phenomenon looms in, District Engineer Noel L. Fuentebella has step-up efforts in implementing water-influenced infrastructure projects for the Region, specifically the installation of rainwater collection systems in his jurisdiction.



  Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office VI (DPWH RO-6) conducted a 4-day training session on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Safeguards program from September 13-16.

Attended by several employees from the Regional Office and (10) District Engineering Offices (DEO), the event commenced with the welcome remarks of OIC-Regional Director Jose Al. V. Fruto.

The overview and regulatory framework of EIA was introduced by Kelvin Mamitag of DPWH Environmental Social Safeguard Section, followed by discussions on basic EIA activities such as Screening, Scoping, Baseline data gathering, social impact assessment as well as the preparation, monitoring, and evaluation of environmental documents.

Engr. Shiela Mae R. Rotas from Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR) tackled the Tree Cutting Permit Application procedures, fines, sanctions, penalties, and updates of the DENR Administrative Order 03-30 also known as Establishing the Philippine Environmental Impact Statement System.

The topics on Land Acquisition, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Indigenous Peoples (LARRIP), its legal framework, and document preparation of Land Acquisition Plan and Resettlement Action Plan (LAPRAP) were also highlighted.

Participants also went for a fieldwork and an examination to assess what they have learned from the training.

The Environmental Impact Assessment and Social Safeguards Training Course will help participants formulate environmental impact management plan and be aware of the various post Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) requirements such as compliance and effects monitoring of the infrastructure projects.



  The Department of Public Works and Highways, Aklan District Engineering Office (DEO) announced, in a report by District Engineer Noel L. Fuentebella, the installation of traffic lights along Mabini Street, corner Roxas Avenue in Kalibo, Aklan.

With contract cost of approximately P9.58 Million, the Street is funded under the FY 2016 DPWH Regular Infrastructure Program of the District.

Started in July 26 this year, the said project is expected to be completed and operational on November 23, few days before the holiday rush, wherein volume of motorists are expected to flock the major areas of the province.

The project involves provision of traffic signal lantern (LED-type with visor), traffic control signal cables, local controller, vehicle-presence video detector, street light posts, road signs, reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings, pedestrian push-and-button assembly, high-mast signal poles, arrow masks and mounting brackets.

It will be turned-over to the local government after the completion and installation by DPWH Aklan DEO.

Kalibo Mayor William Lachica added that the traffic lights will minimize traffic congestion along the busy streets of Mabini and Roxas Avenue intersection, which is a major gateway of vehicles bound for Caticlan in Malay, Aklan, going to Boracay Island.

DPWH Aklan DEO has also provided/installed traffic lights in the town of Altavas, the first traffic light project implemented by DPWH in the province.

District Engineer Fuentebella said that series of consultations with local officials and stakeholders of Altavas were conducted by DPWH on the operational functionality of the said traffic lights.



  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office 6 recently hosted the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) Regional Elimination Quiz for the 35th National Civil Engineering Student Quiz (NCESQ).

Civil Engineering students from nine (9) schools in Panay Island competed namely University of Antique, St. Anthony’s College, Capiz State University, Colegio dela Purisima Concepcion, Garcia College of Technology, Western Institute of Technology, Central Philippine University, University of San Agustin and University of Iloilo

DPWH OIC – Assistant Regional Director and PICE Iloilo Chapter President Jose Al V. Fruto welcomed the participants and their coaches as well as the officers and members of PICE. He also expressed appreciation to OIC – Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño Jr. for the generosity in accommodating the request of PICE for DPWH to host the event.

PICE Regional Coordinator Engr. Antonio F. Belarga also thanked DPWH for hosting the event. “This morning, I wish you students and coaches all the luck. This activity will give our energetic Civil Engineering students additional experience.” He added during his message.

Engr. Julius B. Abela, Chief of Construction Division in Capiz 1st District Engineering Office and Chief of the Panel of Examinees along with Engr. Doris Mae L. Peñaredondo and Engr. Rona Mae B. Barberona reviewed the quiz guidelines and a ceremonial opening of examination envelope followed. The quiz covers the following areas: 1) Mathematics, Environmental, Energy and Transportation, 2) Design and Construction and 3) Hydraulics and Geotechnical.

Kim Hilbert Antatico of Capiz State University emerged as the 1st place winner with a cash prize of P7,000 plus trophy and medal followed at 2nd place by John Lorenz Tuala of Central Philippine University with a cash prize of P5,000 with trophy and medal, and Chives Mio Maghari of St. Anthony’s College at 3rd with a cash prize of P3,000 with trophy and medal. Other participants were given consolation prize of P500 each.

The quiz is an exercise in doing analyses and critical thinking- skills that are needed on Civil Engineering subjects with the hope of winning the upcoming National competition and to prepare the students for the Civil Engineering board examination.



  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) recently concluded their second Full Time Delivery Unit (FDU) Meeting at DPWH Regional Office VI.

DPWH Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño Jr. of Region VI, Regional Director Lea N. Delfinado of Negros Island Region (NIR), and Assistant Regional Director Jose Al V. Fruto, together with DBM Region VI Director Alfonso B. Bedonia Jr. and Assistant Regional Director Mae L. Chua spearheaded the said meeting. The participants of the meeting were key staff of DBM and several District Engineers from DPWH Region VI and NIR.

Highlighting the rationale of Administrative Order No. 46, s. 2015, Director Bedonia pointed out that the FDU would implement measures to improve the ability of government agencies to utilize budgets and implement projects and programs in a timely manner as well as facilitate project implementation.

“This is a great venue to discuss recommended measures to further improve our performance and to clarify issues related to lower than expected spending, among others.” Director Leaño stated in his welcome message. He is also grateful for this opportunity and encouraged everyone to engage themselves in this meeting.

There are currently four (4) pronged measures of A.O. No. 46 – the prompt budget execution, the procurement measures, full-time delivery unit or the execution and delivery of services, outputs and outcomes and troubleshoot bottlenecks and delays; and reporting or submission at the end of every quarter to DBM and identify problems and issues and work on how to address them.

In addition, the District Engineering Offices (DEO) of Region 6 and NIR presented their projects’ physical accomplishments and reasons for variances and their action plans. The DPWH Financial Management Division also discussed the Financial Status Report.

This 2nd FDU would fortify DPWH and DBM to work closely for quarterly monitoring and evaluation of project execution and to facilitate remedial measures to address problems and issues as both agencies play a vital role in realizing the intended socio-economic goals of the government.



  The tourism industry and agricultural productivity in Capiz are seen to improve with the construction of a new bridge in the province.

The 40-lineal meter Bayuyan Bridge was built by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to link several agri-tourism sites in President Roxas, Capiz. This will provide better access to people who wish to visit the province’s tourist destinations including the Hinulugan Falls in Pilar and Lintiknon Falls in President Roxas.

Constructed at a cost of P22 million, the 4-meter wide pre-stressed concrete girder type bridge, funded under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program-Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project, Phase III (CARP-ARISP III) of the Department of Agrarian Reform, aims to benefit agrarian reform communities in the area.

According to DPWH Capiz 1st District Engineer Sanny Boy Oropel, local residents can now transport their corn and sugarcane products easily and faster with the completion of Bayuyan Bridge.

Oropel added that the project is part of the constructed 2,746.48 lineal meters of road network in the barangays of Sto. Niño and Carmencita in Pres. Roxas, which provides access to identified industrial and tourism centers in the province.

With the completion of the road network, DPWH also expects to see urban development and higher market value of lands in the province.

The Department saved P3 million from the project as the approved budget for the contract was P25 million.

Other bridge projects completed by the DPWH in Capiz include the construction of Mianay Bridge along Iloilo-Capiz Road and the rehabilitation of Altavas Bridge along Sigma-Mambusao-Jamindan Road.



  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 6 met with various government agencies and non-government organizations (NGO) at the Penthouse I, Iloilo City to discuss a promotional campaign on National Sewerage and Septage Management Program (NSSMP).

The coordination meeting was attended by National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Finance (DOF), Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), City Planning Office, Office of the City Mayor and Vice Mayor as well as Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) such as United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Manila Water and Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD).

Giving emphasis on the significant role of local government unit (LGU) and partner agencies in successfully implementing the NSSMP, DPWH included in the program an in-depth lecture on the NSSMP, its legal basis, implementer, and technology module.

A guideline on sanitation was discussed by the DOH while Manila Water presented their projects on sanitation and water treatment technology. DOF provided insights on financing agreements and noted the possibility of having the program subsidized by various institutions.

The NSSMP was conducted in line with Republic Act 9275 of the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004 to address the problem on water sanitation in the region.

The NSSMP aims to address nation issues on sanitation and treatment as well as disposal of wastewater.



  Gov. Arthur D. Defensor Sr. recently called for the 1st Road Safety Summit at the Casa Real de Iloilo, Iloilo Provincial Capitol to reduce the incidence of road accidents by identifying its major causes and to canvass recommendations from the stakeholders to reduce accidents.

Several government agencies such as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group, Iloilo Provincial Police Office, Civil Society Organizations and Local Government Units (LGU) took part in the said summit.

Engr. Ray Adrian C. Macalalag, Engineer II of the Planning and Design Division of DPWH Region 6 discussed the DPWH Programs on Road Safety. The discussion started off with the 5- step strategy on roadside management such as 1) KEEP vehicles on the road, 2) REMOVE road hazards, 3) RELOCATE hazards, lampposts, electric poles, 4) MODIFY hazards like trees and 5) SHIELD landmarks.

The young engineer also highlighted the implementation of the Road and Bridge Information Application (RBIA) throughout the Department to ensure that the priority road projects are based on the conditions of the road and traffic volume. Also, every Regional Office was ordered to create a Roadworks Safety Assessment Team to conduct periodic assessment of ongoing projects.

In addition, modern applications for road safety implemented by DPWH were also pointed out by Engr. Macalalag namely, reflectorized pavement markings, provision of bike lanes, loading and unloading bays in dense areas, and roadworks safety as provisioned in Department Order 99 series of 2016.

Issues and Concerns on Road Safety were discussed by Engr. Perfecto Yap, President of the Association of Taxi Operators in Panay. An open forum followed, moderated by Mario N. Nillos and the issues concerning DPWH were duly noted.

The summit ended with a Road Safety Commitment signing. Iloilo 2nd District Engineering Office (DEO) District Engr. Nilo B. Gavia, Iloilo 1st DEO Assistant District Engr. Mario D. Villena, Illoilo 4th DEO Assistant District Engr. Arnel A. Rebeta and Engr. Ray Adrian C. Macalalag signed the commitment.



  An estimated number of 1,000 senior high school students of Ponteverda National High School in Ponteverda, Capiz can now occupy the 4-storey senior high school building completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Capiz First District Engineering Office (DEO). The ₱30.379 Million worth school building is composed of 20 classrooms and is funded by the Department of Education (DepEd) under its Basic Educational Facilities Fund (BEFF).

The project addresses the shortage of classrooms brought by the full implementation of the K-12 program.

In the beginning of the school year, senior high school students of the said school were temporarily relocated to have classes at Capiz State University (CapSU)-Pontevedra Campus. The newly built school building will now provide more conducive and safe learning facilities to the students.

The DEO is also fast tracking the construction of another 4-storey senior high school building worth ₱43.10 million in Panit-an National School in Poblacion, Panit-an Town.

It has also completed the construction of a 2-storey, 6 CL building in Congressman Ramon A. Arnaldo High School in Roxas City while four similar-sized school building projects are underway in the same school amounting to ₱8.081 million.



  Maintenance crew of the DPWH Guimaras District Engineering Office manually clears the eroded soil along the national road in Sitio Buri, Poblacion, Jordan, Guimaras. The erosion was caused by continuous heavy rainfall occurred these past few weeks. Thus, in order to ensure that national roads are accessible to motorists, District Engineer Rolando P. Ubaldo deployed his personnel to maintain roads and clear such from obstructions.  



  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 6, in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6 and Western Visayas Safety and Health Network Inc. (WV-OSHNET Inc.) conducted a five-day training on Construction Safety and Health (COSH) at the HRT Service Center of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U), La Paz last August 1-5, 2016.

The training was in compliance to the DOLE’s Department Order 13 Series of 1998 on occupational safety and health requirements. The said Department Order requires every construction project to have a suitable Construction Safety and Health Program (CHSP).

“This is exclusive for DPWH Engineers and includes a 40-hour course design prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Center and another eight (8) hours to cover the orientation on the General Labor Standards (GLS)” Engr. Narciso M. Pasuelo, Vice President of WV-OSHNET Inc. said.

Participants of the program were welcomed by of DOLE Region 6 OIC – Regional Director Salome O. Siato and DPWH Region 6 OIC-Assistant Regional Directo Jose Al V. Fruto.

The series of lectures kicked off with an insight on the importance of safety and health as well as unsafe and unhealthy acts and conditions in the workplace. Excavation and demolition safety was reviewed as well as construction machinery and temporary structures. The Engineers also analyzed several job hazards and learned about investigating accidents.

The training highlighted the on-site visit/inspection of the ongoing construction of the Fort San Pedro National High School classroom building for the Engineers to apply what they have learned from the first three days. According to Engr. Jelen Garin, president of the 1st batch of trainees, this is to comply to the standard procedures according to DOLE and this training helps a lot to prevent accidents on the construction site. On the last day, OSH programming and legislation were tackled and more importantly workplace emergency preparedness.

It is the DPWH’s commitment to provide a safe environment for the public especially during the construction of infrastructure projects. This program will enhance the engineers’ knowledge and to increase their level of awareness on suitable safety and health program for every construction project.



  Two (2) evacuation centers are proposed to be constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 6.

The proposed projects is in line with the Department’s effort to harmonize the design of the evacuation centers in coordination with the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

The locations should be identified by the Regional Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) per region based on the list of schools provided by the NDRRMC that are often used as evacuation center during calamities.

For Region 6, only Roxas Elementary School located in Brgy. Roxas, Tapaz, Capiz was identified since it was often used as evacuation center at least seven (7) times in the past five (5) years.

Moreover, DPWH has a conceptual design and recommended salient features such as prayer rooms, dining and kitchen area, breastfeeding room, accommodation room and storage, toilet and bath for male and female and the differently abled or PWDs. A space for the OCD and Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) is also included.

The Regional Office has already requested the RDRRMC to identify the location and provide available government-owned lots with an area of at least 2,000 square meters that are suitable for the construction of evacuation centers. An estimated cost for each evacuation center that contains different buildings amounts to P24.814-M under the General Appropriation Act (GAA) CY 2016 for Region 6.

Providing evacuation centers is DPWH’s share to the increasing need for improving the resiliency and preparedness of the country in terms of disaster response. The protection and comfort that it will provide has an impact to those who will be utilizing these centers in times of enormous disasters.



  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.



  Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño, Jr. of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office VI led the series of oath-taking of the 37 new Engineer II employees who will join the workforce of the Regional and District Engineering Offices (DEOs) in DPWH Western Visayas, including the DEOs that are now under the newly created Negros Island Region (NIR).

The appointments of the engineers were signed by the Regional Director in March. The new employees include two engineers from the Regional Office; three engineers from Aklan, Capiz Second DEO, Guimaras and Iloilo First DEOs; five from Capiz First DEO; and one from Iloilo Fourth DEO. New appointees assigned in Negros Occidental are composed of four engineers from First DEO; three from Second DEO; five from Third DEO; three from Fourth DEO; and two from Bacolod City DEO.

On the other hand, the appointment of one Engineer II position for Negros Occidental Fourth DEO was waived by the recommended applicant.

Engineer II positions are part of the newly created items to add the working force of DPWH.



  A total of 340 participants attended the Road Show on Multi Year Programming and Scheduling (MYPS) and Project and Contract Management Application (PCMA), which was conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) last June 27 and 28 at the Smallville 21 Hotel, here.

Said participants were composed of Assistant Regional Directors, Division/Section Chiefs, Project Engineers, Project Inspectors and Monitoring Engineers from DPWH Region 6 and DPWH Negros Island Region.

The MPYS and PCMA road show, which was part of the series of road shows held by the Department aimed to promote awareness and direct involvement of the above-mentioned officials and employees on project implementation and contract management processes.

MYPS replaced the Project Identification and Programming System (PIPS) while PCMA replaced the existing Project Monitoring System (PMS), which will be used to for 2016 projects.

In his message, DPWH 6 Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño, Jr., through Assistant Regional Director Jose Al V. Fruto, encouraged the participants to be positive in this new system.

“Considering that this system is new to most of us, I encourage everyone to adopt an optimistic attitude towards this change. We have to remember that the goal of our Department is to provide quality infrastructure facilities to the people,” said Dir. Leaño.

“With the implementation of the PCMA, we can be assured of a higher level of efficiency and accountability in our department. This innovation would serve as a head start in assuring that we deliver quality services on time,” Dir. Leaño added.

The two-day road show was facilitated by personnel from the Central Office headed by Engr. Melrose Pailma, Chief of the Project Monitoring Division, Bureau of Construction, along with DPWH Consultants headed by Peter Knee.

On the first day, which was attended by Assistant Regional Directors, District Engineers and Division/Section Chiefs, various topics were discussed, such as: Budget Cycle and Planning; Overview of Design, Procurement and Construction; Standard Pay Items (and subscripts); Mobile Application for Photos; and PCMA Quick Tour and Analytics.

The first day also featured Planning highlights, such as: DO 11, series 2015; Introduction to Multi-Year Planning; Responsibilities of Regions and Districts for Multi-Year Planning; and Awareness of Geographical Information System (GIS) Tools and Analytics.

Separate sessions for the Construction Division and Planning and Design Division were held on the second day, the former was held at the Smallville 21 Hotel while the latter at the DPWH Regional Office conference hall.

The session for Construction Division, which was attended by division/section chiefs, project engineers, project inspectors and monitoring engineers, focused on topics like: Clarifications on project Implementation Policies; Project Implementation Issues; Mobile Application for Photos; and electronic Project Life Cycle (ePLC) Exceptions and Data Clean-up.

On the other hand, the session for Planning and Design Division centered on significant topics such as: Department Order 11, series 2015; Projects and Components (including Project and Component IDs); Multi-year Planning Highlights; Realignments and Modifications; Project Implementation Plan (PIP), Mode and Implementation; Requests for Funding under Road Board; Data Analytics (GIS) Tools, other Data Analytics); and Update on the Inventory under Road and Bridge Inventory Application (RBIA).



  To ensure safe highways for everyone, the Department of Public Works and Highways DPWH Regional Office 6 - National Road Traffic Survey Program (NRTSP) with the Bureau of Quality and Safety (BQS) of DPWH Central Office in Manila conducted a coordination meeting with the Truckers Association, several members of the Local Government Units and contractors.

The coordination meeting aimed to ask for cooperation on the stakeholders’ use of roads and bridges due to the upcoming Axle Road Survey and Suspension of Apprehension of Overloaded Vehicles at the Weighbridge Station in Brgy. Aglalana, Dumarao Capiz from July 25 to August 1, 2016. The week-long activity aims to weigh large trucks. The last comprehensive axle road survey was done in 2010 and this year, the survey will be conducted in thirteen (13) sites including Region 6.

DPWH officials encouraged truckers to pass by the weighbridge on the National Road so that they will not be apprehended during the said period. Data will be sorted to get new value for pavement design. BQS will also check data on whether to increase parameters per truck weight and check if parameters are effective when designing roads.

Police Chief Inspector Manny C. Manuel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 6 was already made aware of the schedule and police assistance was asked to assist on the 24/7 operation. Sentiments from the truckers regarding their business operation during apprehension and overloading were also voiced out but they were urged to cooperate in the survey so that the result of the survey will be articulated in the Congress as there will be an input for existing laws such as Republic Act 8794. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 Assistant Regional Director Ma. Calpiza J. Sardua and representatives from the Iloilo Provincial Government, Passi City Local Government Unit (LGU) and Brgy. Aglalana, Dumarao were also present to hear out the concerns of several trucking units.

This coordination meeting stressed the importance on pavement and bridge design, network level planning and enforcement of vehicle road monitoring.



  A total amount of P6.609 Billion is allotted for infrastructure programs of the Regional Office for fiscal year 2016, based on the FY 2016 General Appropriations Act (GAA) of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Region VI, according to Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño, Jr.

Said amount corresponds to a total of 77 projects, 11 of which have appropriation of P150.0 Million and above, while 51 projects have appropriation of P50.0 Million up to P150.0 Million and 15 projects have appropriation of below P50.0 Million.

To date, 29 projects are already on-going while 24 projects are for issuance of Notice to Proceed (NTP), 6 projects were bid out just recently and 18 projects are still under Preliminary Detailed Engineering (PDE) stage.

Said programmed projects are being implemented or to be implemented by the Regional Office in various provinces in the region.

Dir. Leaño is positive that these projects will be implemented smoothly as planned and he is going to conduct regular inspection and fast-track the implementation to ensure that projects will be completed on time.

Dir. Leaño also instructed project engineers of the Regional Office to make sure that possible obstructions such as road-right-of-way and public utilities be cleared before the project implementation.

Among the projects to be implemented by the Regional Office with the budget of more than P150.0 Million are a) Construction of Kalibo Circumferential Road, Calangcang to Mina Section in Kalibo, Aklan with the allocation of P250.0 Million; b) Construction of road leading to Sibalom Natural Park and other tourist destinations in Sibalom, Antique in the amount of P200.0 Million; c) Widening of Iloilo-Capiz Road (New Route) in Cuartero, Capiz in the amount of P190.730 Million; d) Upgrading (from gravel to paved) of San Miguel-Sebaste Road in Sibunag, Guimaras with the appropriation of P180.213 Million; and e) Construction of P200.0-Million Tumagbok Bridge in Miagao, Iloilo along Iloilo-Antique Road.

Currently, the Regional Office is implementing road and bridge projects with the allocation of not more than P150.0 Million such as: Widening of Aklan East Road in the amount of P100.0 Million; Completion of Solong Bridge with Approaches in Antique province with the budget of P98.0 Million; Construction of Dumalag-Mambusao Road in Capiz with the allocation of P100.0 Million; Construction of Mantangingi Bridge in Guimaras in the amount of P57.0 Million; and Road Opening of Nabitasan-San Rafael By-pass Road in Iloilo City in the amount of P134.912 Million.

Said infrastructure projects are expected to answer the traffic congestion in the national roads as well as to provide convenient access to identified tourist destinations in various provinces in the region.



  The District Engineering Offices (DEOs) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Region 6 embraced the “Adopt-a-School 2016” program of the Department of Education (DepEd) by stepping up efforts to prepare classrooms, school grounds, and roads for the incoming academic year.

In coordination with DepEd, a total of twelve (12) schools were identified by the DPWH to benefit the said program. Capiz 1st DEO and Iloilo 1st DEO identified two (2) schools to be adopted while the rest of the eight (8) DEOs have one (1) school each.

Secretary Rogelio L. Singson ordered the maintenance workers of the DEOs to participate in the school preparation activities, heeding the request of DepEd.

Likewise, DPWH-6 OIC-Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño, Jr. urged the District Engineers to see to it that their respective activities will be completed in time for the opening of classes come June 13.

Maintenance engineers coordinated with DepEd since many schools have asked for assistance to clean school grounds and repaint classrooms.

The activities that were undertaken were painting of perimeter fence, cleaning of school surroundings, repainting of classroom walls, trimming tall grasses, minor classroom repairs and repainting of pedestrian lane.



  Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Guimaras District Engineering Office (DEO) is ready for the anticipated volume of motorists that will flock the province in the upcoming Manggahan Festival, which will run from May 11-22, 2016, despite the various on-going road rehabilitation/widening projects.

District Engineer Rolando P. Ubaldo said instruction was already disseminated to all field personnel and contractors of the District to observe extreme caution in the execution of road constructions, rehabilitations and improvement works.

“Due to ongoing road widening projects, the presence of obstructions and equipment operations could not be done away, however, we assure that inconvenience would be reduced to the most tolerable level,” Ubaldo said.

Aside from ensuring that national roads are accessible to the motorists and riding public, DE Ubaldo mentioned that their Office will make sure that roads will be ready, particularly the routes of the 5th Mango Man Triathlon and the Manggahan Bike Fest.

Ubaldo added that DPWH will also participate in various activities in line with the Manggahan Festival such as National Government Agencies (NGAs) & TAREC Day, Parada Sang Serbisyo Publiko, NGAs Got Talent Competition, One Stop Shop of Services, and the festival’s Anniversary Parade.



  The completion of 362.20-lineal meter Solong Bridge in Sibalom, province of Antique is now on-going and undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office VI.

According to Assistant District Engineer Edgardo G. Garcia of DPWH Antique District Engineering Office (DEO), the P 91-Million project started construction in April and is scheduled to be completed before the end of the year.

The project involves the construction of pile cap, secondary columns, four spans spans coping beam deck slab and approach slab; and construction of 6.70-meter wide access roads on both ends of the bridge.

Also included in the project are concrete slope protection, embankment, grouted riprap and thermoplastic pavement markings.

Solong Bridge is the premier link of Sibalom town proper to its approximately 15 barangays at the northern part as well as 3 barangays in the towns of Patnongon and San Remigio, hence greatly affects their economic activities.

Said bridge project, once completed, is expected to increase farm ventures for the productivity and profitability of upland farmer.

The bridge will also provide access to basic services as well as serve as an effective and efficient all-weather transportation system.



  The ongoing widening of various sections along Iloilo-Antique Road is now in full swing, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways, Iloilo First District Engineering Office.

District Engineer Cecil C. Caligan said that DPWH is currently hastening the widening works along Oton-Tigbauan-Guimbal section, taking advantage of the good weather condition.

Said road section has the length of 4.787 kilometers which stretches from the town of Oton going southbound to the town of Guimbal, passing the town of Tigbauan.

The project has an allocation of P125.0 Million funded under FY 2015 General Appropriations Act of DPWH, Iloilo First District Engineering Office and implemented under contract with IBC International Builders, Corporation with the contract cost of P114.500 Million, thus, leaving a savings of approximately P11.500 Million.

The project involves widening of the both sides of the road, each side measuring up to 10 meters from the center.

It also involves removal of obstruction such as existing curbs and gutter, sidewalk perimeter, fence and buildings.

The project further includes concreting of additional lane with the length of 3.05 meters and shoulders with the length of 1.50 meters.

Also included in the project are curbs and gutter and drainage structure wherein the top cover will be utilized as sidewalks.

DE Caligan also said that DPWH is also implementing the widening project along Miagao-San Joaquin section of the Iloilo-Antique Road,

Said project, with the length of 2.491 kilometers, has an appropriation of P75.0 Million and being undertaken by IBC International Builders, Corporation in the amount of P68.599 Million.

The scope of work of said section is similar to other sections of the Iloilo-Antique Road.

Both sections of the project are implemented by the Regional Office under the management of OIC -Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño, Jr. and supervised by Iloilo First District Engineering Office.

Iloilo-Antique Road serves as a major thoroughfare from Iloilo City to the province of Antique, vice versa. It also provides access from Iloilo City going to Boracay Island in Aklan province, via Antique.

Once completed, travel from Iloilo City to Antique province would be a lot faster and more convenient, thus, transportation of goods and services from both provinces would more accessible.



  In anticipation of the forthcoming Lent Season, the Department of Public Works and Highways in Region VI is mobilizing a composite team to serve in the “Lakbay Alalay” program.

Said program, which will start on March 21 to March 28, this year, is pursuant to the Memorandum issued by DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, directing Regional and District Engineering Offices to provide motorists and pedestrians as well as domestic and foreign tourists prompt and reliable assistance.

Hence, DPWH 6 OIC-Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño, Jr. issued a memorandum to all District Engineers in the region to create a team, which includes an anchorman who will aid the traveling public on strategic locations in their respective areas of jurisdiction.

Dir. Leaño further instructed the District Engineers to coordinate with other government agencies such as Land Transportation Office (LTO), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Local Government Units (LGU) in order that required assistance may be sought/provided.

District Engineers are also directed to submit to the Office of the Regional Director a situational report every six (6) hours during the duration of the program.

More importantly, District Engineering Offices are directed to ensure and strictly observe and implement necessary measures such as: Proper signage, which should be installed within clear and safe sight distance of all ongoing construction projects; Legible informational and directional signs to be installed on conspicuous locations along national roads; proper maintenance of road sections, free from potholes; and provision of reflectorized pavement markings to guide the night-driving motorists.

The memorandum also directs the District Engineering Offices to ensure that kilometer posts bearing legible details and information to guide motorists and tourists, and install proper traffic advisory where construction/maintenance activities are ongoing, indicating the specific locations and corresponding distances of entry and exit points for alternate routes to bypass the traffic-congested areas.

Further, District Engineering Offices are required to monitor the strict implementation of the Motorist Assistance Program and all Department issuances on removal of obstructions along the right-of-way of national roads and bridges, and provide a round-the-clock shift to provide personal and prompt assistance on normal and emergency situations.



  President Benigno S. Aquino III led the inauguration of a 3 storey school building at Pavia National High School (PNHS) last February 9, 2016.

The P40 million school building project has 18 classrooms and was constructed under joint program of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Education (DepEd).

Assisting the President at the inauguration of the new school building are Senate President Franklin Drilon, DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro, PAGCOR chairman Cristino Naguiat Jr., Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr, 2nd district Representative Arcadio Gorriceta, and Pavia Mayor Michael Gorriceta.

About 3,000 students would benefit from the new school building that can accommodate incoming students in Senior High School under the K-12 program.

According to Delorah Fantillo, principal of PNHS, the new school building can also be utilized by those that will be affected by calamities and for other emergency purposes.



  President Benigno S. Aquino, III and DPWH Secreatry Rogelio L. Singson led the inaugural drive through of the 2.367-kilometer Mianay-Duyoc-Calaan-Panitan Road in Panitan, Capiz last February 9, 2016.

The Road Upgrading (Gravel to Paved) along Junction National Road Mianay-Duyoc-Calaan-Panitan Road, implemented and supervised by the DPWH, Capiz Second District Engineering Office headed by District Engineer Nonie A. Viyar, has a contract amount of P45.740 Million.

Also included in the contract is the construction of 944 linear meters slide slope protection (grouted riprap) and construction of 275 linear meter ditch line canal (trapezoidal, open type).

Travel time from the town of Dumalag to Roxas City, vice versa, is now reduced by at least 30 minutes with the upgrading of said road section.

“We are happy because it is much easy to travel now. Before we used to pass by the rails using scooter or jeepneys but it took time to get to the town. Now we can travel anytime,’ according to Marites Fuentes, a small-scale businesswoman who frequently travels for her ‘sari-sari’ store.

Also, truck drivers carrying load of sugarcanes, palay, corn and even coconut products enjoy the benefit of a much shorter distance in transporting their products to warehouses and factories compared to passing through Ivisan town or Brgy. Timpas in Panitan.

“Passing along Mianay-Duyoc before would take at least an hour because of the road condition, recently travel time was cut by almost 50%. It has lessened our expenses from repairs and other maintenance cost of our vehicles,” said Teodorico Bendecio, a truck driver who always passes the said road.

The completed project also shortens the travel distance of motorist in going to other neighboring municipalities like Dao and Cuartero. Motorists can make a short cut all the way from Central Iloilo in going to Northern portion of Iloilo province. – dpwhr6/io



  Assistant Regional Director and Officer-In-Charge Wenceslao M. Leaño, Jr. led the unveiling of marker during the launching of “Journey to ISO 9001:2008 Certification” of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Regional Office VI.

The launched was organized by the core team headed by Engr. Jose Al V. Fruto, who has been attending various trainings and workshops on ISO certification.

In his remark, ARD Leaño underscores the need to adhere with the eight (8) quality management principles as fundamental to gaining certification of the Quality Management System. The Quality Management Principles which includes customer focus, leadership, involvement of people, process approach, system approach to management, continual improvement, factual approach to decision making, and mutually beneficial supplier relationship not only provide the foundation for the rest of the requirements, but more importantly provide the framework for introducing good management practice to underpin the organization’s management systems.

Leaño said that gaining ISO Certification depends on the employees of DPWH Region 6.

“The most important to me is the employees’ participation, support and cooperation to become successful in the journey to ISO certification,” said Dir. Leaño.

In addition, Engr. Fruto explained the theme: “Doing Things Right; Doing the Right Things,” which means efficiency and effectiveness.

He also explained that the slogans are consistent with the guiding principles on quality management which are primarily focused on customers, that means meeting requirement and exceeding customer expectations.

The launching highlighted the signing of commitment and support on the journey to ISO certification. The signature campaign was spearheaded by ARD Leaño, followed by QMS Core team, division chiefs and all employees of the Regional Office.

ISO or the International Organization of Standardization is a world-wide federation of national standards, bodies with representatives from each of the approximately 167 countries, including the Philippines.

The DPWH Head Office in Manila including National Capital Region office and Region XI in Davao City are already ISO certified, hence all other Regional Offices are currently gearing up for certification.

In Western Visayas, the Department of Budget and Management and the Western Visayas Medical Center were among the government offices which are ISO certified.



  A new bridge connecting Muelle Loney and Lapuz district in Iloilo City was formally opened to vehicular traffic.

Senate President Franklin Drilon and Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio L. Singson led the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Muelle Loney (Drilon) Bridge crossing Iloilo River. They were joined by DPWH Region 6 Director Edilberto Tayao, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog, Iloilo 2nd District Representative Arcadio Gorriceta, and other local officials.

The 180 million worth bridge project will provide additional access to the newly operational Iloilo Ferry Terminal, making it more accessible to the general public.

The bridge will also help decongest traffic along the North Marginal Wharf Road, the only access road to the ferry terminal.

The two-lane 125 linear meters pre-stressed concrete girder bridge is complemented by a 157-meter promenade at the Lapuz side and another 536.6 meter Esplanade at the Muelle Loney side.



  Senate President Franklin Drilon, together with DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson (center), DPWH Region 6 Director Edilberto Tayao (third from left), Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog (second from right), 2nd District Representative Cong. Arcadio Gorriceta (right most), led the ceremonial ribbon cutting ceremony to formally open Muelle Loney (Drilon) Bridge crossing Iloilo River. The 125 lineal meters bridge constructed at a cost of P 180 million connects Iloilo City proper from Muelle Loney Street to BRGY. Progreso in Lapuz District.  



  The construction of connectivity roads has improved access to tourist destinations in Panay Island.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 6 has implemented P465 Million worth of road projects funded under FY 2015 national budget to create the gateway to tourism places in the provinces of Aklan, Antique and Capiz.

In the province of Aklan, the DPWH is undertaking two major road projects which provide better and more convenient access to the world-renowned Boracay Island – the Widening of Aklan West Road and Road Opening of Kalibo Circumferential Road.

The widening of Aklan West Road, Kalibo-Nabas section in the town of Tangalan, with the project cost of P138.272 Million, involves widening of both sides of national road with the length of 4.15 kilometers, width of 3.65 meters and thickness of 0.30 meters.

The road opening of Kalibo Cimcumferential Road, on the other hand, has the project cost of P77.9 Million.

The project involves construction of 6.851 kilometers road, 6.70 meters wide and 0.28 meters thick. It also includes provision of 45.0 lineal meters pipe culvert, storm drain, embankment, grouted riprap and stone masonry.

In the province of Antique, the DPWH is implementing the Upgrading/Concreting of Villahermosa-Imparayan-Cabladan-Sitio Apong Road in Sibalom Antique.

The road leads to various tourism areas such as Sibalom Natural Park, Waterfalls Rafflesiaspesiosa Viewing, Gemstone Hunting, Lake “Pako”, Bato Pispis and Mountain Trekking.

Costing P80.0 Million, the project involves concreting of 4.048 kilometers road with the thickness of 0.28 meters and width of 6.10 meters as well as provision of shoulders, box culverts and lined canal.

When completed, the project would provide easy and more comfortable travel going to numerous tourists spots in the area, hence, improving the economic condition of the province and its people.

In the province of Capiz, two major widening projects are currently being undertaken by the DPWH Regional Office VI namely the Widening of Iloilo-Capiz Road (New Route), Dao-Sigma section and Cuartero section.

The widening along Dao-Sigma section with the length of 4.12 kilometers including Road-Right-Of-Way, has the amount of P89.349 Million funded under GAA FY 2015 of the Regional Office and under contract with Silver Dragon Construction, Lumber & Glass Supply.

The project involves widening of both sides of the road with the width of 3.65 meters and thickness of 0.30 meters Portland Concrete Cement Pavement, including excavation and embankment.

It also involves provision of concrete pipe culverts, slope protection, stone masonry and thermoplastic pavement markings.

The widening along Cuartero section, on the other hand, involves widening of 2.447 kilometers roadway including Road-Right-Of-Way, with the thickness of 0.30 meters Portland Concrete Cement Pavement and width of 3.65 meters at both sides of the road, including embankment.

It also includes construction of drainage, reinforced box culvert, slope protection, informative signs and thermoplastic pavement markings.

The project is under contract with Silver Dragon Construction, Lumber and Glass Supply in the amount of P79.051 Million.
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