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  The regional offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region VI framed a project to address the problem of cutting trees for government projects.

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was formally signed by DPWH VI Regional Director Edilberto D. Tayao and DENR VI Regional Director Jim Sampulna, which was held recently at the DPWH Conference Room.

The signing of MOA was witnessed by DPWH Undersecretary for Technical Services Raul C. Asis and DENR Undersecretary for Field Operations Demetrio Ignacio.

DPWH VI Assistant Regional Director Lea N. Delfinado, District Engineers and Division Chiefs of the Regional Office and officials of DENR were also present as witnesses.

The MOA states that DENR shall assist the DPWH in the survey and mapping of identified areas to determine the appropriate species to be planted. It will also provide technical assistance to the DPWH in tree planting and growing activities.

The DPWH, on the other hand, in coordination with the DENR, will identify and conduct survey and mapping of roadsides for the tree planting activities as an integral part of its regular road maintenance.

Said agreement is in accordance with DPWH Department Order No 15, Series of 2000, which makes tree planting along national roads as “a standard component of all road construction and improvement projects requiring the inclusion of said activity to the engineering design, program of work, estimates budget, and bidding and contract documents of these projects.”

This joint effort of DPWH and DENR aims to add value to urban areas, help mitigate climate change, enhance beauty of the roadside, provide shelter to commuters and minimize glare from sunlight to drivers along the roads.




President Benigno S. Aquino, III led the unveiling of markers of the two major national highways in the City of Iloilo – the Pres. Corazon C. Aquino Avenue and the Sen. Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Avenue, last June 11, 2015.

Along with Pres. Aquino were Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson and DILG Secretary Manuel A. Roxas, II.

Also present during the unveiling were Iloilo Provincial Governor Arthur D. Defensor, Sr., Iloilo Second Congressional District Representative Arcadio H. Gorriceta, Iloilo Third Congressional District Representative Arthur R. Defensor, Jr., Iloilo First Congressional District Representative Richard S. Garin, Pavia Mayor Michael Gorriceta and DPWH VI Regional Director Edilberto D. Tayao and Assistant Regional Director Lea N. Delfinado.

Pres. Corazon C. Aquino Avenue, formerly the Iloilo Circumferential Road (C-1) is a new road opening with the total length of 14. 80 kilometers from Jct. Iloilo-Antique Road in Arevalo District and ending at Jct. Iloilo-Dumangas Coastal Road in Jaro District.

The project, with the amount of P1.7 Billion involves construction of four-lane, two-way road, provision of bicycle lane and construction of five bridges.

Sen. Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Avenue, on the other hand stretches 15.60 kilometers from General Luna in Iloilo City to the gate of Iloilo International Airport in Sta. Barbara-Cabatuan, Iloilo.

The project involves widening of road from six lanes to eight lanes along the 5.84-kilometer Iloilo-Jaro Diversion Road, including bike lane, walk lane and service roads, construction of pedestrian overpass with elevators for persons with disabilities and the elderly, pedestrian underpass, from Iloilo Esplanade I to Children’s Park, passing under Iloilo Bridge. The project further involves widening of road from four lanes to six lanes of the remaining road length.

During his visit, Pres. Aquino also inaugurated and walk-through the completed 51.0-lineal meter Dungon Bridge IV, which is one of the components of the widening of Sen. Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Avenue.

The P75.0-Million Bridge project involves widening of bridge from four lanes to six lanes to complement the road widening project, construction of pedestrian bridge (bike lane) and service bridge.

Likewise, Pres. Aquino inspected the construction of Muelle Loney (Drilon) Bridge along Iloilo City-Lapuz Road, with the length of 125.0 lineal meters.

The project, with the amount of P149.81 Million, involves construction five-span Pre-Stressed Concrete Girder (PSCG) bridge, sidewalk, baluster and steel-type railings, plant boxes and lighting. It also includes construction of access road leading to the new ferry terminal and construction of 690-lineal meter esplanade/promenade in the proximity of the bridge.

The said major infrastructure development projects in the city and province of Iloilo are made possible through the initiative of the good Ilonggo Senator, Senate President Franklin M. Drilon.



  The Department of Public Works and Highways commemorates its 117th Founding Anniversary with the theme: “DPWH: Sa Daang Matuwid, Para sa Diyos at Bayan” on June 23, 2015.

Part of the celebration is the nationwide tree planting activity, conducted last June 20, 2015.

In Region VI, the Regional Office, together with Iloilo First, Iloilo Second, Iloilo Fourth and Iloilo City District Engineering Offices conducted the tree planting at the Maasin Watershed in Maasin, Iloilo.

More than 200 officials and employees from the said offices joined in the tree planting, which was spearheaded by Regional Director Edilberto D. Tayao and Assistant Regional Director Lea N. Delfinado.

Other District Engineering Offices in the region also conducted the simultaneous tree planting in their chosen areas.

Assistant Regional Director Lea N. Delfinado thanked the participants in tree planting activities in celebration of 117th DPWH anniversary.

According to ARD Delfinado, “it was a challenging, thrilling but fulfilling trip to Maasin watershed to plant hundreds of trees. We walked more than a kilometer crossing seven rivers to reach the site. It’s the DPWH contribution for the LOVE of MOTHER EARTH.”

On June 23, 2015, a simple yet meaningful anniversary program was held by the Regional Office. The event kicked-off with a caravan, together with Iloilo First and Iloilo City District Engineering Offices. The motorcade traversed the major streets in the city, passing through the more convenient and newly upgraded roads. A mass was celebrated after, to give back to the Almighty all the blessings HE has given.

The program highlighted the fun-filled “Search for Videoke King and Queen” which was held in the afternoon of the anniversary day. Representatives from various divisions of the Regional Office showcased their hidden singing skills, which are rarely heard due to the usual loaded office responsibilities. The program ended with a “Zumba” exercise where everyone excitedly participated.

DPWH traces its roots to the Department of War and Public Works, one (1) of the first four (4) Departments of the Philippine Revolutionary Government created by virtue of then President Emilio Aguinaldo’s Organic Decree in June 23, 1898.

P932.56-Million allocated for road widening project leading to Boracay Island


  A total of P932.56 Million worth of infrastructure projects are being implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways, Region 6 to improve the road network leading Boracay Island in the province of Aklan.

This is to address road traffic demand for the increasing number of tourist, foreign and local, flocking to Boracay Island.

Of the total amount, P531.72 Million is allocated for the improvement and widening of Aklan West Road with the total length of 57 kilometers.

The improvement and widening of Aklan East Road, which is from Estancia in Iloilo to Altavas in Aklan, with the total length of 12 kilometers has an allocation of P400.84 Million.

The two projects are being implemented and supervised by DPWH Regional Office 6.

The remaining amount of P32.56 Million is allocated for the improvement of road network, implemented and supervised by Aklan District Engineering Office.

According to District Engineer Noel L. Fuentebella of Aklan District Engineering Office, DPWH has been implementing widening and maintenance operations in Aklan West and East roads and bridges since 2013 to facilitate faster and smoother land travel.

DPWH is monitoring the implementation of projects to ensure that roads and bridges leading to Boracay Island are in good and serviceable conditions.

Boracay Island is chosen to be one of the venues of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) Summit this May, 2015.

Meantime, DPWH, Aklan DEO has allocated a total of P840 Million for the implementation of various infrastructure projects in Aklan this year.

The projects include improvement and widening of roads, flood control projects, multi-purpose buildings and farm-to-market roads.



  A total of P1.15 Billion worth of infrastructure, under the 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA), is scheduled for implementation in Iloilo City this year.

According to DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson, the programmed 73 projects will boost the bid of Iloilo City to attract more investors and tourists. The projects include six (6) tourism road projects, three (3) road rehabilitation projects; thirteen (13) construction and maintenance of flood control and drainage infrastructure projects; six (6) road widening project; seven (7) bridge project; and 38 projects under local infrastructure program (LIP).

Meanwhile, DPWH Region VI Director Edilberto Tayao disclosed that the construction works on the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) Project Phase II has started last March 2, 2015, and is seen to be completed by July 2015.

Secretary Singson has ordered the ICC contractor to fast track the completion before the city hosts two (2) of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings slated for the months of September and October.

“In response to Secretary Singson’s instruction, the winning bidder for Phase II, Hilmarc's Construction Corporation has vowed to complete ICC Phase II prior to the July 26, 2015 target completion,” noted Tayao.

“We are looking forward to finishing this state-of-the-art Iloilo Convention Center, as we want to showcase to the world an architectural marvel, representing the ingenuity of the Filipino people,” ended Tayao.



  The Phase 2 of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) with the allocation of P200.0 Million is finally underway after being stalled by a series of failed biddings. The Phase 2 primarily involves finishing works related to power, water and glass fixtures, and the installation of two escalators and three elevators.

Following a successful bidding and post-bid evaluation, the project was awarded to Hilmarc’s Construction Corporation with the contract amount of P185,672,122.62. Hilmarc’s Construction Corporation was also the contractor in the Phase 1 of the same project which was allocated P500.0 Million.

The project, which commenced February this year, is expected to be completed this July following the 150-day contract duration.

According to DPWH 6 Regional Director Edilberto D. Tayao, ICC will be completed in time for the two ministerial meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) Summit which the Philippines is hosting in Iloilo on September and October.

ICC is located at the 1.7-hectare lot donated by Megaworld Corporation at the Iloilo Business Park, the fast rising economic community in Mandurriao district here in Iloilo City.



  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office 6 recently held a workshop on Strategic Performance Management System (SPMS) which provides the guidelines in the establishment and implementation of a performance-based incentive system for government employees.

With the purpose of linking individual performance with the DPWH mission, vision and strategic goals, SPMS was established by DPWH under Department Order No. 32, Series of 2014, pursuant to the provisions of Civil Service Commission Memorandum Circular No. 6, s 2012.

Chief Personnel Specialist Jocelyn L. Lataquin of the Management Services Division of the Civil Service Commission 6 served as the resource person in the said workshop which was held February 12-13. The 2-day workshop was spearheaded by Assistant Regional Director Lea N. Delfinado and participated by a total of 140 personnel composed of the region’s Division Chiefs and Assistant District Engineers along with their section chiefs. Also present in the 2-day workshop were District Engineer Gerald A. Pacanan of Antique DEO and District Engineer Edmund V. Opinion of Iloilo 4th DEO.



  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region 6 made it to the top 4 among 16 Regional Offices nationwide in terms of project implementation for CY 2014.

At the end of 2014, DPWH, Region 6 has completed a total of 145.09 kilometers of roads and 3,858.90 lineal meters of bridges valued at P2.901 Billion and P385.890 Million, respectively.

In addition, the region has completed the following: 44 projects under Flood Control/Drainage Systems in the amount of P593.014 Million; 5 projects under Various Infrastructure including Local Projects (VILP) in the amount of P108.800 Million; 158 projects under RLIP (Local Infrastructure Program) in the amount of P503.300 Million; 5 projects under Water Supply/Sewerage in the amount of P7.500 Million; and 2 projects from Various SARO from EAOE in the amount of P8.000 Million.

DPWH Region VI has a total of 489 projects in various provinces in the region with the total allocation of P12.223.036 Billion.

In the province of Aklan, a total of 29 projects were programmed in the amount of P1.101.823 Billion. At the end of the year, 19 projects were completed and the remaining 10 are currently on-going.

The province of Antique has 20 programmed projects in the amount of P686.662 Million; hence, at the end of the year, 16 projects were completed while 4 are on-going.

In the province of Capiz, which is composed of two District Engineering Offices, a total of 43 projects were programmed in the amount of P1.161.247 Billion. At the end of the year, 28 projects were completed and 15 are on-going.

Guimaras province has 345 programmed projects with the total allocation of P618.248 Million. At the end of the year, 31 projects were completely implemented while the remaining 3 are on-going.

Among the 5 provinces in Region VI, Iloilo got the highest allocation for 2014 in the amount of P5.189.761 Billion, which corresponds to 205 projects in 5 District Engineering Offices including Iloilo City. At the end of the year, 147 projects were completed while 57 are on-going and the remaining 1 has not yet started.

The province of Negros Occidental which includes Bacolod City has 489 programmed projects in the amount of P3.465.295 Billion. 133 of these projects were completed at the end of the year while the remaining 25 are on-going.




DPWH, Iloilo First District Engineering Office is implementing a total of 80 projects in various areas in the southern part of Iloilo with the total allocation of P895.65 Million.

The said projects were funded under the District’s FY 2015 DPWH Infrastructure Program based on General Appropriations Act (RA 10651.)

Four projects amounting to P348.24 Million will be under the supervision of the Regional office, while 80 projects amounting to P547.41 Million will be supervised by DPWH, Iloilo First DEO.

Below is the table of the District’s infra program:

PROGRAMS/PROJECTS Regional Office Iloilo 1st DEO
No. of Projects Amount (P’ 000) No. of Projects Amount (P’ 000)
a) Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Upgrading
of Damaged Paved National Roads
1 78,240    
b) Rehabilitation/Reconstruction of National
Roads with Slips, Slope Collapse and landslides
    1 10,000
c) Construction/Upgrading/Rehabilitation of
Drainage along National Roads
    1 3,010
d) Widening of National Roads 2 200,000    
e) Off-Carriageway Improvement     1 20,000
f) Retrofitting/Strengthening of
Permanent Bridges
    3 23,000
g) Rehabilitation/Major Repair of
Permanent Bridges
    10 48,400
h) Widening of Permanent Bridges     6 63,000
i) Construction/Maintenance of Flood
Mitigation Structures and Drainage Systems
    9 156,000
j) Construction/Improvement of Access
Roads leading to Airports and Declared Tourism
1 70,000 4 84,000
k) Locally-Funded Projects     45 140,000
TOTAL 4 348,240 80 547,410



  The continuous widening of roads and bridges along Iloilo-Antique Road is the top priority infrastructure project of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Iloilo First District Engineering Office.

The widening project is part of the District’s DPWH Multi-Year Program.

For Fiscal Year 2013 and 2014, the District has allocated the total amount of P162.00 Million, intended for road widening of various sections of the said national road.

For the year 2015, an additional amount of P200.00 Million was earmarked for the widening of 7.70 kilometers of roads and P78.00 Million for road rehabilitation and improvement.

In addition, six bridges are currently being widened from two lanes to four lanes to complement the widening of road from two lanes to four lanes.

The bridge widening projects have the total budget allocation of P56.00 Million.

Three of these bridge widening projects are: Reconstruction/Widening of Maninila Bridge in the town of Miagao; Reconstruction/Widening of Malothot Bridge, also in the town of Miagao; and Reconstruction/Widening of Sapa Bato (Nalundan Bridge) in the town of Guimbal.

The Reconstruction of Sapa Bato/Nalundan Bridge in Guimbal, Iloilo was completed last October 2014 in the amount of P 7.44 million.

This and several other bridges along the Iloilo-Antique Road will be widened to complement the on-going road widening.

Once completed, it will provide a safe and convenient travel to the public who are plying this major thoroughfare.

Moreover, three more bridges along Iloilo-Antique Road will be retrofitted and ten more bridges will be undergoing major rehabilitation/repair including the 350-meter long Guimbal Steel Bridge, which is considered as the oldest and longest steel bridge in the province.

Iloilo-Antique Road is a national arterial road which serves as the main thoroughfare from the provinces of Iloilo to the province of Antique, vice versa. This also serves as route from Iloilo to Boracay Island, via Antique.

Once these road and bridge widening/improvement projects are completed, transportation will be faster and more convenient.

These road widening and bridge rehabilitation/widening projects are made possible with the close supervision of District Engineer Cecil C. Caligan, along with his diligent manpower.



  The Department of Public Works and Highways, Iloilo First District Engineering Office conducted several Pre-construction activities of various projects to be implemented in the southern part of Iloilo province.

Congressman Richard Garin of Iloilo First Legislative District was invited to give insights and discuss his concerns regarding various projects to be implemented in the district.

Also, Municipal Mayors from different Local Government Units in the southern part of Iloilo, as well as Barangay Officials and stakeholders were invited to give them a chance to air their concerns and issues on the projects.

Being the recipients of the said projects, District Engineer Cecil C. Caligan believed that these people should be involved in the project implementation process, particularly from the very start of construction, so as to eliminate future problems and will make the implementation of the projects fast and smooth.

Pre-construction activities were conducted by the DPWH to serve as a venue where people’s concerns are heard, future problems that may arise are discussed and given solutions.



  The Department of Public Works and Highways, Iloilo First District Engineering Office, in convergence with the West Visayas State Unviersity-University Extension Program, is now using the Coconet Bio-engineering products in some of the infrastructure projects.

Currently, Coconet is being used by DPWH, in compliance with Department Order No 6, series of 2012, or the DPWH Standard Generic Specification for Coconet Bio-Engineering Solutions.

According to District Engineer Cecil C. Caligan, their office is presently employing coconet in three projects such as: Guimbal-Igbaras-Tubungan-Leon Road in the municipality of Tubungan; Rehabilitation of Slope Protection along Guimbal-Tubungan Road, also in the town of Tubungan; Construction of Coastal Protection along Tiolas-Sinugbuhan Road in San Joaquin, Iloilo; Repair/rehabilitation of Iloilo-Antique Road; and Construction of Slope Protection along Batiano River in Oton, Iloilo.

Coco geo-textile net, commonly known as Coconet, is made by weaving out fibers of deteriorated coconut husks which as normally considered as agricultural wastes.



  The ground-breaking ceremony of various infrastructure projects in the southern part of Iloilo province was conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways, Iloilo First District Engineering Office.

The groundbreaking was spearheaded by District Engineer Cecil C. Caligan, along with local chief executives of municipalities where certain project is to be implemented.

One of the projects that underwent groundbreaking was the Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Upgrading of Guimbal-Igbaras-Tubungan-Leon Road, K0033+680 to K0057+505, with exception. The project, with the amount of P113.300 Million will involve construction and concreting of 5.910 kilometers, with the width of 6.70 meters and thickness of 280 millimeters. The project also includes construction of drainage and protection works.

Another project which to be implemented is the Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Upgrading of Guimbal-Tubungan Road.

The project involves Rehabilitation/Reconstruction of Guimbal-Tubungan Road, K0031+830 to K0039+476, with exceptions, with the length of 1.221 kilometers and project cost of P30.464 Million and Reconstruction/Upgrading of Guimbal-Tubungan Road, K0039+476 to K0040+166 with the length of 660 lineal meters and project cost of P13.247 Million.

In addition, the District will be implementing the Rehabilitation/Reconstruction/Upgrading of Guimbal-Igbaras-Tubungan-Leon Road, K0033+680 to K0057+506, with exceptions in the amount of P113.300 Million and length of 5.991 kilometers.

Also, the District has conducted the ground-breaking of the Widening of Iloilo-Antique Road, K0009+(-937) to K0011+290, with exceptions. The project will include concrete paving of 1.300 kilometers national road with the width of 300 millimeters, construction of shoulders, drainage and sidewalk.

Meanwhile, the District conducted Pre-Conference for the said projects, which was attended by local officials of towns as well as stakeholders in areas where projects are to be implemented.

During the pre-conference, District Engineer Cecil C. Caligan briefed the audience on the duration of the project, what contractor will implement and the economic and social impacts of the project.

Pre-conference is conducted before the actual implementation of the project to disseminate information and awareness among stakeholders.



  Congress on its Third and final reading recently approved three local bills sponsored by Congressman Oscar “Richard” Garin, Jr. converting local roads into a national road.

The three (3) local roads are Tubungan-San Remegio Road, Igbaras- San Remegio Road and Oton Alegre-Villa Beach Road.

Tubungan-San Remegio and Igbaras-San Remegio roads adjoin the Leon-San Remegio Road which was conceptualized as shorter route from the Province of Iloilo to the Province of Antique. The barangays of both municipalities of Tubungan and Igbaras possess immense production potential and produce sizable quantities of agricultural products and farm animals.

Oton Alegre- Villa Beach Provincial Road is a 2.895 km. road section which adjoin the town proper of Oton to Brgy. Sto.Niño, Arevalo District in Iloilo City. It is a vital road section as it is the only viable alternative route from all seven municipalities in the southern part of Iloilo and Province of Antique to Iloilo City.

Once converted into a national road, these local roads will reach its full potential, creating shorter route thereby achieving economic prosperity in both provinces.



  The Department of Public Works and Highways, Iloilo First District Engineering Office, under the leadership of District Engineer Cecil C. Caligan, is currently implementing the construction/rehabilitation of various roads leading to declared tourism destinations in the southern portion of Iloilo.

Said roads to be improved are: Tubungan-Igtuble-San Remigio Road, which leads to Tourism and Agri-Center in Tubungan, Iloilo; and Igbaras-Passi-Igcabugao-Igbolo Road, which leads to Igcabugao Cave in Miagao, Iloilo.

The construction of these road sections will improve the road along the mountainous portion of Iloilo and shorten the route going to the province of Antique. This will also help improve the lives of the people residing in the locality through enhanced accessibility of services and products.

Another road section that the District is up for rehabilitation is the Malagyan-Tigmalapad Road, which leads to Sinuhutan Cave and Tinagong Dagat Lake in the town of Miagao.

Once completed, these road sections will greatly help in the tourism industry of the said municipalities.



  The Department of Public Works and Highways-Iloilo City District Engineering Office (ICDEO) has undertaken various maintenance activities along major thoroughfares in the city of Iloilo in anticipation of the 2015 Iloilo Dinagyang Festival celebration.

According to District Engineer Rodney A. Gustilo, maintenance personnel of the ICDEO were deployed to conduct various activities such as repainting of bridges along major thoroughfares in the city, painting of curb of the center island, installation of road markings along major roads such as Iloilo-Jaro Diversion Road, Iloilo-Antique Road (Gen. Luna section) and other major roads within the city proper

Informational and directional signs including traffic advisories were also installed in places deemed necessary.

Engr. Gustilo said that a “Motorists Assistance Centers” will be set-up to provide motorists as well as commuters prompt and reliable assistance on normal and emergency situations.



  Believing that Christmas is the season of giving, Regional Director Edilberto D. Tayao and Assistant Regional Director Lea N. Delfinado, with Division Chiefs and employees of DPWH-6, share their blessings by distributing gift packs to approximately 400 students of A. Montes II Elementary School in Iloilo City on December 18, 2014. The activity is in line with the “Pamaskong Handog ng DPWH 2014” Community Extension Program of the Department.  




The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office 6 has completed a pedestrian overpass equipped with two (2) elevators for persons with disabilities (PWDs) and the elderly.

The state-of-the-art link for pedestrians was inaugurated by Ilonggo Senator and Senate President Franklin M. Drilon and DPWH 6 Regional Director Edilberto D. Tayao together with Iloilo City local executives on January 9, 2015, in time for the opening salvo of the 2015 Dinagyang Festival.

The 50.235 meters long and 3 meters wide overpass complete with lighting system has a P20-million funding amount from the Road Board and is one of the priority infrastructure projects of Senator Drilon.

Director Tayao said that this structure (overpass) would reduce traffic in the area as pedestrians, as well as persons with disabilities (PWDs) would be able to go to various establishments along the Iloilo Diversion Road without crossing the main road.

Meanwhile, operation of the existing dredger in Iloilo River for flood mitigation was augmented with the launching of a new dredger.

The new Watermaster Classic IV, acquired by the DPWH in the amount of P37.5 Million, was launched together with the inauguration of the pedestrian overpass.

The new dredger will be used to dredge the upstream of Iloilo River from Carpenters Bridge to Iloilo Circumferential Road, creating free water areas to bird sanctuaries near the Iloilo Bridge II.

The acquisition of a new dredger will speed up the cleaning and dredging of Iloilo River and its tributaries, thus leading to smoother flow of water and minimize if not totally eliminate river pollution.
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