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12/31/05

Jalandoni Bridge, Iloilo City, inaugurated June 30, 2005.

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  Jalandoni Bridge, Iloilo City, inaugurated June 30, 2005. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo with Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas, Gov. JC Rahman A. Nava of the Province of Guimaras and other government officials during the inauguration of Jalandoni Bridge, Iloilo City. Drive-thru with Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Sen. Pres. Franklin M. Drilon, Sec. Raul M. Gonzales, Department of Justice, Mayor Jerry P. Treñas (slightly hidden at the back of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo), Mrs. Gina De Venecia, and other government officials. Paglaum Sports Complex, Bacolod City  
 
12/31/05

REGULATE LOADS PASSING TIGUM AND AMERANG BRIDGE IN ILOILO-DPWH

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  REGULATE LOADS PASSING TIGUM AND AMERANG BRIDGE IN ILOILO-DPWH With visible signs of structural defects due to wear and tear, the Department of Public Works and Highways ordered that loads passing the 30-year old Tigum and Amerang Bridges along Iloilo-Capiz Road be limited to 20 tons. DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. has also directed that structural engineers from the Bureau of Design and Bureau of Research and Standards be sent to conduct a thorough inspection on the two bridges to check their structural integrity and come up with recommendations for possible retrofitting or reconstruction. Recently, in compliance with the directive of Secretary Ebdane, DPWH Undersecretary Salvador A. Pleyto and Regional VI Director Rolando Asis personally assessed the conditions of the two bridges after conferring with Congressman Arthur Defensor who raised the issue of the “weakening” conditions of the said bridges. “We have to protect the two bridges from further deterioration because of the reported overloaded trucks and haulers to assure safety of motorists,” Pleyto said. During the inspection, together with Asis, they observed that due to old age and overloaded trucks, the foundations of the bridge were scoured and some cracks can be seen in the main girders. These two bridges are vital as they link the Municipalities of Cabatuan and Maasin and the province of Capiz to the on-going construction of the Iloilo Airport” Pleyto Added. To prevent further damage to the bridges, Pleyto instructed Asis to coordinate with the local government officials to strictly enforce “one truck at a time” policy and to install portable weigh bridge near the bridge approach to monitor the load of trucks. Warning signs were already installed to regulate the traffic. To facilitate immediate protection works and other repairs, Pleyto also instructed Asis to prepare the necessary documents to start the repair works. An estimated P3.5 million is needed for the repair of the bridges.  
 
12/31/05

SEA GAMES PREPARATION

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  SEA GAMES PREPARATION The DPWH undertakes the renovation/rehabilitation works at the Pagla-um Sports Complex football field and grandstand in Bacolod City in preparation for the upcoming SEA Games. Photo shows DPWH Secretary Jun Ebdane together with Undersecretary Salvador A. Pleyto, Region 6 Director Rolando Asis, Assistant Director Edilberto Tayao and Bacolod City OIC-Assistant District Engineer Rene A. Cerna during the inspection of the stadium facilities. DPWH Secretary Jun Ebdane together with Undersecretary Salvador A. Pleyto and Region 6 Director Rolando Asis inspects the on-going renovation/rehabilitation of Pagla-um Sports Complex grandstand in Bacolod City for the forthcoming SEA Games. Football games for the SEA Games will be held at Pagla-um Sports Complex. 100th UK Bridge. The newly completed 66-lineal meter Caliban Bridge in Murcia, Negros Occidental was formally opened to vehicular traffic. Caliban Bridge is the 100th bridge completed under the United Kingdom-assisted DPWH Bridge Replacement Project. Photo shows DPWH Secretary Jun Ebdane (third from right) and British Ambassador Peter Beckingham cutting the ceremonial ribbon assisted by DPWH Undersecretary Salvador A. Pleyto, Negros Occidental 3rd District Representative Jose Carlos Lacson, DPWH-Special Bridges-PMO Director Ramon Cacatian, Negros 1st District Engineer Sanny Boy Oropel, Murcia Mayor Esteban Coscolluela, and Balfour Beatty Cleveland executives. DPWH Secretary Jun Ebdane inspects the 62.90 lineal meter single span one-lane old Caliban Steel Bridge constructed in 1924 which is now replaced by the two-lane Callendar Hamilton steel truss bridge completed under the United Kingdom-assisted DPWH Bridge Replacement Project. The newly opened Caliban Bridge, the 100th bridge completed using galvanized steel trusses and beams fabricated and supplied from the United Kingdom, is a vital component of the Bacolod-Murcia-D.S. Benedicto-San Carlos City National Road which forms part of the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administration’s Strong Republic Nautical Highway project. With Ebdane are Region 6 Assistant Director Edilberto Tayao and Negros Occidental 1st District Sanny Boy Oropel. The new Caliban Bridge along the so-called Negros Traslink Eco-Tourism Highway in Murcia, Negros Occidental was formally opened to vehicular traffic. The 66 lineal meter single-span, two-lane Callender Hamilton steel truss type bridge replaces the old single lane Caliban Bridge built in 1924. Photo shows Secretary Jun Ebdane together with British Ambassador Peter Beckingham, Undersecretary Salvador A. Pleyto, Congressman Jose Carlos Lacson, DPWH-Region 6 Director Rolando Asis and Assistant Director Edilberto Tayao, DPWH Special Bridges PMO Director Ramon Cacatian and other officials during the ceremonial blessing of the bridge by Rev. Fr. Salvador.  
 
12/31/05

EBDANE OPENS NEW BRIDGE IN NEGROS

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  EBDANE OPENS NEW BRIDGE IN NEGROS Public Works and Highways Secretary Jun Ebdane led the inauguration Caliban Bridge in Murcia, Negros Occidental. A project completed under the United Kingdom-assisted DPWH Bridge Replacement Project (Phase II), Ebdane said that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has instructed him to closely supervise the completion of the project as it complementS the Strong Republic Nautical Highway project of the administration. The 66 lineal meter new Caliban Bridge, the 100th UK Bridge completed, is a vital component of the Bacolod-Murcia-Don Salvador Benedicto-San Carlos City National Road or Negros Translink Eco-Tourism Highway which form part of the nautical highway project. Ebdane, together with British Ambassador Peter Beckingham, DPWH Undersecretary Salvador A. Pleyto, Director Rolando Asis, Representatives Jose Carlos Lacson and Tranquilino Carmona of Negros Occidental, Negros Occidental Vice Governor Isidro Zayco, Balfour Beatty Cleveland executives, and other public works and local officials, said that Caliban Bridge will facilitate the leading to progress and development not only for the province of Negros Occidental but ultimately for the whole country. DPWH-Special Bridges-Project Management Office Director Ramon Cacatian said that construction of the bridge, which replaces the single lane single span bridge constructed in 1924, was supervised by DPWH Negros Occidental 1st District Engineering Office and DPWH Region VI Regional Office. The bridge is expected to last for 100 years as it utilized cost effective galvanized steel trusses and beams fabricated and supplied by Balfour Kilpatrick Limited and Cleveland Bridge Engineering limited of the United Kingdom. Although assured of the structural integrity of the bridge whose civil work cost is P15 million, Ebdane urged local leaders and residents to protect the bridge from overloading to further prolong its service life.  
 
12/31/05

ROAD IMPROVEMENT ON SAN-JOSE PATNONGON ROAD PROJECT IMPLEMENTED

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  ROAD IMPROVEMENT ON SAN-JOSE PATNONGON ROAD PROJECT IMPLEMENTED After the lifting of suspension/blacklisting of O.R. Sarmiento Construction under Department Order No. 86 last September 18, 2005, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) with its Asian Development Bank-Project Management Office (ADB-PMO) headed by Project Director Subair Diron continues monitoring the improvement implementation of San Jose-Patnongon Road in Iloilo Province. Based on the directive of Secretary Ebdane, we are now focusing on the immediate completion of the project. We are constantly monitoring all the construction activities and coordinating with the contractor to assure the quality and fast track the completion of the project” Diron said. In his letter to Secretary Ebdane dated February 14, 2005, Diron concurred the balance of work as contract variation on the on-going adjacent contracts to PY-B particularly A in the south and PY-D in the north now under contract with E.C. De Luna Constructions. The project involves the overlay approximately 27 kilometers of asphalt concrete pavement of road from San Jose to Patnongon. It also includes the provision of drainage improvement facilities, slope protection works, road safety improvements such as installation of traffic safety devices like road markings and shoulder works. This P142.81 million project is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and the Government of the Philippines. We are currently coordinating with the ADB and JBIC to secure clearance so that we can include the project to Package PY-A so that we can immediately continue on with the construction works” Diron added.  
 
 
 
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