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12/22/08

CHRISTMAS GIFT GIVING

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  DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando Asis shares the spirit of christmas thru gift giving to children during a program held at DPWH Regional Office in Iloilo City.  
 
10/03/08

PGMA LEADS GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY OF BACOLOD-SILAY AIRPORT ACCESS ROAD

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  Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo led the groundbreaking rites for the 10.12-kilometer Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road in Barangay Bagtic, Silay City, Negros Occidental Assisting the President in the lowering of time capsule ceremony are DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut representing the Honorable Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr., Representatives Monico Puentevella and Jose Carlos Lacson, Silay City Acting Mayor Mark Carlos Golez, DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis, and DPWH Negros Occidental 1st Engineering District’ District Engineer Sanny Boy O. Oropel. Considered one of the major infrastructures to be implemented by the DPWH in Region VI under the leadership of Honorable Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr., the P1.5 billion worth New Bacolod (Silay) Airport Access Road project runs parallel to and about 3-4 kms east to Bacolod Coastal road. The access road will traverse mostly sugarcanes fields at the Bacolod skirt of Talisay City and Silay City. It branches off to the tip of the existing Bacolod Circumferential Road and ends at Silay-Gimbalaon road at about 500-meter west of the new Bacolod-Silay Airport. The projects will traverse Bacolod City, Talisay City and Silay City, all in the province of Negros Occidental. The project aims to provide smooth access to the new Bacolod Airport from Bacolod City and to reduce traffic congestion at Bacolod Coastal Road, north section, to form flexible road network and to guide and support sound urbanization of Bacolod City, Talisay City and Silay City.  
 
10/02/08

PROJECT BRIEFING

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  DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut briefs President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on the P1.5billion Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road as Representatives Monico Puentevella and Jose Carlos Lacson, acting Mayor Mark Carlos Golez, DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis, DPWH Negros Occidental 1st District Engineer Sanny Boy O. Oropel and Justice Secretary Raul M. Gonzalez, Sr., looks on.  
 
10/02/08

ROAD GROUNDBREAKING

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  DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Representatives Monico Puentevella and Jose Carlos Lacson assist President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (l-r) in the lowering of time capsule for the P1.5billion airport access road as Silay City Acting Mayor Mark Golez, looks on.  
 
10/01/08

ILOILO DISTRICT ENGINEER

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  District Engineer Noe V. Placer, taking his Oath of Office before DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis. He is now the full-fledged District Engineer of Iloilo 3rd Engineering District based at Barotac Viejo, Iloilo, which was witnessed by his co-employees and by his loving wife, Rubielyn, Assistant Regional Director Juby C. Cordon, and OIC-ARD Berna C. Coca.  
 
10/01/08

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL 2ND DISTRICT ENGINEER

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  District Engineer Lea Napagao Delfinado takes her Oath of Office as full pledged district engineer of the Negros Occidental 2nd Engineering District before DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis. The oath taking ceremony held last October 1, 2008 was witnessed by her loving husband Napoleon and four sons, namely, Leo Nikko, Leo Markko, Leo Rikko and Leo Carlo, and co-workers at the district based in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental and her loving husband Napoleon and four sons, namely, Leo Nikko, Leo Markko, Leo Rikko and Leo Carlo.  
 
09/22/08

REOPENING OF ILOILO BRIDGE

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  The typhoon damaged E. Marcos bridge connecting towns of Maasin and Cabatuan, Iloilo has been reopen September 22, 2008 to light vehicular traffic. The DPWH Region 6 under the leadership of Director Rolando Asis in compliance to the directive of Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. and Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of the operation in Visayas, fast-track the rehabilitation of the bridge and was able to open the bridge three (3) months after its structure was affected by typhoon “Frank”. Lower photo show residents and motorists expressing their appreciation for the reopening of E. Marcos Bridge.  
 
09/10/08

ILOILO BRIDGE SOON TO RE-OPEN

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  The typhoon damaged E. Marcos bridge connecting towns of Maasin and Cabatuan, Iloilo will soon be passable. In his report to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. and Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of the operation in Visayas, DPWH-Region 6 Director Rolando Asis said that they are fast-tracking the rehabilitation of the bridge damaged by typhoon “Frank” and expects to open to vehicular traffic by mid September 2008. Rehabilitation of the E. Marcos Bridge costs P190 million and DPWH is doubling its efforts to complete the project sooner. Earlier, DPWH opened August 15, 2008 to light vehicular traffic Tigum Bridge in Barangay Tabucan, Cabatuan after it underwent immediate repair works. Further rehabilitation activities will be performed to strengthen Tigum Bridge considering that it is located along old Iloilo-Capiz Route. Other bridges in Iloilo undergoing repair works are Macapagal-Syjuco Friendship Bridge in Alimodian, Baltazar-Aquino Bridge in Leon, and Camanggahan Bridge in Guimbal. Undersecretary Yabut has instructed Asis to ensure that all reconstruction activities in adherence to the policy quality of works policy of the Department.  
 
09/08/08

PGMA APPOINTED A NEW DPWH REGIONAL DIRECTOR, 3 ASST. DIRECTORS

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  President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo acting on recommendation of DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. appointed Engineer Evelyn Barroso as DPWH Region 13 Director. The President has also approved the appointment of Engineers Domingo L. Mariano, Juvy Cordon and Danilo Dequito as full-pledged DPWH Assistant Directors for Region 3, 6 and 8, respectively. The four (4) officials formally take their oath of office today (September 8, 2008) before Secretary Ebdane and members of the DPWH Executive Committee. Director Barroso joined the DPWH in 1975 as Senior Civil Enginer and years later, with dedication and hard work, she became District Engineer and Assistant Regional Director, until he was appointed OIC-Regional Director of Region 13 with the promotion of Undersecretary Romeo Momo. Now holding the second highest position in the DPWH Region 3, Assistant Director Domingo Mariano’s outstanding contributions in his 25 years of public service proves that he is indeed one of DPWH finest government civil engineer. He started his career at then Ministry of Public Works and Highways-Quezon City in 1983 and rose from the ranks until his promotion as District Engineer of Zambales in 2004 and later appointed as DPWH OIC-Assistant Regional Director. An exemplary public servant possessing a brilliant mind and extensive experience, Assistant Director Juby Cordon sterling career in public service spans 25 years of dedication and hardwork. She rose from the ranks and her career was mostly spent in Region 6 where she served as Civil Engineering Aide and later District Engineer of Capiz, and head of the Regional Management Staff and Planning and Design Division. A valuable asset to the DPWH, Assistant Director Danilo Dequito’s promotion is not surprising, having in the agency for more than 38 years, serving different engineering districts. Secretary Ebdane hopes that the three (3) promoted officials will continue with their good performances and steadfast leadership. You should commit yourself to be more focused on your task, in the accomplishment of our mission to bring progress through infrastructure development and render exemplary service to the Filipino people", said Ebdane.  
 
09/08/08

DPWH REGION 6 ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

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  Engineer Juby Cordon, previously DPWH-OIC Assistant Director has been promoted by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as full-pledged Region 6 Assistant Director. Photo shows ARD Cordon taking her oath of office before Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. Her oath taking was witnessed by members of the DPWH Executive Committee that includes Undersecretary Bashir Rasuman and Senior Undersecretary Manuel Bonoan, Engr. Cordon’s husband Joebert and Region 6 Director Rolando Asis.  
 
09/02/08

ANTIQUE RESTORATION PROJECT

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  Upper photo shows the temporary Valderrama Bridge open to traffic. The 460 lineal meters bridge was among the infrastructure that was heavily damaged by typhoon FRANK. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo instructed DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr. to have the bridge restored immediately. Valderrama Bridge links the Municipality of Valderrama to other Municipalities of the Province of Antique. Lower shows the Odiong – Sibalom –San Remegio Road which is also now open to traffic after it was rendered unpassable during the onslaught of typhoon FRANK. The road leads to damaged Bogo Bridge wherein a temporary bridge is being constructed to link far-flung barangays of San Remegio in Antique. DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis supervised the immediate restoration projects.  
 
08/18/08

TIGUM BRIDGE NOW OPEN

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  Making your way through the eastern part of Iloilo and towards the province of Capiz could be a bit easier now with the reopening of a vital bridge. The Department of Public Works and Highways announces that effective August 18, 2008, Tigum Bridge in Cabatuan, Iloilo which was damaged during the onslaught of tyhoon Frank that hit Western Visayas at the later part of June 2008 has been reopened to vehicular traffic. DPWH Regional Director Rolando M. Asis personally supervised the construction of the temporary bridge on a round the clock basis to immediately restore traffic passage in the area. Using steel bailey panels to temporarily make up for the damaged two (2) spans, the bridge can now accommodate load of not more than 10 tons. Aside from the prompt work of the DPWH, the people of the eastern part of Iloilo is thankful to Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Iloilo 3rd Congressional District Representative Arthur Defensor, Sr., for the funding assistance extended for the repair of bridge. Tigum Bridge connects Iloilo City to the towns of Cabatuan, Maasin, Janiuay, Lambunao and Calinog. It is also along Iloilo-Capiz Old route connecting towns of Tapaz, Jamindan and Dumalag, Province of Capiz. Asis said that Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. and Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of the operation in the Visayas, has instructed him to prepare all pertinent plans, documents including cost estimates needed for the construction of a permanent pre-stress concrete girder replacement bridge. DPWH has also carried out improvement works at the New Lucena-Sta. Barbara Road to serve as an alternate route to the Tigum Bridge.  
 
08/04/08

DEVELOPING ROAD NETWORK IN BORACAY

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  DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. discusses with DPWH Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, incharge of Visayas operations and DPWH Aklan District Engineer Robert Cabigas the status of the Boracay Circumferential Road. In support with President Arroyo’s thrust in developing the tourism industry in the country, the DPWH is now fast tracking all roads and bridges as access to major tourists spots especially in Central Philippines Region.  
 
07/30/08

VALDERAMA BRIDGE OPENS TO TRAFFIC

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  One of major bridges in Antique Province damaged by typhoon Frank is now open to vehicular traffic after the Department of Public Works and Highways completed the massive repair works. DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando Asis reported to Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. and Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, in-charge of Visayas operation, that the installation of bailey panels to replace washed out three (3) spans of old Valderama Bridge along Bugasong-Valderama Road in Antique was completed. Asis said that prior to the damaged of the old Valderama Bridge, the affected bridge serves as a detour of the presently being constructed United Kingdom assisted bridge project adjacent to the structure. About P5 million was spent for the installation of bailey panels. Earlier, Secretary Ebdane has directed Director Asis to immediately prepare plans for the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure in Western Visayas Region. Asis said that most of the bridges with minor damage are now open to light vehicles at the end of June and early July 2008 following the immediate repair of washed out or damaged approaches. Bridges in Iloilo which are now passable include Jalaur Bridge in Calinog; Suage Bridge in Janiuay; Kantil Box Culvert in Badiangan; Inguan and Tacuyong Detour Bridges in Leon; Binanua-an Bridge in Guimbal; and Tiolas and Ambuyu-an Bridges in San Joaquin. Other bridges in Western Visayas that were earlier unpassable following the onslaught of typhoon "Frank" but were immediately repaired are the following: San Roque Bridge, Libertad, Antique; Dalanas Bridge, Barbaza, Antique; Tibiao Bridge, Tibiao, Antique; Guinbanggaan Bridge, Lauan, Antique; Asluman Bridge, Hamtic, Antique; Sibalom and Initan Bridges in Sibalom, Antique; Libonan Bridge, San Remegio, Antique; and Balusbos and Ibajay (old) and Bridges in Aklan. Asis said the prompt restoration of the bridge is attributed to the immediate release of fund as directed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during a Cabinet Meeting held in Iloilo City. With bridging materials already delivered on site to heavily damaged bridges of Tigum and Imelda Marcos Bridges in Cabatuan, Iloilo, the installation of bailey bridge as temporary passage is expected to be completed by end of August 2008. Undersecretary Yabut has also instructed DPWH Region 6 to improve the alternate routes, hasten the preparation of engineering design for permanent replacement bridges and continue the cleaning and clearing of roads from muds to prevent travel inconvenience and prevent accidents.  
 
07/28/08

REPAIR WORKS.

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways undertakes the repair and rehabilitation of damaged bridges in Iloilo caused by typhoon “Frank”. Photo shows DPWH Region 6 Director inspecting the progress of repair activities at Tigum and Ulian Bridges in Cabatuan and Lambunao, Iloilo, respectively. Behind Director Asis are the bailey panels to be utilized as temporary bridges.  
 
07/24/08

PANAY CLEARING

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  Department of Public Works and Highways Region 6 equipment and personnel works double time in undertaking the cleaning and clearing of roads from muds in Panay Island brought about by typhoon “Frank”. In photo is massive clearing operation of DPWH in Mabini Street, Kalibo, Aklan.  
 
07/22/08

DPWH GEARS UP REHABILITATION EFFORTS ON PANAY ISLAND

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  A total of 28 typhoon affected bridges out of 35 unpassable bridges were now accessible to motorists as the Department of Public Works and Highways reported its continued rehabilitation efforts on damaged infrastructure in Western Visayas. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., DPWH Region VI Director Rolando Asis said that a total of P1.8 Billion or 35 bridges and 26 road sections were reported unpassable after the onslaught of typhoon ‘Frank’. With the directive of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to immediately restore the damage roads and bridges 28 bridges are now passable and seven were provided with alternate routes and/or footbridges. All road sections are now also passable in the region. “ We are still providing assistance to the local government and the provincial disaster coordinating council in conducting clearing operations on heavily land and mudslide affected towns and barangays” Asis said. Asis also said that the immediate restoration of the damaged road and bridges are vital to assure the immediate delivery of relief goods to major evacuation areas. The DPWH is now undertaking the preliminary works for the design of permanent replacement for those bridges that were totally destroyed. Asis also added that feasibility studies are now undertaken on how to upgrade infrastructure to mitigate the effects that may result if flood of the same magnitude will be again encountered. Meanwhile. Aklan District Engineer Robert Cabigas proposed for the reactivation of the moth-balled Aklan River Basin Development to mitigate flooding in Aklan province. Aklan is the hardest hit province in Pasay when Aklan River overflowed to the capital towns of Kalibo and other low-lying municipalities. “ The only office equipment left operational in our office is the wall clock,” Cabigas said as he reported the need of P 70.8 Million for the rehabilitation of damaged infrastructure in Aklan.  
 
07/18/08

CLEARING ACTIVITIES

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  Department of Public Works and Highways Region 6 Director Rolando Asis supervises the cleaning and clearing of roads of mud due to flashflood and heavy rains in Western Visayas Region caused by typhoon Frank.  
 
07/18/08

P 70.8 MILLION NEEDED FOR THE REPAIR OF DAMAGED INFRA IN AKLAN

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  Taking immediate measures to rehabilitate the damaged infrastructure in Aklan Province brought by typhoon ‘Frank’, the Department of Public Works and Highways had reported the completion of its program of works for the restoration and clearing operation on all damaged roads, bridges and other structures in the said province. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. and Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in charge of DPWH Visayas operation, DPWH Aklan District Engineer Robert Cabigas said that a total of P65.8 million is needed for the repair of damaged infrastructure while P5 Million is needed for the removal of mud and silt along national roads in the capital town of Kalibo. The largest needed appropriation is P30 Million for the repair and rehab of Tambak Seawall, in New Washington followed by the P15 Million needed for the repair of national road in Gibon Section and P10 Million for the damaged Tolingon Section along Nabas-Malay Road in Nabas. “ We have already forwarded the approved program of work to the DPWH Central Office for the release of the needed funds so that we can immediately start with the rehabilitation works” Cabigas said. Cabigas also added that they are constantly coordinating with the various local government units to make the available resources and make palliative repairs and developing alternate routes on damaged national roads to assure the continuous flow of traffic. Meanwhile, Cabigas also reported the needed P24.7 Million fund for the repair of damaged DPWH-Aklan Engineering District. The 143 kilometer per hour winds with heavy rains and mudflow had ripped off the DPWH Aklan District Engineering Office Conference Hall Building damaging the furnitures and computer units of the Planning and Design Section, while the Construction and Maintenance division office is under chest deep water and mud. “The programmed repair works for our office includes the increase in the elevation of our building to assure that it will not be again reached by floodwater” Cabigas added.  
 
07/02/08

EBDANE ORDERS ROUND-THE-CLOCK WORK

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  Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. has directed round-the-clock work in the reconstruction and repair of bridges in Iloilo and other Panay Provinces severely affected by typhoon “Frank”. He instructed DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando Asis to ensure the immediate restoration of flow of traffic through installation of bailey panels on affected bridges. Ebdane also reminded Asis and Assistant Director Juby Cordon to safeguard steel bridging components of affected bridges as it can be utilized for the construction of temporary bridges. The DPWH Chief in a meeting with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and other Cabinet and Western Visayas local officials reported that the agency has immediately acted on the ground the day after he, Iloilo 3rd District Representative Arthur Defensor and DPWH Undersecretary for Visayas Operation Rafael C. Yabut conducted physical inspection by ordering the shipment of bridging materials procured in Manila which has already arrived in Panay Island. Ebdane said that about 100 bailey panel available in Iloilo and 200 more from other island were earlier dispatch for the construction of temporary and detour bridges. The installation of temporary bridges will be completed by the end of July 2008. Hastily being done is repair of alternate routes, damaged slope protection and approaches, road slides and cuts, and road carriageway and pavement. According to the DPWH-Region 6 Office, about P1.8 billion is needed to rehabilitate and repair infrastructure damaged by the typhoon including some P315 million immediate remedial repair funds to restore vehicular traffic. Among the major damaged bridges in Iloilo are Tigum and Imelda Marcos Bridges in Cabatuan; Ulian Bridge in Lambunao; Magapa Bridge in Janiuay; Baltazar Aquino Bridge in Leon; Macapagal-Syjuco Friendship Bridge in Alimodian; and Camangahan and Pitogo Bridges in Guimbal. Heavily damaged bridge in Antique includes Valderama Bridge along Bugasong-Valderama Road, Laures Bridge, and Bugo Bridge in San Remegio, Antique. The DPWH has also extended assistance in the clearing and removal of muds in Aklan, Antique and Capiz with the deployment of crew and equipment.  
 
07/02/08

ENGINEERING MEASURES

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  Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. illustrates the engineering remedial measures to be taken on damaged bridges in Western Visayas Region brought about by typhoon “Frank”. Looking on are (from right) DPWH-Major Flood Control-Cluster 1 Director Patrick Gatan, PMO-Urgent Bridges Construction Project and President’s Bridge Program Executive Director Emil Sadain, Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Region 6 Director Rolando Asis, and Assistant Secretary Jaime Pacanan.  
 
06/26/08

TYPHOON DAMAGE IN ILOILO

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  Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. issues instruction to DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando Asis following his inspection at damaged infrastructure in Iloilo. With Ebdane are Iloilo 3rd District Representative Arthur D. Defensor Sr., Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut and other public works and local officials of Iloilo.  
 
06/26/08

DAMAGED BRIDGE IN ILOILO

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  Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut and Region 6 Director Rolando Asis assess the extent of damaged to Imelda Marcos Bridge in Cabatuan, Iloilo. Iloilo is among the worst hit province by recent typhoon Frank.  
 
06/26/08

ILOILO DAMAGED INFRA

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  Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. looks on map showing the flow of river waters after heavy rains triggered by typhoon Frank inundate areas of Iloilo province. Secretary Ebdane has directed DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando Asis (at left) to immediately prepare plans for the reconstruction of damaged infrastructures. Also in photo is DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of the operation in Visayas.  
 
05/15/08

DPWH IMPROVES ROAD LEADING TO NEW ILOILO AIRPORT

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  The main access leading to the new international airport in Iloilo has been vastly improved by the Department of Public Works and Highways. DPWH has undertaken the rehabilitation including widening of the Pavia-Sta. Barbara-Iloilo Road as part of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) commitment of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. According to DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando Asis, improvement of the Iloilo-Sta. Barbara Road is deemed necessary following the transfer and opening of airport at the municipality of Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan. Started March 2007, the improvement of Pavia-Sta. Barbara Section at a cost of P44.255 million involves widening of 3.895 kilometers existing asphalt concrete by 3.05 wide with 1.50 meters shoulder on both sides. The project for the road section which was completed early this year also covers the installation of reinforced concrete pipe culvert, grouted rip rap and slope protection, thermoplastic pavement markings, and repair of deteriorated asphalt. Additional improvement works at the Pavia-Sta. Barbara Section was undertaken at a cost of P21.086 million involving the widening of 230 lineal meter existing asphalt concrete road which is also completed. Bituminous tack coast and .05 meter thick 2nd layer bituminous concrete surface and hot laid were done at this section. Shojie Pacheco, a security guard from Sta. Barbara said that the improvement of roads in their area significantly contributed to the development of their towns in terms of increased mobility. Leo Castro Verde, driver of Shine Star Trucking based in Iloilo expressed his appreciation to the effort of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the DPWH in improving highways in Iloilo as it facilitate easier land travel. Presently on-going although progress of work has been hampered by problems with road right-of-way and presence of utility lines is the improvement of 2.74 kilometer Iloilo City-Sta. Barbara Road that has a total cost of P27.887 million.  
 
05/14/08

DPWH UNDERTAKE REPAIRS OF SUGARCANE HAULERS ROUTE IN NEGROS

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways is undertaking improvement works at the major alternate route for the last 20 years of sugar haulers in Negros Occidental. Having served heavy loaded cargo trucks since late 1980’s, the Bacolod Circumferential Road otherwise known as Carlos Hilado Highway was subjected to concrete reblocking works by the DPWH Bacolod City District Engineering Office. According to District Engineer Norma Deloguines, portions of the 17.776 kilometer Bacolod Circumferential Road after more than two (2) decades of service has showed damage as consequence of the continuous passing of sugarcane haulers usually carrying beyond prescribed load limit. Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. has directed Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut and Director Rolando Asis to attend to the overall infrastructure concerns of Negros Island, with the former being in-charge of the Department’s Visayas operation and latter assigned as Director for Region 6 (Westerrn Visayas), respectively. About P55 million sourced from the DPWH regular infra and Motor Vehicle Users’ Charge fund has been allocated for the reblocking of 718 spans of damaged concrete pavement with the P20 million worth of project already completed. The repair activity manifests the agency commitment to the mission of providing and managing quality infrastructure facilities and services responsive to the needs of the people in the pursuit of development objectives. Sugarcane haulers from the southern, northern and eastern parts of Bacolod City utilizes the Bacolod Circumferential Road to decongest traffic at the city proper. Deloguines said that the circumferential road which was then under the supervision of defunct Regional Cities Development Projects was turned over to the DPWH Bacolod City District Office in the 1990s.  
 
05/13/08

DPWH CLOSELY SUPERVISES ILOILO FLOOD CONTROL

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  Construction activities at the Iloilo Flood Control Project in Western Visayas are in full swing to take advantage of the relatively favorable weather condition this summer. DPWH Major Flood Control Project-Cluster 1 Director Patrick Gatan together with Project Manager Jerome Borjal oversee the actual progress of the project through the conduct of regular field inspection in compliance with the instruction of Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. and Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of the Visayas operation. Director Gatan said that the countless amount of money including number lives lost due to perennial flood problem in Iloilo City and its vicinity should be immediately ended. Implementation of the project was divided into four (4) packages to facilitate its prompt completion with package 3 costing P29.561 million and covers the development of relocation sites at So-oc and Kasadyahan for stage 1 project completed as early as April 2004 while bidding of project is underway for package 4 involving the development of relocation site at San Isidro for stage 2 project. Under contract in the amount of P1.305 billion with Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Company Inc. is package 1 which is more than 40% completed to date. Scope of works in this package which is slated for completion by March 2009 involves the construction of Jaro Floodway, improvement of Tigum River, improvement of Aganan River, and construction of six (6) bridges. In the construction of Jaro Floodway with total length of 4.75 kilometers, present activities include excavation works along upstream portion of Tacas Road and downstream portion of highway at Buhang. Detour roads at Buhang and Bito-on were completed and now utilized for vehicular traffic. Channel excavation at Tigum River covering 2.90 kilometers and Aganan River covering 3.88 kilometers are in full blast, taking advantage of favorable weather condition. Simultaneous works are being done for the construction of Pagsanga-an, Anilao, Tacas, Balabago,Bito-on and Buhang bridges. Under package 2 which has a contract cost of P556.924 million with China International Water and Electrical Corporation is the improvement of Iloilo rver, uper Ingore crek and both banks of Jaro River mouth. The new Carpenter’s Bridge which is part of the Iloilo River Improvement is substantially completed while re-shaping of dike embankment side slope is among the on-going activity for the improvement of Jaro River mouth. A priority project of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in Western Visayas, the Iloilo Flood Control Project is financially assisted by the Japan’s Official Development Assistance or ODA through Japan Bank for International Cooperation. DPWH has tapped the services of CTI Engineering International Co. Ltd. Together with Woodfields Consultants and Basic Technology and Management Corporation to provide consulting assistance during detailed design for infrastructure development including cost estimates and construction supervision as well as future operation and maintenance stage.  
 
05/12/08

LIFE GETS EASIER AT NORTHERN ILOILO WITH THE NEWLY IMPROVED ROADS

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  With the Strong Republic Nautical System as among the priority projects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to lessen transport costs, the Department of Public Works and Highways has completed the improvement of another road network along the Roll On/Roll Off (RORO) link of Iloilo and Capiz. The newly improved Iloilo East Coast-Capiz Road is big boost to the development of northern part of Iloilo known for its fishery and farm products. DPWH Iloilo 3rd District Engineer Noe Placer said that the Iloilo East Coast-Capiz Road greatly improved the transport products from the coastal towns of Iloilo towards the cities of Iloilo City and Roxas City, Capiz because it is located along the east coast passing thru the coastal towns of Iloilo Province. With the improvement of this Iloilo-East Coast Capiz Road, people, products and services can easily be transported thereby improving the economy of the area, said Placer. Ronaldo S. Liagas, teacher at San Juan Academy Inc. in Sara, Iloilo expressed his appreciation and thanks to the President and DPWH for this project. “We are grateful to our President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in her efforts to improve the road and also we are thankful to our Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. through his leadership, this road section was greatly improved”, said Liagas. Improvement of Iloilo East Coast-Capiz Road with a total length of 39 kilometers involves surfacing with 6.10 meter width of portland concrete cement pavement 23 centimer thick, provision of 1.50 meter shoulders on both sides, construction of one (1) bridge, rehabilitation of three (3) existing bridges, and construction of 12 reinforced concrete box culvert including installation of 1,194 lineal meters of reinforced concrete pipe culvert. Constructed at a cost of P530.586 million, the road caters to the transportation needs of 11 municipalities in Iloiloi namely Barotac Viejo, San Rafael, Lemery, Sara, Batad, Balasan, Carles, Estancia, San DIonisio, Conception and Ajuy. According to Mechil D. Somera, a high-school student at San Juan Academy, the improvement of the Iloilo East Coast Capiz Road has lessen if not prevent road related accidents especially during onset of rains as well as hasten their travel to school. John Yangzon, a tricycle driver at Brgy. Alibayon, Sara, Iloilo said the newly improved road boosted their income as it is much easier to bring passengers to destination.  
 
05/09/08

DPWH LEADS GUIMARAS PROVINCE TO PROGRESS

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways plays instrumental role in the development of Guimaras with the improvement of circumferential and central roads of the island province. DPWH District Engineer Teodoro Castillo with Assistant District Engineer Nilo Gavia work hand-in-hand with the people of Guimaras, officials of the province in pursuing development of infrastructure. Progress is impeded by the inadequacy of reliable roads and bridges, hence, DPWH Guimaras District Engineering Office exist to help provide these people needs, said Castillo. According to the District Office, the improvement through concrete paving of Guimaras Circumferential and Central Road is being undertaken on a multi-year utilizing the DPWH regular and Motor Vehicles User’s Charge fund. About 45 kilometers of the Guimaras Circumferential Roads are already concrete paved, 35.974 are asphalt, and more than 29 kilometers gravel. Of the 17 kilometers Guirmaras Central Roads, 4 kilometers are concrete with 698 lineal meters asphalt paved and more than 12 kilometers gravel. The province is also a recipient of some Austrian assisted President Bridge Program project to improve linkages of highway.  
 
05/09/08

NEW ANTIQUE ROAD ADDRESSES ISOLATION PROBLEM

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways has addressed the problems of isolation of Antique Province during onslaught of heavy rains and flooding. The new alternate route of Laures Section of Bugasong-Valderama Road in Antique will facilitate movement of people, goods, and services at all time In the past, people experienced difficulty in traveling to the town of Valderama due to unpassable road during rainy season. Banking on the strength of its almost 110 years of dedicated service, the DPWH through the Antique Engineering District Office came up with the solution with the opening and concrete paving of Laures Section. The concrete road project costing P14.435 million is supported by appropriate drainage provisions to prolong service life and ensure it will be passable at all times. Assistant District Engineer Benny Favila said that the 778 lineal meter road project which starts at the junction of Iloilo-Antique highway will also contribute to the continuing development of Antique Province. Danilo Fernandez and Robert Samillano, two (2) motorists from Valderama, noted the remarkable improvement of the highway in terms of travel speed, thereby reducing motor vehicle operating cost.  
 
05/08/08

BORACAY ROADS FACILITATE ACCESSIBILITY

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  Top tourist destination Boracay Island not only has the gems of nature but also has the vital infrastructure which facilitates better mobility. The Department of Public Works and Highways undertook the construction of Boracay Circumferential Road which make easy travel to various scenic places in the island. Compared before that people had to take “habal-habal” motorcycles or all terrain vehicles in moving from around the island, “multicabs” now operate in Boracay Island as among the transport mode of tourists and local residents. In order to prevent congestion, the DPWH has little by little improved the road through widening and is exploring other routes leading to untapped destinations for enjoyment and satisfaction of people. Improvement of the Boracay Circumferential Road is undertaken in close coordination with the Provincial Government of Aklan and the Municipality of Malay.  
 
05/07/08

PUBLIC ENJOYS SAFE AND COMFORTABLE TRAVEL WITH CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OF NEGROS TRANSLINK ECO-TOURISM HIGHWAY

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  Improvement activities were undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways at the Negros Translink Eco-Tourism Highway along the east west lateral road of Negros Island. DPWH Negros 1st District Engineer Sanny Oropel said that the improvement of road shoulder, embankment, flood control and drainage along Negros Translink Eco-Tourism Highway also known as the Bacolod-Murcia-D.S. Benedicto-San Carlos City national road will provide general public safer and comfortable travel. These improvement works were undertaken in selected road sections that are prone to flooding due to landslides, others necessitates widening and provision for embankment slope protection, added Oropel. Compared to the circuitous coastal road from Bacolod City to San Carlos City route which has a distance of 143.263 kilometers, substantial amount of savings will be derived in utilizing the Bacolod-Murcia-D.S. Benedicto-San Carlos City national road which measures 81.408 kilometers. The construction of this road also completes the intermodal component of the transport system between the islands of Panay, Negros and also Cebu. Of the 71.798 kilometer portion of the Bacolod-Murcia-D.S. Benedicto-San Carlos City national road under the DPWH Negros Occidental 1st District Engineering Office, about 40.632 kilometers of the highway were concrete paved between the period of CY 1998 to CY 2007, with 31.106 old existing concrete and .060 kilometers old existing asphalt programmed for replacement/improvement in the coming years. In addition, six (6) bridges were constructed along the route with three (3) of them under the Japan International Cooperation Agency fund and same number under the United Kingdom assisted President’s Bridge Program. For the Bacolod North Road which traverses about 11 northern municipalities and cities of Negros Occidental from Bacolod City passing Talisay City to San Carlos City, the DPWH also carries out similar infrastructure undertaking including the replacement of damaged asphalt pavement with concrete. Bacolod North Road is widely used by big trucks and trailers in hauling sugarcanes from the fields to various sugar mills  
 
05/07/08

DIVERSION ROAD ALONG ILOILO-AKLAN NAUTICAL HIGHWAY ROUTE SOON TO EASE TRAFFIC

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  Travel of buses, cargo trucks and trailers from Iloilo to Manila via Capiz, Kalibo and Caticlan and vice versa through the Roll On Roll Off land and sea transport will be more faster and easier once the on-going construction of diversion/by-pass road along Kalibo-Iloilo Highway is completed. The 746 lineal meters Banga Diversion Road Project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) which starts at the national road at Mambog, Banga and ends at junction nation road at Tabayon, Banga is an ultimate solution to motorist woes in passing the congested Poblacion area of Banga, Aklan. Part of the Kalibo-Iloilo National Road which is a vital component of the Western Seabord of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway that links Luzon through Mindoro, Panay and Negros Island leading to Mindanao, the Banga Diversion Road will serve as major route of cargo trucks, buses and other vehicles to avoid heavy traffic. Mayor Antonio Maming of Banga, Aklan expressed his sincerest thanks and appreciation to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and to DPWH for the bypass road project. Farmer Nolly G. Remaneses said that the new highway would speed up the delivery of their agricultural products to market centers. Representative of the project contractor AFG Construction and Supply committed to fast-track construction activities to make up for the loss time due to unfavorable weather condition and problems with road right of way encountered in the past. On the otherhand, the DPWH Aklan District Engineer Robert Cabigas said that he will see to it that the project is implemented on a fast-track basis and ensure that quality of works will not be sacrificed through field construction monitoring and regular materials testing.  
 
05/06/08

DPWH REPLACES DETERIORATING STEEL BRIDGES IN NEGROS ISLAND

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  A vital bridge in Cauayan, Negros Occidental along Bacolod South Road leading to Dumaguete City is about to be completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways. The 96 lineal meter Isio Bridge in Barangay Isio, Cauayan, Negros Occidental whose main bridge proper is already complete except for the road concreting works due to its new alignment at both approaches. According to District Engineer Viola Hitalia of the DPWH 3rd Negros Occidental Engineering District Office, the completion of the new bridge will replace the single-lane deteriorating steel bridge capable only of holding 15 tons of load. The new bridge, scheduled for completion on May 17, 2008, is a pre-stressed concrete girder (PSCG) type. Assistant District Engineer Haidee Alunan during an inspection said that the opening to vehicular traffic of the new Isio Bridge will ensure safety travel of commuters and motorists. Construction of the P60.088 million worth Isio Bridge was implemented in multi-year phase starting in October 1998 because of insufficiency in government funds. Engineer Hitalia said that since there were still an existing one-lane bridge that could be utilize by land travelers, funds were then allocated to other infrastructure projects for the benefit of the District’s constituents. Aside from Isio Bridge, the DPWH Negros Occidental 3rd District Engineering Office has also completed the construction of 30 lineal meter Camindangan Bridge along Candoni-Sipalay Road in Sipalay City. The P20.25 Million Camindangan Bridge which is also a PSCG type replaces the old-bailey bridge that is also in deteriorating condition. Construction of bridges in the countryside is among the priority undertaking of the leadership of DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. in support to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s countryside development program.  
 
05/06/08

DPWH IMPROVES SCENIC NEGROS ROAD

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  A scenic highway in Negros Occidental has been further improved by the Department of Public Works and Highways. Dilapidated portions of the San Enrique-Pontevedra By-Pass Road were rehabilitated and the DPWH-Negros Occidental 4th District Engineering Office constructed a new Candaguit Bridge along the route. Neneng Divino of Barangay Baliwagan, San Enrique, Negros Occidental expressed her appreciation and thanks to the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the DPWH for improvement works done at their highway. District Emmanuel Mendiguarin said that the improvement of the San Enrique-Pontevedra By-Pass Road and construction of Candaguit Bridge manifests the commitment of the DPWH to drive development now only in urban areas but also in the entire countryside. Assistant District Engineer Vicente Vargas said that the towns of San Enrique and Pontevedra are two (2) of the progressive municipalities of Negros Occidental Province where variety of fruits are exported.  
 
05/06/08

DPWH WIDENS BACOLOD SOUTH ROAD FROM 4 TO 6 LANES

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has widened the Bacolod South Kabancalan Road in Bacolod City from four to six lanes in respond to growing land transport demand. DPWH Bacolod City District Enginer Norma Deloguines said that the road widening will address the traffic congestion problem as a consequence of growth of Bacolod City. Being a major thoroughfare where daily continuous traffic of both light and heavy vehicles is observed, improvement has to be done to support the continuing social and economic progress, said Deloguines. The Bacolod South Kabancalan Road is classified as part of the north-south backbone of Philippine’s arterial road network as it traverses from BAcolod City to Kabancalan City on the southern portion of Negros Occidental leading further to Dumaguete City, the capital of Negros Oriental. About 10.48 kilometer portion of Bacolod South Kabancalan Road is under the jurisdiction of DPWH Bacolod City District Engineering Office. Funds under the DPWH regular infra and priority project funds of legislators are utilized in the improvement of the highway. Aside from turning the four (4) lane asphalt concrete to six lane concrete road, DPWH also provides necessary sidewalk, drainage and riprap on both sides of the highway. Celestino Mertorio, a jeepney driver in Bacolod City, noticed the benefit of the road widening as it speeds up travel time resulting to increased income. Hernani Nemis, also of Bacolod City, expresses his gratitude to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the DPWH under the leadership of Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. for this timely project in their area.  
 
03/26/08

PROGRESSIVE PUBLIC WORKS

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways-Negros Occidental 4th District Engineering Office has undertaken another progressive public works project in Pontevedra and San Enrique, Negros Occidental. Concrete paving of Jct. San Enrique-Pontevedra By-Pass Road and construction of Candaguit Bridge was strictly supervised by District Engineer Emmanuel Mendiguarin and Asst. District Engineer Vicente Vargas in compliance with the policy instruction of Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr.  
 
02/05/08

DPWH TO COMPLETE HIGH IMPACT TOURISM PROJECTS IN WESTERN VISAYAS

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  In support with President Gloira Macapagal Arroyo’s thrust in developing the tourism industry through provision of quality infrastructure facilities leading to major tourist hubs in the country, the Department of Public Works and Highways assured the completion of three high impact tourism projects in Western Visayas Region. The three high impact projects are the P548 million worth road widening project from iloilo City to the new airport in Cabatuan, P676 Million worth Metro Iloilo Radial Road and the P453 Million Pandan - Libertad Road ending up to the boundary of Antique and Aklan Province. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., DPWH Region VI Director Rolando Asis said that considering the importance of these projects to the tourism industry, he assured that these will be completed on schedule or before 2010. “ These three road network projects would not only improve accessibility to major tourist areas in the region but will also improve the socio-economic condition on their respective area as it provides employment and investment opportunities” Asis added. The road widening project includes the asphalt overlaying and expansion of the existing two-lane and construction of bridges which will be implemented into three phases. The first phase from the junction of Pavia to Barbara town was already completed while phase two is awaiting release for the needed funds. The fund allocation for the third phase was scheduled to be released on 2009. The Metro Iloilo Radial Road is also divided into three phases with phase one started from the town proper of Zarraga towards Cabatuan airport is now on-going. The second phase is scheduled to start this year while the final phase was included in the 2009 budget. Meanwhile, the Pandan Libertad Road was scheduled to be bidded out on June this year. It involves the improvement of 27-kilometer road from gravel to cement concrete pavement is expected to be finished on the first quarter of 2010.  
 
01/30/08

CONSTRUCTION OF BYPASS ROAD IN AKLAN INSPECTED

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  Assuring the immediate completion of high-impact projects especially in rural areas, DPWH Rgeion VI Director Rolando Asis briefs Assistant Secretary Dimas Soguilon on the status of Kalibo-Iloilo Highway Bypass Road in Banga Aklan. With Asis is Aklan District Engineer Roberto Cabigas and District Engineer Ador Canlas  
 
 
 
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