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03/25/09

METRO ILOILO RADIAL ROAD PROJECT

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  Director Rolando Asis of the DPWH Region 6 inspect the progress of work for the construction of Metro Iloilo Radial Road in Jaro, Iloilo City.  
 
03/25/09

ITO BRIDGE RESTORATION

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  Region 6 Director Rolando Asis checks the on-going restoration works for Ito Bridge in Cabatuan, Iloilo.  
 
03/25/09

DAJA BRIDGE, ILOILO

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  DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando Asis inspects the Daja Bridge in Maasin, Iloilo. With Director Asis are Engineers Fernando Tuares and Jose Rey Ariete.  
 
03/25/09

AGBALO BRIDGE PROJECT INSPECTION

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  DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando Asis together with Maintenance Engineer Fernando Tuares inspect the Agbalo Bridge Project in Pontevedra, Capiz.  
 
03/25/09

ROAD SLIP REHABILITATION

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  Director Rolando M. Asis with Engineer Fernado Tuares inspects the rehabilitation of Pototan Slip, Pototan, Iloilo  
 
03/20/09

NEGROS JOBS FAIR

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  DPWH Negros Occidental 3rd OIC-District Engineer Viola Hitalia personally assist applicants as they passed their application forms during the holding of DPWH Jobs Fair in the District Office held 19 March 2009.  
 
03/19/09

DPWH PREPARES FOR SUMMER AND HOLY WEEK VACATION

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  Department of Public Works and Highways Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis has ordered all District Engineers in Western Visayas Region to double their efforts in maintaining the national roads within the region in good and convenient riding condition. The directive came following the instruction of Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. and Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of Visayas operations, to enhance the DPWH efforts to improve road travel condition particularly on busy highways leading to summer destinations. Asis said that the DPWH Region 6 anticipates increased in daily traffic volume with the onset of the summer season where families are on vacation and outing in various destinations in the region like Boracay Island. Also, in the observance of the Holy Week this second week of April, District Engineers were directed to activate a composite team and put up public assistance centers at strategic locations in their respective area of jurisdiction to assist motorists. Meanwhile, the DPWH is doubling effort to hasten the implementation of the 13.096-kilometer road widening project along the Iloilo City-Sta. Barbara Road, the main access leading to the new Iloilo International Airport located in the municipalities of Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan. The project, which is among the SONA priority projects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, has significantly reduced travel time to the new Iloilo airport from Iloilo City. In Guimaras Province, the two (2) bailey bridges namely Bugnay Bridge in Jordan and Mantasic Bridge in San Lorenzo will be converted into reinforced concrete deck girder bridge within the year. President’s Bridge Program-Project Management Office Director Emil K. Sadain said that the two bridges have a corresponding appropriation of P15 million and 25 milllion, respectively The bridge improvement will pave way in enhancing the mobility of motorists and passengers including their agricultural and fishery products and construction materials in nearby barangays and municipalities and even in mainland Iloilo and Negros Occidental. Local and foreign tourists will also enjoy their travel with well-improved bridges in going to various destinations in the province like the Mc Arthur’s Wharf and 18th Century Guisi Lighthouse  
 
03/13/09

CBCP CONFERENCE

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  Director Rolando M. Asis was invited by Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Archbishop Angel Lagdameo as guest during the CBCP Conference together with non-government organizations represented by Mr. Thomas Ford, Victor Facultad, Ruth Tirol-Jaranilla, and Mr. Tony Hechanova, last March 12, 2009 at the Archbishop’s Palace, Jaro, Iloilo City.  
 
03/06/09

BACOLOD NORTH ROAD UNDERGOES REPAIR WORK

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  Travel to northern part of Negros Occidental will soon be much faster and comfortable as DPWH is rushing up the improvement of damaged highway pavement along Bacolod North Road. District Engineer SannyBoy Oropel said that the DPWH Negros Occidental 1st District Engineering Office has geared up its concrete reblocking activities along the 160 kilometer highway to provide better highway services to the people. As an arterial road, Bacolod North Road connects the 11 northern municipalities and cities of Negros Occidental to Bacolod City. Oropel said that re-blocking works is necessary particularly along heavily damaged section in Silay City where the new Bacolod Silay Airport is located. He said that deterioration of the road particularly existing asphalt pavement is attributed to the voluminous trucks and trailers hauling sugarcanes since it is the number one crop of the province. Project Engineer Emmanuel Abaylar said that with still more than 100 kilometers of the Bacolod North Road made of asphalt, it has to be replaced with concrete to make it more durable. Meanwhile, Oropel said that with the instruction of the Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of Visayas operation, and Region 6 Director Rolando Asis, the district office is extending assistance to the project management office which will undertake the New Bcolod (Silay) Airport Access Road Project in preparing the parcillary plan, identification of affected stakeholders, and the acquisition of road right of way. “Right now, we are still in the process of negotiating with all the landowners as far as road right of way claims but once we already started the processing their road right of way claims, I think we don’t have any problems that can be encountered as far as the claims of their property since they are cooperating with our agency for the road right of way”, said Oropel. “The problem is our present basis is the BIR zonal evaluation but there are some landowners who based their claims on current market value so we have negotiations with them and hopefully we can arrive with a win-win solution for the early acquisition of right of way”, added Oropel. The New Bacolod (Silay) Airport Access Road Project which is among the SONA projects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is an airport access road that runs parallel to and about 3 to 4 kilometer east of Bacolod City Coastal Road and transverses mostly sugarcane fields at the back skirt of Talisay City and Silay City in the Province of Negros Occidental. It branches off the north tip of the existing Bacolod Circumferential Road and ends at Silay-Guimbalaon Road at about 500m west of the New Bacolod (Silay) Airport. The 10.12 kilometers road project will provide smooth access to new Bacolod Airport from Bacolod City, reduce traffic congestion of Bacolod Coastal Road north section and will form a flexible road network.  
 
03/05/09

ROAD PROJECT TO IMPROVE TRAVEL IN NEGROS PROVINCES

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways is undertaking the improvement of national secondary road that connects the two provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental in line with the effort to improve travel condition in the countryside. DPWH Negros Occidental 2nd District Enginer Leah Delfinando reported to Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, and Region 6 Director Rolando Asis the more than 50 percent completion status of their 3.640 kilometers road upgrading project at section of Vallerhermoso-Canlaon City- La Castellana Road in La Castellana, Negros Occidental. Vallerhermoso-Canlaon City- La Castellana Road aside from traversing sugarcane plantation is utilized by buses from Bacolod City going to the Oriental Side of Negros and Cebu province. The P50 million worth project involves concrete paving of existing gravel road including widening and elevating of some road sections and construction of lined canal to protect the roadway. The project would benefit sugarcane haulers and residents along the area particularly in bringing their farm products to the market at a cheaper costs. Engineer Delfinado said that since the implementation of the road project in September 2008, people in the project area were given job opportunities as they had requested the contractor to hire laborers within the locality. The contractor Alfies Construction has complied with our instruction by hiring almost 50 percent of their unskilled labor force, said Engineer Delfinado. Berne Cortejo and SonnyBoy Seraspe, laborers from Barangay Robles, La Castellana, Negros Occidental were both happy not only because the government is now improving the roads in their area but also they were given jobs with this road project of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. With our present accomplishment, we expect to complete the project package ahead of the scheduled October 31, 2009 completion date, added Delfinado. Earlier, DPWH Region 6 completed the P108 million worth concrete paving of 5.46 kilometer San Enrique-Vallehermoso Road, La Castellana-Canlaon Section from boundary of Negros Oriental. The P108 million road project has improved travel in the area.  
 
03/05/09

KABANKALAN ROAD PROJECT AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

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  Four months of extensive construction activities coupled with favorable weather condition resulted to 25 percent ahead of schedule accomplishment for the on-going concrete paving works at the Jct. Bearin-Salong-Tapi-Bantayan Road in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. DPWH Negros Occidental 3rd District Engineer Viola Hitalia said that they are taking advantage of the good weather in the project area to pursue the early completion of the 5.338 kilometer road project costing P85 million. Based on Engineer Hitalia’s report to Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of Visayas operation, and Region 6 Director Rolando Asis, almost one (1) kilometer has been concrete paved and some sections ready for pouring, putting the project more than 35% in overall work progress and projected completion much earlier than the planned December 2009. Earlier, Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr., during recent staff meeting in Pampanga, reminded DPWH field executives to take advantage of the summer season to fast-track completion of pump-priming projects nationwide. Covered by the contract with Alfies Construction is concrete paving of road in Barangay Salong and about 2 kilometers in Barangay Bantayan. Jct. Bearin-Salong-Tapi-Bantayan Road is a national secondary road leading to upper Kabankalan or the Kabankalan Settlement Area. The whole road strength is about 43 kilometers, and with this project, the balance of unpaved gravel road will go down to 22 kilometers. The road is catering Barangays Tapi, Magballo, Bantayan, Tagoc, Pinaguinpinan and Tabugon all in Kabankalan City. Hitalia said that once the road is fully concrete pave, they expect a rapid economic activity in the area. Various agricultural products from the barangay along the project including those from Negros Oriental passes through the Jct. Bearin-Salong-Tapi-Bantayan Road and the concrete paving of the highway is a long dream of the people and motorist. Samson Dela Cruz, a tricycle driver said that he is happy President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the DPWH responded to the need to improve the road in their area. Stanley Adangan and Gene Talabon, grade school pupils from Barangay Tapi, Kabankalan City is very enthusiastic especially that their plight of long kilometers of walk in reaching their school is about to end with the road improvement as it will facilitate more public transport services.  
 
03/05/09

CAPIZ FOLK GETS EMPLOYMENT IN ROAD PROJECT

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  The President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administration has employed more construction workers from the rural areas through its pump-priming infrastructure projects in the Province of Capiz. In his report to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., Undersecretary for Visayas Operation Rafael C. Yabut, and Region 6 Director Rolando Asis, DPWH Capiz 2nd OIC-District Engineer Nilo Gavia said that a great number of people residing in Tapaz, Capiz were employed in the on-going concreting of Tapaz-Jamindan-Altavas Road. The 3.9 kilometer road concreting project has hired workers in the project area, giving people opportunity to earn for their families and take part in the development of their locality. Started in October 2008, the P60 million worth road project will be implemented within labor-intensive 540 calendar days by administration, hence, giving labor opportunities for people in the area for a longer period of time. Other activities for this road project which is also along the nautical highway route include shouldering with 1.50 meter for both sides. Engineer Gavia said that with this project, the unpaved section from Altavas Poblacion to Tapaz town which is the end of on-going project is more or less 5 kilometers while dilapidated section from Jamindan up to the beginning also of the on-going project is more or less 3 kilometers. The project is situated along the main route from Iloilo going to Manila thru RoRo which is otherwise known as President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administration’s Strong Republic Nautical Highway project. Mrs. Florabel Gapi, teacher at San Nicolas Elementary School in San Nicolas, Tapaz, Capiz said that the concreting works at Tapaz-Jamindan National Road greatly benefited students and teachers. Barangay San Nicolas Chairwoman Maria Ivy Pundal expresses her gratitude to President Arroyo and the DPWH for improving their roads which will have greater impact in the improvement of their living.  
 
03/04/09

ROAD IMPROVEMENT TO PUMP-PRIME ECONOMY OF LEON, ILOILO

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways continues to facilitate better access to basic services and more economic opportunities through its infrastructure development project in the countryside. Agricultural products from the town of Leon and upper municipalities of the Iloilo Province and Antique boundary will soon easily reach the market centers with the on-going highway rehabilitation project of the DPWH to improve travel condition. Under the implementation of the DPWH Iloilo 4th District Engineering Office is the P8.9 million rehabilitation/construction of damaged pavement along national road of Jct. Bancal-Leon-Antique Boundary Road in line with the pump-priming program of the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administration. The project involves the concrete paving of 1.974 kilometer road 6.70 meter wide and .23 meter thick with 1.50 meter shoulders on both sides. DPWH Iloilo 4th OIC-District Engineer George Suy said the improvement of the road is necessary due to the increase of motorists traversing the highway, most of which are vegetable traders particularly cabbage and carrots growers. Suy said that although it is a national secondary road, it is however the main trunkline of Leon to Iloilo City and an access road leading to Antique Province. Region 6 Director Rolando Asis in compliance with the instruction of Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr and Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of the operation in Visayas, has reminded Engineer Suy to direct the project contractor to avail of the favorable weather condition to hasten its completion. At more than 85 percent complete and almost 30 percent ahead of programmed schedule, Engineer Suy said that they will continue monitoring the activities of the contractor F. Gurrea Construction Inc. to ensure that they will cope up with the scheduled manpower and equipment. Engineer Suy added that with the cooperation of the people especially project stakeholders, in days ahead, we will enjoy the fruit of our sacrifices.  
 
03/04/09

ROAD IMPROVEMENT HASTENS TRAVEL TO ILOILO NEW AIRPORT

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  Road widening project of the Department of Public Works and Highways has significantly reduced travel time to the new Iloilo airport. The 13.096-kilometer road widening project of DPWH Region 6 along the Iloilo City-Sta. Barbara Road, the main access leading to the new Iloilo International Airport located in the municipalities of Sta. Barbara and Cabatuan has addressed traffic congestion in the area. Considering that the project is among the SONA priority projects of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando Asis said that the DPWH in coordination with the concerned contractor worked 24/7, barring unforeseen events particularly unfavorable weather condition. In his report to Secretary Hermogenes E. EBdane Jr. and Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of Visayas operation, Asis said that they are confident to complete or substantially complete the road widening project before end of 2009. Mayor Arcadio H. Gorriceta of Pavia, Iloilo said that that the on-going road widening from the City of Iloilo to the airport passing Pavia road section of around 5.6 kilometers has cut travel time from the City of Iloilo to the airport. Mayor Gorriceta said that the present travel time from Iloilo City of about 35 to 45 minutes could be reduced to 15 to 20 minutes once the four lane road project is fully completed. “It will be traffic free already by that time. This will spark the economic development of Pavia, with the road network and I am very optimistic that once completed, Pavia will progress maybe twice or three times what we are experiencing in previous years” said Mayor Gorriceta . “I am happy with this project being undertaken by the DPWH, I am very grateful to the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for implementing this project in our locality”, added Mayor Gorriceta. Mr. Alfredo Gumaqui, former Sangguniang Bayan member of Pavia, Iloilo said passenger drivers have benefited due to lesser traffic resulting to increased income. Also, Rowena Gabalonzo, an employee of West Visayas State University-Calinog Campus and residing at Jaro, Iloilo City said that the road improvement lessened the travel time to and from her residence to work. Gabalonzo hopes that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will continue to support the DPWH which has managed improvement projects in Iloilo with great soundness.  
 
03/04/09

DPWH REHABILITATES ROAD IN NEGROS OCCIDENTAL

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  The Department of Public Works and Highways is undertaking rehabilitation works on damaged highway pavement in Negros Occidental with the aim of providing more convenient and safe roads for public utilization. In his report to DPWH Undersecretary for Visayas Operation Rafael C. Yabut, and Region 6 Director Rolando Asis, Negros Occidental 4th District Engineer Emmanuel Mendiguarin said that implementation of 3.965 kilometer rehabilitation of damaged pavement along Jct. Palencia-Boyscout Campsite Road in La Carlota City, Negros Occidental has attained more than 90 percent completion. Mendiguarin reported that the P70 million worth reconstruction project is almost 60 percent ahead of schedule as they heeded to the directive of Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. to fast-track the implementation of various infrastructure projects particularly in the first six months of the year. Assistant District Engineer Vicente Vargas said that the contractor Alfies Construction Supply Inc. has took advantaged of the weather condition and augmented their manpower and equipment in achieving the positive work slippage. Another district project, the P50 million worth rehabilitation of damaged road pavement at Junction San Enrique-Pontevedra by-pass including rotunda and access roads has already attained more than 50 percent accomplishment. The 1.661 kilometer reconstruction project under Dynamic Builders & Construction Company is programmed for completion this August 2009 but is already ahead of schedule by more than 11 percent. Likewise, the 2.571 kilometer road repair project at Jct. Bagonawa-La Carlota-La Castellana-Isabela Road which was started in October 2008 is already more than 40 percent complete. The P38 million worth project under Homeworld Construction is more than 22 percent ahead of schedule. Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut said that the rehabilitation of these roads to restore them to their original condition as designed and constructed will reduce the rate of deterioration of the whole road stretch and prolong their service life.  
 
03/03/09

DPWH WESTERN VISAYAS EMPLOYED 116 PEOPLE DURING 1ST DAY OF JOB FAIR

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  More than 600 jobs seekers in Western Visayas Region took part in the job fair for construction workers conducted recently by the Department of Public Works and Highways in Iloilo City. DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando Asis said 116 applicants were hired on the spot by the 18 Region 6-based construction firms during the one-day job fair at DPWH Region 6 compound, Fort San Pedro, Iloilo City. Hired workers will be fielded to on-going DPWH infrastructure projects of the various contractors. There will be more employment opportunities in the days to come as Director Asis disclosed that about 166 pump-priming projects is set to be implemented in the first half of the year 2009, most of which are now on bidding process. Asis said that bulk of the P3.125 billion pump-priming projects in Western Visayas involves the construction and improvement of roads, bridges, river control system and public buildings. “This is why construction companies will need about 9,000 construction workers until June 2009 to finish contracted government projects, which will give boost to the job generation program of the DPWH”, added Asis The DPWH under the able leadership of Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. launched its own employment program in the infrastructure projects nationwide in support the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program or CLEEP. CLEEP aims to protect the vulnerable sectors from threat and consequences of reduced or lost income as a consequence of the global economic crisis by providing emergency employment and livelihood projects. A help desk has been set-up at the DPWH Region 6 office to further accommodate job seekers who were not able to make it during the one-day job fair. The DPWH Job Fair is supported by the National Constructors Association of the Philippines (NACAP), Philippine Constructors Association (PCA), and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). NACAP Panay Chapter President Engr. Ronnie Primaylon said their organization is happy to be part of this undertaking of the government to provide employment opportunities to our people.  
 
02/12/09

AWARENESS CAMPAIGN FOR ILOILO FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT

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  Economic, social, environmental and urban developments are the main goals of government’s flood control project that can be achieved through proper information and education campaign especially to its beneficiaries. In order to better appreciate the effects of the flood control project, the on-going Iloilo Flood Control Project is undertaking a massive information campaign to present the benefits of the project and its beneficial effects to the lives of the residents of the affected areas.  
 
 
 
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