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  DPWH-1st Negros Occidental District Engineer Lea N. Delfinado was elected as one of the Directors of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc. (PICE) National Board from among the eight (8) candidates in the whole country under the National Government Sector in the just concluded 36th PICE National Convention held at the Cebu International Convention Center on November 25-27, 2010. A Pride of Negrense, her election was the first time a female District Engineer from Western Visayas became member of the Board of Directors of PICE National Board, a position mostly occupied by DPWH Regional Directors and Undersecretaries. During her incumbency as President of PICE-Negros Occidental Chapter in 2001, 2002, 2008 and 2009, PICE-Negros Occidental Chapter hosted National Conventions in Bacolod in the years 2002 and 2009. The Chapter was also a recipient of awards namely “The Most Outstanding PICE Chapter” and “Outstanding in Community Project’ in years 2001-2005 in the whole Philippines. Engr Delfinado started her career at DPWH-Negros Occidental 2nd District Engineering Office, then was assigned and promoted as Assistant District Engineer in DPWH-Guimaras Engineering District from 2003 to 2007 and later transferred back and promoted as District Engineer in DPWH Negros Occidental 2nd District Engineering Office. Engr. Delfinado was recently transferred and assigned as District Engineer of the DPWH-Negros Occidental 1st District Engineering Office effective September 14, 2010. At present, she is the incumbent Chapter President of the District Engineers League of the Philippines (DELP) Region 6.  



  Once completed, the P776.889 million road project under the Rural Road Network Development Project III will make a lot more safer and comfortable to the residents of the province of Antique. This alternate route is one of the road projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways in the province. According to the report of the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC), the project, which is funded by the Japan Bank of International Cooperation ((JBIC) is already 57.09 percent completed. It is expected to be fully implemented by July 2011. The Antique Road projects covers the boundary of Iloilo-Anini-y to Villabert-Jimenez road in San Jose, Antique. These projects are funded under the DPWH Urgent Bridge Project.  



  The committee on infrastructure of the Regional Development Council (RDC) has called the attention of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)- Region 6 to prepare a feasibility study for the proposed suspension bridge. The said bridge would connect Zamora-Muelle Loney Street in Iloilo City proper to Loboc in Lapuz. Likewise, DPWH was also requested to provide technical assistance in the making of Drainage System Master Plan and Integrated Transport Master Plan for Iloilo City. Meantime, the Infra Committee passed a resolution re-endorsing to the RDC the construction of the Iloilo City Circumferential Road. This 14-kilometer project was earlier endorsed under the Metro Iloilo Road Network Development Plan. It forms an arc from Arevalo district and passes through the four (4) barangays in Oton and Pavia, respectively. The road also runs along the south bank of the Jaro Floodway and connects to the Iloilo Coastal Road. The committee also endorsed to the council the two proposed flyover projects in Bacolod City. These projects are under the French Government-Assisted Mega Bridges for Urban and Rural Development Projects.  



  The Department of Public Works and Highways-Bacolod City District Engineering Ofice has undergone management reforms as a result of reshuffling of agency’s heads. Since his first day of assuming the office as District Engineer of Bacolod City DEO, Engr. Jojo Melgar, who has made a legacy in Palawan and Saranggani Provinces, started instituting reforms within the district office. Engineer Melgar said that when he came to Bacolod, he noticed that are lot of things to be done in order to bring back the morale of the workforce. He added that Bacolod City DEO personnel is now armed with renewed enthusiasm and a re-invigorated drive to serve the city. “Such reforms are coupled with adherence to the rules, regulations and instructions of the new DPWH leadership,” Engr. Melgar said arrival in Bacolod City. As part of the said reforms, he immediately conducted field inspection to familiarize himself with all national roads and structures, thus knowing what areas need urgent attention. As a result, he deployed personnel to clear and clean the roads, sidewalks and other structures of obstacles to maximize safety for motorists and pedestrians. He also ordered unclogging of waterways from debris for the continuous flow of water. The said action of the District Engineer would greatly help in the improvement of the district for the benefit of its constituents.  



  As part of the preparation for the upcoming Ati-Atihan Festival in the Province of Aklan, the Department of Public Works and Highways-Aklan Engineering District undertook necessary maintenance activities in making roads safe. District Engineer Roberto Cabigas said the district undertook asphalt overlay projects at the national roads of the province, anticipating the influx of tourists that would witness the event this January 2011. “We’re doing asphalt overlay to ensure road safety of tourists coming to attend the Ati-Atihan revelry,” he said. The asphalt overlay project has a budget allocation of P70 Million. The said amount covers the towns of Kalibo, Balete and Altavas roads. These roads are the main thoroughfares especially from Iloilo, Capiz and Antique to the town of Kalibo, which is the festival’s site.  



  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is optimistic that the construction of lateral route from Valderrama in Antique to Culasi Port in Ajuy, Iloilo will be given due funding. The proposed Panay-East-West Link Road Project has a total length of 163.7 kilometers, stretching from Brgy. Ilaures in Bugasong, Antique, towards the mountain range between Valderrama in Antique to Lambunao in Iloilo. The said project will traverse along the existing national secondary road, which links the towns of Calinog, Passi, Lemery, Sara and Concepcion towards Ajuy. Everything about the project is ready including the existence of other routes that just need upgrading from gravel to concrete. The project was endorsed by the Provincial Development Councils of Antique and Iloilo and by the Regional Development Councils of Antique and Iloilo and by the Regional Development Council (RDC) way back in 2008. Meanwhile, once completely implemented, the new route would hasten travel especially for those living near or along the areas it traverses, such as traveling from Panay Island to Negros Occidental via the Culasi Port in Ajuy, Iloilo. In addition, travelers of the roll on- roll off (RoRo) from Manila that passes Roxas in Mindoro to Caticlan in Aklan to Antique, passing through San Jose towards Valderrama could benefit from the project.  



  Accreditation training for current and incoming bridge inspectors on Bridge Management System (BMS) was conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways-Region 6 last November 8-12, 2010 in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. The 5-day seminar workshop focused on the latest guidelines in terms of bridge management. It also aims to enhance the bridge inspector’s capability and efficiency in the said field. Region 6 Director Evelyn T. Barroso, PhD., graced the commencement program. She imparted significant insights that are helpful for the participant in pursuit of their obligations as public servants. The seminar focused on the role of BMS in the pursuit of the Department’s target that by 2016 all bridges are converted into permanent ones and should be in good conditions. This includes reconstruction and rehabilitation of existing permanent bridges, replacement of temporary bridges and construction of new ones. Also, the seminar focused on enhancing the bridge inspector’s expertise in the identification of bridge projects to be implemented. Competent speakers/lectures were also invited to give lectures on their designated topics. The seminar culminated with workshop as well as open forum for thorough assimilation.  



  Residents of the Antique will soon be serviced with an alternate route to the province once the P776.889 million-road project under the Rural Road Network Development Project III of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is completed. A monitoring report by the Regional Project Monitoring Committee (RPMC) here showed that the project, which is funded by the Japan Bank of International Cooperation (JBIC) is already 57.09 percent completed and is expected to be fully finished in July next year.. “ It (the Antique road project) has long been proposed but it was only realized last year, “ Erlinda Chiu of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) ‘s Project Monitoring and Evaluation Division said. The project covers the boundary of Iloilo-Anini-y to Villabert –Jimenez road in San Jose, Antique. Chiu added that network, the package also includes five bridges and another nine bridges funded under the DPWH Urgent Bridge Project.  



  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has apportioned P80 million for road sections leading to various tourist spots in the island province of Guimaras. DPWH Regional Director Rolando M. Asis said roads construction and rehabilitation is a priority of the agency particularly since the province is a tourism area. The allocation, he said is included in DPWH’s 2011 budget. Asis, however, is yet to determine whether or not the fund also covers a small section connecting the gap leading to the Guimaras’ Sibunag wharf. Governor Felipe Hilan Nava said once completed, the road facility will accommodate the Strong Republic Nautical Highway connecting Sibunag, Guimaras to Pulupandan town. Already existing is the route from Iloilo to Guimaras. Meanwhile, another boost to the tourism potentials of the province is the realization of the proposed bridge that will connect the three island provinces of Western Visayas namely Iloilo, Guimaras and Negros Occidental.  



  Some P540 million worth of high impact projects will be completed under the supervision of Engr. Evenly Barroso, the first lady regional director of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Western Visayas. Outgoing Regional Director Rolando M. Asis said he will soon be transferring within the month to Leyte after serving the region for over four years as regional director and one year as officer-in-charge. Asis said the high impact projects composed of five big projects were kicked off this June and are due for completion in a year. Those are the P180 million Amerang Bridge connecting Cabatuan and Maasin towns; P100 million Baltazar Aquino Bridge in Leon and the 105 million Camanggahan Bridge connecting the towns of Guimba and Tubungan. Other projects include the repair and rehabilitation of the Libacao Aklan River Flood Control amounting to P50 million; P55 million Leganes-Dumangas Coastal Road; and the P50 million Balabag-Sulangan Road in Dumangas .  



  The Department of Public Works and Highways-Region 6 has detailed measures to prevent defects in completed road concreting projects. DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis said that based on study and investigations, deficiencies are caused by the absence of pavement design analysis, lack of soil investigation prior to design and plan preparation. Also attributed to recurrence of defects even when works are done through correct construction methods and the use of quality materials are the uncontrolled passing of overloaded trucks and non-inclusion of subsidiary works such as slope protection work and drainage facilities. To address this problem, Director Asis ordered all District Engineers in Panay and Negros Islands including province of Guimaras to see to it that detailed engineering and soil investigation are conducted regardless if the road project is already existing or still on-going construction.  



  Additional funds are needed to complete the Iloilo Flood Control Project by 2011. DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis said that the additional fund will be used to rehabilitate the Iloilo River and La Paz Floodway. Stage 1 of the Iloilo Flood Control Project, which was started in 2006 has two (2) contract packages, with package 2 under China International Water and Electric Corporation almost complete and package 1 under Hanjin Heavy Industries scheduled for completion by July next year. Hardworking legislators from Western Visayas namely Senator Franklin Drilon and Congressman Jerry Treñas are working for the allocation of funds to complete the entire flood control structure. The 4.75 kilometer Jaro Floodway, one of the major component of package 1, is already operational and is expected to provide relief from flooding. Other activities covered by package 1 include the improvement of the Aganan River in Pavia town, Tigum River in Cabatuan and Jaro floodway in Jaro district. Other components covered by Stage 1 of the flood control project includes the improvement of the Jaro River mouth, Iloilo river, Upper Ingore Creek and the construction of the Carpenter, Pagsanga-an, Anilao, Balabago, Buhang, and Bito-on Bridges. On the otherhand, Stage 2 is composed of the improvement of the Jaro River, construction of the La Paz floodway, improvement of Dungon, Barangay Obrero-Mansaya and Rizal creeks. Director Asis said that the completion of the flood control project that will channel floodwaters from the Aganan and Tigum Rivers to the Iloilo Strait will address the flooding problem in Iloilo City and nearby towns. The project is funded by a loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines and Government of Japan thru Japan Bank for International Cooperation.  



  The Department of Public Works and Highways has taken action in the anti-litter advocacy drive by promoting a “litter-free DPWH”, urging employees to dispose waste properly. DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis through a memorandum to all District Engineers and Division Chiefs in Western Visayas Region rallied upon co-public servants to take part in the effort of eliminating litters that has become a national embarassment juts like graft and corruption. Director Asis said that the DPWH men and women could contribute in this advocacy by doing away with littering within their respective office premises. We really need to discipline ourselves, personal trash such as candy wrappers, cigarette butts and spent chewing gums should be in the bin, added Director Asis. Undersecretary for Visayas Operation Rafael C. Yabut hailed the anti-littering drive of DPWH Region 6 as he also appeal to the general public to do away with destructive practice of littering no matter how small it is. By working together and with the onset of the La Niña weather phenomenon, we can prevent flashfloods that are partly due to litter and garbage-blocked drains and waterways, said Undersecretary Yabut. No amount of declogging and cleanup activities by the DPWH and other agencies including local government units will succeed if people continue to commit environmental crime of littering and indiscriminate disposal of garbage, Undersecretary Yabut added. The prevalent practice of dropping litter anywhere led to blocking of inlets, canals, and waterways all the way to rivers caused flooding especially in low-lying areas. Increased in the elevation of the river bed due to sediments from litters and garbage would cause the floodwater to rise above normal resulting to flash flooding.  



  Department of Public Works and Highways - Regional Office 6 has open its door to the general public with the setting up of Complaints and Action Desk. DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis said that the establishment of Complaints and Action Desk is in support of the program of Secretary Rogelio L. Singson for the Department to be fully transparent in its operation as people expect a big change in DPWH. Director Asis said that transparency in operation is part of Secretary Singson’s major change and transformation program for the Department to shed its image as a graft ridden agency. By opening our doors, the general public can participate in the governance, monitoring and feedback as they can call our attention with regards to project implementation and other perceived anomalous transactions, added Director Asis. DPWH-Region 6 Complaints and Action Desk could be reached through telephone hotline (033) 329-0901 and fax number (033) 335-0257. To monitor the quality of infrastructure projects in Western Visayas Region and in adherence to the directive of Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, in-charge of Visayas operation, Director Asis has formed a “Special Task Team” to monitor the quality of infrastructure projects. The Special Task Team is composed of three (3) engineers from the Materials and Quality Control, Construction, and Planning and Design Divisions of the regional office. They are task to call the attention of concerned contractors of projects with observed irregularities in the materials used and other defects for them to be held liable. Acting on observed cracks along the road section in Barangay Duyan-Duyan, Sta. Barbara, Iloilo, Director Asis has directed the Chief of the Materials Quality Control Division (MQCHD) to conduct soil investigation to determine the reason for the occurrence of the longitudinal cracks. Based on the results of the investigation conducted, it was found out that the base and sub-grade materials used by the contractor Clifford Construction Corporation are of good quality as it passed the concrete strength requirements, thus, they concluded that the occurrence of the cracks was due to the deficiency in the compaction of the materials. Director Asis then directed OIC-District Engineer George Suy of the Iloilo 4th District Engineering Office which implemented the project to require the contractor to remove and replace the damaged pavement and institute correction on the underlying sub-grade and base and to ensure that the required compaction is attained at the latter’s expense. Director Asis has also warned those responsible for the supervision of the subject project that a repetition of the same or similar incident will be dealt with severely and that appropriate administrative action will be taken against them.  



  Another world-class flyover project of the Department of Public Works and Highways that will improve vehicular traffic flow in Iloilo City will be opened to motorists on Friday, July 9, 2010. Costing P386 Million, the Jalandoni Flyover will be formally opened to vehicles by DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson and Senator Franklin Drilon assisted by Undersecretary for Visayas operation Rafael C. Yabut, Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain, Congressman Jerry P. Treñas, Mayor Jed Patrick E. Mabilog and other local officials of Iloilo and Western Visayas. Secretary Singson said the opening of the new Jalandoni flyover will boost the strategic tourism support infrastructure and traffic improvement program of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III. This major impact project of the DPWH President’s Bridge Program Office (PBPO) under Assistant Secretary Sadain is a pilot flyover project constructed under French-assisted Mega Bridges for Urban and Rural Development Project. PBP has been at the helm of the many bridge-building projects under the stewardship of several Philippine Presidents. With the new administration, the PBP will continue its mandate of building bridges for the country’s progress and development. DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando Asis said that the 315 lineal meter flyover including approaches located at junction of General Luna-Jalandoni Streets is the second flyover completed in the progressive city of Iloilo. The permanent flyover with a modular superstructure materials supplied by the French supplier, Matiere S.A.S. has five spans and four piers with a total length of 195 lineal meters and road approaches of 120 lineal meters. The project will contribute immensely in increasing existing road capacity to mitigate traffic congestion in Iloilo City and adjoining provinces, improve business opportunities, productivity and job generation in the locality. Asis said that the new flyover will also complement the Infante Flyover which was also constructed by PBPO and completed under the assistance from United Kingdom in December 2007. Undersecretary Yabut said that the two (2) flyovers in Iloilo City will facilitate the easy transport of people, goods and services along the Western Nautical Highway which serves as a strong foundation for economic development.  



  Department Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Victor A. Domingo together with Regional 6 Director Rolando M. Asis recently inspected the progress of work of the Boracay Circumferential Road which is part of the tourism infrastructure project of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. DPWH is presently implementing P80-Million worth of concreting works with drainage provision at the Bulabog-Tulubhan Section of Boracay Circumferential Road. First phase of construction started last December 27, 2009 and expected to be completed by June of 2010. This phase has a budget allocation of P50-Million from the FY 2009 Various Infrastructure including Local Project (VILP) fund and contracted by ARN Builders. On the otherhdand, second phase amounting to P30-Million and under contract with Square Cube Construction was started in March 2010 and targeted to be completed by the month of November. Domingo also inspected the 2,004.50 lineal meter concreting works along Brgy. Lapus-Lapus - Fairways Section. Improvement of this section, which was completed in August 2009 at a cost of P30-Million, facilitates faster accessibility and increased mobility for tourists and local residents of the island. Also checked by Domingo with Asis and Aklan District Engineer Roberto Cabigas are the condition of various projects in the island, which are also part of the Boracay Circumferential Road. These projects are the P30-Million concreting of Balabag - Manoc-Manoc Main Road; concreting of Boracay Circumferential Road-Tambisaan Section costing P8 Million; concreting works along Balabag-Yapak Section amounting P15 Million and along Yapak-Puka Shell Road Section amounting P15 Millon and P7 Million, respectively. Domingo said that going around field inspection enables him to provide quick resolution to implementation issues on project resulting to fast-tracking of activities. Boracay Circumferential Road traverses Brgy. Yapak to Puka Shells Beach to the north, Balabag at the central line, Cagban to the south and Tambisaan to the east.  



  DPWH Secretary Victor A. Domingo inspects the progress of work for the improvement of various road sections of Boracay Circumferential Road in line with the tourism support infrastructure project of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in world-renowned Boracay Island. With Domingo are Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis and Aklan District Engineer Roberto Cabigas.  



  Concern on public welfare and as part of the road safety program especially with the coming rainy season, Department of Public Works and Highways Region 6 Director Rolando Asis ordered the dismantling of illegally constructed and unsafe billboards along national highways in Western Visayas Region. Unsafe billboards are those constructed without following the standard specifications set under the implementing rules and regulations of the National Building Code of the Philippines. Asis said that DPWH Secretary Victor A. Domingo has instructed all DPWH Regional Directors continued enforcement of the Departments Baklas Billboard program in compliance with the Administrative Order No. 160 and 160-A of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to prevent damage to property and even loss of life due to toppling of giant billboard as what has happened in 2006 in Metro Manila with the wrath of typhoon “Milenyo”. All district engineering offices in Negros and Panay Islands including province of Guimaras were directed to widen their scope in monitoring the construction of illegal and unsafe billboards, said Asis. Aside from national roads and bridges, DPWH Region 6 has also included in their watch billboards within national parks in various municipalities. Although cleared of unsafe billboard as reported by Bacolod City District Engineering Office, DPWH will continue to guard national highway of Bacolod City against construction or installation of giant billboards posing imminent danger to public. In Iloilo, communications has been sent to concerned billboard owners that were found violating the billboard safety regulation for them to tear down their structure voluntarily, otherwise, the Department will take necessary action, added Asis. As part of its flood prevention program, the DPWH has also taken step in removing tarpaulin streamers, posters, small advertisements and election paraphernalia posted on highways as these materials could clog drainage canals.  



  The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has joined the Department of Education and other civic groups in the Oplan Balik Eskwela 2010 program in preparation for the opening of school classes on June 15. DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis reported to Secretary Victor A. Domingo and Undersecretary for Visayas Operations Rafael C. Yabut that he has already directed District Engineers of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo and Negros Occidental to mobilized personnel in the clean-up drive particularly in the repair of potholes and clearing of obstructions along national roads leading to different schools, both public and private. Also, DPWH has started the re-painting of pedestrian lane crossings and removal of unsafe billboards/signages located within school vicinity. “We have to ensure the smoother flow of traffic as well as guarantee safety of pedestrians especially during the anticipated influx of motorists during the opening of classes” Director Asis said. Director Asis also added that there is also a marching order to removed tarpaulin billboards, including recent election campaign materials, which millions of students are likely to see when they report to school in anticipation of the onset of the rainy season prioritizing those that post bigger danger to motorists and pedestrians when they fall down, caused inconvenience to everyone when they collapse unto electric and telephone lines eventually resulting to traffic jams, and clogs drainage canals resulting to flooding. The DPWH is also undertaking the cleaning and declogging of line canal along national roads to prevent the spread of dengue-carrying mosquitoes. Earlier, Asis has instructed all DPWH district engineering offices in Negros and Panay Islands including Guimaras to accelerate the completion for the construction/repair of all school buildings in compliance with the instruction of Secretary Domingo. Some 245 classrooms were constructed under the CY 2009 DepEd Regular School Building Program in Western Visayas Region. Secretary Domingo lauded the prompt effort of DPWH Western Visayas Region for the welfare of the schoolchildren and reminded other offices to do the same including the conduct of inspection on the structural safety of schoolbuildings and report or recommend to school officials noted observations on school facilities.  



  In order to be more aware on disaster preparedness, a Disaster Quick Response Program (DQRP) Earthquake Response Seminar Workshop was conducted by PICE for Region 6. The said seminar was held at the DPWH-Region 6 Conference Hall on April 16-17, 2010. The two-day seminar workshop was divided into four modules. Modules 1 and 2 deal about Organization and Pre-EQ Evaluation which were discussed on the first day. On the second day, topics under Modules 3 and 4 (Rapid Evaluation and Detailed Evaluation, respectively) were discussed. On the first day of the seminar, Overview of DMAPS and DQRP was discussed. It was followed by the lecture on Philippine Disaster Management System (PDMS) Overview of systems at the National and Local Levels. After which, topic about Disaster Quick Response Program (DQRP) Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) was presented for clarification and information. That was subsequently followed by the presentation of the Major Earthquake Zones in the Philippines. These topics are under the Module 1 if the Program. Also discussed on the first day were the topics under Module 2. Pre-Earthquake Evaluation of Vulnerable Buildings was comprehensively discussed. It was then followed by Pre-Earthquake Evaluation of Vulnerable Buildings Workshop to check whether or not the participants grasped what have been discussed. Pre-Test and Post Test were also conducted to know how much the participants know about DQRP. On the second day, topics under Modules 3 and 4 were discussed. Such topics were about DQRP. On the second day, topics under Modules 3 and 4 were discussed. Such topics were about Rapid Evaluation Procedure; Preparation of Reports; Detailed Procedure, Concrete and Steel Structure; Masonry and Wood; and Geotechnical Hazards and Lifeline Structures Workshops were conducted after. Case studies were also done for more reliable outcomes. Knowledgeable speakers were tapped by PICE and composed of Engr. Wilfredo Lopez who is the Chief of Structural Division, Bureau of Design-DPWH Central Office, Engr. Christopher Tamayo, Engr. Mirriam Tamayo and Engr. Cesar Pabalan. Each resource person is an exper in their own field, therefore resulting to an informative and successful seminar. The gathering was even more interesting with the presence of DPWH Undersecretary and PICE National President Jaime A. Pacanan who imparted some insights. He lauded the participants’ eagerness to be part of the seminar. He also lauded the organizers of the said event for their untiring effort to materialize the said program. Participants were grateful and felt lucky to meet the Undersecretary in that event.  



  Project Director Patrick Gatan of the DPWH Major Flood Control Project (Cluster 1)-Project Management Office explains to Secretary Victor A. Domingo key features of the Iloilo Flood Control Project which will mitigate perennial flood problem in Iloilo City and nearby towns in the province of Iloilo. Costing P5Billion, the project is more than 5 percent of the projected schedule of completion. Also in photo are DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain, Iloilo Flood Control Project Manager Jerome Borjal, and DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis.  



  Construction of new replacement bridges in Panay Island particularly in the provinces of Antique, Capiz and Iloilo are in full-swing as part of the DPWH rehabilitation efforts on typhoon Frank-damaged infrastructure in Western Visayas last June 2008. In his inspection on the on-going construction of 150.30 lineal meters Nichols Bridge spanning Aganan River in Alimodian, Iloilo, DPWH Secretary Victor A. Domingo reiterated his fast-tracking directive and instructed the contractor Toyo-Tobishima (joint venture) and consultants Katahira & Engineers International, to expedite works taking advantage of the favorable weather condition and cut short the expected completion of the project. Together with Secretary Domingo in his inspection were DPWH Undersecretary for Visayas operation Rafael C. Yabut, Undersecretary Ferdinand B. Cui Jr. of the Presidential Management Staff, DPWH Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain, DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis, and other public works and local officials. The bridge project, which is more than 53 percent to date, is being implemented under the Urgent Bridges Construction Projects for Rural Development (UBCPRD) of the President’s Bridge Program Office (PBPO) under DPWH Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain. Alimodian Mayor Juanito Alipao expressed his gratitude to Secretary Domingo and the DPWH in as much as the construction of Nichols Bridge is a long time dream of Alimodian as it connects the town’s 17 barangays to the Poblacion. Alipao said barangays located at the eastern portion of the town are main sources of rice, corn, and high-value crops. Barangay officials are at one in saying that the project will make it easier for their constituents to transfer products to the poblacion area. It will also be much safer for children as they will no longer have to cross the big river each time they go to school. Nichols Bridge is part of the 17 bridges included under UBCPRD contract package 4 covering the provinces of Iloilo, Capiz and Antique, areas severely affected by typhoon “Frank”. The construction of Balua Bridge also in Alimodian as well as Culasi Bridge in Ajuy, Iloilo and Habana Bridge in Dumarao, Capiz are steadfastly progressing. Also undergoing round-the-clock works are the following bridges in the province of Antique: Bongol Bridge in Valderama; Igdalaguit Bridge, Fornier; Bayo, Butuan, Sira-an, Dapog, Panabigan, Iba, Bongalonan, and Dapdap Bridges in Anini-y; Bia-an Bridge in Hamtic; Nagdayao Bridge in Sibalom; and Catungan Bridge in Sibalom.  



  DPWH Secretary Victor A. Domingo lauded the field engineers, rank-and-file employees, and officials of DPWH Region 6 for helping the government attain success in implementing development infrastructure projects in Western Visayas Region. The DPWH Secretary together with Undersecretary for Visayas operation Rafael C. Yabut, Presidential Management Staff (PMS) Undersecretary Ferdinand B. Cui Jr., and Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain recently visited Bacolod City and Iloilo City to monitor the progress of Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road and Metro Iloilo Radial Road which are among the SONA infrastructure projects of the Arroyo administration. The 10.12 kilometer New Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road Project provides smooth access to the new airport and will form a flexible road network. Also expected to reduce traffic congestion at the Iloilo-Roxas Road particularly the sections of Iloilo City and Leganes/Zarraga town proper is the 11.865 kilometers Metro Iloilo Radial Road. Domingo noted the significant improvement of travel time to the New Iloilo International Airport in Cabatuan with the widening of Iloilo-Sta. Barbara Road, also part of the President’s SONA projects. DPWH Region 6 Director Rolando M. Asis also reported to Secretary Domingo that aside from paying attention to SONA Projects, they exerted utmost effort in restoring typhoon “Frank” damaged infrastructure that wrought havoc in Western Visayas in June 2008. DPWH Region 6 massive rehabilitation efforts on damaged infrastructure facilitated the immediate restoration of collapsed bridges including rehabilitation of road cuts. With the Strong Republic Nautical Highway also among the priority projects of the government, DPWH Region 6 together with District Engineering Offices also undertook the improvement of road network leading to major ports so that products can easily be transported. Secretary Domingo said that through sound management of DPWH Region 6 under Director Asis, people in the Panay Island and Negros are enjoying the fruits of peoples’ hardship with better roads and bridges that speed up mobility of products and services as well as comfortable travel to major tourism hubs of the Region such as Boracay Island. DPWH Aklan District Engineering Office under District Engineer Robert Cabigas is continuously pursuing the improvement/construction of Boracay Circumferential Road to facilitate travel to various places in the scenic island.  



  In line with its mandate to support the national development objectives, the Department of Public Works and Highways – Western Visayas gears up in undertaking infrastructure implementation for the year 2009. In his report to Secretary Victor A. Domingo, Regional Director Rolando M. Asis said that as of December 2009, the overall accomplishment of the region is 70.32% surpassing the 68.49% target with 816 projects completed, 173 projects still on-going and 39 projects still to be implemented. In 2009, DPWH - Region VI has a total budget of P5,215,099,000.00 for 1,232 infra projects. However, only 82.70% of the total budget was released for the implementation of 998 projects. One hundred seventy (170) projects for FY 2009 were identified to be implemented in support of the Government Economic Resiliency Program (Pump Priming Projects) in the total amount of P3,125,399,000.00. To date, 151 projects are already completed and 19 are on-going, with an accomplishment of 89.24%. Aside from the Regular Infrastructure Budget, DPWH Region VI also implemented school building projects under the DepEd School Building Program, amounting to P96,338,600.00. A total of 143 school building projects were completed, 28 are on-going and 40 are to be started, accumulating an accomplishment of 99.66%. In addition, a total of 1,144 carry-over projects (FY 2007-2008) were also implemented, amounting to P1,529,764,900.00, from which, 1,137 are completed, 4 are still on-going and 3 are yet to be started. This leads to an accomplishment of 99.66% against the 100% completion target.  
2008 Department of Public Works and Highways
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