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12/31/05

DPWH TRAINS PNP-RTMO OFFICERS ON ACCIDENT REPORT RECORDING

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  DPWH TRAINS PNP-RTMO OFFICERS ON ACCIDENT REPORT RECORDING To effectively implement the Traffic Accident Recording and Analysis System (TARAS), the Department of Public Works and Highways – Cordillera Administrative Region (DPWH-CAR) has conducted a training for trainers last May 5, 2004 at the DPWH-CAR training room, Engineer’s Hill, Baguio City. DPWH-CAR Director Antonio D. Purugganan said that the training, attended by Philippine National Police (PNP) officers from the different provincial commands and the Regional Traffic Management Office (RTMO), will provide the participants with the knowledge on how to use the TARAS particularly in the Data Entry and Reporting and Analysis Modules. The participants will, in turn, teach the course to other PNP officers within their work area or across their organization. Purugganan explained that the computerized accident records through TARAS will be used in identifying the so-called “accident black spots”, thus, it will result to a better planning for improvement or construction of these road sections. “Our partnership with the PNP is significant because the statistics derived from TARAS are utilized in better road safety planning,” Purugganan said. This will ultimately reduce the number of traffic accidents and to improve the traffic accident prevention program for national highways in our region, Purugganan said. “TARAS is also a vital component of our on-going highway network planning wherein new computer systems are being introduced to include the Road and Bridge Information Applications, the National Road Traffic Safety Program, the Bridge Management System, and the TARAS. All these four systems and procedures will redound to a more realistic and better planning of our national highway network”, Purugganan added. TARAS will be the official source of traffic accident information with its significant data wherein all aspects involved in the occurrence of the accident, such as the exact location or road section, the maneuvering of the vehicle, the details of the vehicle or vehicles and the profile of the driver or drivers involved in the accident. However, the PNP officers are responsible in collecting traffic accident data, and, the recording of the information using the traffic accident report form. The training was attended by: PSINSP Damian Olsim of PNP-Police Regional Office – Cordillera; PINSP Nelson Baladad of Abra PPO; PINSP Johnny Golingab and SPO2 Paul Ulayan of Apayao PPO; PINSP Samuel Bumangil and PO2 Emmanuel Nead; of Baguio City PPO; PSINSP Lawrence Pangod, PSINSP James Mangili and PO3 Joseph Peckley of Mt. Province PPO; PCI Rufino Pascua, Jr. and PINSP Gilbert Balanban of Ifugao PPO; PSINSP Andres Narvaez, SPO2 Genaro Rosal and PO2 Benito Fontanilla, Jr. of Benguet PPO; PSINSP Angel Garcillano and PSI Leonard Bawalan of Kalinga PPO and PSINSP Edward Cutiyog, PCI Jimmy Catanes, PO2 Erwin Garcia and PO2 Esteban Obra of RTMO. Without the active and valuable support of the PNP, the implementation of the TARAS would not be possible, Purugganan said.  
 
12/31/05

DPWH COMPLETES 7 BRIDGES IN CORDILLERA REGION

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  DPWH COMPLETES 7 BRIDGES IN CORDILLERA REGION Linking vital road networks in support to economic development, the Department of Public Works and Highways - Cordillera Administrative Region Office announces the completion of seven bridges under the Special Bridges Program. Based on the directive of Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane Jr. to improve the accessibility of the remote areas in the Cordilleras, DPWH CAR Director Mariano Alquiza reported that seven out of the programmed 34 bridges under the United Kingdom and Austrian Assisted DPWH Bridge Construction/Replacement Project, seven (7) were completed, nine (9) were on-going and 18 were not yet started. “We are strictly monitoring the implementation of all the on-going bridge projects to assure the quality of work” Alquiza said. Alquiza also said that these bridge projects are in support to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s thrust in developing the country’s economy by providing quality and reliable rural road network. “The Cordillera region is not only renowned for its vegetable produce, but also as a major tourist destination, provision of an effective road network would surely pave the way to economic growth” Alquiza added. The completed bridges are the Macadig Bridge in Calanasan Apayao, Coro-coro Bridge in Sadanga, Mt. Province, Asinan Bridge in Buguias, Benguet, Ugatong Bridge in Kabugao, Kalinga, Pontian Bridge in Paracelis, Mt. Province and the newly inaugurated Pasil Bridge in Pasil, Kalinga.  
 
12/31/05

PASIL BRIDGE IN KALINGA OPENS

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  PASIL BRIDGE IN KALINGA OPENS Long wait is over. Towns in the Province of Kalinga including Province of Apayao are finally reconnected with the Mountain Province and the rest of Cordilleras. The newly reconstructed Pasil Bridge in Tomiangan, Pasil, Kalinga has been formally opened to vehicular traffic yesterday (August 11, 2005) by DPWH Assistant Secretary Manuel Agyao together with Kalinga Lone District Representative Lawrence Wacnang, Kalinga Vice Governor Rommel Diasen, DPWH-Cordillera Administrative Region (DPWH-CAR) Director Mariano Alquiza, DPWH-Special Bridge Projects-Project Management Office (DPWH-SBP-PMO) Director Ramon Cacatian, Mr. Grahame Coles of Balfour-Cleveland Consortium, and other public works and local government executives. Completion of the 96 lineal meter bridge is in line with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s development thrust, as the bridge would ensure the speedy delivery of goods and services. Congressman Wacnang expressed his sincerest thanks to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and deepest appreciation to the effort and action of the DPWH under the leadership of Secretary Jun Ebdane. He said that the new Pasil Bridge will not lead to nowhere but for a golden opportunity for the spread of economic progress even in the remotest community and facilitate the continuous social development of Kalinga Province. “The bridge will serve as Kalinga’s access to progress and development, thus, emancipating the province from the bondage of poverty”, he added. Secretary Ebdane rallied local officials and residents of Pasil, Kalinga to help preserve the bridge by regulating the passing of vehicles within the allowed design capacity of 18 tons, be vigilant and guard the structure components like steel trusses and bolts/nuts from thieves, and prevent quarrying activities that can damage bridge abutments and approaches. Director Cacatian said that Pasil Bridge was constructed at a cost of P25.593 million with the DPWH-Cordillera Administrative Region, DPWH Kalinga District Engineering Office and DPWH-Special Bridge Projects-PMO jointly supervising and administering the implementation of the project. Pasil Bridge is among the bridges completed under the United Kingdom-assisted DPWH Bridge Replacement Project, Phase II. Situated at the north-south backbone of the Cordillera Road Network, the bridge project involves the construction of abutments on spead footing, erection of steel truss, concreting of slab and sidewalks, widening and concreting of approaches, abutment protection works and paintworks. Assistant Secretary Manuel Agyao taking a vantage view over the Pasil River.  
 
12/31/05

DPWH-CAR DIRECTOR - OUTSTANDING ROAD SAFETY PRACTITIONER AWARDEE

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  DPWH-CAR DIRECTOR - OUTSTANDING ROAD SAFETY PRACTITIONER AWARDEE DPWH-CAR Mariano R. Alquiza will be awarded Outstanding Road Safety Practitioner for 2005 in Traffic Engineering Category by the Road Safety Division of the Safety Organization of the Philippines (SOPI) during the 35th National Road Safety Convention at the Days Inn Suites, SBMA, Subic Bay, Olongapo City on May 18-20, 2005. SOPI is a civic non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian and professional organization spearheading for over 45 years the nationwide observance of the different aspects of safety to sustain interest and awareness of its importance in all levels and sectors of the Philippine society. Alquiza, as DPWH engineer, was cited because of his strict adherence to highest quality standards on road safety and ensuring the installation of safety devices along national roads in his areas of responsibility. DPWH-CAR Director Alquiza was also recently inducted by DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr., as one of the Board of Directors of the Road Engineering Association of the Philippines at Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila. Also inducted were Engr. Jesus P. Cammayo as President, DPWH Assistant Secretary Rafael C. Yabut as 1st Vice-President, Engr. Gerardo Surla as 2nd Vice-President, Engr. Oscar Aurellano as Secretary, Engr. Anesia B. Bautista as Treasurer, DPWH Directors Philip Meñez, Josefino Rigor, and Sinaolan Macarambon as Auditor, PRO and Business Manager, respectively.  
 
12/31/05

PGMA PROMOTES DPWH-CAR DIRECTOR

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  PGMA PROMOTES DPWH-CAR DIRECTOR President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo recently promoted DPWH-CAR Director Mariano R. Alquiza as full-pledged Regional Director (Director IV). DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. administered the oath of office of Director Alquiza witnessed by Mrs. Alma C. Ebdane, wife of DPWH Secretary Ebdane, Mrs. Myrna Alquiza, Marc Ferdinand Alquiza and all the DPWH Undersecretaries and Assistant Secretaries. The promotion is in recognition of Engr. Alquiza’s outstanding accomplishments as DPWH career official assigned in Regions XI, X and XII. As DPWH-CAR Director since August last year, Alquiza has instituted reforms ably supported by the DPWH-CAR staff and personnel. “The responsibility given to me by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is so enormous. I have to exert more effort in the realization of the Cordillerans of having a well-paved and an all-weather road network within the Region,” Alquiza said. “I have gone to all the provinces of the Cordilleras and I am fully aware that roads must be built as easy access of the people to move within the Region without having to pass other Regions,” said Alquiza. Beside road building, Alquiza has uplifted the image of DPWH-CAR which was beset by negative criticisms. His foremost agenda on streamlining systems, processes and procedures in the improved infrastructure right-of-way acquisition was realized. The face lifting of the Regional Office was initiated giving the personnel a more conducive working environment. It was learned that Director Alquiza’s full-fledged directorship was also an answer to his son’s fervent prayer “sana po maging ARD na ako” . True enough, he is now the “Anak ng Regional Director”. DPWH OATH TAKING. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Jun Ebdane swears in Director Mariano Alquiza after the latter was conferred with the position of Director IV. His wife Myrna, only child Marc, top public works officials, and friends witnessed Director Alquiza's oathtaking.  
 
12/31/05

Secretary Hermogenes E Ebdane Jr. explains to media member

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  Secretary Hermogenes E Ebdane Jr. explains to media members of the Cordillera Administrative Region his program of action for the Department during his recent visit in Baguio City. With him are DPWH Undersecretaries Bashir D Rasuman and Antonio A Inocentes. Director Mariano R Alquiza briefs DPWH Secretary Hermogenes E Ebdane Jr., Undersecretaries Bashir D. Rasuman and Antonio A Inocentes, and other officials on the present infrastructure undertakings as well as up-coming projects in the Cordilleras. DPWH-CAR is the first regional office of the Department visited by Secretary Ebdane since he took over leadership on February 15, 2005.  
 
12/31/05

DIALOGUE WITH HALSEMA HIGHWAY STAKEHOLDERS HELD

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  DIALOGUE WITH HALSEMA HIGHWAY STAKEHOLDERS HELD “Treat Halsema Highway as your own. You should protect it for your own benefit.” This is the statement of DPWH-CAR Antonio D. Purugganan relayed to the farmers, truckers, local government officials, members of the media and other stakeholders during the multi-sectoral dialogue held last July 5, 2004 at the La Trinidad town hall to resolve the issue on overloading along Halsema Highway. During the dialogue, the DPWH-CAR gave a briefing on the provisions of RA 8794 and why it is being imposed along the on-going Halsema Highway including the recommendations of the consultants regarding the unabated overloading of truckers/haulers which caused the early deterioration of the road pavements. To impose the law and protect the roadline, the DPWH-CAR formed “Task Force Halsema” composed of LTO deputized apprehending officers. However, Baguio-bound truckers mostly vegetable dealers asked for exemption from being apprehended to avoid delay because their goods are perishable. The truckers also asked that the operations of the Taskforce Halsema be suspended in implementing R.A. No. 8794 and R.A. No. 4136 to give them ample time to accomplish their LTO, TMG and DPWH requirements. They also said that LTO has too many requirements and procedures in processing/securing Additional Gross Vehicle Weight (G.V.W.) or in the registration of their vehicles. Manila Truckers/Traders Association particularly those loading chicken dung also asked for exemption from R.A. No. 8794 because of high cost of fuel and spare parts. They said that it is necessary for them to maximize their load to avoid loss in their business. The stakeholders also asked the Halsema Highway contractors that flagmen or watchmen be assigned at the project site on a 24-hour duty during concreting works to prevent the motorists from passing over the newly poured concrete. In addition, the Truckers Association, likewise, requested that a change/revision of the road design at Marcos Highway specifically at Badiwan section be undertaken. The Badiwan road section is accident-prone area, they said. In order to be properly identified, apprehending officers from Taskforce Halsema should wear their proper uniform complete with reflectorized vests and the deputation identification card issued by LTO and the DPWH ID card. These deputized apprehending officers should always be courteous in the performance of their duties, they said. The DPWH representatives told the various stakeholders that the issues and concerns they raised will be forwarded to the DPWH higher authorities for their appropriate action. The dialogue was attended by La Trinidad Mayor Nestor Fongwan, DPWH-CAR Representatives and Members of Task Force Halsema composed of Planning Chief Engr. William O. Balajo, Mr. Francis Ray A. Almora, and, Engr. Julian D. Hogat; the members of Benguet Farmers Federation, Inc. led by their President, Mr. Jose Andiso Sr.; members of Benguet Truckers / Traders Association led by their President, Mr. Benny Hipolito; DOTC Operations Chief, Mr. Robert Pocais; Mr. Fernando Balaodan of DZWT; representatives from Bombo Radio DZWX and ABS-CBN Baguio; and, other stakeholders. Participants of the Road and Bridge Information Applications (RBIA) seminar measures and records Road Condition (ROCOND90) at Kennon Road (Km. 258 to Km. 262) and at Baguio-Benguet-Naguillian Road at Banangan, Benguet (Km. 291 to Km. 293). The seminar was held at the DPWH-CAR Regional office in Baguio City on June 28-July 7, 2004.  
 
12/31/05

Photos taken along Marcos Highway and Naguilian Roads at the height of Typhoon "Igme"

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  Photos taken along Marcos Highway and Naguilian Roads at the height of Typhoon "Igme" MARCOS HIGHWAY Falling rocks at tunnel exit (from BGO) Landslide at Taloy Sur (currently being cleared by DPWH) NAGUILIAN ROAD Cleared fallen tree (Burgos-Naguilian boundary) First landslide (on route to BGO) Second landslide (on route to BGO) Third landslide (Irisan)  
 
12/31/05

DPWH CELEBRATES ITS 106th YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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  DPWH CELEBRATES ITS 106th YEAR ANNIVERSARY “Let us work together as a team to fulfill our mission,” DPWH-CAR Assistant Daniel G. Domingo told the DPWH-CAR officials and employees during the celebration of the 106th DPWH Founding Anniversary last June 23, 2004 held at the Engineer’s Hill, Baguio City. Celebrating with the theme "Inprastraktura para sa Kaunlaran, Kabuhayan at Katiwasayan: Handog ng Kagawaran", Domingo also said that DPWH officials and employees must commit to the highest degree of public service in the implementation of the needed infrastructure in the Cordilleras. The DPWH was established on June 23, 1898 under the Organic Decree of the Philippine Revolutionary Government of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo under the name, Department of War and Public Works. The inclusion of public works in the War Department can be explained by the exigencies of the revolutionary period with the construction of fortifications and trenches used by our forefathers in their fight for freedom. The day-long program, spearheaded by the DPWH-Cordillera Employees Association (CAREA) under its President Engr. Leo Alhambra, started with a thanksgiving mass officiated by Fr. Gilbert Sones. DPWH-CAR Planning Chief William Balajo, Administrative Chief Teresita S. Cawed and Finance Chief Julieta Anosan led the employees in the clean-up and landscaping activities around the DPWH-CAR office at Engineer’s Hill, Baguio City. To foster “esprit-de-corps” among the employees, parlor games were also held in the afternoon highlighted with the search of Mr. and Ms. DPWH 2004. Among the male and female candidates from the six (6) divisions in the Regional Office, Mr. Roel Pintor and Ms. Rhia Liza Cabeza were chosen as Mr. and Ms. DPWH 2004, respectively. Meanwhile, to personally look into the problems being encountered in the implementation of projects, DPWH-CAR Director Antonio D. Purugganan has conducted an ocular inspection of on-going projects in the provinces of Abra and Kalinga. Also, DPWH-Assistant Regional Director and concurrent OIC-District Engineer Roy L. Manao went to Mountain Province to thresh out some operational and implementation concerns regarding the timely completion of projects in that province.  
 
12/31/05

DPWH-DAR ARISP CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP HELD

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  DPWH-DAR ARISP CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP HELD To ensure the smooth implementation of farm-to-market roads (FMR) in the Cordilleras, a consultative workshop on Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project (ARISP), hosted by DPWH-CAR, was held at Supreme Hotel and the DPWH-CAR conference hall, Baguio City on June 9-10, 2004. DPWH-CAR Director Antonio D. Purugganan said that among the issues and concerns discussed were the delayed implementation of projects, bidding processes and administrative concerns that may have contributed to whatever delay in project implementation. Consultation meetings and technical discussions were also held at projects sites in Denden-Callao Road in Villaviciosa, Abra, and, Kin-iway-Tamboan Road in Besao Tribal ARC, Sagada, Mt. Province. The consultative workshop-cum-inspection was attended by DPWH-CAR Assistant Regional Director Roy L. Manao; Mr. Yoshikazu Takahashi (Rural Infrastructure Engineer Consultant); Ms. Imelda G. Lamboon (FMR-ARISP technical coordinator), and, Engr. Alex Guan Hing of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Central Office; DAR regional and provincial representatives from Abra, Mt. Province, and, Benguet; DPWH-CLB-CARP-Project Management Office representatives; Engineers Wilbur Likigan, Charles Sokoken, Ben Dizon , and Albert Gahid of DPWH-CAR and other engineers from district engineering offices. DPWH-CAR Regional CARP-ARISP Coordinator Wilbur B. Likigan reported that there are 14 ARISP projects in the Cordillera Region costing about P219-million with two projects in Villaviciosa and Sallapadan, Abra; two projects in Conner, Apayao; two projects in Atok and Tublay, Benguet; two projects in Aguinaldo and Alfonso Lista, Ifugao; two projects in Tanudan, Kalinga; and four projects in Besao, Tadian and Sagada, Mt. Province. According to Likigan, scope of work in these farm-to-market road projects include the concreting of critical portions of road, graveling, and, construction of cross drainage structures including bridge structures.  
 
12/31/05

DPWH TO TRAIN BRIDGE ENGINEERS AND TECHNICAL STAFF

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  DPWH TO TRAIN BRIDGE ENGINEERS AND TECHNICAL STAFF With the full institutionalization of the Road and Bridge Information Application (RBIA) the related Road and Bridge Data Collection Procedures, and, the implementation of the Bridge Management System as directed under DPWH-Department Orders No. 54 and 47, series of 2004, the DPWH-CAR is set to train its engineers and other technical personnel on Bridge Assessment, Maintenance and Repair/Rehabilitation. DPWH-CAR Director Antonio D. Purugganan said there is a need for the DPWH-CAR project engineers, construction and maintenance engineers, project inspectors and other technical personnel who are involved in bridge assessment, maintenance and repair/rehabilitation works to attend the said training program. The training will enable the participants to conduct detailed inspection and investigation of the different types of bridges and its structural components; and, to analyze and evaluate bridge damage, defects, failures and to recommend cost-effective maintenance and repair/rehabilitation measures, said Purugganan. He also said that the participants will be able to implement proper quality control procedures in the maintenance and repair/rehabilitation of bridge structures. “This will further ensure the safety of our motoring public who are using our national bridges,” Purugganan added. The Bridge Management System is the DPWH-officially adopted procedures and system to monitor the condition of national bridges and to develop programs for the major maintenance, upgrading and replacement of bridges requiring intervention to provide the required level of service. Likewise, the RBIA is the official source of Road and Bridge Information to enable road and bridge inventory and condition data to be updated by the Maintenance Division of the DPWH-Regional Offices.  
 
12/31/05

ROAD ENGINEERS IN CORDILLERAS ORGANIZED

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  ROAD ENGINEERS IN CORDILLERAS ORGANIZED Department of Public Works and Highways Undersecretary and Road Engineering Association for Asia and Austral Asia President Salvador A. Pleyto inducts the officers and members of the newly-organized Road Engineering Association of the Philippines (REAP), Cordillera Administrative Region Chapter. During the induction held at the City Travel Hotel in Baguio City, Pleyto reminded the chapter officers to fulfill the mission of REAP in uplifting the quality of road engineering and other related engineering works by means of sharing knowledge and skills. “Let us work together for the realization of the goal of the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and rally behind the policies of DPWH Secretary Jun Ebdane in building quality roads for our countrymen,” Pleyto said. The newly inducted officers of the REAP-CAR Chapter are Daniel G. Domingo - President, Alexander C. Castañeda -1st Vice President, Alfredo A. Enciso -2nd Vice President, Leo Alhambra -Secretary, Leo T. Mustard- Treasurer, Nerie D. Bueno and William O. Balajo- Business Managers, Maria D. Sanga- Auditor, Albert Gahid- PRO, and Board of Directors Wayne Nabban, Teresita Cawed, Wilbur Likigan, Dominador Daway, Santiago Wooden and Nestor Nicolas. The newly formed REAP Chapter was made possible through the efforts of DPWH-CAR Director Mariano Alquiza concurrent REAP Director. Every each one of us has a purpose, together with the DPWH and through REAP-CAR Chapter, let us fulfill our purpose in providing this region with quality roads and bridges to achieve sustainable economic development particularly in the Cordilleras, ” Alquiza said.  
 
12/31/05

DPWH-CAR ENSURES COMPLIANCE TO ACCESSIBILITY LAW

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  DPWH-CAR ENSURES COMPLIANCE TO ACCESSIBILITY LAW In line with the forthcoming celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week in July 2004, the Department of Public Works and Highways- Cordillera Administrative Region (DPWH-CAR), through its district engineering offices, began inspecting government and privately-owned buildings. In a Memorandum, Director Antonio D. Purugganan has directed all District Engineers to inspect government and private-owned buildings within their areas of jurisdiction. Purugganan’s directive will ensure whether government or private-owned buildings comply with the Accessibility Law (BP Blg. 344) and the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons (RA7277). In her report DPWH-Baguio City District Engineer Nerie D. Bueno said that at least five (5) government and privately-owned buildings in Baguio City are equipped with features friendly to physically-challenged persons. Bueno identified these buildings as SM City-Baguio, Coyeesan Plaza, DSWD-CAR office, the Office of the City Engineer at Lower Quarry, Baguio City, and, the Baguio Health Center at New Lucban, Baguio City. The ocular inspections were undertaken by Engr. Alberto Mayo and Special Investigator Rodolfo Selga of DPWH-BCDEO.  
 
12/31/05

DPWH ORDERS BANNING OF LONG-BODIED OVERLOADED TRUCKS AND TRAILERS ALONG HALSEMA HIGHWAY

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  DPWH ORDERS BANNING OF LONG-BODIED OVERLOADED TRUCKS AND TRAILERS ALONG HALSEMA HIGHWAY Recognizing the need to address the problem on overloading due to its impact on the sustainability of the road design life, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Task Force Halsema, pursuant to the Joint Circular of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 8794, has decided to ban the movement of overloaded and long-bodied buses trucks/trailers along Halsema Highway (Baguio-Bontoc-Banaue Road) effective March 15, 2004. This is the result of a coordination meeting held last Friday (February 27, 2004) in the DPWH-CAR office attended by the members of the Task Force Halsema Highway. To address the problem on overloading along Halsema Highway, DPWH Secretary Florante Soriquez issued Department Order No. 10 s. 2004 creating the Task Force in order to address the problem on overloading along Halsema Highway. After a thorough study and round table discussions on the recommendations of the Halsema Highway project consultants, BCEOM, and the contractor, DAEWOO Engineering Corporation, the Task Force has decided to strictly implement the joint circular of the IRR of RA 8794 abating the movement over national roads and bridges through the movement over these structures of freight trucks and trailers whose gross vehicle weights (GVW) and axle loads exceeding the allowable vehicle dual-wheel axle load of 13,500 kilograms as prescribed by the said law. The Task Force will likewise restrict the movement of buses and trucks/trailers to a maximum length of 10.5 meters, maximum width of 2.5 meters, and, maximum clearance of 3.8 meters due to the on-going massive concreting (PCCP) works being 36 done at sharp curves and long narrow stretches which can accommodate only one way traffic. While the DPWH recognizes the need to transport agricultural produce, fertilizers, i.e. chicken dung, and other necessities, it advises the traders or haulers to use smaller types of vehicles for hauling or use other alternate routes. The Task Force on Halsema Highway is chaired by Engr. Solita V. Genota of the DPWH Central Office - Planning Service with Mr. Greg Ariz III (NEDA-CAR), Engr. William Balajo (DPWH-CAR), Engr. Jose L. Posadas (Benguet 1st DEO), Engr. Edgar Gundran (Benguet 2nd DEO), Engr. Ariel Angeles (Project Coordinator, DPWH-IBRD-PMO), Mr. Alex Balangcod (LGU-Benguet), Mr. Greg Retuta, Jr. (DOTC-LTO-CAR) and Capt. Erwin Dayang (PNP-CAR) as members.  
 
12/31/05

DPWH-DOTC-LTO CONDUCT DEPUTATION SEMINAR

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  DPWH-DOTC-LTO CONDUCT DEPUTATION SEMINAR The Department of Public Works and Highways-Cordillera Administrative Region (DPWH-CAR) and the Department of Transportation and Communication-Land Transportation Office (DOTC-LTO) jointly conducted a two-day “deputation seminar” held at the DPWH-CAR office, Baguio City, last March 31 and April 1, 2004. The seminar, attended by some 30 personnel of the DPWH-CAR, is aimed at sustaining the government’s drive in enforcing the pertinent provisions of RA 4136, otherwise known as, “The Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines” and other pertinent traffic laws such as the provisions of the IRR of RA 8794. DPWH-CAR Director Antonio D. Purugganan said that in order for the DPWH to effectively enforce and monitor the prohibition imposed along the Halsema Highway and other national roads, DPWH-CAR personnel should be officially deputized to enforce the traffic laws and regulations. These “deputized” traffic enforcers will be assigned at the Loadometer Stations, established under the multi-agency Task Force Halsema, Purugganan said. “These loadmeter or weighbridge stations are equipped with portable weighing scales,” Purugganan added. Earlier, in order to address the problem of overloading along the Halsema Highway, the DPWH has prohibited the entry of freight trucks and trailers whose gross vehicle weights (GVW) and axle loads exceed the allowable vehicle dual-wheel axle load of 13,500 kilograms as prescribed by RA8794 which was expounded during the seminar by Engr. Julian Hogat. The DPWH has also restricted the movement of buses and trucks/trailers to a maximum length of 10.5 meters, maximum width of 2.5 meters, and, maximum clearance of 3.8 meters due to the on-going massive concreting (PCCP) works being done at sharp curves and long narrow stretches which can accommodate only one way traffic. DOTC-CAR officials, Robert Pocais and Gregorio Retuta, Jr. gave the lectures on Motor Vehicle Registration, Driver Licensing, Conduct to be Observed and Procedures to be Followed in the Apprehension of Traffic Violators, Traffic Violations, and, Traffic Violators. Purugganan has also expressed his appreciation to DOTC-CAR Director Alfredo Mondiguing for the conduct of the Deputation Seminar. Actual practicum by the participants on traffic enforcement and apprehension was also conducted along the Halsema Highway at La Trinidad, Benguet and along the Palispis-Aspiras Highway (Marcos Highway).  
 
12/31/05

HALSEMA HIGHWAY CONTRACTOR APPEALS TO SUPPORTERS OF CANDIDATES

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  HALSEMA HIGHWAY CONTRACTOR APPEALS TO SUPPORTERS OF CANDIDATES The contractor of Halsema Highway, Daewoo E & C Company Ltd., is appealing to the supporters of local candidates to stop placing inscriptions on the newly built structures along the project stretch. In a letter addressed to DPWH-CAR Director Antonio Purugganan, Daewoo Project Manager Mr. In Kyu Kang has reported that these newly built structures are now almost full of graffitis of names of local candidates which according to him defeat the aesthetic purpose of the structures. The project manager also expressed his fear that at the rate these unabated paintings are being done, shotcreted structures will also be painted with the names of the candidates. Paintings placed on shotcreted mountain sides will not be easily removed, thus, it will destroy the beauty of the roadsides. He also said that the newly built structures within the project are not yet properly documented and officially turned over to the DPWH. He is appealing for the assistance of the COMELEC to monitor the rampant and indiscriminate display of campaign materials in unofficially designated places such as the roadsides of the on-going Halsema Highway.  
 
12/31/05

TRAVEL ADVISORY MARCH 15, 2004

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  TRAVEL ADVISORY MARCH 15, 2004 EFFECTIVE MARCH 15, 2004, THE PUBLIC IS HEREBY INFORMED THAT LONG-BODIED, OVERLOADED FREIGHT TRUCKS AND TRAILERS WHOSE GROSS VEHICLE WEIGHTS (GVW) AND AXLE LOADS EXCEEDING THE ALLOWABLE VEHICLE DUAL-WHEEL AXLE LOAD OF 13,500 KILOGRAMS AS PRESCRIBED BY THE JOINT CIRCULAR OF THE I.R.R. OF REPUBLIC ACT 8794 ARE BANNED ALONG HALSEMA HIGHWAY (BAGUIO-BONTOC ROAD) INCLUDING THE MOVEMENT OF BUSES AND TRUCKS AND TRAILERS WITH A MAXIMUM LENGTH OF 10.5 METERS, MAXIMUM WIDTH OF 2.5 METERS, AND, MAXIMUM CLEARANCE OF 3.8 METERS DUE TO ON-GOING MASSIVE CONCRETING (PORTLAND CEMENT CONCRETE PAVEMENT) WORKS BEING DONE AT SHARP CURVES AND LONG NARROW STRETCHES WHICH CAN ACCOMMODATE ONLY ONE WAY TRAFFIC. PLEASE TAKE ALTERNATE ROUTES OR USE SMALLER VEHICLES FOR HAULING YOUR CARGOES AND PRODUCE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR COOPERATION. ANTONIO D. PURUGGANAN, CESO IV OIC-REGIONAL DIRECTOR DPWH-CAR  
 
12/31/05

DPWH ORDERS BANNING OF LONG-BODIED OVERLOADED TRUCKS AND TRAILERS ALONG HALSEMA HIGHWAY

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  DPWH ORDERS BANNING OF LONG-BODIED OVERLOADED TRUCKS AND TRAILERS ALONG HALSEMA HIGHWAY Recognizing the need to address the problem on overloading due to its impact on the sustainability of the road design life, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Task Force Halsema, pursuant to the Joint Circular of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of RA 8794, has decided to ban the movement of overloaded and long-bodied buses trucks/trailers along Halsema Highway (Baguio-Bontoc-Banaue Road) effective March 15, 2004. This is the result of a coordination meeting held last February 27, 2004 in the DPWH-CAR office attended by the members of the Task Force Halsema Highway. To address the problem on overloading along Halsema Highway, DPWH Secretary Florante Soriquez issued Department Order No. 10 s. 2004 creating the Task Force in order to address the problem on overloading along Halsema Highway. After a thorough study and round table discussions on the recommendations of the Halsema Highway project consultants, BCEOM, and the contractor, DAEWOO Engineering Corporation, the Task Force has decided to strictly implement the joint circular of the IRR of RA 8794 abating the movement over national roads and bridges through the movement over these structures of freight trucks and trailers whose gross vehicle weights (GVW) and axle loads exceeding the allowable vehicle dual-wheel axle load of 13,500 kilograms as prescribed by the said law. The Task Force will likewise restrict the movement of buses and trucks/trailers to a maximum length of 10.5 meters, maximum width of 2.5 meters, and, maximum clearance of 3.8 meters due to the on-going massive concreting (PCCP) works being done at sharp curves and long narrow stretches which can accommodate only one way traffic. While the DPWH recognizes the need to transport agricultural produce, fertilizers, i.e. chicken dung, and other necessities, it advises the traders or haulers to use smaller types of vehicles for hauling or use other alternate routes. The Task Force on Halsema Highway is chaired by Engr. Solita V. Genota of the DPWH Central Office - Planning Service with Mr. Greg Ariz III (NEDA-CAR), Engr. William Balajo (DPWH-CAR), Engr. Jose L. Posadas (Benguet 1st DEO), Engr. Edgar Gundran (Benguet 2nd DEO), Engr. Ariel Angeles (Project Coordinator, DPWH-IBRD-PMO), Mr. Alex Balangcod (LGU-Benguet), Mr. Greg Retuta, Jr. (DOTC-LTO-CAR) and Capt. Erwin Dayang (PNP-CAR) as members.  
 
12/31/05

DPWH-CAREA HAS A NEW SET OF OFFICERS

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  DPWH-CAREA HAS A NEW SET OF OFFICERS Engr. Leo A. Alhambra, the incoming President of the DPWH-Cordillera Administrative Region Employees’ Association DPWH-CAREA and those elected officers recently took their oath of office before Mrs. Teresita S. Cawed, the Chief, Administrative Division. In his inaugural speech, Engr. Alhambra credited the growth of the employees association with the dedication and exemplary management of the DPWH-CAREA affairs by the past set of officers headed by Engr. William O. Balajo. Likewise, he assured the general membership of continuous outpouring of pro-employee bargaining agenda with the management. He further stressed that each employee should be “a member of the association in the truest essence of the word and not merely an affiliate or for fellowship”. The DPWH-CAREA from a fledgling organization was organized on October 12, 1993 via an ADHOC Committee which drafted the first working Constitution and By-Laws, and became a potent and viable association today with 235 members.  
 
12/31/05

DPWH-CAREA OFFICERS:

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  DPWH-CAREA OFFICERS: (left to right) Engr. Leo A. Alhambra-President; Engr. William O. Balajo-Vice President, Ms. Helen D. Balan-eg-Treasurer; Ms Carmen C. Lardizabal, Mr. Francis Ray A. Almora, Engr. Alberto N. Gahid, Ms. Lourdes C. Akiate, and, Engr. Ismael dela Cruz as Board Directors; Ms. Sinora Ambion-Auditor, and, Ms. Stella Miranda-Secretary. At the foreground is Mrs. Teresita Cawed, Chief, Administrative Division-DPWH Cordillera Administrative Region.  
 
12/31/05

STEEL FORMS FOR HALSEMA HIGHWAY PROJECT STOLEN

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  STEEL FORMS FOR HALSEMA HIGHWAY PROJECT STOLEN The Department of Public Works and Highways-Cordillera Administrative Region (DPWH-CAR) is again appealing to the public to extend their utmost cooperation in order to complete the construction of the Halsema Highway as scheduled. The appeal came from the DPWH-CAR Director Antonio D. Purugganan after he received a report from project manager In Kyu Kang of Daewoo Company that PCCP side steel forms and beam moulds being used in pavement concreting works were stolen. “These acts of our kababayan is so lamentable. Don’t they realize that the completion of this road project will directly benefit them?,” said Purugganan. Purugganan also said that local residents should also secure the safety of these construction materials and not to allow saboteurs hamper the early completion of the road project. It is also reported that steel frames and other materials from the demolished Guerrilla Saddle bridge have also been stolen as well as project billboards and road warning signs. “The warning signs have been installed along the road construction site to serve as precautionary and safety measures to the motorists plying this route,” Purugganan said. “If and when anything untoward may happen to the motorists, then the DPWH will again be blamed,” he said. Based on the report as of 25 February 2004, the rehabilitation of the Halsema Highway project (84.8 km La Trinidad – Mt. Data section) has an actual accomplishment of 66.90 % as against the planned 65.33 % or 1.57% ahead of schedule. This includes the concreting with Portland cement of approximately 11 kilometers full width of existing gravel roads. Purugganan also reported that the “stolen” panel pins of the Acrow bridge at Camp 5 have already been replaced. “I just hope that these pins will not be stolen again,” Purugganan said.  
 
12/31/05

DPWH-CAR WARNS THIEVES STEALING BRIDGE PANEL PINS IN KENNON ROAD

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  DPWH-CAR WARNS THIEVES STEALING BRIDGE PANEL PINS IN KENNON ROAD DPWH-CAR Director Antonio D. Purugganan warns thieves stealing the “panel pins” of the Acrow bridge at Camp 5 (km 235 + 465) in Tuba, Benguet that the “missing panel pins” will definitely affect the structural stability of the bridge thus endangering the safety of the motorists. It was reported that a number of panel pins fastening the steel superstructure of the Acrow bridge were stolen by thieves and being sold as scrap metals. With this development, Purugganan directed the load capacity of Kennon Road be reduced from ten (10) tons to five (5) tons for the safety of the motorists. “We have to take this drastic action to prevent any untoward incident to happen to the motorists passing Kennon Road,” Purugganan said. Purugganan said that motorists are advised to take the alternate routes such as Marcos Highway or Naguilian Road. He also directed the immediate procurement of panel pins to replace the missing ones. It was also reported that reflectorized or wooden signages, studs, and other traffic safety signages along Kennon Road are being stolen. Purugganan is appealing to the local residents to extend assistance in securing the Acrow bridge at Camp 5 and the traffic safety signages and structures along Kennon Road to avert the possible total closure of the said road. “The people residing along the stretch of Kennon Road will be greatly affected if it will be again totally closed to traffic,” he said. “The drivers and transport operators can just use other alternate routes if Kennon Road will be closed to traffic,” added Purugganan. The DPWH-CAR also reiterates the early traffic advisory on the total truck ban to pass Kennon Road such as “canters”, “forward”, trucks, buses, loaded and unloaded ten-wheeler trucks. Motorists passing Kennon Road are also advised to take extra precaution due to on-going massive rehabilitation and improvement works. Sand and gravel trucks or haulers are allowed to use Kennon Road from Baguio City up to Camp 6 only.  
 
12/31/05

CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION CY 2003 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

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  CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION CY 2003 ACCOMPLISHMENTS The Department of Public Works and Highways-Cordillera Administrative Region (DPWH-CAR) and its nine (9) district engineering offices and the Regional Equipment Services and Area Shops, in compliance with its mandate has implemented various infrastructure projects in Baguio City, and the provinces of Benguet, Apayao, Kalinga, Ifugao, Mt. Province and Abra. For year 2003, the DPWH-CAR has continued to provide the needed infrastructure in the Cordilleras in support of the thrust and overall goal of the Arroyo Administration, which is equitable development through sustained economic growth and reduction of absolute poverty. Infrastructure Accomplishments Out of a total of 558 projects programmed amounting to P1.09 billion under the regular 2003 DPWH Infrastructure Program, 18 projects were completed costing P7.823 million; 82 projects on-going costing P235.292 million, and 457 projects, mostly Priority Development Assistance Fund projects, costing P840.725 million not yet started due to late identification of projects. For national roads and bridges, out of 94 projects costing P712.147 million, one (1) project has been completed costing P4.173 million; 52 projects with a total length of 142.497 km are on-going costing P206.502 million; 40 projects with a total length of 102.120 km costing P494.421 million not yet started; and one (1) project suspended costing P7.051 million. Thirty-eight (38) flood control and drainage projects costing P19.425 million were programmed for implementation during the year with 15 projects on-going costing P5.540 million and 23 projects costing P13.885 million not yet started. For other infrastructure, 17 projects have been completed costing P3.650 million; 15 projects on-going costing P23.250 million; and 358 projects costing P303.650 million not yet started. Under the 2001 and 2002 Regular Infrastructure Program, DPWH-CAR has improved and constructed 44.181 kms of national roads and 936 lineal meters of national bridges with a value of P94.198 million; and undertaken 8 flood control projects costing P 11.611 Million. DPWH-CAR also registered the following accomplishments for infrastructure projects identified and funded under the budgets of non-infrastructure agencies and implemented by DPWH: a. a. Improved and/or constructed 1.30 kms of farm-to-market roads with total cost of P4.0 million under the budget of Department of Agriculture and Department of Agrarian Reform. b. Completed 49 classrooms with 6 classrooms under construction, costing P27.625 million under the Department of Education budget. c. c. Presently undertaking 14 UK-assisted “Tulay ng Pangulo” Program costing P77.428 Million. For JICA Bridges, there are 6 bridges on-going and one (1) completed for group Ia (partial grant) costing P110.99 Million; 4 bridges on-going for full-grant costing P382.42 Million and 6 bridges with completed preliminary detailed engineering under JICA group Ib (partial grant). Among the most significant major projects completed are the following : Improvement along Asin Road to Pines Garden Naguilian Junction (km 253+532 to km 254+522) – P23.832 million Construction of Betag-Puguis farm to market road, La Trinidad, Benguet – P17.429 million Rehabilitation of Bangbangcag, Tabiog, Palakiw, and, Danac farm-to-market roads, Abra; P1 Million Construction of Pidigan Water System, Abra; P4.0 Million Construction of Lagangilang Water System, Abra; P7.0 Million Construction of Pilar Multi-Purpose building, Abra; P4.0 Million Rehabilitation of Quimloong Communal Irrigation System, Buca, Abra; P1.0 Million Repair of Bangued Municipal Building, Abra; P1.0 Million Construction of Multi-Purpose Building, Danglas, Abra; P4.0 Million Construction of Multi-Purpose Building, Bucay, Abra; P4.0 Million Construction of Lusuac communal irrigation system, Penarrubia, Abra; P1.5 Million Construction of Sta. Rosa Flood Control, Bangued, Abra; P5.2 Million Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan Road (Tublay, Balakbak, Lomon, Kibungan, Sipitan, and, Ampusongan Sections), Benguet; P38.930 Million Abatan-Buguias Road (Lengaoan, Baculongan and Alapang Sections), Benguet; P2.4 Million Improvement of Claveria-Calanasan (Carmela Section), Apayao; P2.75 Million Operational Accomplishments a. “KALSADA NATIN, ALAGAAN NATIN” PROGRAM – The program has already covered 1,672.976 kilometers road length of the total road length of 1,878.449 kilometers in 444 barangays throughout the region. A total of 6,929 workers have been employed with a total disbursement in the amount of P29.132 million. b. Quality program was implemented on various projects thereby minimizing or eliminating the utilization of inferior materials. The regional testing laboratory conducted about 200 tests on various construction materials such as cement, fine/coarse aggregates, concrete beams, cylinders, soil aggregates, reinforcing steel bars, and thickness determination on completed pavements. In compliance with the directive of Director Antonio D. Purugganan, the Quality Assurance Teams of the district engineering offices are strengthened to conduct assessments on the projects. c. On hydrology, the DPWH-CAR continues to supervise the nine (9) established gauging stations throughout the region. Each gauging station has one (1) gauge keeper tasked to record the height of water level to be taken at least thee times a day or every hour during high flows. Additional activities on hydrology include the collection of surface water sampling to be taken ate least on a quarterly basis, river discharge measurement using the bridge crane method and the wading method, and, the conduct of river cross section survey at least once a year or as the need arises especially if there are changes in the gauging stations to be done during the dry season including the repair and maintenance.  
 
12/31/05

DPWH-BCDEO CONDUCTS CONSULTATION MEETINGS WITH BAGUIO CITY BARANGAY CHAIRMEN

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  DPWH-BCDEO CONDUCTS CONSULTATION MEETINGS WITH BAGUIO CITY BARANGAY CHAIRMEN In order to thresh out issues and concerns regarding the implementation of “Kalsada Natin, Alagaan Natin” program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, DPWH-Baguio City District Engieer Nerie D. Bueno held several consultation meetings with Barangay Chairmen of the 66 barangays of Baguio City. According to DPWH-BCDEO District Engineer Nerie D. Beuno, the consultaion meeting is in compliance with the directive of DPWH-CAR Antonio D. Purugganan to confer with the Barangay Chairmen personally for the effective implementation of the “Kalsada Natin, Alagaan Natin” program in Baguio City. Bueno said that the Baguio City Barangay Chairmen are very much cooperative in the implementation of the “Kalsada Natin, Alagaan Natin” program because of the hiring of barangay workers to undertake various maintenance activities of the national roads within their jurisdiction. Among the issues threshed out during the consultation meetings were the “low rate” of P120.00 a day, the cleaning implements needed, and other administrative matters, Bueno said. “The Barangay Chairmen were so enthusiastic and gave their full support in the implementation of the program,” Bueno added. To affirm their commitment, barangay workers report for work even on Saturdays and Sundays, she said. A “Citation Award” was given to Punong Barangay Ernesto Laguardia of Imelda Marcos Barangay for being adjudged as the best and cleanest barangay in relation to the successful implementation of the “Kalsada Natin, Alagaan Natin” program. The “Kalsada Natin, Alagaan Natin” is a program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo aimed at generating jobs in the countryside through the employment of barangay residents as road maintenance workers. To date, there are about barangay workers employed under this program throughout Baguio City, Bueno said.  
 
12/31/05

BSU & DPWH SPEARHEAD CARE PALIGSAHAN 2004 KICK OFF CEREMONIES

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  BSU & DPWH SPEARHEAD CARE PALIGSAHAN 2004 KICK OFF CEREMONIES The Cordillera Association of Regional Executives (CARE) Paligsahan 2004 has formally kicked off with the Special Events Competition held at the Benguet State University (BSU) Gym last May 25, 2004 with the participation of 13 government agencies. Inspired by the theme, “Palarong Cordillera sa Masiglang Republika”, the CARE Paligsahan 2004 started with a parade at BSU grounds participated in by various government agencies’ contingents afterwhich an opening program followed. The DPWH participants, headed by Assistant Regional Director Daniel G. Domingo and Mrs. Teresita S. Cawed, joined in all the events (sack race, tug-of-war, obstacle race, “centipede” race) and won in “egg throwing” event. The kick-off ceremonies, chaired by BSU and co-chaired by DPWH-CAR, also included the presentation of male and female candidates representing various agencies in the search for Mr. and Miss CARE 2004. For the opening event, the contest focused on the search for the “Best in Sportswear” competition which constitutes 10% of the total score. Engr. Charles Sokoken and Ms. Joan Guillao, representing the DPWH-CAR, emerged as third runner-up winners in “Best in Sportswear”. The intelligence, talent, and evening gown competitions will be held in later dates. Director Domingo, who also participated in “bursting of balloons” contest and suffered a “freak fall”, said that he was so proud with the participation of the DPWH employees in all the events especially in ensuring the smooth facilitation of the opening ceremonies. He, however, bursted two (2) balloons. The DPWH Special Events Committee, who doubled up as “athletes”, was composed of Carmen C. Lardizabal (Sports Coordinator), Juliet Aban, Zeny Cerezo, Frederick John Ruiz, Alan Apolinar, Florentina Sayno, and, the members of the DPWH-CAR Task Force. Other DPWH employees who participated in various special events were : Imelda Gandeza, Rhea Cabeza, Rene Manipon, Haydee Asistin, Ronel Orlanda, Regalado Garcia, Joan Guillao, and Betty Salvador. Although the DPWH Team won only one event, their participation would not have been possible without the moral support of the “cheering squad”, led by Director Domingo and Mrs. Cawed, Evelyn Picardal, Cecile Lucio, Letty Roc, Julian Hogat, Cynthia Alhambra, Mila Haban, Flor Lumiqued, Ronald Echalar and Francis Ray Almora. With the highly noticeable participation of the members of the DPWH-CAR Task Force, participants from other agencies noted their “reflectorized” vests as the “new fashion design” of the DPWH athletes’ uniform. The DPWH-CAR employees were also “cheered” while sweeping broken eggs debris ala “Kalsada Natin, Alagaan Natin” style. The CARE Paligasahan 2004 is expected to culminate in December, this year.  
 
 
 

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