Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that the DPWH Regional Office 1 will be closing this weekend section of Manila North Road (MNR) in San Fernando City, La Union due to road upgrading works.
Based on a report submitted to Secretary Villar, the DPWH Regional Office 1 (DPWH Region 1) will closed section of Manila North Road (MNR) in front of the ongoing Robinsons Place mall in San Fernando City on Saturday August 8 at 9PM until Monday, August 10 at 9AM.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that the ongoing construction of additional wards and ICU at the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Quezon City is now being hastened for immediate completion.
"In a meeting, together with our team and its counterpart at the Department of Health (DOH) and the building contractor, I was assured that a system is in place to complete the EAMC facilities the soonest," said Secretary Villar.
"These facilities will be able to accommodate additional 250 patients," added Secretary Villar.
A total of 23 additional COVID-19 quarantine facilities in Metro Manila are now under construction and being fast-tracked for completion before the end of August 2020.
This was disclosed by Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar on Monday citing the urgency of the projects as the Department of Health recently announced that COVID-19 hospital bed occupancy in the National Capital Region (NCR) has reached 'danger zone' or more than 70 percent occupancy.
A new off-site dormitory that will provide temporary shelter to medical personnel of Jose B. Lingad Memorial General Hospital (JBLMGH) in San Fernando City, Pampanga was recently completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
DPWH assures the continuous assistance to the Department of Health in the provision of the much needed public health facilities to meet the COVID-19 national health emergency, said Secretary Villar.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar on Thursday, July 23, 2020 said that a total of 150 facilities that were constructed and repurposed are now being used as facilities for quarantine, isolation and off-site dormitories of COVID-19 patients and frontline workers.
Citing the latest "We Heal as One" Report, Secretary Villar said that of the 150 facilities, 19 were newly-constructed and 131 were DPWH-constructed evacuation centers that were recently repurposed as COVID-19 facitilies.
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar assured that despite the lockdown due to COVID-19 which hampered construction activities, the implementation of Binondo-Intramuros Bridge and Estrella- Pantaleon Bridge is right on schedule.
Secretary Villar said that based on a report of Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations and Technical Services Emil K. Sadain, we are seeing December 2020 completion of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge Project while Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project is aimed for opening by March 2021.
The Department of Public Works and Highways 9 completed 2 access roads leading to trade, industries and economic zones in Barangay Butong in Diplahan and Barangay Guminta, Buug both in Zamboanga Sibugay.
The concreting projects in Barangay Butong is a 3.82 lane kilometer road with a funding amount of P51.998M and Barangay Guminta a 2.99 lane kilometer road amounting to P47.040M seen to boost rubber and coconut production in Zamboanga Sibugay.
The project is implemented by Zamboanga Sibugay 1st District Engineering Office.
Preparations are underway for the construction of an off-site modular hospital for the treatment of moderate COVID-19 cases.
Secretary Mark A. Villar said that he has been working closely with the Department of Health (DOH) for the construction of an Off-Site Modular Hospital to ensure enough and timely infrastructure support in the fight versus COVID-19.