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DPWH Programs/News • (63 bytes)
Posted: 12/31/2005 • 05:02 GMT+8

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PGMA gives P20-M early Christmas gift to Capiceños • (4577 bytes)
Posted: 12/31/2005 • 05:04 GMT+8

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PGMA gives P20-M early Christmas gift to Capiceños


ROXAS CITY (7 December) -- Christmas Day came early for Capiceños after President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo released during her visit here Dec. 7 the amount of P20 million as initial funding to immediately start the rehabilitation of the Capiz section of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway.

President Arroyo turned over the check for the Department of Public Works and Highways to Senator Manuel Roxas who in turn entrusted the check to Gov. Vicente Bermejo for him to coordinate with the DPWH Regional Office in Iloilo City for the implementation of the project.

Nevertheless, the President disclosed that she will see to it that the 2006 budget of the DPWH would include funds for the rehabilitation of the national highway system in central Panay Island including Capiz.

Roxas introduced the President before she delivered her message at the opening of the five-day festival.

The Capiceños showed their appreciation by applauding the President several times as she spoke in the Hiligaynon dialect.

The President arrived here Dec. 7 to lead the opening of the Sinadya sa Halaran, the joint festival of Capiz and Roxas City, the provincial capital, which depicts the rich culture of Capiceños anchored on time-honored traditions of sharing and thanksgiving and pays tribute to the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of Capiceños, on her feast day on Dec. 8.

Capiceños who flocked at the city plaza to witness the festival’s opening applauded the President when she announced the release of the P20 million and the immediate start of the project.

The Chief Executive released the amount in response to the requests conveyed to her by local officials at a closed-door meeting upon her arrival here to have the nautical highway section upgraded to make it at par with similar road systems along the country’s western seaboard.

The President has included Capiz in the said nautical highway system when she launched it in 2003. The roll on-roll off nautical highway system has given Capiceños an alternative means of transport to Manila and other pats of the country.

The road network covered by the rehabilitation project belongs to the congressional district of Rep. Fredenil Castro who has proposed a P187-million to the President a work program for its complete improvement.

Mrs. Arroyo, who has visited Capiz several times before, became the first President of the country to open Capiz and Roxas City’s premiere festival. Local officials saw this as a boost to the tourism value of the celebration which shows a glimpse at the major facets of local culture.

The President said that her administration would now be able to implement important infrastructure projects and other socio-economic programs after the government’s fiscal reforms yielded good fruits particularly in terms of additional revenues and the country’s sound financial condition.

The President also inaugurated the Tourist Information Center of the city and visited the Roxas City Metropolitan Cathedral to offer prayers to the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and meet Capiz Archbishop Onesimo Gordoncillo.

Mrs. Arroyo exalted the Capiceños and their officials for keeping themselves united which she said would greatly help them achieve the continued progress of Capiz.

Saying blue is her favorite color, the President took the opportunity to recognize those in the crowd who wear donning blue clothes as she attributed the color to the Capiceños’ Patroness.

“Yes, it’s definitely an early Christmas gift to the people of Capiz,” said Gov. Bermejo, referring to the fund release made by the President.

Leading the welcome for the President were Sen. Roxas, Bermejo, city mayor Antonio Del Rosario, congressmen Rodriguez Dadivas and Castro, municipal mayors and other top local officials, wives of local officials, businessman Jose Hernandez, military and police officials, and other civil society officials.

As a frequent visitor to Capiz, Arroyo has endeared herself to Capiceños. Some women among the crowd called out to her and said “We love you!” as she was cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the inauguration of the tourist information center.

Later, an elderly woman in a chocolate brown dress passionately hugged and kissed her while the Chief Executive was walking towards the cathedral. Even children showed their admiration for the President as they followed and tried to get close to her as she walked around and shook the hands of people. (PIA)


DPWH to construct new bridges in Tanjay City under President's Bridge Program • (1234 bytes)
Posted: 12/31/2005 • 06:04 GMT+8

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DPWH to construct new bridges in Tanjay City under President's Bridge Program
by Rachelle Nessia

Dumaguete City (9 December) -- Two new bridges are seen to rise in Tanjay City after the Regional Development Council (RDC) endorses the bridges' construction to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The RDC is set to endorse the construction of Tanjay Tabuc-San Isidro Bridge and the Tanjay-Pamplona Concrete Bridge through a resolution to be approved during its full council meeting on December 9 at Bethel Guesthouse, Dumaguete City.

The City of Tanjay through the Oriental Negros Provincial Development Council has earlier requested the RDC to endorse the construction of the said bridges under the President's Bridge Program of DPWH.

The Tanjay Tabuc-San Isidro Bridge is an existing Bailey bridge that needs to be replaced immediately since its southern end has collapsed, therefore endangering lives, paralyzing traffic and adversely affecting three rural and nine urban barangays in Tanjay City.

The Tanjay-Pamplona Concrete Bridge will serve as an alternate to the Tanjay Bridge so that traffic coming from the north and south will not be cut off in case the latter becomes impassable. (PIA)


Build new bridges from old bridges - Ebdane • (1462 bytes)
Posted: 12/31/2005 • 07:56 GMT+8

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Build new bridges from old bridges - Ebdane


Quezon City (15 December) -- The Department fo Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will continue utilizing steel materials "salvaged" from old bridges to build more bridges in the countryside. DPWH Secretary Jun Ebdane ordered the recycling of usable steel trusses for use in the construction of new bridges.

"Development could be achieved in the countryside despite meager resources in our national coffers," Ebdane said. " Instead of selling these steel components from old bridges as junk, we can still use them to construct smaller bridges, or turn them over to LGUs for use in the construction of barangay bridges," Ebdane added.

The idea started in 1995, during the term of then DPWH Secretary Gregorio R. Vigilar, wherein the DPWH was bale to complete the a 400 lineal meter long made up of spans steel trustees bridge in Anda, Pangasinan by utilizing recycled steel members from the old Carmen bridge.

The construction of more bridges in the countryside, dubbed as President's Bridge program, is considered one of the flagship projects of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. A great number of bridges are being constructed or replaced using a modular steel bridging technology. Ebdane said that lack of bridges in the hinterlands or remote areas delays development. He stressed that bridges create socioeconomic opportunities by facilitating the flow of good services. (Beat The Odds Infobits)


DPWH Abra meets 2005 targets • (1866 bytes)
Posted: 1/4/2006 • 08:27 GMT+8

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DPWH Abra meets 2005 targets


BANGUED, Abra (02 January) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways - Abra Engineering District reported a 100% accomplishment for the calendar year 2005 particularly on its special projects.

Engr. Sandy B. Benedito, DPWH-Abra Chief, reported over Hot PIA Info Link, PIA's weekly radio program over DWGF Hot FM, the meager project cost as its share from the national government's releases for infrastructure projects this year. This is the result of the government's austerity program.

The special projects worth P10M include the construction of multi-purpose buildings in Barangays Tagodtod, Lagangilang - P200,000; Manabo - P700,000; and in Pilar - P700.000; concreting of Farm-to-Market roads in Barangays Daoidao, San Juan - P300,000; Lonlono, Luba - P300,000; Dolores - P500,000; Lagangilang - P300,000; and in Brgy. Kaniogan, San Isidro - P500,000; Rehabilitation of Abra-Ilocos Sur Road at intermittent sections - P2.5M; and Rehabilitation of abra-Kalinga Road at intermittent sections - P1.5M; and a Flood control project in Bangued-Pidigan sections - P2.5M.

For their regular-funded programs, the Abra Engineering District Office got only a total of P6.3M for the rehabilitation of the Baay Bridge and approaches along the Abra-Cervantes National road.

The congressional funded projects had a total of P30M. All the projects were 100% accomplished except for the construction of the Tayum Water System with a toal project cost of P13.5M. The other projects funded by the congressional funds of Abra's Lone District Representative Luis Bersamin, Jr. are the following: Rehabilitation of Abra-Ilcoos Sur Road in San Quintin and Pidigan at intermittent sections with a total project costs of P13.5M; and the construction of the Aguet flood control in Lagangilang in the amount of P3M. (MTBB/PIA-Abra)


P1 billion set aside for nautical highway • (1540 bytes)
Posted: 1/6/2006 • 05:48 GMT+8

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P1 billion set aside for nautical highway


Quezon City (5 January) -- The government has earmarked P1 billion for a project to complete a "nautical highway" that will link the country's three main islands. The nautical highway will reduce transport cost and travel time, Cebu Representative Eduardo Gullas said yesterday.

In a statement, Gullas said the project links the Western, Central and Eastern Nautical Highways and strengthen the viability of the entire system.

The idea he said, is to speed up transportation services and mobility in seaside towns leading to harbors that form part of the system.

The expanded nautical highways system, which includes the Cebu-Bohol-Camiguin roll-on, roll-off (Ro-Ro) complex, has reduced transportation cost by 37-43 percent for passengers and by 24 to 34 percent for cargo. Travel time has also been reduced by 10 to 12 hours, Gullas said.

The nautical highway system maximizes the use of Ro-Ro facilities to move passengers and cargo from Mindanao to Luzon and vice versa.

The Western Nautical Highway is the Western seaboard trunk route from Manila to Dipolog City of the Northwestern tip of Mindanao, which connects to the central trunk route at Cebu City in Central Visayas, Gullas explained.

The Central Nautical Highway, on the other hand, connects Pilar, Sorsogon to Balingoan, Misamis Oriental, passing through Central Visayas and connecting to East-West trunk routes at Catangian, Masbate and San Carlos City in Negros Occidental. (Beat The Odds Infobits)


Nautical Highway reduces transport costs by 43% • (2934 bytes)
Posted: 1/6/2006 • 06:02 GMT+8

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Nautical Highway reduces transport costs by 43%
By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu City (5 January) -- The expanded Nautical Highway System that includes the Cebu-Bohol-Camiguin roll on, roll off (RORO) Complex has reduced transport costs by 37-43 % for passengers and by 24-34% for cargo. Travel time has also been reduced by 10-12 hours. This was the statement of Cebu 1st district congressman Eduardo Gullas that was released to media over the week.

Aside from the considerable reduction in transport cost and travel time, the Nautical Highway System has also invigorated the domestic trade and tourism in the country. The system has maximized the use of RORO facilities to move passengers and cargo from Mindanao through the Visayas to Luzon.

Gullas said, the national government plans to spend one billion pesos to improve the country's nautical highway system in 2006. The amount will be spent mainly to improve the network of municipal ports and coastal roads that support the nautical highways and to complete the remaining links of the western, central and eastern nautical highways as well as to strengthen the viability of the entire system, Gullas added.

The Western Nautical Highway is the western seaboard trunk route from Manila to Dipolog City or the northwestern tip of Mindanao that connects to the central trunk route at Cebu City in Central Visayas.

The Central Nautical Highway on the other hand, is the central trunk route connecting Pilar, Sorsogon to Balingoan in Misamis Oriental, passing through Central Visayas and connecting to the East-West trunk routes of Cataingan in Masbate and San Carlos City in Negros Occidental.

The Eastern Nautical Highway is the eastern sea link that connects Biliran, Leyte to Surigao City or the northwestern tip of Mindanao connecting to the central trunk route at Cataingan, Masbate.

As can be recalled, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2003, issued two executive orders promoting the RORO transportation system to spur countryside development. The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) also issued rules and procedures that prescribed for the privatization of state-owned RORO terminals that form part of the entire Philippine Nautical Highway System.

On September 29-October 1, 2004, President Arroyo visited Cebu to inaugurate the voyage of RORO LCT Martin from Bato, Cebu-Tampi, Amlan in Oriental Negros and back to Bato. She also inaugurated the P580-Million road network from Barili-Carcar-Bato Road Project. The 122.988 km stretch is expected to enhance the economic activity of South Cebu through the RORO services, making product and passenger transport easier and faster.

PGMA's RORO boat ride from Amlan, Oriental Negros to Bato, Samboan, Cebu was a viability test of the Central Nautical Highway project of the administration that connects the Misamis Oriental-Negros-Siquijor-Bohol-Camiguin-Cebu nautical highway routes. (PIA-Cebu)


Bohol nautical Ro-Ro ports get portion of P1B earmark • (2407 bytes)
Posted: 1/7/2006 • 15:06 GMT+8

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Bohol nautical Ro-Ro ports get portion of P1B earmark
by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (7 January) -- FURTHER enhancing movement of goods and services, the government has earmarked P1B to fully complete a vital nautical highway that would link the country sides to mainland Luzon, and Bohol roll-on-roll-off ports are a party to it.

To get a trade booster here are the ports of Tagbilaran City, Tubigon, Talibon, Jagna and Clarin, independent sources said.

Recently, the government has earmarked P1 billion for a project to complete a "nautical highway" that will link the country's three main islands.

The nautical link has proven to have cut travel time and transportation costs to about 50%, government data released to Philippine Information Agency stated.

The expanded nautical highways system, which includes the Cebu-Bohol-Camiguin Ro-Ro complex, has reduced transportation cost by 37-43 percent for passengers and by 24 to 34 percent for cargo. Travel time has also been reduced by 10 to 12 hours, Gullas said.

The development here will enhance reduced transport cost and travel time, Cebu Representative Eduardo Gullas said recently.

In a statement, Gullas said the project links the Western, Central and Eastern Nautical Highways and strengthen the viability of the entire system.

The Western Nautical Highway is the Western seaboard trunk route from Manila to Dipolog City of the Northwestern tip of Mindanao. This connects to the central trunk route at Cebu City in the Central Visayas, Gullas explained.

The Central Nautical Highway, on the other hand, connects Pilar, Sorsogon to Balingoan, Misamis Oriental, passing through Central Visayas and connecting to East-West trunk routes at Catangian, Masbate and San Carlos City in Negros Occidental.

The idea he said, is to speed up transportation services and mobility in seaside towns leading to harbors that form part of the system.

The nautical highway system maximizes the use of Ro-Ro facilities to move passengers and cargo from Mindanao to Luzon and vice versa.

Not only that, Strong Republic Nautical Highway ro-ro ports System has gained a facelift after the same coastal doorsteps also propose a side-by-side tourism that they hope could be another economic prime-mover to haul sluggard local economies to take-off. (PIA)

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DPWH to prioritize Palo east road • (2134 bytes)
Posted: 1/13/2006 • 04:06 GMT+8

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DPWH to prioritize Palo east road


Tacloban City (January 10) –- Assistant Regional Director Lino Aguilar of the First Leyte Engineering District revealed that the Palo East Alternate Road Project will be given priority attention this year.

In a dialogue with the local government executives of the first district of Leyte at the residence of Congresswoman Remedios Loreto Petilla, Engr. Aguilar said that the project is also given priority attention by Congresswoman Petilla.

At present the only road from Tacloban to Tanauan and other Southern areas is the one that is linked by the St. Bernard Reed Bridge. If due to unforeseen events, the bridge is destroyed and made unpassable, the southern areas will be completely isolated from Tacloban.

Congresswoman Petilla has made this her priority project when she became the congresswoman of the first district. She has requested DPWH to make this a priority project of the agency too.

Another priority project is the Binahaan Flood Control Project. If pushed through, the project will solve the flooding in the barangays of Tanauan and Palo. Engr. Aguilar said that the survey is yet to be completed due to lack of funds. The local government executives of Palo and Tanauan pledged to contribute a certain amount of money so that the survey will be completed.

The people in some barangays of Tanauan and Palo have always been victims of flooding when the Binahaan River swells due to continuous heavy rains. In December, the barangays constituents suffered loss of agricultural products because of heavy flooding. In some barangays, the water rose to five feet prompting the local government to send patrol boats to transfer the people and the working animals to higher places.

Congresswoman Petilla feels that this project must be given priority attention especially because the Region has been experiencing rains since the first day of December up to this writing. She said that she will do all she could to look for funds so that the project will be implemented the soonest possible time. (PIA 8)

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060110.htm&no=34

7 President's bridges worth P80.89M completed in 2005 • (1547 bytes)
Posted: 1/13/2006 • 04:18 GMT+8

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7 President's bridges worth P80.89M completed in 2005


Cagayan de Oro City (11 January) -- SEVEN bridges, totaling P80.89 million, were completed in 2005 in Cagayan de Oro City, bringing to a total 16 completed bridges under the "Tulay sa Pangulo" or the bridge program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which were started in 2003.

These bridges are the Domalokdok bridge, Iponan-Canitoan bridge, West Diversion bridge, Calaanan-2 bridge, Lumbia-Pahiron bridge, Domologdog bridge, and Pagatpat-Pamalihi bridge.

The completion of these bridges impacts greatly on the lives of the farmers in the hinterland as they now have easier access to transport their farm produts.

Of the P80.89 million for the seven bridges in 2005, the city government shared P13,810,000 as its counterpart. Total cost of the bridge projects covering all the 16 bridges sinc it was started in 2003 is P212.89 million, with the city's counterpart pegged at P33,991,500.

The completion of the bridges is under the local government's flagship infrastructure program aimed at providing hinterland barangays with infrastructure facilities to hasten the development of their communities.

Mayor Vicente Y. Emano has time and again stressed, "the progress and development of a certain place partially depends on the availability of good infrastructure facilities, especially bridges, as this would mean faster and efficient movement of people, goods and services." (City Information Office/Ragcom)

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060111.htm&no=4

DPWH to sustain improvement of farm-to-market roads • (2114 bytes)
Posted: 1/13/2006 • 04:21 GMT+8

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DPWH to sustain improvement of farm-to-market roads
By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (11 January) -- Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the department has been consistent in providing support to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's 10-point agenda especially in the modernization program of agriculture which is one of the backbones of the country's economy. Here in the region, DPWH XI Director Dimas Soguilon said various construction of farm-to-market roads and other support infrastructure facilities are being undertaken to serve farmers in the rural areas.

Last year, records from DPWH showed that the department has completed some 439 farm-to-market roads and other agriculture support projects amounting to some P481,388 million nationwide.

"Infrastructure facilities of the DPWH enhanced the economic growth especially in the rural areas where these are badly needed and further improved the living conditions of the rural populace, director Soguilon said.

Among the completed projects reported were those funded under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).

Under the CARP funded projects, 92 more farm-to-market road projects in various parts of the country amounting to some P67-million are expected to benefit farmers in the rural areas.

The improvement of farm-to-market road services is one of the measurable accomplishments of the DPWH in support of the agriculture modernization program of the President.

The farm-to-market roads will connect barangays including road widening, road resurfacing, protection works, construction of canal lining, and installation of reinforced concrete pile culverts.

Director Soguilon said the President is taking concrete steps to ensure the acceleration and efficient implementation of development projects, including those funded by foreign loans.

President Macapagal-Arroyo is committed to raise funds to implement development projects urgently needed to improve the lives of the Filipino people, he added. (PIA)

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060111.htm&no=6

“Kalsada Natin” generates 1,367 employment - DPWH VI • (1791 bytes)
Posted: 1/13/2006 • 05:44 GMT+8

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“Kalsada Natin” generates 1,367 employment - DPWH VI
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Iloilo City (12 January) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Western Visayas has employed 1,367 laborers all through out Region VI under the program dubbed “Kalsada Natin, Alagaan Natin”, and has contributed to the job generation program of the national government.

A total length of 2,847.29 kilometers of national roads in the region were covered by the Kalsada Natin Alagaan Natin program during the period January 2004 to July 2005. It had an allocation of P202,155,529.71, declared DPWH VI Director Rolando M. Asis during the PIA-CATV program aired over Cable Star Channel 15.

Director Asis said that Kalsada Natin Alagaan Natin was launched in January 2004 by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and this involves the roadside maintenance of national roads, sourced from the Motor Vehicle Users Charge Funds established by Republic Act 8794.

For every kilometer, Director Asis said, the roadside maintenance work force is composed of three males and one female. Their work includes vegetation control, distance mowing and clearing, de-silting/de-clogging of drainage structures, manual patching of unpaved shoulders, clearing of obstructions along the road right-of-way, manual reshaping of gravel/earth shoulders, cleaning of sidewalks, immediate response to calamities and planting, and maintenance of appropriate plants for slope protection and other uses.

“The Kalsada Natin Alagaan Natin is a successful program of President Arroyo because one of the objectives of the program is to generate jobs and we have successfully implemented and achieved well the program’s goals and targets,” Director Asis concluded. (PIA)

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060112.htm&no=22

299 new bridges built in 2005 under PBP • (1345 bytes)
Posted: 1/20/2006 • 07:48 GMT+8

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299 new bridges built in 2005 under PBP


Quezon City (19 January) -- The President's Bridge Program (PBP), a major national infrastructure initiative, capped 2005 with the completion of 299 new bridges, the most in a single year since the program was first conceived 11 years ago.

Over 1,500 bridges have been completed under the PBP since it first started under the Office of the President. Its implementation was later transferred to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) which saw the quick completion o 1,128 bridges from then up to December 15,2005.

DPWH records show that in the period between 2001 and 2005- under President Arroyo was when 945 of these bridges were completed.

DPWH statistics likewise showed that as of December 15,2005, there were 110 more bridges nearing completion.

The nationwide bridge fund building program is part of the national infrastructure program of road networks designed to spur trade and economic progress in the most remote and poorest areas of the country by providing links with urbanized and progressive areas.

The PBP fasttracks the Philippine Government's bridge building requirement which totals over 150,000 nationwide as stated in the country's Medium Term Development Program. (Beat The Odds Infobits)

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060119.htm&no=41

"Tulay ng Pangulo" project among Maasin’s top stories for 2005 • (2273 bytes)
Posted: 1/29/2006 • 05:15 GMT+8

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"Tulay ng Pangulo" project among Maasin’s top stories for 2005
By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY (23 January) -- As far as the presiding officer of the this city’s legislative body is concerned, the implementation of the President’s Bridge Program (Tulay ng Pangulo) has been counted as among the major accomplishments of the city government in 2005.

“President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo gave the bridges, along with similar projects given to municipalities, cities, and provinces nationwide. Mayor Damian Mercado made a constant follow-up on this and so we were able to get our share,” Vice-Mayor Maloney Samaco said in a Cable TV talk show “KAABAG” where he was the guest.

Another highlight for the year just passed included the repair and maintenance of the city’s road network, and the functional operation of the new bus and jeepney terminal which President Arroyo inaugurated on August 10 last year as part of the city’s fifth Charter Day celebration.

Samaco said there were four “Tulay ng Pangulo” projects programmed for the city, in which two had been completed, one is ongoing, and another one is slated to be constructed sooner or later.

“There were four given or intended for Maasin. The Malapoc Sur-Bactul II had been completed, then the one connecting Tawid and Libhu was also finished. As of now, work on the second Canturing bridge is underway, and the fourth, to connect Bogo and its sitio Gotosan, would be started sooner,” the Vice Mayor said.

Malapoc Sur, Bactul II, Tawid, and Libhu are interior barangays, including barangay Bogo, and a bridge to link these areas has been a felt need of the residents there for many years.

The second Canturing bridge, meanwhile, is widely seen as an alternate route everytime a parade for the July 1 annual provincial anniversary snags the flow of traffic to a standstill.

Samaco also mentioned that the city’s executive and legislative branches have been strongly united ever since for the pursuit of the common good and in attaining a holistic development for the city and its people, the executive implementing key program of action while the City Council provided the much-needed appropriation or fund support. (PIA-Southern Leyte)

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060123.htm&no=54

re:“Kalsada Natin” generates 1,367 employment - DPWH VI • (388 bytes)
Posted: 1/30/2006 • 10:01 GMT+8

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maganda nga san kung di pagmumulan ng korapsyon at di pagmumulan ng pagpasok lamang ng mga taongmay koneksyon s gobyerno e yung s dpwh s 1st Q.C. ang mga pinapasok mga kababaihan n walng ginawa kundi tumambay s opisina at magpacute e pano sasabihing tagumpay dapay magtrabaho cla d yung pinasok k ng pulis at uupo k lang dun at magaantay ng sahod ang kapal nila kya naghihirap ang bansa


re:DPWH Programs/News • (758 bytes)
Posted: 1/30/2006 • 10:07 GMT+8

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bakit puro proyekto bakit di muna natin ayusin katiwalian bakit di nyo obserbahan ang katiwalian ni District Engineer Pacifico C. Berin ng 1st Engineering district ng Nueva Ecija???? kinukurakot nya pera ng bayan aside s mga SOP galing s contractor di pa nakuntentento nagpapasok p ng mga ghost employee na nagtratrabaho sa farm nya at mga pamangkin nya.... nagkukurakot pa ng diesel drum drum na diesel inuuwi ng driver nya para gamitin ng pamilya nya at pamangkin kung susundan nga sasakyan nila di sila nagkakarga ng diesel kc nakaimbak na sa farm at bahay nya sa Q.C. ang pera ng bayan ginagamit nya sa mga luho sa sabong sa pagbili ng milyon milyon halaga ng manok at 5 beses na pagsasabong 1 linggo na di bababa ng 200 thousand 1 araw pinapatalo nila..

Halsema Highway rehab nears completion • (4819 bytes)
Posted: 2/3/2006 • 13:23 GMT+8

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Halsema Highway rehab nears completion


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (30 January) -- The Halsema Highway Rehabilitation Project is targeted for completion come February 20, 2006 as the project contractor sought extension from the Department of Public Works and Highways Central Office,

In a meeting of the Halsema Highway Support Task Force held last week, Daewoo Engineering and Construction Company Project Manager In Kyu Kang revealed that their office were only given until February 20 to finish the project which was lately extended January 28.

As of January 20, Project Management Office - International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (PMO-IBRD) Assistant Project Director and the concurrent Project Manager of the Halsema Highway Rehab Project Engr. Constante Llanes, Jr. reported a substantial accomplishment which is 97.95 percent against the scheduled 98.98 percent with a negative 1.03 percent slippage.

When BCEOM French consulting firm represented by Claude Allouche's term expired last November 30, 2005, PMO-IBRD took over the cudgels.

The physical accomplishment is based on the supplemental agreement number 2 (SA No. 2) which in effect were the realigned items of work identified as variations of the original work contract.

Included in SA No. 2 were the critical sections of the Halsema Highway otherwise known as the Mountain Trail which is the reason for the extension of the project.

The HHSTF resolution requesting for the approval of SA No. 2 was fully acted upon last December 27, 2005. Pending its approval, the contractor pursued with the remaining works to be done in order to catch up with the extension.

Among the critical sections being undertaken were along Caponga or kilometer 263 + 840, Cagui-ing or Km 271 + 900, Highest Point or Km 300 + 900, Pakpakitan or Km 314 +160, and Pilando Saddle or Km 323 + 000.

Not included under SA No. 2 were the Ambassador and Sinipsip sections which will be undertaken by the regional office as earlier reported.

Moreover, La Trinidad Mayor Nestor Fongwan requested a final inspection of respective mayors whose municipalities were affected before the final turn-over of the project.

On the issue of the sustainability of the project raised by Fongwan, it was learned from the DPWH that there is no such allotment from their office. OIC Benguet Engineering District II Engr. Alexander Castaneda said there is a one year liability period or warranty period after project completion adding that the yearly maintenance appropriated covers only routine undertakings.

Admitting that there should be sustainability of the program, Llanes said such funds usually come from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) of the Congressman.

Dr. Julie Cabato of the Shountog Foundation, a task force member representing the non-government organization stressed the importance of the proposed environmental management plan on the sustainability of the Halsema considering that it is a very fragile project. The HHSTF last year through a resolution pushed for the need of an environmental management plan.

Llanes said that the internal and external management office of the Environmental Social Services Office of the DPWH-CO is the right group to respond to such issues on the environment aspect of the project carried out prior to and after the implementation period.

Cabato pointed out that it should not only be DPWH who should be involved on the project's environment aspect but also locals. "We should like to change the attitude of the people. How to do this is to involve everybody affected such as the indigenous peoples."

"When can the Philippine government recover. We cannot afford to borrow and borrow money... It is not about the P500,000.00 budget we are up to," Cabato said implying the urgency of the proposed environment management plan.

Moreover, Governor Borromeo Melchor also called on local chief executives for their police forces on the routine inspection along highways especially during night time to prevent the destruction and stealing of roadsigns and markings and other government properties as well as construction materials.

As observed Castaneda said the unscrupulous activities take place around 1:00 in the morning. Catch eyes, which serve as reflectors at the middle of the highway, were forcibly removed particularly along Pilando Saddle, he added. The catch eyes cost around P4,000 to P5,000 each.

It was reported also that along Caponga, Tublay, two people were apprehended who were caught in the act stealing catch eyes. Acknowledging the efforts of Tublay, Castaneda said cases like these should be reported to their office as they are the proper authority to act on such matter. (PIA)

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060130.htm&no=32

Rehabilitation of major roads in Sorsogon underway • (1631 bytes)
Posted: 2/11/2006 • 09:14 GMT+8

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Rehabilitation of major roads in Sorsogon underway
by Marlon A. Loterte

Province of SORSOGON (February 1) —- District Engineer Gilbert Olfindo of DPWH Sub-District Engineering Office(SDEO) here has directed the maintenance engineering department to immediately carry out road rehabilitation in areas affected by flashfloods, slips and erosions due to torrential rains in the province last December.

SDEO information officer Ma. Lorena Uy revealed that “the increment weather condition had brought a major devastation in the infrastructure, primarily roads and bridges along Maharlika Highway in the second congressional district, this province.”

“The occurrence of flashfloods, slips and erosions has caused the disruptions of flow of traffics in some parts of the stretch of major highways in the said area,” she added.

Olfindo has also ordered the same unit to expedite the road rehabilitation utilizing the SDEO equipment.

The maintenance disaster crew, meanwhile, had also conducted several routine maintenance inspections to make sure that all roads are passable to traffic at all times.

The damage to infrastructure was estimated at P25 million while the rehabilitation may take years.

The district engineer said, however, that his office is determined to ensure the safety of the general public with the relentless efforts of the hardworking personnel of the SDEO clearing and rehabilitating the major roads in the province.

The road recovery is tough but the SDEO will slowly yet surely overcome it, Olfindo pointed out. (PIA Sorsogon)

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060201.htm&no=14

Two "Tulay ng Pangulo" bridges built in South Cotabato • (2650 bytes)
Posted: 2/11/2006 • 10:29 GMT+8

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Two "Tulay ng Pangulo" bridges built in South Cotabato
by EB dela Cruz

Koronadal City (2 February) -- Residents of Puroks Sunflower A and B and Riverside and Sitios of Kolon Datal, Nabol, Blaan, Lambato and Datalta of Lampitak, Tampakan, South Cotabato enjoys the ease and comfort in transporting agricultural products and do their economic activities and in going to school and market after a "Tulay ng Pangulo" were finished just recently.

People in this remote areas were very thankful to the government especially to the program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the "Tulay ng Pangulo" for the two bridges constructed in their barangay. These bridges connect barangay Lampitak to the different Puroks and Sitios above with graveled roads for easy transporting of goods and going in and out of residents to urban areas.

The Lampitak I steel bridge, a quick-bridge type connects Sitio Kolon Datal and Purok Riverside and Sunflower A to Barangay Lampitak and have an estimated length of 15 meters with an estimated cost of P3 million while, Lampitak II steel bridge is a compact 200 type bridge connecting Barangay Lampitak to Purok Riverside, Sunflower B and Sitios of Nabol, Blaan, Lambato and Datalta, with an estimated length of 39 meters costing to an about P7.8 million.

"That the construction of bridges in our barangay helps a lot to the residents, especially farmers, students and pupil. All of these I thanks the government for heeding our request and answer people agony".

"When rainy season comes farmers pay a lots for transporting agricultural goods and sometimes their products get rots because they can not pass through the creek of heavy current. Students and pupils can not go to schools because they are afraid that they might get drowned in crossing these creek".

These was bared by Barangay Captain Celestino P. Eridiano during conduct of Community Outreach Program or Hinun anon sa Barangay and thanks the Provincial Government through the able leadership of Governor Daisy Avance-Fuentes and other government agencies for selecting its barangay as a venue for outreach program.

These social services helps a lot a marginalized residents wherein free medical, dental, operation "tule" food and relief assistance, PHILHEALTH and SSS enrollment, legal and RH counseling and other services.

The residents are thankful and hoping that not only this program would reach them, but those projects that would help alleviates their way of life through modern technology, education, more jobs, economic upliftment and infrastructures. (PIA 12)

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060202.htm&no=25

Five "President's Bridges" rise in NegOr • (3730 bytes)
Posted: 2/12/2006 • 12:06 GMT+8

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Five "President's Bridges" rise in NegOr
by Rachelle Nessia

Dumaguete City (6 February) -- Five more bridges in various local government units have been put up in Negros Oriental last year as a result of the President's Bridge Program.

According to Engr. Pedro Tuble, chief of the DPWH maintenance division here, the bridges are, namely: Amio Bridge and Inobongan Bridge in Sta. Catalina; Tinago Bridge in Dumaguete City; Kalabnugan Bridge in Sibulan; and Tabuc-tubig Bridge in Tanjay City.

Tuble said construction of Kalabnugan, Tabuc-Tubig and Tinago bridges are still ongoing. The two bridges in Sta. Catalina have already been completed.

Based on records from the Provincial Engineer's Office, the total provincial counterpart for the said bridges is approximately P33.5 million.

Two more bridges under the program are still to start construction - the Balugo-Banwagi Bridge in Guihulngan and Lacaon-Mahanlod Bridge in Jimalalud.

The President's Bridge Program is a major national infrastructure initiative which is part of the national infrastructure program of road networks designed to spur trade and economic progress in the most remote and poorest areas of the country.

One of the resounding success stories under the President's Bridge Program has been the three bridges constructed in Valencia, Negros Oriental.

According to Des Tilos, Valencia Information Officer, the Arroyo administration has poured in P5M for the repair and construction of three bridges in Valencia.

The old bridges - namely Balogo Bridge, Guinsayao Bridge and Isugan Bridge- have either collapsed or in a dilapidated state and were all made of wood.

Funds from the national government coursed through the bridge program have paved the way for the repair and construction of these bridges. Tilos said the new Balogo bridge is now a one-lane bridge connecting the Palinpinon-Balogo road, while Guinsayao and Isugan bridges- used to be one-lane wooden bridges- are now two-lane bridges connecting the Valencia-Bacong road.

No less than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was on hand to witness the inauguration of Balogo bridge in 2003.

Tilos said the number of motor vehicles passing through the said areas have increased since the bridges were constructed. It has also been good for local trade as vegetable products and other crops are now easily transported to and from Valencia because of the bridges, adds Tilos.

And due to the increased accessibility, residents in these areas have grown in number.

Tilos said Valencia Mayor Rodolfo Gonzalez Jr. have expressed his appreciation to the President as the mayor have noted that the economic activities in the town has flourished following the repair and construction of the bridges.

The nationwide bridge fund-building program capped 2005 with the completion of 299 new bridges nationwide, the most in a single year since the program was first conceived 11 years ago.

Over 1,500 bridges have been completed under the PBP since it first started under the Office of the President. Its implementation was later transferred to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) which saw the quick completion of 1,128 bridges from then up to December 15, 2005.

DPWH records show that in the period between 2001-2005 under President Arroyo was when 945 of these bridges were completed.

DPWH statistics likewise show that as of December 15, 2005 there were 110 more bridges nearing completion.

The PBP fast tracks the Philippine Government's bridge building requirement that totals over 150,000 nationwide as stated in the country's medium term development program. (PIA

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060206.htm&no=3

Kayapa bridge opens to public • (1536 bytes)
Posted: 2/13/2006 • 04:02 GMT+8

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Kayapa bridge opens to public
By Jina Shirley G. Dacmay

LAGAWE, Ifugao (6 February) -- Commuters of Hingyon can now safely traverse the Kayapa bridge which was recently completed under the Tulay ng Pangulo program.

The Tulay ng Pangulo is a program of the national government to improve the transport system of the area.

According to Engr. Judith W. Binwag, Head Construction Division DPWH-Ifugao, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was forged between the Hingyon Municipality and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) relative to the implementation of the project.

The DPWH earmarked the amount of Php1million for materials while the Local Government Unit's counterpart amounting to P200,000.00 was used for the abutment and labor.

This project will benefit foremost small farmers in transporting agricultural inputs and produce and businessmen in transacting their business en route to Barangay Piwong and to the center of commerce in Lagawe.

Dolores Buhong, a teacher from the Hingyon National High School Annex who commutes everyday said students especially would be more convenient for them as they are spared from walking barely into the muddy route.

Furthermore, the Tupaya bridge in Lamut is being constructed. This will link the different barangays of Ayangan or the Bah-elna side in Lagawe and will serve as another route going to the towns of Aguinaldo, Mayoyao and Alfonso Lista all in Ifugao without passing thru Isabela. (PIA)

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060206.htm&no=17

PGMA allots P500 million for Andaya Highway, Caramoan-Presentacion road • (2200 bytes)
Posted: 2/17/2006 • 06:22 GMT+8

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PGMA allots P500 million for Andaya Highway, Caramoan-Presentacion road
by LS Macat@ngay

DEL GALLEGO, Camarines Sur (8 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered the release of P500 million for the rehabilitation of the dilapidated Andaya Highway ,a major part of the Philippine Nautical Highway.

"This is a very, very heavy duty road, a major part of the Nautical Highway. The products from Mindanao and Visayas pass through here. So, we really have to upgrade it," the President said.

The President, flew here on Thursday to oversee the status of road improvements being undertaken on a four-kilometer portion of the Andaya Highway (formerly Quirino Highway) in Barangay Magais this town.

The President said that the infrastructure upgrade will include the concreting and asphalt overlay which covers roughly 60.4 kilometers beginning from the boundary of Tagkawayan, Quezon to Del Gallego, Camarines Sur down to Tara, Sipocot town.

She added that any leftover amount from the rehabilitation of the Andaya Highway will go to the rehabilitation of the Caramoan-Presentacion Road located in the 3rd District of Camarines Sur.

The President said she included the Caramoan-Presentacion Road in the rehabilitation plan of the Andaya Highway "to help the people of Camarines Sur."

The President was accompanied by Del Gallego Mayor Bayani Veluz, Department of Public Works and Highways Bicol regional director Orlando Roces, Camarines Sur Governor Luis Raymond Villafuerte Jr., and Camarines Sur 1st Dist. Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr.

She was briefed on the status of the Andaya Highway whose condition has grown from bad to worse over the years.

Potholes and cracks now adorn the stretch of the highway and have been growing in size and number due to the volume of big vehicles such as 10-wheel trucks and passenger buses that pass through highway to get to Metro-Manila and vice versa.

According to Roces, the Andaya Highway is the preferred route of motorists because it shortens travel time to and from Manila by some two hours over the route passing through Camarines Norte. (PIA Cams. Sur)

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060208.htm&no=19

DPWH completes 23 roads to support nautical highway • (1647 bytes)
Posted: 2/20/2006 • 07:24 GMT+8

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DPWH completes 23 roads to support nautical highway


Quezon City (9 February) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported the implementation of 23 major road projects for 2005, in support of the Strong Republic Nautical Highway Program of President Arroyo and to interconnect the country's three main islands through the Roll On, Roll Off (RoRo) System.

Based on the 2005 DPWH Accomplishment report, seven road improvement works were undertaken in the Western Nautical Highway, 12 in the Central Nautical Highway, and four in the Eastern Nautical Highway sectors.

To assure the immediate completion of all the projects included in the program, Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. directed all regional and project directors to strictly monitor the implementation of these projects to assure the quality of work.

"These nautical highways does not only reduce the transport cost but also enhance public access to tourism areas throughout the country and serve as alternate route for the flow of agricultural products," said Ebdane.

The Ro-Ro system was introduced in 2003 by the Arroyo administration to provide easy transport of commuters, agricultural products and services from Mindanao to Visayas and Luzon and vice versa.

Upon completion, the Nautical Highway will reduce travel time by 10 to 12 hours, and decrease transport cost by 37 to 43 percent for passengers and 24 to 34 percent for cargo.

Reduced travel time will also mean improved delivery of supplies and products for business. (Beat The Odds Infobits)

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060209.htm&no=21

1,445 workers benefit from DPWH “Food for Work” monthly • (2558 bytes)
Posted: 2/20/2006 • 07:29 GMT+8

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1,445 workers benefit from DPWH “Food for Work” monthly
by T. Villavert

Iloilo City (9 February) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways, Region VI reported that 1,445 persons per month in Western Visayas have gained employment from the “Food For Work” program from August to October 2005.

DPWH VI Director Rolando M. Asis said that “Food For Work” program is the new name of the Kalsada Natin Alagaan Natin launched in January 2004 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo with the objective of generating more jobs in the countryside, and had employed 1,367 laborers per month from January 2004 to July 2005.

Director Asis who was guest of the PIA-CATV program said that the same mechanics of the Kalsada Natin program is being followed in the roadside maintenance of national roads sourced from the Motor Vehicle Users Charge funds established by Republic Act 8794.

“From August 2005 to October 2005, some P69,728,000.00 was allocated in the maintenance of the 2,847.29 kilometers of national roads under the fifteen engineering districts in Western Visayas”, Director Asis said.

Director Asis said that several workers have been employed because each month different set of workers are recruited.

In the January 2004 implementation of the Kalsada Natin, Alagaan Nation program there were four workers, three males and one female were hired for every kilometer of the roadside maintenance project, but in the second part of the implementation which is already known as “Food for work” program, the number of workers were reduced to only one laborer for every kilometer due to limited funds, Asis said.

The hired workers augment the regular force of the maintenance crew of the concerned engineering district.

The work includes vegetation control, distance mowing and clearing, de-silting/de-clogging of drainage structures, manual patching of unpaved shoulders, clearing of obstructions along the road right-of-way, manual reshaping of gravel/earth shoulders, cleaning of sidewalks, immediate response to calamities and planting, and maintenance of appropriate plants for slope protection and other uses.

When asked if the “Food for Work” will continue all year round of 2006, Director Asis said that it will depend on the availability of funds for Kalsada Natin, Alagaan Natin program.

“We hope that the program will be continued because it has really contributed to the job generation program of the national government,” Director Asis concluded. (PIA)

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060209.htm&no=28

Another 'Tulay ng Pangulo' set for construction in Negros • (1188 bytes)
Posted: 3/25/2006 • 05:47 GMT+8

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Another 'Tulay ng Pangulo' set for construction in Negros


Bacolod City (3 March) -- A 19 million steel-bridge is set for construction in Kabankalan city after its ground breaking recently.

The 120-meter bridge will connect three barangays to the poblacion of the city crossing the Ilog river. The bridge will link Barangay Camugao, 8 and 9 to the city proper.

This is a joint project of the city of Kabankalan and the President's Bridge Program dubbed as "Tulay ng Pangulo".

According DPWH Secretary Jun Ebdane the construction of more bridges in the countryside, dubbed as President's Bridge program, is considered one of the flagship projects of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. A great number of bridges are being constructed or replaced using a modular steel bridging technology.

At present, the fastest way to reach the poblacion is by crossing the river through a rented boat. With the construction of the bridge, it creates socioeconomic opportunities by facilitating the flow of good services.

Ebdane added that the lack of bridges in the hinterlands or remote areas delays development. (PIA/EAD)

http://www.pia.gov.ph/news.asp?fi=p060303.htm&no=24

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Posted: 7/6/2006 • 16:21 GMT+8

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Hi, I heard of the ongoing projects by DPWH called "1.Study on Risk Management for Sediment-related Disaster on Selected National Highways and 2. The Nationwide Flood Risk and the Flood Mitigation Plan for the Selected Areas in teh Republic of the Philippines". Are they IT-related projects? If they are, what are the local and private IT firms that develop the Systems?

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