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All national roads and bridges affected by quake now open to the public—DPWH

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2019

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on Thursday (April 25) that all national roads and bridges affected by the 6.1 magnitude earthquake are now open to the public.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that their Quick Response Teams were deployed to “undertake structural assessment and ensure safety of national roads and public buildings in Regions III, IV-A, National Capital Region, Eastern Visayas, Surigao del Norte, Davao Occidental, and Davao Oriental.”

“As early as Wednesday afternoon, we were able to repair and open Consuelo Bridge in Floridablanca, Pampanga to light vehicles. Assessments of other infrastructure are also being conducted in the entire Central Luzon,” said Secretary Villar.

The department also opened East Lateral Mega Dike in Bacolor and the Sasmuan-Lubao Road.

However, the lane in front of Emilio Aguinaldo College (EAC) on UN Avenue, Manila is still cordoned off to one (1) lane. This is to avoid any possible accidents or impact due to the leaning building.

The DPWH has conducted inspection on 275 national bridges, flyovers, and viaducts, 452 school buildings, and 142 other public buildings in NCR.

Among the schools they inspected, three school buildings in Metro Manila were recommended for immediate structural evaluation.

“We are working closely with other national government agencies and stakeholders to ensure that our disaster preparedness, response, and rehabilitation programs are efficient,” Villar.—Aileen Cerrudo

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5.5 magnitude quake jolts Surigao del Sur

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Saturday, July 13th, 2019

A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted Surigao del Sur and its neighboring provinces early morning Saturday, July 13.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the earthquake, recorded at 4:42 a.m., was tectonic in origin and had a depth of 5 kilometers.

The epicenter was located at 8 kilometers Northwest of Cortes town.

Intensity IV was recorded in Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental;
Intensity II in Cebu City and Borongan City; and Intensity I – Bislig City and Cagayan de Oro City.

Authorities are still searching thru the affected areas to estimate the total damage and casualties brought by the quake.

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Californians remain alert for earthquakes after two major ones in two days

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Courtesy: Reuters

Californians near the epicenter of Friday night’s 7.1-magnitude earthquake are staying cautious about more quakes as aftershocks continued in the following two days.

Friday’s earthquake was the largest to occur in California in nearly 20 years. This comes as the golden state had seen a 6.4-magnitude one on Thursday.

At the epicenter of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake — Searles Valley, cracks can be seen on surface of freeways. Underground water pipes were also damaged. In Trona, a nearby town with a population of 2,000 to 3,000, houses and buildings were damaged on different level.

The earthquake caused power outages and water cuts, which were still not fully recovered in some places after two days.

An earthquake shelter was established in the city of Ridgecrest 40 kilometers from Trona following the first earthquake.

Although Californians are no strangers to earthquakes, many are still anxious over the two strong shakes and choose to sleep in the shelter or inside their own vehicles at night.

“So this shelter has been set up by the America Red Cross of our partners that are helping us out here. It’s a evacuation shelter for individuals who have been displaced related to the earthquake that happened here in this area. We are providing food, shelter and information assistance and whatever we can provide for the community to help them to get through the current situation,” said Roy Vargas, leader of the shelter.

Vargas said although people are stressed, they are happy because the situation is getting better.

“Well, I think the general mood, of course, everyone is stressed, because of the situation that have happened. But overall, I think people are about is joy; they are happy because they are working towards getting better,” said Vargas.

Local police department warned residents to stay vigilant and advised every household to store three days of rations and batteries for flashlights in case of more severe quakes and relief supplies may take time to arrive. (REUTERS)

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Skyway Stage 3 Plaza Dilao Ramp to open in two weeks – DPWH

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The construction of Skyway Stage 3 project is in full swing and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) is targeting to accomplish at least 95 percent of the project before the end of 2019.

On Friday (July 5), DPWH Secretary Mark Villar arrived at the construction site in Buendia, Makati City to inspect the progress of the project.

Skyway Stage 3 Project is an 18.68 kilometers-long elevated expressway composed of five sections:

  • Section 1 – Buendia Avenue, Makati City to President Quirino Avenue, Manila City;
  • Section 2A – Pres. Quirino Avenue Manila to Tomas Claudio Street, Manila;
  • Section 2B – Tomas Claudio Street, Manila to Aurora Boulevard, Manila;
  • Section 3 – Aurora Boulevard, Manila to Quezon Avenue, Quezon City;
  • Section 4 – Quezon Avenue, Quezon City to A. Bonifacio Avenue, Quezon City
  • Section 5 – A. Bonifacio, Quezon City to NLEX

The project has eight access ramps or interchanges:

  • Buendia Avenue, (South Super Highway, Makati City)
  • Pres. Quirino Avenue (Malate, Manila)
  • Plaza Dilao (Paco, Manila)
  • Nagtahan/Aurora Boulevard (Manila)
  • E. Rodriguez Avenue (Quezon City)
  • Quezon Avenue (Quezon City)
  • Sgt. Rivera Street (Quezon City)
  • North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)

The project aims to reduce the usual two-hour travel time from Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City to about 15 to 20 minutes.

Secretary Villar ensured that the skyway is resilient to environmental hazards and can withstand the strongest earthquakes.

“This is seismic rated and it was constructed with that in mind for a seismic event and ang project namin diyan up to 8 kaya niyang mag withstand (we project it could withstand up to magnitude 8),” he said.

During his visit, Villar also announced that the opening of the first exit ramp at Plaza Dilao, in Paco, Manila is set within the next two weeks.

The DPWH said motorists will enjoy a month-long toll-free journey through the exit ramp while the Toll Regulatory Board is still discussing the exact amount of the regular toll.

Skyway Stage 3 project is among the major road projects prioritized by the DPWH.

“Confident naman kami na (We are confident that it is) substantially completed, which is, meaning around 95 percent of the project will be completed before the end of the year,” Villar noted.

“May konting area na lang na kailangang tapusin pero nakuha na namin yung right of way kaya tuloy tuloy na yung construction (There are a few areas still for completion and we already obtained the right of way so the construction is ongoing),” he added.

This project is one of the government’s solution to decongest traffic in Metro Manila and to accomplish President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise of 5-minute travel time from EDSA-Cubao to Makati Area by December. – with reports from Joan Nano

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