Binondo-Intramuros Bridge set to open in Q1 2022 — DPWH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 2, 2021   •   654

MANILA, Philippines — The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project is set to open in 2022, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, in a statement, assured that the installation of fabricated precast concrete slab panels is nearing its completion.

Of the 135 bored piles for abutments, piers, and ramps, 114 were already completed with the remaining 21 mostly at the Estero De Binondo area.

However, the DPWH reported that the presence of powerlines and other utilities along Estero de Binondo at the north approach bridge posed serious challenges in the tight schedule to complete the new bridge.

DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil Sadain said that the P3.39 billion project is about 77% complete.

He added that they are following up their request with Meralco to move or relocate distribution poles and overhead high tension lines that pose serious safety concerns in the ongoing construction of ramps in the Binondo and Intramuros area.

The construction of the 680 lineal meter basket-handle tied steel arch bridge connecting Intramuros (at Solana Street and Riverside Drive) and Binondo (at San Fernando Bridge) with a viaduct structure over Estero de Binondo is financed by a China Aid Grant.

Although the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the job site activity, the DPWH and contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation is taking proactive and preventive measures for workers in accordance with the construction health and safety guidelines amid the coronavirus disease threat, the department further said. AAC

Fully vaxxed people visiting Intramuros to get incentives – DOT

Robie de Guzman   •   November 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) on Friday announced it will be granting incentives for fully vaccinated individuals who will visit the tourist site Walled City of Intramuros in Manila.

In a statement, the DOT said the move is part of its efforts to support the country’s vaccination program and to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 jabs.

“From November 15 to 30, 2021, individuals who have completed their vaccination within the same period may enter Fort Santiago free of charge,” the DOT said.

“During this period, fully vaccinated individuals visiting Fort Santiago and Baluarte San Diego will receive free Beep cards, with a cap of 50 guests per day,” it added.

Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat hopes that the move will encourage more people to receive their shots, adding that incentives and loosening restrictions for the fully vaccinated will help facilitate travel and help tourism destinations and businesses bounce back faster.

“The Department is doing whatever it can to aid the government’s vaccination program. Granting incentives is one way to encourage the undecided to oblige in this nationwide effort,” Puyat said.

To avail of the incentives, the DOT said guests must present their vaccination card or certificate (with indicative dates) at the entrance gates.

However, the DOT clarified that those who have not yet completed their vaccination may still enter both Fort Santiago and Baluarte San Diego by paying the P75 entrance fee for regular visitors, and P50 for discounted eligible visitors such as seniors, students and PWDs.

As early as September 14, the DOT announced that 100 percent of IA workers, including its outsourced security and janitorial staff, have been fully vaccinated.

Maynilad defers pipe realignment activity, reschedules water service interruption

Maris Federez   •   October 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines —  Maynilad Water Services Incorporated (Maynilad) will defer its scheduled pipe realignment activity along Sobriedad Street corner Cristobal Street in Manila that was initially set for October 25 to 28.

The new time frame for the pipe realignment activity is from October 29 to November 1.

Maynilad said the pipe realignment activity is in preparation for the flood control project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The water concessionaire said that the setting of new schedule was prompted by requests from residents in areas in Manila and Cavite that will be affected by the water service interruption as a result of the said activity.

Affected residents have requested that they be given more time to store enough water and prepare for the service interruption.

“Kami ay nakipag-ugnayan sa DPWH at MWSS ukol sa nasabing mga request, at napagdesisyunan na iurong ng bahagya ang implementasyon nito,” Maynilad said.

Maynilad added that except for the schedule, affected areas of the water service interruption remain the same.

For complete list of schedule of water service interruption, click here. —/mbmf

DPWH to conduct road reblocking until October 25

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will conduct road reblocking in some areas in Metro Manila from October 22 to October 25.

The DPWH will begin its weekend road reblocking at 11:00 p.m. on October 22 until 5:00 a.m. of October 25.

The following areas will be closed:

1. España Boulevard (from Extramadura St. to M. Dela Fuente St.)

2. C.P Garcia Francisco St. to Aguinaldo St. (2nd lane from sidewalk)

3. EDSA Tramo Flyover Aurora Blvd. (Tramo Off Ramp), Pasay City

4. EDSA Quezon City before Anapolis to before Boni Serrano flyover Northbound (2nd lane from sidewalk)

Motorists are advised to take alternate routes to avoid inconvenience. AAC

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