C5 South Link segment to open on July 23 – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 20, 2019   •   3500

MANILA, Philippines – A segment of the C5 South Link Expressway is set to be opened for motorists next month, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Thursday.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the construction of Segment 3A-1 is currently being fast-tracked to meet the target date of opening on July 23.

The Segment 3A-1, which spans CP Garcia in Taguig City to Sucat in Parañaque City, is envisioned to decongest the East and West Service roads, as well as Sales Road.

Once the 2.2-kilometer segment opens, Villar said, this will help about 5,000 vehicles easily cross from Villamor in Pasay to Taguig via Fort Bonifacio in three minutes from the current 1.5 hours.

It will have three lanes and two interim toll plazas for both ends of the expressway. A toll of about P20 to P22 is expected once the new segment is opened.

The Segment 3A1 is part of the 7.7-kilometer South Link tollway stretch connecting C5 to Merville, Sucat and Cavite Expressway (Cavitex).

“Usually ‘yung mga taga-South kapag pupunta sa C5, iikot pa sila eh. It would take 45 minutes from R1, they have to pass through a portion of Edsa going to Taft iikot ka pa. Pero ngayon, diretso na ‘yung 7.7 kilometers. Ibig sabihin, siguro in 10 minutes you will be [able to traverse] from Coastal to C5,” Villar said.

The C5 South Link Expressway project is expected to reduce the number of vehicles along Edsa by 50,000. It is expected to be completed by year 2020. (with details from Benedict Samson)

More COVID-19 wards, ICU rooms at EAMC by end of August — DPWH

Marje Pelayo   •   August 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is working double time to complete the construction of additional wards and intensive care units (ICU) at the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Quezon City.

“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,” Secretary Mark Villar said.

Villar added that the facilities will be able to accommodate additional 250 patients.

The DOH tapped the DPWH to help expedite the construction of the facilities at EAMC to increase its bed capacity for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.

The additional wards are expected to be completed by August 17 while the enhancement of the third floor for ICU will be finished on September 15.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar confirms he has COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar on Wednesday confirmed that he contracted the viral disease.

“I regret to announce that today, July 15, I received my test result and it is positive for COVID-19,” Villar said on his Facebook page.

Villar made the announcement a day after was designated as the government’s isolation czar.

His additional task involves putting up more quarantine facilities across the country amid the continued rise in coronavirus infections.

DPWH eyes completion of offsite dormitories for QC medical frontliners by end of June

Robie de Guzman   •   June 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The construction of six cluster dormitories for medical frontline workers in Quezon City is expected to be completed by the end of June, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the dormitories, which are being built inside the Quezon Memorial Circle, will have 16 rooms with own toilet and bath with hot and cold water.

Each room for each dormitory cluster can accommodate 32 people or a total capacity of 192 people for six dormitories, he added.

The DPWH chief also said that the offsite dormitories are made of collapsible components fabricated to assemble 16 rooms, with spaces intended for living room, common dining, and laundry and kitchen areas.

Medical personnel of Quezon City-based hospitals such as National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Veterans Memorial Hospital, Childrens Hospital, V. Luna General Hospital, Quezon City General Hospital and other government hospitals in QC will benefit from the temporary shelter project.

Villar, together with Quezon City officials, inspected the ongoing construction of the dormitories last Friday, June 19.

The offsite dormitories were conceptualized by the DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Health Facilities headed by Undersecretary Emil Sadain to support the need for accommodation facilities of hospital workers on the front lines of caring for COVID-19 patients.

Operation of the dormitories after its completion by the DPWH will be undertaken by the local government unit.

This is in accordance with the memorandum of agreement signed by Villar and Quezon City Mayor Belmonte in putting up ‘We Heal as One Offsite Dormitory’ solely for use by doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working in hospitals within the jurisdiction of Quezon City who need space to rest between shifts.

When the structure is no longer needed, the DPWH said the temporary dormitories can be dismantled and removed on site.

The department said each of the components can be safely stored as part of its property for other related requirements such as temporary shelter during disaster/calamity response.

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