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Cimatu speaks up on alleged ‘flattening’ of a Boracay mountain

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu answers questions during an inspection in Boracay Island.

 

A video posted by an anonymous Boracay resident has gone viral for supposedly capturing an ongoing excavation that resulted in the flattening and deforestation of a mountain in Barangay Yapak.

This led residents to question the rehabilitation efforts of the government while some turned to social media to seek explanation for the leveling activities.

Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu issued a statement on Wednesday, May 16, to clarify speculations.

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READ: The Press Statement of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu                on the alleged flattening of a mountain in Boracay

“Facebook posts by netizens regarding the alleged flattening of a mountain near the eco-village multi-purpose gym in Boracay have reached my office.

“Like everyone else, we are also deeply bothered by such acts of total disregard of the government’s effort to rehabilitate Boracay.

“Reports from our field office indicated, however, that said flattening of mountain was conducted prior to the Boracay closure and has since been stopped.

“To be clear to all that we mean business in the enforcement of environmental laws, rules and regulations, I have ordered, with the concurrrence of the Boracay inter-agency task force, a total stoppage of all constructions of any kind effective immediately.

“I have also ordered a moratorium on the issuance of DENR permits, including but not limited to Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC), tree cutting permit, except those relating to on-going road widening project by DPWH, and other licenses.

“Certainly, we welcome feedback from the public. Your opinion and suggestions do matter to us.

“We are appealing to each and every one, however, that when you make any report or post anything online, these should be verified first so as not to cause any misunderstanding.”

 

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Extensive rehabilitation of MRT-3 begins in February

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, January 19th, 2019

Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3)

Extensive rehabilitation of MRT-3 by Sumitomo and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will begin in February.

Transportation Undersecretary Timothy John Batan said operations will continue despite ongoing repair works.

He added that the government intends to restore the mass rail transit system to its original operating condition and increase its ridership from the current 350,000 commuters to 550,000 daily.

The rehabilitation will cover the whole 16.9-kilometer line, 13 stations, 72 light rail vehicles and the MRT depot in North Avenue, Quezon City.

Sumitomo will be fixing the signaling system, power supply system, overhead catenary system and the communication system. — UNTV News and Rescue

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Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge rehab to resume on January 12

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge

MANILA, Philippines — Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will restart the closure of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge on January 12 for its rehabilitation.

The bridge connects Makati and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong.

The said bridge was previously closed for the rehabilitation.

However, it was made accessible to the motorists for two days to ease the holiday traffic.

DPWH is set to expand the two-lane way of the bridge into four.

The rehabilitation works is expected to end in 2021, so motorists are advised to take alternative routes.  — UNTV News & Rescue

 

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MRT-3 rehab to begin this month

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 4th, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Metro Rail Transit Line-3

MANILA, Philippines — Rehabilitation for Metro Rail Transit Line-3 is set to begin this month.

Included in the rehabilitation works are the overhauling of 72 light rail vehicles and repairs of rail track, power supply, signalling system, public address system and the stations’ CCTV.

Broken elevators and escalators are also set for restoration.

MRT management has ensured that the daily operations of 15 MRT trains will not be affected by the rehabilitation.

Suspension of train operations will be set on holidays if needed.

The rehabilitation will last for three years. — UNTV News & Rescue

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