Construction of CALAEX Cavite segment begins

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 28, 2019   •   2046

The Cavite segment construction of Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAEX)
broke ground on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

It will connect Cavite Expressway to South Luzon Expressway in Mamplasan, Laguna.

According to Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar, its completion will benefit around 50,000 motorists travelling from Cavite to Laguna.

“Well ang mangyayari dito ang connection niya from CAVITEX to SLEX, so just 45 minutes ang mawawala sa biyahe, (What is going to be built here is the connection from CAVITEX to SLEX which will reduce travel time by 45 minutes),” he said.t

The 45 kilometer CALAEX will begin in Kawit, Cavite and end in Mamplasan, Laguna. It will have four lanes and will be installed with modern equipment including automatic license plate recognition system, and improved Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system.

It will also include I.P-based speed detection cameras, HD CCTv cameras, and weight in motion sensors that can detect overloaded vehicles.

During the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, secretary Villar said the construction is also a part of the 1,000-km high-speed expressway set to be finished under the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Kung ang biyahe po dati from north to south from Ilocos to Bicol siguro aabot po tayo ng 18 to 19 hours. Kapag natapos po ang Luzon Spine Expressway Network, 9 hours nalang po ang biyahe from north to south, (If travel time from north to south, from Ilocos to Bicol, will take 18 to 19 hours, once the Luzon Spine Expressway Network will be finished, it will only take 9 hours from north to south) Villar said.

Meanwhile, Cavite governor, Jesus Crispin Remulla said that aside from lighter traffic, the construction will also help with the economy of the province.

“Kapag maganda ang transport maganda ang infrustructure (Good transport means good infrastructure) it just attracts everything and everybody,” he said.

The said expressway cost about P12 billion and it is estimated to open to motorists by 2022.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Benedict Samson)

MGen. Magaway released from hospital months after helicopter crash

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Former PNP Directorate for Intelligence Major General Mariel Magaway finally returned home after months of being confined at the Asian Hospital since he figured in a helicopter crash in March. 

This was confirmed by Deputy Chief for Administration Police Lt. Gen. Camilo Cascolan who was there when Magaway was discharged on Thursday (May 21).

Cascolan said Magaway is in good shape and his memory remains sharp though he needs to go through physical therapy to improve his mobility.

“Two weeks to one month therapy kayang-kaya na niya yun,” he said. 

“Inaalalayan lang siya syempre kasi ikaw ba naman na more than two months [sa ospital] tapos masakit likod mo, may mga bali pa sa buto pero ok siya, ” he added.

General Magaway was among the eight passengers of the ill-fated Bell 429 that crashed at the PNP impounding area in San Pedro, Laguna minutes after taking off. 

Other passengers in the flight were PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa and his aide, PNP Spokesperson PBGen. Bernard Banac, two pilots and former Directorate for Comptrollership PMGen. Jovic Ramos who is still recovering in a hospital. MNP (with inputs from Lea Ylagan)

Cavite, Rizal governors ask IATF to allow motorcycle backriding for married, cohabiting couples

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2020

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MANILA, Philippines — Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla initiated an appeal to the Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 to allow motorcycle backriding particularly for married or cohabiting couples.

In his open letter addressed to Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Remulla explained that because of the impact of the outbreak on businesses, many companies couldn’t prioritize providing shuttle services for their employees, at least in Cavite, and mass transportation remains limited which adds to the burden of workers and employees going to and from workplaces.

He noted that while he agrees with the national government in implementing strict social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which prompted a ban on motorcycle backriding, he appealed that exemptions be given to married or cohabiting couples.

Ang nais ko pong idulog ay mapayagan ang backriding sa kaso ng mga mag-asawa at nagsasama (I ask that you allow backriding for married and cohabiting couples),” Remulla said given that married couples live under one roof and sleep on the same bed.

“Kung hinahayaan po natin silang sumakay sa de aircon na kotse, bakit hindi po sila maaring sumakay sa iisang motorsiklo? Kung pareho sila ng kamang tinutulugan, bakit hindi sila puwedeng magbyaheng magkasama? (If we allow them to ride an air-conditioned car, why not allow them on the same motorcycle? If they sleep on the same bed, why can’t they travel together?]” he argued.

The Cavite governor said the provincial government is willing to provide a ‘Couple’s Pass’ which married couples may support with a marriage certificate.

Meanwhile, Acting Rizal Governor Dr. Reynaldo San Juan Jr. also made a similar appeal in an open letter to the IATF.

Governor San Juan argued that since transportation is limited during the quarantine period, motorcycles are the “cheapest and fastest” way of getting to work or to a destination. 

He specifically noted the plight of women who are compelled to walk long distances just to get to work.

Dahil hindi pinayagan ng IATF ang backrider, napipilitang maglakad ang mga kababaihang asawa ng mga nagmo-motorcycle ng ilang oras para lamang makarating sa kanilang pinagkukunan ng kabuhayan, (Because IATF has banned backriding, the wives of motorcycle riders are forced to walk for several hours just to get to work)” San Juan said.

San Juan ascertained that they will enforce the necessary measures for the protection of the riders and the general public should the IATF grant his appeal.

These include the strict implementation of wearing masks, presentation of proper identification cards, travel pass and marriage certificate to make sure that the proposed policy will not be abused or taken advantage of.

Gov. Remulla orders closure of Cavite malls failing to ensure social distancing measures

Robie de Guzman   •   May 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla on Monday said he has ordered the temporary closure of all shopping malls in the province for failing to comply with social distancing protocols.

“LAHAT NG MALL SA CAVITE ay panandalian SARADO dahil sa kanilang pakawalang bisa ng social distancing. Sa labas ng mall bago magbukas; sa luob ng mall habang operations; Wala po nakitang pinasusunod na patakaran ukol sa social distancing. Kung akala ng lahat ay kung pati sa mall ay PNP pa rin ay para na rin ninyo sinabi na kalimutan na ang ibang trabaho at sitahin na lang ang nasa mall,” Remulla said in his Facebook post.

The governor said that even supermarkets and drug stores inside malls will also be temporarily shuttered until plans on strict social distancing measures are presented and implemented.

Remulla made the announcement just two days after the community quarantine restrictions were eased in the province.

Cavite, a province near Metro Manila with a population of almost 4 million people, was placed under an enhanced community quarantine since March and shifted to general community quarantine (GCQ) starting May 16.

Under GCQ, establishments offering essential goods and services are allowed to reopen with reduced workforce and operations, provided that safety and health measures are in place.

Under the set-up, only one person per household is allowed to go out to get necessities and do other essential errands. They are required to quarantine pass and other necessary documents to be presented at control points.

Remulla said that these rules were broken when customers trooped to the malls that resumed operations over the weekend.

He also called out residents whom he said abused their quarantine passes and work permits to go mall strolling and conduct other non-essential activities.

The governor pointed out that in a span of four days, from May 13 to 17, the province recorded 36 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total to 275.

“Akala ninyo ang GCQ ay FREEDOM PASS. Akala ninyo na ang pag bawas ng checkpoint ay pwede na ipagbaliwala ang mga pass para maka labas ng bahay. Akala ninyo na ang work ID ay lakwatsya pass. Ito ngayon ang aking patakaran,” he said.

He said all mayors in the province endorsed the Executive Order he signed on Sunday night, May 17, ordering the temporary closure of malls until they are able to present plans on ensuring physical distancing measures.

He warned to cancel the privilege of those abusing their work permits, as well as those using their work IDs even if they were not on duty.

“Isa po na paki-usap sa may company ID. Huwag ninyo abushin ang sistema,” he said.

“Sa araw ng inyong trabaho ay kumuha ng certificate of duty mula sa HR. May palugit kami ng 1 hour before and 1.5 hours later para kayo ay maka pasok at maka uwi. Pag wala sa araw at oras ng duty ito ay bawal gamitin para gumala. Please stay at home” he added.

Remulla also appealed to his constituents to continue observing health protocols as he stressed that the province is still under community quarantine, even if it is in a more relaxed set-up.

“Marami sa inyo ang magagalit sa akin. Mas mabuti na galit kayo sa akin at wala kayong Covid kaysa natutuwa kayo sa akin at nadadagdagan ang may sakit,” he said.

“Pasensya na kayo, inabuso ang sistema at kailangan higpitan. Marami naman grocery at drug store sa inyong bayan. Duon muna Ang kailangan bilhin. MAGBUBUKAS RIN naman pag napakita ang plano ng operators ukol sa social distancing,” he added.

“Tandaan, Ang Q sa GCQ ay ‘Quarantine.’ Hinde pa po tapos ang sakuna,” he further stated.


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