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Construction of CALAEX Cavite segment begins

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, March 28th, 2019

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)

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DepEd assures to address Cavite faculty room issue

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Courtesy : FB_Maricel Herrera

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Wednesday assured it is taking measures to solve the issue on the faculty office at the Bacoor National High School in Cavite.

“The Department of Education is exerting all efforts to facilitate a solution acceptable to all officials and teachers in regard to the faculty room issue in Bacoor National High School-Molino Main,” DepEd said in a statement.

“Concrete steps have been undertaken to resolve any conflict, in the interest of orderly operations of the school,” it added.

The issue arose after a teacher posted a message on Facebook saying they are trying to transform a comfort room into a space for the faculty.

DepEd explained that the situation stemmed from the decision of the school to move to single-shift classes this school year.

It said this resulted in faculty rooms, which are intended originally as classrooms, needing to be converted back into additional classrooms to realize the policy.

The school has an enrollment of more than 7,000 learners.

To address the displacement of teachers from the faculty rooms, DepEd said the principal met with the teachers last May 27 and “offered the library, the guidance center, and the advisory classrooms to serve as temporary faculty rooms.”

“However, 11 of the school’s 236 teachers opted to convert a restroom into a faculty room. It must be emphasized that the use of restroom is the choice of the 11 teachers themselves who then complained about it in social media,” DepEd said.

To address the issue and similar concerns, DepEd said it has included in its 2020 budget request to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) the funding for an initial batch of such buildings that will have space for principal’s office, faculty room, guidance room, library, and school supplies and equipment storage in times of calamities.

DepEd also reminded its teachers and personnel that there are appropriate administrative procedures in addressing welfare concerns. 

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DepEd kicks off 2019 ‘Brigada Eskwela’ in Cavite

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2019

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday (May 16) launched the national kick-off and caravan of the 2019 Brigada Eskwela in Alfonso, Cavite.

With this year’s theme, “Matatag na Bayan Para sa Maunlad na Paaralan,” DepEd officials led the kick-off ceremony and caravan of the 16th “Brigada Eskwela” at the Alfonso Central School. They were joined by some teachers, students and parents for the cleaning of school chairs, desks and other facilities.

After a short program at the Alfonso Central School, DepEd officials next headed to the Pansin Elementary School in Barangay Lucsuhin Ibaba to conduct more cleaning and repair works.

“We, as a community can join our hands so that we can address the needs because if we con’t volunteer ourselves to be of service to others, it will be difficult for the schools to attain our goals,” said Odilon Ocampo, principal of Pansin Elementary School as he expressed his gratitude for the effort.

He also thanked DepEd for opening 24 new classrooms in their school that would help eliminate any need for scheduling shifting of classes.

“Brigada Eskwela” is the National Schools Maintenance Week devoted to preparing classrooms and other school facilities for the opening of the school year, which in 2019 to 2020, will begin on June 3.

READ: School opening stays on June 3 – DepEd

The “Brigada Eskwela” will run from May 20 to 25, according to DepEd memorandum no. 036.

DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito Umali reminded the public that students, as well as their parents, are not obliged to join the program for them to remain enrolled in a particular school.

Umali also emphasized that no fee shall be solicited from volunteers participating in the program.

“When there is Brigada Eskwela, collecting cash is prohibited. Obligating parents is prohibited. This must not be among the conditions for a student to remain enrolled,” he said. (with details from Benedict Samson)

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Maynilad to implement water interruption in several areas until May 14

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Maynilad will implement an emergency water interruption in several areas in Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, and Cavite from Tuesday (April 30) to May 14.

Residents in the affected areas might experience low pressure or no water supply.

Maynilad Spokesperson Jennifer Rufo said they need to clean their water treatment facility because of the increase in algae coming from the Laguna Lake. They want to avoid water contamination.

“If you go to Laguna lake now naging kay green na iyong tubig diyan sa dami ng algae. Because this is somewhat unprecedented we were forced to reduce the production of our treatment facilities kasi kailangan ng more frequent cleaning ang aming filters dahil naka-clog ito so may mga pumapasok na algae from Laguna lake, (If you go to Laguna lake now, the water is green due to the algae. Because this is somewhat unprecedented, we were forced to reduce the production of our treatment facilities as we need to conduct frequent cleaning of our filters because they get clogged and algae would seep in from Laguna lake),” she said.

According to Maynilad, there may be circumstances where water interruptions might extend beyond the schedule.

READ: Angat Dam level dips below minimum

Meanwhile, Rufo gave the assurance that they have enough water supply for their customers despite the water level in Angat Dam dipping below the minimum.

“We have enough supply to last up through the summer months basta hindi babawasan ng National Water Resources Board (NWRD) ang alokasyon sa Metro Manila mula sa Angat Dam. (We have enough supply to last through the summer months as long as the National Water Resources Board (NWRD) will not lower the allocation in Metro Manila from Angat Dam.)

Maynilad should be able to sustain the needs of its customers,” she said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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