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 isthe 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)
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways is set to conduct road repairs and reblocking from August 16 (Friday) to August 19 (Monday), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced.
In an advisory, the MMDA said the road repair will start at 11 p.m. later in the following roads:
EDSA fronting Sojen and fronting Chevrolet (5th lane from sidewalk)
EDSA from Magallanes – Baclaran Bus Stop to Magallanes – Alabang Bus Stop (outer lane)
EDSA Eugenio Lopez – Sct. Borromeo (desilting and construction of manhole)
Katipunan Ave. from approach Boni Serrano Tunnel (truck lane)
Quezon City along EDSA Southbound between West Avenue and Philam Village (restoration/concreting works)
Quirino Highway Theresa Heights and before Belfast (inner lane)
Elliptical Rd before Commonwealth Ave. (7th lane from outer sidewalk)
General Luis before Oriental Tin
EDSA before New York St. (1st lane from sidewalk)
C-5 Road C.P Garcia approach to Kalayaan Ave. Ext.
Motorists are advised to avoid the said areas and use alternate routes instead.
Affected roads will be fully passable by 5 a.m. on Monday, August 19.
LAGUNA, Philippines – Three infants inside Dr. Jose P. Rizal Memorial District Hospital in Calamba are placed under improvised oxygen hoods made from plastic water containers.
The halved one-gallon plastic containers are attached to an oxygen hose. Adhesive tape covers the edges of the container to protect the babies’ sensitive skin.
According to the hospital’s OIC Dr. Ignacia Flores, the patients are in dire need of oxygen due to their health conditions.
One of them, named Baby Ellaine, is suffering from severe dehydration and acute gastroenteritis while another baby, named Baby Camille, has pneumonia.
Baby Angel, meanwhile, is diagnosed with multiple congenital anomaliex.
“Mas maganda iyan at iyan ang kailangan talaga kasi kung nasal cannula ang ikakabit, mas hindi effective yun sa bata kasi baby nga sila (It’s better that way and it’s what they really need because if we use nasal cannula it wouldn’t be as effective because they are still babies),” Dr. Flores said.
“Magiging iritable ang baby. Ang tendency niyan maglilikot. Matatanggal din itong cannula (na) ito, (The baby would be irritable and restless. The cannula will only get dislodged ),” she added.
The parents did not oppose such procedure though it drew criticisms when the photos went viral on social media.
“Nakatulong naman po kasi hanggang ngayon buhay pa ang anak ko, (It seems to have helped because my baby is still alive),” said Angel’s mother Marjorie Canaco.
“Kasi kapag nangingitim na si baby, itataas lang ito para lumakas (at) nawawala na yung pangingitim niya, (When my baby turns blue, I will just lift [this tube] and her color returns to normal),” she added.
“Tulong na rin ito sa amin. Pagdating namin dito hindi siya makahinga kaya agad siyang nilagyan ng oxygen, (This helps us a lot. When we arrived here, she couldn’t breathe. They immediately attached this oxygen),” said Ellaine’s mother Ligaya Dolpo.
Flores argued that the hospital couldn’t reject the patients so they needed to find ways instead of driving them away.
“Actually, hindi na nagagamit din ang conventional kasi mas gusto [nila] itong improvised at mas mabilis nagagawa agad, (Actually, they don’t want the conventional (oxygen) and prefer the improvised which is faster to make),” Dr. Flore said.
” As good as a conventional oxygen hood ang effect niyan. Nothing to worry,” she added.
Meanwhile, the Laguna Provincial Government in defense said the rise in cases of dengue in the province prompted them to improvise due to shortage in supply of oxygen hoods.
“Ang oxygen hood kasi ay kung bakit nagkaubusan because of the outbreak, (There has been a shortage of oxygen hoods because of the (dengue) outbreak),” explained Christopher Sanji of Laguna Government PIO.
“Ngayon lang nangyari ito sa probinsiya(This is the first time that this happened in the province),” Sanji added.
JP Rizal Hospital in Calamba is just one of the nine district hospitals that below average households from San Pedro to Bae in Laguna run to first for their medical concerns. – MNP (with details from Sherwin Culubong)
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