DPWH assures completion flood control projects before rainy season next year

admin   •   September 17, 2015   •   2974

MANILA, Philippines —  Flooding in the streets of Metro Manila during heavy rains are expected to lessen once the two flood control projects of DPWH in Blumentritt and Maysilo are completed.

According to DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson completion of the more than 3-kilometer drainage system in Blumentritt is in April or May 2016. When completed, it will stand 6 meters tall and 3 meters deep.

The Maysilo drainage system in Mandaluyong is also estimated to be finished around the same time.

The secretary asked the public for more patience if the project seems to take longer.

“We are doing our best now unfortunately hindi kami magtrabaho ng 24 hours doon dahil yung mga natutulog sa gabi maiistorbo naman,” said Singson.

(We are doing our best now unfortunately we don’t work 24 hours on site because it would disturb the residents at night.)

DPWH is also working on replacing the outdated 12 to 24 inch sized drainage system with a much larger drainage that can accommodate higher volumes of water during heavy rains.

“Yung iba nga 12 inches lang, hindi na kaya yun. That’s good for small amount of rain not the heavy down pour that we are experiencing,”

(There are those that are only 12-inches in size. It’s not going to work. That’s good for small amount of rain not the heavy down pour that we are experiencing.)

FILE PHOTO: Man wades through flood water brought by typhoon Maring in 2014 (Maia Garciano / Photoville International)

FILE PHOTO: Man wades through flood water brought by typhoon Maring in 2014 (Maia Garciano / Photoville International)

The most serious problem of DPWH at the moment is the improper disposal of solid wastes which clog major water ways in metro manila and causing massive flooding.

Add to this the perennial issue of informal settlers living along the waterways and communities taking residence in low places.

Under the May 2016 proposed budget, DPWH will receive an allocation of 378-billion pesos; 30% higher than their current fund of 291-billion pesos.

The lump sum of said fund will go to the renovation of roads and rehabilitation of waterways. (UNTV News)

DPWH announces completion of ‘We Heal as One’ Center in Alabang

Maris Federez   •   May 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that a new health facility has already been completed in southern Metro Manila through the collaboration between the government and the private sector.

In a DPWH Facebook post on Monday (May 12), Secretary Mark A. Villar said the 9th “We Heal as One” Center that was put up at Filinvest Tent in Alabang, Muntinlupa City is seen to augment government’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In preparation for the turnover of the facility to the IATFMEID on May 13, DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, DPWH Build Build Build Committee Chairperson Anna Mae Lamentillo, DPWH COVID-19 Committee Vice-Chair Engr. John Dominic P Pulido, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) General Jose Embang, and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) General Services Division Chief Christopher Gacutan drafted a punch list of the project on Monday (May 11), the post read.

“The Filinvest Tent ‘We Heal as One’ Center has a capacity of 108 beds and will be managed by OCD and BFP,” Usec. Sadain said.

The construction materials for its redesigning and transformation into a makeshift hospital was sponsored by Filinvest Development Corporation.

On the other hand, the Yuchengco-led construction firm EEI Corporation provided the manpower for the repurposing of Filinvest Tent into a quarantine facility, while the hospital beds were donated by the Villar Group of Companies.

Secretary Villar said the place was chosen for its accessibility to major thoroughfares in the south with its major entry and exit points only a few minutes travel from Makati through SLEX/Skyway.

The DPWH chief also enumerated the eight (8) other mega quarantine facilities prepared by the government supported by the private sector, as follows:

  • PICC-Forum
  • World Trade Center
  • Ninoy Aquino Stadium
  • Rizal Memorial Coliseum
  • ASEAN Convention Center, Clark, Pampanga
  • National Government Administrative Center, New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac
  • Philippine Sports Complex (ULTRA), Pasig City
  • Philippine Arena – 3 Big Tents, Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan

“Just like the eight previously completed mega quarantine facilities, Filinvest Tent ‘We Heal as One Center’ will be fully-air-conditioned and complete with necessary facilities,” Villar said. — /mbmf

DPWH converts shipping containers to mobile health facilities amid COVID-19 crisis

Robie de Guzman   •   April 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said it is now converting shipping containers into mobile facilities as part of its efforts to assist the Department of Health (DOH) amid the fight to contain the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said they have already completed the conversion of one shipping container into a prototype health facility in preparation for when the (COVID-19) situation worsens amid rising number of infections.

Villar said the DPWH has prepared the designs for four high cube containers, measuring 40 feet long by 8 feet width and 9 feet height joined together to create mobile field hospitals for the possible isolation and treatment of 16 probable COVID-19 patients.

Based on DPWH plans for one-story health facility, a 40-footer shipping container is divided into four rooms. Each room will have toilet and bath, and will have proper ventilation for the full isolation of a patients, according to DOH guidelines and recommendations.

Villar said design plans have also been prepared for 20 feet long high cube shipping containers that can be converted into nurse stations, utility room and separate temporary quarters of male and female healthcare service personnel.

“We’re ready to convert these containers into mobile hospitals and install them in any available hospital grounds or open public spaces,” Villar said.

The DPWH said the project is in line with efforts to assist the DOH in the establishment, construction, and operation of temporary medical facilities as mandated in the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

DPWH to convert public buildings to health facilities in 10 days

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 2, 2020

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is proposing to convert state-owned buildings to health facilities to accommodate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the plan was to convert the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), the World Trade Center (WTC), the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, and the Philippine Institute of Sports Multipurpose (Philsport) Arena as quarantine sites.

They began the conversion of the PICC, the WTC, and the Rizal Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday.

Villar also posted design plans for a nurse’s station as well as the floor plan for the PICC facility.

He said the buildings will be used to address hospital shortage due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases.

The buildings can accommodate a total of 2,905 possible patients. They already began the conversion on Wednesday (April 1) and expect completion in 10 days. AAC

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