DPWH assures completion flood control projects before rainy season next year

admin   •   September 17, 2015   •   2838

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DPWH is also working on replacing the outdated 12 to 24 inch sized drainage system with a much larger drainage that can accommodate higher volumes of water during heavy rains.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

LIST: Weekend road repairs, reblocking in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   November 8, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Friday night for the scheduled road repairs and reblocking.

In an advisory, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said road repair works on the following roads will begin 11 p.m. Friday (Nov. 8) until 5 a.m. Monday (Nov. 11):


  • EDSA Camp Crame Gate to after Annapolis St. (beside MRT)
  • EDSA after Muñoz to Bansalangin St. (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • G. Araneta Bayanin intersection


  • Quirino Highway Nightingale to Zabarte Road (inner lane)
  • General Luis St. from Samonte St. to SB Road


  • Elliptical Road after Maharlika St. (6th lane from outer sidewalk)


  • Bonifacio Ave. near Marvex Drive (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • Katipunan Ave./C-5 after CP Garcia St. infront UP Town Center (truck lane)
  • EDSA after Aurora Blvd. to New York St. (3rd lane from sidewalk)
  • Congressional Ave. Ext. cor Luzon Ave. (2nd lane from center island) and after Tandang Sora Ave. (truck lane)
  • Luzon Ave. before Congressional Ave. Ext. (1st lane from center island)
  • R. Magsaysay Blvd. after Magsaysay Bridge going Quiapo (inner lane)

Affected motorists are advised to avoid said areas and use alternate routes instead.

DPWH partially opens Cavite-Laguna Expressway for Undas weekend

Robie de Guzman   •   October 30, 2019

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar has finally announced the partial opening of the first segments of Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) from the Mamplasan Barrier to the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, in time for Undas. (Courtesy: DPWH)

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Wednesday opened the first 10 kilometers of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) to motorists in time for this year’s Undas.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar led the partial opening with a ceremonial drive through with his team.

Villar said the partial opening covers the first stretch of CALAX, which spans the Mamplasan Barrier to Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange.

The DPWH chief said a single lane will be opened in the Laguna segment to ease the flow of vehicles passing Laguna Boulevard and Aguinaldo Highway.

“With November 1 falling on a Friday, I’m sure many of our kababayans will take advantage of the time to do some family bonding and go on a road trip,” he told reporters.

“I only see benefits in opening CALAX even on a single lane basis to decongest Laguna Boulevard, Aguinaldo Highway. We are at 90% completion, the remaining 10% of the works are being fast-tracked while in operations,” he added.

Villar said that around 10,000 cars are expected to enter and exit through the two access points at the Mamplasan Barrier for westbound vehicles, and Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Entry for the eastbound vehicles.

“This section will be about 10 minutes to drive. A big cut on travel time compared to the 45-minutes it currently takes to travel Mamplasan to Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay road,” Villar said.

Bobby Bontia, president and general manager of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation subsidiary MP CALA Holdings, Inc. said the Laguna segment will be open until 10 p.m. on Oct. 30; while it will be accessible from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

“For the daily access time, we agreed with DPWH that it will be Sunday to Thursday 6:00AM to 6:00PM and giving extended time on weekends, Friday to Saturday 6:00AM to 10:00PM,” Bontia said.

“This will only be temporary, until we finish the remaining works for this first segment before December. By then, full access of the other interchanges and 24-hour use shall be possible,” he added.

The 45-kilometer CALAX is designed to be a 4-lane, tolled expressway that will connect CAVITEX in Kawit to South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) at their Mamplasan Interchange in Binan Laguna.

CALAX will have interchanges in 8 locations, namely: Kawit, Imus Open Canal, Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Silang, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay, Laguna Blvd., Technopark, and a Toll Barrier before SLEX.

The entire length of the expressway project is expected to be completed in 2022. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Sherwin Culubong)

DPWH reactivates road assistance program for Undas break

Robie de Guzman   •   October 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reactivated its road assistance program, dubbed as “Lakbay Alalay,” to help motorists during the observance of the Undas break.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the road assistance program will begin at 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 until 12 noon on Monday, Nov. 4.

During these dates, Villar said, the DPWH Lakbay Alalay team will provide“prompt and reliable assistance to motorists and travelers.”

“Lakbay Alalay” is DPWH’s annual public service program nationwide through the 16 Regional and 183 District Engineering Offices of providing immediate assistance to motorists including rescuing troubled vehicles, and applying first aid in emergency situations, according to Villar.

Villar said he has directed all DPWH regional directors and district engineers to deploy teams on a round-the-clock shift at strategic locations and highways leading to cemeteries and other areas commonly visited by the public during Undas.

He also reminded the department’s field units to keep national roads safe by implementing various highway routine maintenance activities on carriageways and roadsides including the installation of informative/regulatory warning signs or traffic advisories.


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