DPWH begins construction of SLEX Toll Road 4

Robie de Guzman   •   March 26, 2019   •   2913

Courtesy: DPWH

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to begin the construction of the P13.1-billion South Luzon Expressway Toll Road 4 (SLEX TR4) after the groundbreaking ceremony held on Tuesday (March 26).

The SLEX TR4 will connect the provinces of Batangas and Quezon through seven interchanges — Sto. Tomas, Batangas; Makban and San Pablo City in Laguna; Tiaong, Candelaria, Tayabas, and Lucena City in Quezon Province.

The project will be done in six packages: Package A from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Makban, Laguna (11.32-kilometers); Package B from Makban to San Pablo, Laguna (12.75 km.); Package C from San Pablo to Tiaong, Quezon (7.5 km.); Package D from Tiaong to Candelaria, Quezon (15 km.); Package E from Candelaria to Tayabas, Quezon (10.21 km.); and Package F from Tayabas to Lucena City, Quezon (9.96 km).

The project is in partnership with San Miguel Corp. (SMC) through its subsidiary South Luzon Tollway Corp. (SLTC).

“Noong pumasok kami wala pang na-acquire na right of way. Wala pang permit to enter sa mga properties. So, ngayon lang, kita n’yo naman po naka-mobilize na ‘yung equipment at nakakuha na kami ng permit to enter. So, wala ng magiging delay sa implementation ng TR4,” DPWH Secretary Mak Villar said during the groundbreaking ceremony.

The DPWH expects to complete the construction of the 66.74-kilometer SLEX extension within three years and inaugurate it by 2022.

Villar said the travel time between Sto. Tomas in Batangas to Lucena City in Quezon will be lessened from four hours to one once the road is completed.

“During rush hour, motorists have to endure a long 4-hour drive due to the lengthy and busy Daang Maharlika between Sto. Tomas, Batangas to Lucena City, Quezon. This will only take an hour once TR4 is completed,” he said. 

An estimated 17,000 vehicles are expected to pass through the toll road every day.

The DPWH believes the road project will bring progress and new business, and growth to small enterprises in the provinces of Batangas and Quezon.

The Toll road is among the Luzon Spine Expressway Network projects under the Duterte government’s “Build, Build, Build” program that aims to connect and cut down the travel time between North and South Luzon. – Robie de Guzman (with details from Japhet Cablaida)

DPWH completes school building, road widening in Cagayan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 15, 2019

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction of classrooms in Amulung National High School and a road-widening project in Cagayan.

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar cited the completion of a 4.23 kilometers road widening project funded under the 2018 Regular Infrastructure Fund. This is based on the report submitted by District Engineer Danilo U. Tabilas of DPWH-Cagayan Third District Engineering Office (DPWH-CTDEO).

The construction of a two-storey school building, which consists of eight classrooms, has also been completed. According to Villar, this aims to increase the number of students for the incoming school years.

“These new, sturdy, and comfortable classrooms will cater a total of 400 students and provide a conducive learning environment that will enable both teachers and students to exhibit their full potential,” he said.—AAC

DWPH completes P40-M flood control structure in Leyte

Robie de Guzman   •   November 15, 2019

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that it has completed the construction of a new flood control structure in Alangalang town in Leyte.

In a statement released on Thursday , the DPWH said the new structure is designed to protect residents as the municipality is highly susceptible to flooding.

“The five-meter-high flood control wall was built to protect lives and properties by containing the waters which may rise to minimal levels during extreme weather events,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar was quoted as saying.

In can be recalled that in 2018, a number of families from Barangay Salvacion and nearby barangays in Alangalang had to be evacuated after floodwaters brought about by Tropical Depression Agaton inundated eight towns in Leyte province.

Villar said a total of P40.95 Million was allocated under the 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA) for the construction of the new 168-meter riprap and revetment wall in Barangay Salvacion in the town of Alangalang, Leyte.

Malacañang lambasts Drilon for calling Duterte’s infra program a ‘dismal failure’

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2019

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Franklin Drilon

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang dismissed Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon’s claim that the administration’s Build Build Build program is a dismal failure.

Drilon claimed that the administration has only started nine out of 75 flagship projects in the past three years in office.

“It is sad to say that the BBB program of the administration is a dismal failure. Out of the 75 flagship projects that were proposed at the start of the administration, exactly nine started construction,” Drilon told reporters.

“That is only two percent of the total,” he added.

But Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo was quick to dismiss Drilon’s claim as baseless stressing that the Duterte administration had accomplished more than the previous administration.

 “Senator Frank, look at the administration you previously belonged. Six years, not a single infrastructure na nagawa (was completed). Malayong-malayo sa dami [nang nagawa ng administrasyon ngayon] (It doesn’t compare with the achievements of this administration),” Panelo said.

“It’s baseless […] maraming ginagawa ang administrasyon (this administration is working on a lot of projects),” he added.

Malacañang believes that the current management of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is effectively handling these projects.

Thus, Panelo said the Palace is confident that before President Rodrigo Duterte ends his term, majority of the projects under the Build, Build, Build program will be completed. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)

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