DPWH begins construction of SLEX Toll Road 4

Robie de Guzman   •   March 26, 2019   •   3550

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)

More COVID-19 wards, ICU rooms at EAMC by end of August — DPWH

Marje Pelayo   •   August 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is working double time to complete the construction of additional wards and intensive care units (ICU) at the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Quezon City.

“In a meeting, together with our team and its counterpart at the Department of Health (DOH) and the building contractor, I was assured that a system is in place to complete the EAMC facilities the soonest,” Secretary Mark Villar said.

Villar added that the facilities will be able to accommodate additional 250 patients.

The DOH tapped the DPWH to help expedite the construction of the facilities at EAMC to increase its bed capacity for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.

The additional wards are expected to be completed by August 17 while the enhancement of the third floor for ICU will be finished on September 15.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar confirms he has COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   July 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar on Wednesday confirmed that he contracted the viral disease.

“I regret to announce that today, July 15, I received my test result and it is positive for COVID-19,” Villar said on his Facebook page.

Villar made the announcement a day after was designated as the government’s isolation czar.

His additional task involves putting up more quarantine facilities across the country amid the continued rise in coronavirus infections.

Manila breaks ground for the construction of Bagong Ospital ng Maynila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 24, 2020

The Manila City Government held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday (June 24) for the construction of the Bagong Ospital ng Maynila .

Led by Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso, the groundbreaking ceremony unveiled the P2.3 billion infrastructure project to mark the 449th founding anniversary of the City of Manila.

Once construction is complete, the 10-storey Bagong Ospital ng Maynila will have a capacity of 384 beds with 12 ICU units and 20 private rooms.

Domagoso said that the local government aims to provide better tools, equipment and facilities for the city’s healthcare workers.

“No matter how good our healthcare workers are, if they have limited tools na hindi naaayon sa hamon ng panahon, mahihirapan po sila (that are not fit for the challenge, they will be burdened). I won’t mind investing billions for their equipment,” he said.

The new hospital is part of the Mayor’s 10-year plan to initiate infrastructure projects aimed at reviving the nation’s capital into a “vibrant” and “energetic” city. AAC

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