DPWH, DND inaugurate hospital facility, barracks at Camp Aguinaldo

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021   •   393

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) with the Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday (June 17) inaugurated the new military facilities at Camp Aguinaldo.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar with DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the inauguration and handover ceremony of a four-storey male and female enlisted personnel barracks building and two-storey hospital facility at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Station Hospital.

The P63.7 million barracks facility will provide enlisted military personnel a safe and secure accommodation or billeting place for troops essential to mission accomplishment. Meanwhile, the hospital facility has 25 beds for emergency services and inpatient care as well as pharmacy, in-house laboratory, and imaging.

The hospital will also be used as the primary health care facility of Camp Aguinaldo for officers, enlisted personnel, civilian human resource.

Secretary Villar said that being in the frontline in protecting the country, the two departments want nothing but the best for the armed forces. AAC

DPWH to conduct weekend road reblocking in parts of Caloocan City, QC

Marje Pelayo   •   July 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWG) will undertake reblocking and repairs on the following roads starting 11:00 PM on Friday (July 30).

The affected roads are:

-EDSA Caloocan (Southbound) before Mariano St. (1st lane from sidewalk)

-Congressional Avenue near corner Ayshire St., Bahay Toro (1st lane)

The affected roads will be fully passable by 5:00 AM on Monday (August 2).

The DPWH advises motorists to take alternate routes instead on the duration of the road reblocking activity.

4 alleged BIFF members surrender in Maguindanao — WestMinCom

Robie de Guzman   •   July 28, 2021

Four alleged members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) have surrendered to authorities in Maguindanao, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) said Wednesday.

In a statement, WestMinCom chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr. said the relentless focused military operations in central Mindanao have led to the starvation of some terrorists and prompted them to surrender.

Vinluan said the four members of the BIFF-Bungos Faction submitted themselves to the troops of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Battalion (1Mech Bn) at about 11 a.m. on July 27.

“They handed over their firearm including one US cal. 50HB machine gun, one R4A3 Carbine with M203 grenade launcher, one cal. 30 Carbine, and one 7.62mm sniper rifle,” said 1Mech Bn Commander Lt. Col. Cresencio Sanchez, Jr.

Subject personalities were subsequently presented to Col. Pedro Balisi, Jr., Commander of 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade (1Mech Bde), and Shariff Aguak Mayor Marop Ampatuan at the unit headquarters in Barangay Kamasi, Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

The four are currently undergoing custodial debriefing at the 1Mech Bde headquarters, the WestMinCom said.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of Joint Task Force Central urged the remaining BIFF members to yield and avail of the government’s reintegration programs.

“Now is the best time for you to surrender,” Uy said.

Since January 2021, the AFP said that the JTF Central neutralized a total of 145 BIFF personalities; 69 of which were killed, 74 surrendered, and two were apprehended.

“The offensives of the Joint Task Force Central will continue despite the mounting number of BIFF members who are now deciding to return to the folds of the law,” Vinluan said.

“Rest assured that all our operations adhere to the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Laws,” he added.

6 roads in CAR closed due to Southwest Monsoon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 28, 2021

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) added two new road closures in Ilocos Norte and Cavite, apart from the four already impassable roads in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and Regions 3 and 4-B due to the Southwest Monsoon.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar identified the newly-affected roads as the Manila North Road, K0578+800 in Brgy. Pancian, Sitio Bangquero, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte and Mahogany Avenue, K0059+(-990) in Tagaytay City, Cavite. Clearing operations are already underway for the two closed roads.

Meanwhile, as of 12:00 p.m. on July 28, the following roads remain closed for all types of vehicles: Baguio-Bontoc Road K0362+600, Busa Bridge in Sabangan, Mt. Province; Abra – Kalinga Road, K0489+900 section in Gacab, Malibcong, Abra; Junction Layac Balanga Mariveles Port Road Zigzag Section K0160+000 in Bataan; and Mindoro West Coastal Road, K0353+900, Pag-asa Section, in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.

The Apalit Macabebe Masantol Road, K0062+600 – K0063+400 in Calsada Bayu, Sta. Lucia Matua, Masantol; and the Sto Tomas – Minalin Road (Minalin- Macabebe Section), K0072+500-k0073+300 also remain flooded; hence, still inaccessible light vehicles. AAC

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