DPWH eyes completion of offsite dormitories for QC medical frontliners by end of June

Robie de Guzman   •   June 22, 2020   •   658

MANILA, Philippines – The construction of six cluster dormitories for medical frontline workers in Quezon City is expected to be completed by the end of June, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the dormitories, which are being built inside the Quezon Memorial Circle, will have 16 rooms with own toilet and bath with hot and cold water.

Each room for each dormitory cluster can accommodate 32 people or a total capacity of 192 people for six dormitories, he added.

The DPWH chief also said that the offsite dormitories are made of collapsible components fabricated to assemble 16 rooms, with spaces intended for living room, common dining, and laundry and kitchen areas.

Medical personnel of Quezon City-based hospitals such as National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Veterans Memorial Hospital, Childrens Hospital, V. Luna General Hospital, Quezon City General Hospital and other government hospitals in QC will benefit from the temporary shelter project.

Villar, together with Quezon City officials, inspected the ongoing construction of the dormitories last Friday, June 19.

The offsite dormitories were conceptualized by the DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Health Facilities headed by Undersecretary Emil Sadain to support the need for accommodation facilities of hospital workers on the front lines of caring for COVID-19 patients.

Operation of the dormitories after its completion by the DPWH will be undertaken by the local government unit.

This is in accordance with the memorandum of agreement signed by Villar and Quezon City Mayor Belmonte in putting up ‘We Heal as One Offsite Dormitory’ solely for use by doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working in hospitals within the jurisdiction of Quezon City who need space to rest between shifts.

When the structure is no longer needed, the DPWH said the temporary dormitories can be dismantled and removed on site.

The department said each of the components can be safely stored as part of its property for other related requirements such as temporary shelter during disaster/calamity response.

QC to launch City Bus Augmentation Program to ease traffic congestion

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Quezon City government will launch its City Bus Augmentation on December 1 to ease traffic congestion in the city and provide additional means of transportation to commuters.

QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said the program will also alleviate transportation problems while public transportation is still limited due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

A Memorandum of Agreement with the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) was signed for the Quezon City Bus Augmentation Program.

“Sa pamamagitan nito, mabibigyan natin ng mas mabilis at ligtas na paraan na pagbiyahe ang publiko patungo sa kanilang mga hanapbuhay at iba pang lugar na kailangan nilang puntahan, (Throught this, we can provide faster and safer transportation for the public who are on their way to their work and other places)” she said.

The bus program will cover eight routes including,  Quezon City Hall to Cubao P. Tuazon corner Gen. P. Romulo Ave. (and vice versa), QC Hall to Litex (and vice versa), Welcome Rotonda to Aurora Blvd. cor. Katipunan Ave. (and vice versa), QC Hall to Gen. Luis via SB Road (and vice versa), QC Hall to Mindanao Ave. cor. Quirino Highway (and vice versa), QC Hall to LRT 2 Gilmore (and vice versa), QC Hall to E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave cor. Ortigas Ave. (and vice versa), and QC Hall to LRT 1 Roosevelt and back to QC Hall. AAC

Duterte declines naming congressmen linked to questionable DPWH projects

Marje Pelayo   •   November 24, 2020

File photo: President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte during his public address on Monday evening (November 23) said he already has the list of congressmen allegedly involved in certain irregularities or questionable projects in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The said lawmakers are allegedly profiting from infrastructure projects by hiring their preferred contractors and asking for “kickbacks”.

The report is based on the investigation conducted by the Presidential Anti-corruption Commission (PACC).

The Chief Executive however, did not disclose the names of the lawmakers.

He said, it is beyond his power as president to investigate members of an institution of equal authority with the executive branch.

“If I cannot investigate the congressmen, then I have no authority to be releasing their names that are involved per investigation by PACC,” he said.

“Kung wala akong jurisdiction, huwag mo akong tanungin sinong involved diyan (If I do not have jurisdiction, then don’t ask me who’s involved in it),” he added.

Nonetheless, the President said he will submit the list to the Office of the Ombudsman along with pieces of evidence collated by the PACC and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“I have no other recourse, itapon ko rin yan sa ombudsman (but to endorse them to the) Ombudsman because it is the only investigating agency that has jurisdiction over congressmen, hindi ako (not I),” the President said. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

8 bus routes operational in QC by December — LTFRB

Marje Pelayo   •   November 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Quezon City government signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the in-city Bus Augmentation Program.

The Bus Augmentation Program aims to provide additional public transport services within Quezon City which would serve commuters especially its residents.

The MOA covers eight routes for public utility buses (PUBs) which will undergo thorough evaluation with the LTFRB. 

The eight proposed routes are as follows:

  • Quezon City Hall to Cubao P. Tuazon cor. Gen. Romulo Ave. (and Vice Versa)
  • Quezon City Hall to Litex (and Vice Versa)
  • Welcome Rotonda to Aurora Katipunan (and Vice Versa)
  • Quezon City Hall to General Luis via SB Road (and Vice Versa)
  • Quezon City Hall to Mindanao Ave. (Quirino Highway) (and Vice Versa)
  • Quezon City Hall to LRT 2 Gilmore (and Vice Versa)
  • Quezon City Hall to E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave cor. Ortigas Ave. (and Vice Versa)
  • Quezon City Hall to LRT 1 Roosevelt to Quezon City

These PUB routes are expected to be formally operational in December 2020.

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