DPWH names 5 major infra projects seen to solve PHL traffic problems
by admin | Posted on Monday, September 18th, 2017
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is the second government agency with the highest proposed budget for 2018, which amounts to 643 billion pesos.
The said budget will cover the implementation of its lined up infrastructure projects.
Senate Committee on Public Services chairperson Senator Grace Poe asked the DPWH for its recommendation on the projects that should be under the emergency powers bill that is expected to resolve the country’s traffic problems, particularly in Metro Manila.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the agency sees the five major projects, namely: the Skyway extension, SLEX-NLEX connector road, the 12 bridges along the Pasig River, the Laguna Lake Highway and the Harbor Lake, will be the answer to the long-time traffic problem.
“The projection is that the combined vehicular traffic that would be absorbed by these two projects is about 100,000 a day. So just on these projects alone there will significant impact on traffic in Metro Manila,” said Villar.
Senator Poe, on the other hand, said that although the immediate implementation of these projects is imperative, high-quality assurance should be an utmost guarantee.
“’Yun ang papayagan natin sa alternative sources of bidding na papayagan natin (That is what we will allow in the alternative sources of bidding that we will approve). Not necessarily the lowest bidder but the best,” said Poe.
The DPWH targets to complete most of these projects by the middle of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
Several road sections in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Cagayan Valley are closed to traffic due to the effects of Tropical Storm Falcon, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Wednesday.
The DPWH said that as of 12 noon of Tuesday (July 17), four road sections in CAR and two in Cagayan Valley have been inaccessible due to road cut, road slip, soil erosion, flooding and unsafe road conditions brought by the storm.
The DPWH Bureau of Maintenance (BOM) identified impassable roads in CAR as: Kennon Road; Baguio-Bontoc Road; Governor Bado Dangwa National Road (formerly Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan-Bakun Road) K0345+800 – K0345+890 section in Mogao, Gambang, Bakun, Benguet; Tabuk – Banaue Road, Matteled Section in Duplingan, Tanudan, Kalinga.
Motorists are advised to take Marcos Highway, Baguio-Bauang Road (Naguilian Road) or Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual Road as alternate route to Kennon Road.
Travelers who are supposed to use Baguio-Bontoc Road may traverse Nacagang-Abatan, Bauko, Maba-ay provincial road.
In Region 2, the Bangag-Magapit Road, K0693+500 – K0694+000, Allacapan Section in Cagayan Province; and the detour road of Ngilinan Bridge along NRJ Villa Sur-San Pedro-Cabuaan-Ysmael-Disimungal Road, K0368+628 – K0369+015, in Barangay San Pedro, Madella, Quirino province are also closed to light vehicles due to flooding.
The DPWH said concerned offices have already installed warning signs and dispatched maintenance crew to assist flow of traffic in the affected areas.
The department added that clearing operation will be conducted once the rain stops.
On Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported in its 5 p.m. bulletin that Tropical storm “Falcon” has maintained strength as it moves towards the north northwest direction at 20 kilometers per hour (kph).
It was last spotted at 265 kilometers East of Calayan, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 2 is up over Batanes while TCWS No. 1 has been raised over Apayao, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte and Babuyan group of islands.
by Robie de Guzman | Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to hold an earthquake drill, dubbed as Metro Manila Shake Drill, on July 27.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said this year’s shake drill will start as early as four in the morning, to be signaled by the sounding of an alarm.
“For this year, it will be done on a weekend and at almost the break of dawn when most Metro Manila residents are at home and asleep,” he said.
“We are doing this to prepare everyone to minimize damage and loss of life,” he added.
Garcia said they intentionally scheduled the drill very early in the morning so the public can participate.
Shake drills in the past years were done during daytime and even on rush hours, with last year leveling up to an unannounced, rush hour daytime drill.
“We want to test the response capabilities and preparedness of LGUs and the private sector as earthquake may occur anytime,” Garcia said.
The MMDA official added that during the shake drill, they will mobilize agency employees, Metro local government units and other groups to demonstrate their contingency plans in case strong earthquake hits the metropolis.
MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, also the head of the Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MMDRRMC), will visit city halls and designated emergency operation centers in the metro on the day of the drill.
Different emergency scenarios will also be staged at city hall offices, establishments, communities, businesses, and households.
“We expect more active and full participation of the private sector as government’s partner in disaster and emergency preparedness and response for Metro Manila,” said Garcia.
During the drill, the agency will also practice the deployment of personnel to designated emergency operation centers located at the four quadrants in Metro Manila.
The MMDA said the northern quadrant will use the Veterans Memorial Medical Center Golf Course as evacuation camp while the western quadrant will use the Intramuros Golf Course.
The eastern quadrant will use the LRT-2 Santolan Depot while the southern quadrant will use the Villamor Golf Course.
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