DPWH pledges to intensify efforts vs corruption

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 12, 2021   •   478

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has signed a manifesto pledging to intensify efforts to curb graft and corruption in the department.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar on Monday (April 12) signed a Pledge of Cooperation and Oath of Honesty Manifesto in partnership with the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC).

This is our pledge to the people and our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that we will continue to implement stringent action against perceived corruption in the Department, to safeguard people’s money, and that the wrong-doing goes punished,” Villar said.

DPWH SIGNS MANIFESTO TO INTENSIFY EFFORTS VS GRAFT AND CORRUPTION

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Posted by Department of Public Works and Highways on Sunday, April 11, 2021

The DPWH Task Force Against Graft and Corruption was previously created to investigate anomalies allegedly perpetrated by officials and/or employees of the department, based on valid complaints.

Several heads in the department reportedly involved in corrupt practices were already relieved from their posts while reshuffling or reassignment were also implemented. AAC

Mercado formally assumes post as DPWH secretary

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Newly appointed secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Roger Mercado formally assumed his post on Thursday (October 14).

During a turnover ceremony, former secretary Mark Villar handed over the stewardship of DPWH to Mercado. This was after President Rodrigo Duterte appointed Mercado on October 12.

Villar stepped down as the department secretary to run for senator in the 2022 national elections.

“It is an honor to work with the professional men and women of DPWH and to be able to continue oversee the completion of Department’s flagship infrastructure programs and projects,” Mercado said.

He also vowed to sustain the current momentum in the department in order to “deliver more high-impact projects that will benefit the Filipino people including those living in remote communities.” AAC

Southern Leyte solon takes oath as new DPWH chief

Robie de Guzman   •   October 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker from Southern Leyte has been designated as secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Southern Leyte Rep. Roger Mercado took his oath before Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea as the new DPWH chief, as shown in photos shared by his son, Maasin City Mayor Nacional Mercado, on social media on Wednesday.

He will replace Mark Villar, who resigned from the post last week to pursue his senatorial bid in the 2022 elections.

Malacañang has yet to issue a statement confirming Mercado’s appointment to the DPWH.

List of unpassable roads due to Maring onslaught

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021

Several roads and bridges in Region 1 and in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have been closed due to the onslaught of Severe Tropical Storm Maring.

In a travel advisory, regional offices of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported that Bayugao Bridge in Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur has been damaged and is unpassable to motorists. DPWH Region I said sourcing of bailey panels and accessories are ongoing.

Cebu-Toledo Wharf Road, Brgy. Manipis, Talisay City, Cebu is also not passable to motorists.  Ongoing clearing operations are being conducted at both ends of the road closure.

Meanwhile, clearing operations are underway in Baguio-Bontoc Road. The road was blocked due to rock collapse. AAC

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