DPWH to sue driver of truck that caused part of Roxas Blvd. to collapse

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2019   •   25585

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is planning to file charges against the driver of a dump truck which caused a part of the Roxas Boulevard to collapse on Sunday while it was transporting sand for the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

DPWH district engineer Mikunug Macud said they would file charges against the driver of the 14-wheeled truck for violating the load limit and passing through a secondary road where trucks are banned from traversing.  

The incident happened at past 1:00 a.m. along Roxas Boulevard corner Remedios street in Ermita, Manila.

The truck, which came from Pampanga, was heading to Manila Baywalk to deliver tons of sand for the Manila Bay rehabilitation project when it fell into a hole.

According to the truck driver, he was supposed to take Roxas Boulevard’s main road but traffic law enforcers allegedly directed them to pass through the service road to give way to a fun run event.

Macud said the truck carrying sand weighed about 42 tons while the Remedios street could only accommodate 20 tons.

The portion of the road that collapsed was built over a double barrel box culvert, which served as one of the city’s main drainage system. It was built in the 1970s.

“Dapat ang driver, alam niya ‘yung dapat daanan niya… hindi naman siya talaga dapat dumaan diyan kasi mayroon naman silang mga designated area,” Macud said.

The Remedios street was temporarily closed to traffic as authorities are still trying to extricate the truck out of the hole.

The DPWH hopes to immediately remove the truck to commence repairs on the damaged road. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Duterte won’t allow massive reclamation of private sectors in Manila Bay

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 17, 2020

President Rodrigo Duterte said he will not allow any private sector’s massive reclamation of Manila Bay.

During his speech in the inauguration of the Sangley Airport on Saturday (February 15), Duterte said he will only allow plans of reclamation if it is in connection with a government project.

“I will only allow maybe plans of whatever reclamation if it is in connection with a government project. I will not allow massive reclamation for the private sector,” he said.

He also said that there is a need for further study if he will allow reclamation in Manila Bay.

“The entire Manila City would be environmentally at peril. So pag-aralan ninyong mabuti iyan (study it carefully). For the next administration, whoever gets to be the president of this country, study it very carefully. Because that Manila there, that old city is an old city and it will decay if you add so many things in front of Manila Bay,” Duterte said.

Based on reports, there are 25 reclamation projects proposal for the 10,000 hectares of Manila Bay, from Navotas City to Cavite. The government has only approved four of them which still need to undergo value engineer approval.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

LIST: Road repair schedule in Metro Manila for Feb. 7-10

Robie de Guzman   •   February 7, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed due to the scheduled road repair and reblocking from Friday, February 7 to Monday, February 10.

In an advisory, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the following roads will be closed starting 11 p.m. on Friday up to 5 a.m. on Monday.

SOUTHBOUND

  • Bonifacio Ave. Cloverleaf to 11th Ave. (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA Bulakan St. to West Ave. (3rd lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA approach BP Tuazon flyover to approach A. Boni Serrano flyover (2nd lane from MRT Line)

WESTBOUND

  • General Luis St. Samote St. to SB Road
  • Elliptical Road from Kalayaan Ave to Maharlika St. (6th lane from outer sidewalk)

NORTHBOUND

  • EDSA QC after Aurora Blvd. to New York St. (3rd lane from sidewalk)

Meanwhile, Pasig Boulevard near Total Gasoline Station (second lane from sidewalk) will be closed by 10 p.m. on Friday until 4 a.m. on Monday.

The DPWH said this is to give way to the construction of Manila Water’s main sewer network.

The DPWH advised motorists to take alternate routes to avoid expected build-up of vehicles.

Authorities nab over 170 vehicles in anti-colorum operations in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 5, 2020

Over 170 vehicles were apprehended during the one-time big-time anti-colorum operations of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG), Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The operation was conducted in 15 areas in Metro Manila on Tuesday evening (February 4).

According HPG Director PBGen. Eliseo Cruz, it was carried out under the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine National Police Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa.

“[There was] cooperation [with the] LTO [and] HPG to train our personnel [so] eventually our HPG personnel will deputize with the LTO, to implement to enforce traffic law and regulation,” he said.

Apprehended vehicles include those with no plate number and those using unauthorized blinkers. Authorities also apprehended overloaded trucks.

Among the over 300 trucks inspected, 78 of them were overloaded. Meanwhile, 68 vehicles received temporary operations permit due to various violations including not wearing a helmet or seatbelt.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

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