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

Robie de Guzman   •   June 24, 2019   •   26362

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 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)

DPWH reports 36 road sections closed after ‘Ulysses’ onslaught

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 16, 2020

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reported that 36 road sections across the country are closed following the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.

SITUATION OF NATIONAL ROADS as of November 15, 2020, 06:00AMThirty-six (36) road sections closed to traffic due to…

Posted by Department of Public Works and Highways on Saturday, November 14, 2020

As of November 15 at 6:00 a.m., the road sections closed to traffic due to soil collapse, landslide, mudflow, debris flow, fallen trees and flooding caused by continuous rains brought by Ulysses.

In Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), eight roads are closed while one road is closed in Region 1. Thirteen roads are closed in Region 2, while six roads are closed in Region III. In Region IV-A, four roads are closed and three roads are closed in Region V. Meanwhile, there is one road closed in Region VIII.

The DPWH reported that clearing operations continue in the said areas to make road passable to all types of vehicles as soon as possible. AAC

Duterte offers cash reward to tipster of ‘ghost projects’ in government

Marje Pelayo   •   November 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte announced a cash reward to any government casual employee under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) who can tip about ghost projects within the agency.

The President also made sure that any whistleblower will be protected and secured. 

“All you have to do is to let me know, and may prize ako. If it’s malaking sindikato, ghost project, I’ll give you P50,000. Ibulong mo lang kahit sino [All you have to do is to let me know and I’ll give you a prize. If it’s a big syndicate, a ghost project, I’ll give you P50,000. Just tell me in private, regardless of who may be involved],” the President said.

“Kapag malaking mga contract, huwag mong sabihin ang pangalan mo. Ibulong mo lang na niluluto iyan [If it’s a large contract, you don’t have to give your name. Just tell me in secret that it’s being rigged]. I’ll give you P100,000,” he added.

The president also enumerated the names of personnel of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) and the DPWH that were suspended and dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman because of corruption.

He warned that he has all the power to dismiss or replace any corrupt employee or even official in the government.

“Do not ever think you are indispensable in the scheme of things [in the government]. Maraming Pilipino diyan, mga graduate na mahuhusay, na honest. Marami ang walang trabaho ngayon [There are many Filipinos out there, skilled and a graduate, honest. Many are jobless nowadays],” he said.

“Kaya kayong taga-gobyernong may trabaho, take care of your position. Do not allow even a dent of anomaly na dumaan sa opisina mo. Istrikto na ako ngayon until the end of my term [You who work in the government, take care of your position. Do not allow even a dent of anomaly to come into your office. I am stricter now until the end of my term],” he added. MNP (with report from Rosalie Coz)

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