Duterte to lead inauguration of NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10

Robie de Guzman   •   February 28, 2019   •   3037

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to lead the inauguration of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 on Thursday.

According to Malacañang, the program for the opening of the completed elevated portion of the NLEX Harbor link tollway will be held this afternoon.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) earlier said that the 5.65-kilometer road, which traverses the cities of Valenzuela, Malabon and Caloocan, aims to make the delivery of goods quicker and more efficient for truckers as it will directly connect the expressway to the port area and vice versa.

It is also expected to ease travel from C3 Road to NLEX from five (5) to ten (10) minutes, decongest traffic along EDSA and help motorists gain easier access to NLEX as it bypasses the Balintawak Area as well as the Balintawak toll plaza.

A P45 fee is set for the Harbor Link tollway but motorists who will use it for the first two weeks of the opening will not be charged, the DPWH said.

Aside from this, Duterte is also expected to grace the groundbreaking ceremony for the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Project on Thursday.

The elevated expressway will be four-lane wide and eight-kilometre long. It will traverse from C3 Road Caloocan Interchange to Blumentritt and España roads towards Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and Sta. Mesa in Manila.

The construction project, which costs around P23.5 billion, will begin on April 2019 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. – Robie de Guzman (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

More mobile rooms built at CCP Complex —Sec. Villar

Maris Federez   •   May 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Shipping containers purpose-built into mobile rooms have already been deployed at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) Complex in Pasay City, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

According to the agency’s Facebook page, the high cube containers converted into mobile rooms can be used as additional coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) isolation health facilities.

Sec. Mark Villar further said these may also function as alternative living quarters to temporarily house medical doctors and staff on duty at hospitals or at mega quarantine facilities operating at the PICC, the World Trade Center, and the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

“These rooms can provide some relief to hospital workers who are tirelessly serving as frontliners against COVID-19,” the DPWH chief said.

“Ten 20-foot long shipping containers are at the CCP complex undergoing final refurbishing works by the DPWH National Capital Region headed by Director Ador Canlas,” he added.

Based on the department’s design plans, a 20-footer container can be divided into four (4) fully-airconditioned rooms for sleeping with separate toilet and bath, and aluminum window frame for proper ventilation.

The 10 units of shipping containers can accommodate a total of 40 individuals.

“More than providing facilities for sleeping, medical personnel need not travel from hospitals and/or health facilities to their residences putting at risk the health and safety of their respective families due to their regular exposure to COVID-19 patients,” Villar said.

“The location of CCP is very strategic. It is close to quarantine facilities as well as level 2 and level 3 hospitals. This will serve as prototype for accommodation rooms for health care workers as well as PUIs and PUMs,” he concluded.

The department’s health facility project is in collaboration with the Villar Group of Companies. — /mbmf

DPWH announces completion of ‘We Heal as One’ Center in Alabang

Maris Federez   •   May 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that a new health facility has already been completed in southern Metro Manila through the collaboration between the government and the private sector.

In a DPWH Facebook post on Monday (May 12), Secretary Mark A. Villar said the 9th “We Heal as One” Center that was put up at Filinvest Tent in Alabang, Muntinlupa City is seen to augment government’s efforts against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In preparation for the turnover of the facility to the IATFMEID on May 13, DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, DPWH Build Build Build Committee Chairperson Anna Mae Lamentillo, DPWH COVID-19 Committee Vice-Chair Engr. John Dominic P Pulido, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) General Jose Embang, and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) General Services Division Chief Christopher Gacutan drafted a punch list of the project on Monday (May 11), the post read.

“The Filinvest Tent ‘We Heal as One’ Center has a capacity of 108 beds and will be managed by OCD and BFP,” Usec. Sadain said.

The construction materials for its redesigning and transformation into a makeshift hospital was sponsored by Filinvest Development Corporation.

On the other hand, the Yuchengco-led construction firm EEI Corporation provided the manpower for the repurposing of Filinvest Tent into a quarantine facility, while the hospital beds were donated by the Villar Group of Companies.

Secretary Villar said the place was chosen for its accessibility to major thoroughfares in the south with its major entry and exit points only a few minutes travel from Makati through SLEX/Skyway.

The DPWH chief also enumerated the eight (8) other mega quarantine facilities prepared by the government supported by the private sector, as follows:

  • PICC-Forum
  • World Trade Center
  • Ninoy Aquino Stadium
  • Rizal Memorial Coliseum
  • ASEAN Convention Center, Clark, Pampanga
  • National Government Administrative Center, New Clark City, Capas, Tarlac
  • Philippine Sports Complex (ULTRA), Pasig City
  • Philippine Arena – 3 Big Tents, Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Bulacan

“Just like the eight previously completed mega quarantine facilities, Filinvest Tent ‘We Heal as One Center’ will be fully-air-conditioned and complete with necessary facilities,” Villar said. — /mbmf

DPWH converts shipping containers to mobile health facilities amid COVID-19 crisis

Robie de Guzman   •   April 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said it is now converting shipping containers into mobile facilities as part of its efforts to assist the Department of Health (DOH) amid the fight to contain the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said they have already completed the conversion of one shipping container into a prototype health facility in preparation for when the (COVID-19) situation worsens amid rising number of infections.

Villar said the DPWH has prepared the designs for four high cube containers, measuring 40 feet long by 8 feet width and 9 feet height joined together to create mobile field hospitals for the possible isolation and treatment of 16 probable COVID-19 patients.

Based on DPWH plans for one-story health facility, a 40-footer shipping container is divided into four rooms. Each room will have toilet and bath, and will have proper ventilation for the full isolation of a patients, according to DOH guidelines and recommendations.

Villar said design plans have also been prepared for 20 feet long high cube shipping containers that can be converted into nurse stations, utility room and separate temporary quarters of male and female healthcare service personnel.

“We’re ready to convert these containers into mobile hospitals and install them in any available hospital grounds or open public spaces,” Villar said.

The DPWH said the project is in line with efforts to assist the DOH in the establishment, construction, and operation of temporary medical facilities as mandated in the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.

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