LIST: Weekend road reblocking, repair schedule in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   January 31, 2020   •   402

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Friday night for the scheduled road repairs and reblocking.

In an advisory, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said road repair works on the following roads will begin 11 p.m., Friday (January 31) until 5 a.m., Monday (February 3):  

SOUTHBOUND

  • Bonifacio Ave. (SB) 7th Avenue to Sgt. Rivera St. (2nd lane from the sidewalk)
  • EDSA Bulacan St. to West Ave. (1st lane from the sidewalk)
  • EDSA approach BP Tuazon flyover to approach A. Boni Serrano flyover (2nd lane from MRT Line)

EASTBOUND

  • General Luis St. Rebisco Road to Samote St.
  • Elliptical Road from Kalayaan Ave to Maharlika St. (7th lane from the outer sidewalk)

NORTHBOUND

  • EDSA QC after Aurora Blvd. to New York St. (3rd lane from the sidewalk)
  • Katipunan Ave./C5 after UP Town Center (3rd lane from the center island)

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

More COVID-19 wards, ICU rooms at EAMC by end of August — DPWH

Marje Pelayo   •   August 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is working double time to complete the construction of additional wards and intensive care units (ICU) at the East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Quezon City.

“In a meeting, together with our team and its counterpart at the Department of Health (DOH) and the building contractor, I was assured that a system is in place to complete the EAMC facilities the soonest,” Secretary Mark Villar said.

Villar added that the facilities will be able to accommodate additional 250 patients.

The DOH tapped the DPWH to help expedite the construction of the facilities at EAMC to increase its bed capacity for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.

The additional wards are expected to be completed by August 17 while the enhancement of the third floor for ICU will be finished on September 15.

DPWH eyes completion of offsite dormitories for QC medical frontliners by end of June

Robie de Guzman   •   June 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The construction of six cluster dormitories for medical frontline workers in Quezon City is expected to be completed by the end of June, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the dormitories, which are being built inside the Quezon Memorial Circle, will have 16 rooms with own toilet and bath with hot and cold water.

Each room for each dormitory cluster can accommodate 32 people or a total capacity of 192 people for six dormitories, he added.

The DPWH chief also said that the offsite dormitories are made of collapsible components fabricated to assemble 16 rooms, with spaces intended for living room, common dining, and laundry and kitchen areas.

Medical personnel of Quezon City-based hospitals such as National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue Medical Center, Veterans Memorial Hospital, Childrens Hospital, V. Luna General Hospital, Quezon City General Hospital and other government hospitals in QC will benefit from the temporary shelter project.

Villar, together with Quezon City officials, inspected the ongoing construction of the dormitories last Friday, June 19.

The offsite dormitories were conceptualized by the DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Health Facilities headed by Undersecretary Emil Sadain to support the need for accommodation facilities of hospital workers on the front lines of caring for COVID-19 patients.

Operation of the dormitories after its completion by the DPWH will be undertaken by the local government unit.

This is in accordance with the memorandum of agreement signed by Villar and Quezon City Mayor Belmonte in putting up ‘We Heal as One Offsite Dormitory’ solely for use by doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working in hospitals within the jurisdiction of Quezon City who need space to rest between shifts.

When the structure is no longer needed, the DPWH said the temporary dormitories can be dismantled and removed on site.

The department said each of the components can be safely stored as part of its property for other related requirements such as temporary shelter during disaster/calamity response.

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

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