MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced it has awarded the civil works contract for the initial implementation of the Davao City Bypass Construction Project to a Japanese Consortium.
In a statement on Thursday, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the joint venture group of Shimizu-Ulticon-Takenaka will undertake the construction of contract package 1-1 of the project amounting to P13.230 billion.
The package, which covers 10.7 kilometers of four-lane highway inclusive of 2.3-kilometer tunnel, will be undertaken by the group within 37 months of 1,110 calendar days.
“This bypass road will mitigate congestions in Davao City with the travel time between Brgy. Sirawan in Toril District Davao City and Brgy. J.P. Laurel in Panabo City of 1 hour and 44 minutes via Pan-Philippine Highway Diversion Road to be reduced into 49 minutes via Davao City Bypass,” Villar said.
The contract agreement between the DPWH and the Japanese joint venture group was signed on Thursday, Oct. 29 by DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations and Technical Services Emil Sadain, Project Director Virgilio C. Castillo of DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1, and Makoto Fujii and Gil P. Manuel of Shimizu-Ulticon–Takenaka Joint Venture.
According to Sadain, the most significant component of the project included in the awarded contract package is the 2.3 kilometer mountain tunnel that that will run through the mountainous barangay to shorten the drive from the Davao-Digos Intersection of the Pan Philippine Highway in Toril, Davao City towards the intersection of the Davao-Agusan National Highway in Panabo City.
“It is expected that Japanese technology such as excavation techniques for tunnel construction will be applied and our Filipino engineers and skilled workers may take advantage of acquiring technical knowledge and expertise in the building of the tunnel that will be the longest in the country once completed,” he said.
The Davao City Bypass Construction Project will be funded by the Japanese Official Development Assistance signed last June providing the Philippine government with a Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) Loan from JICA under Loan Agreement Nos. PH-P261 and PH-P273, the DPWH said.
Under the STEP loan that will promote transfer of outstanding Japanese technology and expertise, the main contract is Japan tied but allows a joint venture in addition to the Japanese company.
Villar said the bypass road construction is seen to be a driving force for economic growth in the entire Mindanao by connecting the port area to the southern end of the Davao City while avoiding the city center.
The entire bypass road with a total length of 45.5 kilometers is divided into six packages: package I-1 (10.7 km), package I-2 (12.8 km), package I-3 (6.1 km), package II-1 (2.7 km), package II-2 (3.5 km), and package II-3 (9.7 km).
MANILA, Philippines – Damage to roads and bridges due to the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta in the country has already reached P58 million, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
In a statement on Wednesday, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar noted that the amount is only a partial cost of damage covering Region 2 with P30 million, Region 4-A with P20 million, and Region 5 with P8 million.
Villar also reported that at least 15 road sections remain closed to traffic as of Wednesday morning.
He said DPWH quick response teams are still clearing four road sections in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), four in Region 2, two in Region 3, four in Region 4-A, and one in Region 10.
In CAR, road closures are reported along Kennon Road; Tawang – Ambiong Road,
K0263+900 – K0263+930, Sitio Lower Riverside, Brgy. Ambiong, La Trinidad, Benguet; Claveria-Calanasan-Kabugao Road K0643+050-K0643+110, Maragmin Section, Calanasan, Apayao; and along Tabuk – Banawe via Tanudan – Barlig Road, K0522+150 – K0522+200, Matteled Section, Dupligan, Tanudan, Kalinga and K0522+200 – K0522+250, Dupligan, Tanudan, Kalinga due to unsafe roadway, road cut, and damaged/sunken pavement.
The Cabagan-Sta. Maria Overflow Bridge, in Cabagan, Sta. Maria, Isabela; intermittent sections of Cadcadir- Kabugao Road; the Jct. Logac Lasam Gagabutan Road (JLLGR) Rizal Section, k0760+700-k0761+500, Sitio Masi , Brgy. Talat, Rizal, Cagayan; and Manila North Road (MNR) K0590+150 in Brgy. San Juan, Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan remain impassable.
DPWH Region 3 reported the ongoing clearing operations along intermittent sections of Baliwag-Candaba -Sta. Ana Road in San Agustin, Candaba, Pampanga; and Candaba – San Miguel Road, K0072+750 – K0072+300, in Paralaya, Candaba, Pampanga.
In Region 4-A, four closed sections are: Batangas Tabangao-Lobo Road K0135+000-K0135+700; Talisay-Laurel-Agoncillo Unclassified Road at Sitio Manalao, Agoncillo, Batangas; intermittent sections of Tagaytay Taal Lake Road in Brgy. San Jose, Tagaytay City, Cavite; and the Indang-Alfonso via Luksuhin Road, K0058+600, Brgy. Mangas II, Ternate, Cavite while the Misamis Oriental -Bukidnon – Agusan Road, Siloo Bridge, in Brgy. San Luis, Malitbog, Bukidnon also remains impassable.
On the other hand, all road sections in Bicol Region have been cleared and opened following the onslaught of Quinta, Villar said.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte may form a separate task force to investigate the alleged widespread corruption within the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Malacañang said.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the president would prefer an independent body although the task force created by the DPWH is a start.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar earlier ordered the creation of a five-member task force to probe and file charges against officials and employees allegedly involved in the corrupt practices.
Roque, however, noted that some have raised doubt if it can succeed in exercising its functions as “it’s the same people investigating one another.”
The Palace also urged the public to give DPWH the chance to fight and rid the agency of corruption. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)
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