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NLEX harbor link segment 10 to open to motorists by December 2018

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018

DPWH Sec. Mark Villar speaks on NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is speeding up the construction of the North Luzon Expressway harbor link segment 10 and is hoping to open the said portion of the road before end of December this year.

The construction is currently 83 percent finished, according to DPWH.

Secretary Mark Villar said the agency finally resolved the longstanding issue on road right of way that hampered the project for some time.

Affected residents have already been given the appropriate compensation while some of them were relocated to other areas of Bulacan and nearby provinces.

The NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 is an elevated expressway that interconnects the cities of Valenzuela, Malabon, Caloocan, and Novatas exiting NLEX.

The said infrastructure will mainly benefit truckers from Manila Port area that deliver goods to the Central and northern parts of Luzon.

It is also expected to further ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila.

 “Ano pong impact ng harbor link project? 30,000 cars a day minimum ang dadaan sa harbor links. Lahat po ng trucks na galling po sa Port hindi na kailangan dumaan sa Metro area. Diretso na po sa NLEX. Napakalaking bagay sa commerce, sa traffic itong project,” Villar said.

The DPWH estimates that travel time from Metro Manila to NLEX will soon take up to 15 minutes only once the harbor link segment 10 is completed, a big convenience to motorists especially in the coming holiday season.

Meanwhile, The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation is proposing a P6.00 increase in toll once the NLEX harbor link segment 10 is opened.

“Mayroon tayong binabayarang toll sa tinatawag nating open system. Iyon ang section from Balintawak to Bocaue. Ang magiging adjustment dito that initial toll na babayaran magdagdag ng P6.00,” said Rodrigo Franco, the MPTC President.

This proposal, according to MPTC, is still subject to review by the Toll Regulatory Board – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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3 bodies recovered from landslide site in Natonin, Mt. Province

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Search and retrieval operations after a landslide in Barangay Habawel. Natonin, Mt. Province | Photo courtesy of BFPCAR

CORDILLERA ADMINISTRATIVE REGION, Philippines – Three bodies were recovered from ground zero at Barangay Habawel in the town of Natonin on Thursday (November 1).

Heavy equipment supposedly to aid the search and retrieval operations at the landslide site where a Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 2nd District Engineering Office was buried, are still far from reaching the area.

Rescuers are left with no choice but to use hand tools to excavate the ground in hopes of retrieving more bodies from the rubble.

Sitio Hakrang was made isolated by five more landslides with soil erosions blocking the main road. Authorities need to traverse through waist-deep mud by foot in a distance of five kilometers in order to reach the landslide area.

On Thursday (November 1) Mayor Mateo Chiyawan ordered to shift the operations at ground zero from search and rescue to retrieval because the floors of the damaged DPWH building already piled up and no air pockets could be seen from the rubble, so the chance for a survivor was nearly impossible.

The retrieved bodies are still unidentified as of press time while 19 more individuals remain missing. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Grace Doctolero)

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Southbound lane of Quirino Bridge 2 in Paco, Manila reopens

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Courtesy: DPWH

MANILA, Philippines – Motorists may now ply the southbound lane of Quirino Bridge II in Paco town as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reopened it on Thursday (October 4).

The bridge, which connects the cities of Manila, Pasay, and Makati, is a vital infrastructure for the delivery of goods from the northern part of Manila to the southern municipalities.

The reopening of the bridge will hugely help in easing the flow of vehicles especially this holiday season.

“Malaking ginhawa. Mapapabilis talaga ang travel time at least 20 minutes ang mase-save sa travel time,” said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

The chairman of Barangay 853, Jesus Dalinoc, lauded the completion of the project.

“Maganda. Nagkaroon na ng widening, kabilaan yan. Kapag nagawa ito, ang traffic mawawala dahil ang sistema ay talagang pinaganda nila ng husto,” he said.

The Quirino bridge was constructed along Quirino Highway in 1968. The  southbound portion was closed for rehabilitation in May this year. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Cathy Maglalang)

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Duterte orders construction of dedicated evacuation centers in typhoon-prone areas

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte watches an aerial footage showing the extent of the damage caused by Typhoon ‘Ompong’ in some areas of Cagayan Valley during a situation briefing at the Cagayan Provincial Capitol in Tuguegarao City on September 16, 2018. Joining the President is Secretary Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte directed the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to provide a design for a dedicated evacuation center which the President wants to establish in typhoon-prone areas in the country.

These areas are mostly in the eastern part near the Pacific Ocean like Samar, Leyte, and Bicol.

The President wants to spare school facilities from becoming makeshift shelters for evacuees during calamities and avoid delays in school calendar and lessons for students.

 “Kasi kapag ganito tayo ng ganito especially in places na prone sa baha, ang mga bata mapuputol ang edukasyon. If we can have a design from DPWH na maganda parang gym with a lot of maybe maraming seperate na comfort room and washrooms for the ladies,” the President said during a command conference at the Cagayan Provincial Capitol on Monday (September 17).

The President was in Cagayan to personally check on the situation there following the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong.

A picture provided by Special Assistant to the President Sec. Bong Go showed President Duterte conducting aerial inspection over Tuguegarao City. Go said the President was pleased to know that the province was quick to disseminate precautionary measures resulting in zero casualty record. He also commended the cooperation of the community for making evacuation less difficult for authorities.

Meanwhile, the President expressed sympathy to other provinces badly hit by the typhoon and which recorded a number of casualties. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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