P13.23-B Davao City Bypass road project contract awarded to Japanese firm – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   October 30, 2020   •   293

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).

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 11 road sections still closed after Ulysses onslaught

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 17, 2020

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has reported that 11 road sections remain closed in areas affected by Typhoon Ulysses.

These consist of two roads in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), three in Region II, five in Region III, and one is Region IV-A.

The DPWH said these roads are closed due to soil collapse, landslide, road slip, mudflow, flooding, and carriageway settlement caused by the heavy rain brought by Typhoon Ulysses.

The DPWH also reported that seven road sections are with limited access.

“One in CAR, one in Region II, three in Region III, one in Region V, and one in Region VIII due to road slip, mudflow, flooding, scoured bridge approaches, and damaged detour,” according to the DPWH advisory.

Meanwhile, all other national roads and bridges are passable for all types of vehicles. AAC

15 roads remain closed to traffic after Ulysses onslaught

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Only 15 road sections in areas affected by Typhoon Ulysses remain closed to traffic as clearing operations continue.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported several of these roads were closed due to soil collapse, landslide, roadslip, mudflow, toppled trees, damaged detour, eroded bridge approach, flooding and carriageway settlement caused by continuous rains brought by Typhoon Ulysses.

Four roads remain closed in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), three in Region II, six in Region III, one in Region IV-A, and one in Region V.

Meanwhile, there are four road sections with limited access while the rest of the national roads are already passable to all types of vehicles. AAC

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