Portion of Cavite-Laguna Expressway to open in October – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   September 3, 2019   •   599

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is eyeing to open the first 10-kilometer portion of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) in October.

This CALAX segment starts from Mamplasan exit of South Luzon Expressway to the Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Interchange, according to the DPWH.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said this portion of the toll road is expected to serve around 10,000 motorists daily and ease the heavy flow of vehicles passing Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway and Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road.

“So ‘yung mga pupuntang Laguna, ‘yung mga pupunta sa Tagaytay, puwede na nilang gamitin ito, mas mabilis ito,” Villar told reporters following the inspection and drive through on the road Tuesday.

CALAX is a four-lane, 45-kilometer expressway which will connect Cavite Expressway (CAVITEx) in Kawit to South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) at the Mamplasan exchange in Biñan City, Laguna. It will have eight interchanges in Kawit, Daang Hari, Governor’s Drive, Aguinaldo Highway, Silang, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay, Technopark, Laguna Boulevard and a toll barrier before SLEx.

The entire road project is expected to be completed before the end of the term of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2022.

Once it is completed, Villar said the usual two-hour travel time from SLEx to CAVITEx will be reduced to 45 minutes to an hour.

It is seen to benefit growing industrial, commercial and real estate centers in the Southern Tagalog region. RRD (with details from Correspondent Benedict Samson)

DPWH to inspect SEA Games venues

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2019

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will be inspecting the venues for the Southeast Asian Games to be held from November 30 to December 11.

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar has directed offices on the inspection and maintenance of roads and structural assessment for the said venues.

“Along with the festivities and excitement brought by the forthcoming games, vigilance and safety of the participants and audience must always be of highest importance to avoid undesired incidents,” according to Villar.

On-going constructions along the SEA Games venues will also be temporarily suspended for five days before and after the SEA games events.

The DPWH also said they will coordinate with the local government units (LGU) in various cities and municipalities of Region 1,3, 4A, and the National Capital Region (NCR) “for the conduct of structural assessment of billets and hotels that will accommodate the SEA Games participants and guest.”—AAC

LIST: Road repairs, reblocking this weekend

Robie de Guzman   •   September 6, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed to motorists starting Friday night to give way to the scheduled weekend road repairs and reblocking, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In an advisory, the MMDA said repair works on the following roads will start at 11 p.m. Friday (Sept. 6) until 5 a.m. Monday (Sept. 9):

SOUTHBOUND:

  • EDSA Bansalangin to North Ave. U-turn (5th lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA Eugenio Lopez – Timog MRT Station Lagarian Creek to Arayat Cubao
  • EDSA Magallanes-Baclaran Bus Stop to Magallanes-Alabang Bus Stop (outer lane)
  • C-5 Road near Market Market
  • Taguig City fronting Palar Village 254 M before KM 17+000 
  • Quezon City along EDSA Southbound between West Avenue and Philam Village

EASTBOUND:

  • Quirino Highway Salvia St. to before Belfast Road (inner lane)
  • Elliptical Rd before Commonwealth Ave. (3rd lane from outer sidewalk)


WESTBOUND

  • Novaliches General Luis Oriental Tin to Rebisco


NORTHBOUND:

  • Bonifacio Ave. near J. Pineda St. (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • Batasan/ San Mateo Rd. Sapphire Dr. to fronting Petron (2nd lane from center)
  • EDSA Main Ave. to P. Tuazon (1st lane from the sidewalk)
  • Katipunan Ave./C-5 after CP Garcia St. (truck lane)


The MMDA advised affected motorists to avoid the said areas and use alternate routes instead.

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Villar assures DPWH 2020 budget is pork-free

Robie de Guzman   •   August 28, 2019

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar

MANILA, Philippines – The P534.29 billion proposed budget for the year 2020 of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is free of pork barrel fund, Secretary Mark Villar assured on Tuesday.

Villar gave the assurance to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano when he defended their budget proposal before the House Committee on Appropriations.

The DPWH chief said they have shifted to line-item budgeting to ensure that the department’s budget, which is 17 percent higher than that of the previous year, has no illegal pork barrel and the anomalous practice of “parking funds” will not occur.

He added that pork barrel inclusion will not be tolerated by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Villar further stated that Duterte ordered the department to implement reforms to reduce corruption.

“Everything has gone through a vigorous process of vetting and rest assured Mr. Speaker, that there is none,” he said.

“In fact, we have implemented already a software system for the whole DPWH and this is the first of its kind. We monitor projects through the system application called the CMPA (Contract Management Procedures and Application System) that helps us,” he added.

The DPWH chief noted that their strict monitoring of infrastructure projects using this CMPA system has led to the blacklisting of around 18 contractors.

“One of the accomplishments of this system is that we blacklisted almost around 18 contractors. This has been the highest (that) it has ever been implemented in the department,” he said.

“At the same time, we track all projects via geotagging. In other words, the progress of every project will be confirmed by a satellite confirmatory photography,” he added.

Villar also assured that the DPWH’s 2020 budget is evenly distributed across the country’s regions, adding that most of the big-ticket projects are in provincial areas.

“It was really balanced based on needs,” he said.

During the hearing on Tuesday, Villar presented the DPWH strategic infrastructure programs and policies to be supported by its 2020 budget, based on the agency’s National Expenditure Program (NEP).

He also mentioned the department’s Strategic Road Map and the three major outcomes that they hope to accomplish through their 2020 budget.

These include the reduction of travel time which will be achieved through increased road network capacity and the construction of new roads and bridges for seamless transport system; the improvement of road quality and safety; and meeting the international road safety standards with the highest quality; and 4) provision of engineering solutions to road safety concerns.

Villar also reported that 4,536 flood mitigation structures were completed under the DPWH flood control accomplishments from July 2016 to May 2019.

Road accomplishments on the same period also revealed that some 9,845 kilometers of roads were constructed, maintained, widened, upgraded and rehabilitated.

Likewise, there were 2,709 bridges constructed, widened, upgraded, rehabilitated and strengthened in the same period, according to the DPWH chief.

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