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Sen. Pacquiao seeks probe on alleged right-of-way scam in General Santos City

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Senator Manny Pacquiao seeks to probe on the alleged “right–of–way” scam in his hometown in General Santos.

Based on the senator’s resolution, there have been reports that a group of individuals had submitted fake land titles claiming to be landowners of some properties in GenSan to secure payment from the government for its right-of-way project.

The senator wants to look at some gaps in the government’s project implementation.

Senator Pacquiao also wants an explanation from the former officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) of the previous administration on the issue.

“Pero yung mga pangalan na nakita ko na beneficiary dun sa P8.7-billion. Sabi ko, ‘Ang liit-liit ng GenSan, hindi ko kilala ang mga tao na ito, hindi taga GenSan.’  Tapos kung makikita po yung mga papeles, iisa lang yung gumawa, pare-pareho lahat,” Pacquiao said.

(I saw the names of the beneficiaries of the P8.7-billion. I said, ‘ GenSan is so small, but I do not know these people, they’re not from Gen-San.’ Looking at the papers, it was prepared by the same person. The documents are all the same.)  – UNTV News & Rescue

 

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LIST: Weekend road reblocking in Metro Manila

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has advised motorists to avoid several roads that will undergo repairs starting Friday evening.

In an advisory posted on its website, the MMDA said the following roads will undergo repairs from 11 p.m. Friday (July 12) until 5:00 a.m. on Monday (July 15):

SOUTHBOUND:

  • EDSA fronting Guzent Construction Equipment Sales and Rental to Culiat Bridge (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • Katipunan Ave. after P. Tuazon Blvd. (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA Magallanes-Baclaran Bus Stop to Magallanes-Alabang Bus Stop (outer lane)
  • EDSA Eugenio Lopez – Sct. Borromeo (desilting and construction of manhole)
  • EDSA Quezon City between West Avenue and Philam Village (restoration/concreting works)

WESTBOUND:

  • Quirino Highway Kingfisher St. to Primerose St. (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • General Luis St. Pascual St. to before Oriental Tin

NORTHBOUND & SOUTHBOUND:

  • C-5 Road fronting SM Aura Northbound (3rd lane from median) and SM Aura Southbound (2nd lane from median)


NORTHBOUND:

  • Regalado Ave. Mindanao Ave. Ext. to Quirino Highway (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA after Aurora Blvd. (2nd lane from sidewalk)

The MMDA said all affected roads will be fully passable by 5 a.m. on Monday.

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Skyway Stage 3 Plaza Dilao Ramp to open in two weeks – DPWH

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, July 5th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The construction of Skyway Stage 3 project is in full swing and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) is targeting to accomplish at least 95 percent of the project before the end of 2019.

On Friday (July 5), DPWH Secretary Mark Villar arrived at the construction site in Buendia, Makati City to inspect the progress of the project.

Skyway Stage 3 Project is an 18.68 kilometers-long elevated expressway composed of five sections:

  • Section 1 – Buendia Avenue, Makati City to President Quirino Avenue, Manila City;
  • Section 2A – Pres. Quirino Avenue Manila to Tomas Claudio Street, Manila;
  • Section 2B – Tomas Claudio Street, Manila to Aurora Boulevard, Manila;
  • Section 3 – Aurora Boulevard, Manila to Quezon Avenue, Quezon City;
  • Section 4 – Quezon Avenue, Quezon City to A. Bonifacio Avenue, Quezon City
  • Section 5 – A. Bonifacio, Quezon City to NLEX

The project has eight access ramps or interchanges:

  • Buendia Avenue, (South Super Highway, Makati City)
  • Pres. Quirino Avenue (Malate, Manila)
  • Plaza Dilao (Paco, Manila)
  • Nagtahan/Aurora Boulevard (Manila)
  • E. Rodriguez Avenue (Quezon City)
  • Quezon Avenue (Quezon City)
  • Sgt. Rivera Street (Quezon City)
  • North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)

The project aims to reduce the usual two-hour travel time from Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City to about 15 to 20 minutes.

Secretary Villar ensured that the skyway is resilient to environmental hazards and can withstand the strongest earthquakes.

“This is seismic rated and it was constructed with that in mind for a seismic event and ang project namin diyan up to 8 kaya niyang mag withstand (we project it could withstand up to magnitude 8),” he said.

During his visit, Villar also announced that the opening of the first exit ramp at Plaza Dilao, in Paco, Manila is set within the next two weeks.

The DPWH said motorists will enjoy a month-long toll-free journey through the exit ramp while the Toll Regulatory Board is still discussing the exact amount of the regular toll.

Skyway Stage 3 project is among the major road projects prioritized by the DPWH.

“Confident naman kami na (We are confident that it is) substantially completed, which is, meaning around 95 percent of the project will be completed before the end of the year,” Villar noted.

“May konting area na lang na kailangang tapusin pero nakuha na namin yung right of way kaya tuloy tuloy na yung construction (There are a few areas still for completion and we already obtained the right of way so the construction is ongoing),” he added.

This project is one of the government’s solution to decongest traffic in Metro Manila and to accomplish President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise of 5-minute travel time from EDSA-Cubao to Makati Area by December. – with reports from Joan Nano

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DPWH Secretary says 5-minute Cubao-Makati travel time possible

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar has said that the 5-minute travel time from Cubao to Makati can be done.

Villar explained that major road projects in Metro Manila which are set to be opened will help in making the 5-minute travel time possible.

These projects include Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project, NLEX Harbor Link, and C5 South Link Expressway which are expected to be finished by the end of the year.

Villar said 200,000 vehicles would need to be taken out in order to reduce traffic along EDSA.

“To revert back to a level of traffic when we finish the Skyway Project it will reduce traffic by 100,000 vehicles. When the NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) Harbor Link connector is completed it will minimize 50,000 vehicles. When C-6 is finished we reduce another 50,000,” he said.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has recorded around 400,000 vehicles traversing EDSA everyday which exceeds its capacity of 288,000 vehicles.

Meanwhile, aside from the DPWH, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group also thinks the 5-minute travel time is possible especially when traffic laws will be strictly implemented.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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