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Senate cuts P50.7-B from DPWH budget

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 1st, 2017


MANILA, Philippines – During the bicameral conference of the 2 chambers of Congress, Thursday, Senator Panfilo Lacson revealed he recommended the slashing of P50.7-billion in the proposed budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The said amount was allocated in DPWH’s right of way item.

Lacson argued the said item has no clear claimants.

In the Senate version of the General Appropriations Act, the slashed amount will be transferred to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) for the implementation of the National ID System.

The amount will also be allocated to the allowance of public school teachers, and feeding program of the DPWH.

“Hindi mo pa nga na-settle yung dadaanan ng kalsada, paano ka magtatayo ng kalsada? (You have not even settled the right of way, how are you going to build the road?) So that accounts for the huge unused appropriations,” Lacson said.

Senator Cynthia Villar admitted the budget cut affects one of her road projects in Las Piñas City, a known Villar family bulwark. It can be noted that her son is the current DPWH secretary.

Villar said the move will have a huge impact, particularly on her road project, which she claims, would help ease traffic congestion in Las Piñas City.

“Si Sen. [Juan Miguel] Zubiri nagko-complain din. Bigla ko binasa, nakita ko rin meron sa Las Piñas. Doon ko lang nakita kasi hindi ko naman kasi ma-imagine na maka-cut kami eh. Very worthy project naman at wala naman kaming problema,” Villar said.

(Senator Zubiri was also complaining.  So I read it and saw that there’s a road project in Las Piñas.  I only found out then because I never imagined they would be cutting the budget. It is a very worthy project and we don’t have any problems.)

With this, the lady senator called on her colleagues in the Senate and lawmakers in the Lower House to study and thoroughly reassess the decision.

Sen. Lacson said many had objected to the budget cut.

“Actually maraming resistance. Ang dami ngang kinakausap na tinamaan yung mga projects nila. Sabi ko hindi ko naman alam na projects niyo yun, malay ko ba. Eh alam ko naman wala na talagang pork,” he said.

(Actually, there is a lot of resistance. Many said their projects have been affected. I told them I was not aware that these are your projects. What I know is that there is no longer pork.)

On the other hand, House Committee on Appropriations Chairman Karlo Norales denied that there are lawmakers complaining about the DPWH budget cut.

“These are projects endorsed by DPWH to DBM, asking for budget allocation para masama sa National Expenditure Program which sinubmit sa Congress for our approval. Hindi ko lubos na maintindihan kung ano ang sinasabi na projects ng congressman,” Nograles said.

(These are projects endorsed by DPWH to DBM, asking for budget allocation to be included in the National Expenditure Program which has been submitted to Congress for our approval. So I don’t understand what projects of the congressmen are being referred to.)

Meanwhile, in the 2018 national budget version of the Lower House, the fund for the Oplan Double Barrel of the Philippine National Police remains at P1.4-billion.

While the budget for the Programang Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Ilegal na Droga or MASA-MASID of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) remains at P500-million.

However, the Senate removed the said amounts in its own budget proposal version. The Senate allocated the fund for the construction of houses for policemen and soldiers.

The two chambers of Congress said they will address the differences in their national budget versions.

They target to ratify the P3.7-trillion General Appropriations Bill by the 12th of December. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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Kennon Road, 5 other roads in CAR, Cagayan Valley closed due to “Falcon” — DPWH

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

Kennon Road in Baguio City

Several road sections in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) and Cagayan Valley are closed to traffic due to the effects of Tropical Storm Falcon, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Wednesday.

The DPWH said that as of 12 noon of Tuesday (July 17), four road sections in CAR and two in Cagayan Valley have been inaccessible due to road cut, road slip, soil erosion, flooding and unsafe road conditions brought by the storm.

The DPWH Bureau of Maintenance (BOM) identified impassable roads in CAR as: Kennon Road; Baguio-Bontoc Road; Governor Bado Dangwa National Road (formerly Acop-Kapangan-Kibungan-Bakun Road) K0345+800 – K0345+890 section in Mogao, Gambang, Bakun, Benguet; Tabuk – Banaue Road, Matteled Section in Duplingan, Tanudan, Kalinga.

Motorists are advised to take Marcos Highway, Baguio-Bauang Road (Naguilian Road) or Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual Road as alternate route to Kennon Road.

Travelers who are supposed to use Baguio-Bontoc Road may traverse Nacagang-Abatan, Bauko, Maba-ay provincial road.

In Region 2, the Bangag-Magapit Road, K0693+500 – K0694+000, Allacapan Section in Cagayan Province; and the detour road of Ngilinan Bridge along NRJ Villa Sur-San Pedro-Cabuaan-Ysmael-Disimungal Road, K0368+628 – K0369+015, in Barangay San Pedro, Madella, Quirino province are also closed to light vehicles due to flooding.

The DPWH said concerned offices have already installed warning signs and dispatched maintenance crew to assist flow of traffic in the affected areas.

The department added that clearing operation will be conducted once the rain stops.

On Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported in its 5 p.m. bulletin that Tropical storm “Falcon” has maintained strength as it moves towards the north northwest direction at 20 kilometers per hour (kph).

It was last spotted at 265 kilometers East of Calayan, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 2 is up over Batanes while TCWS No. 1 has been raised over Apayao, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte and Babuyan group of islands.

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PDEA arrests 15 drug suspects in separate anti-illegal drug operations

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) has arrested 15 drug suspects in anti-illegal drug operations in Makati and Quezon City on Tuesday (July 15).

Authorities conducted the operation in Barangay Olympia in Makati City. They seized around 25 grams of suspected shabu and over 100 grams of marijuana estimated to be worth P185,000.

PDEA Regional Special Enforcement Team served a search warrant against group leaders, Almer de Ocampo alias Inday and Ronald Ariola alias Elbi.

Authorities said they have been monitoring the activities of these suspects including their cohorts. A total of 12 individuals were arrested.

Meanwhile, three others were arrested in the anti-illegal drug operation in Barangay Pinyahan, Quezon City.

The suspects were identified as Matthew Oliveros (20 years old), Wennalyn Oca (20), John Sobrepena (22).

Authorities seized around one kilo of marijuana with a street value of P120,000.

The 15 suspects will face charges for violating Republic Act no. 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.—AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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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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