MANILA, Philippines – The newly-reconstructed Sevilla Bridge is now fully opened to the public, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Monday.
The Sevilla Bridge is a four-lane bridge crossing the San Juan River connecting Shaw Boulevard in Burol, Mandaluyong City and P. Sanchez Street in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
“Now that the new Sevilla Bridge is open to the traveling public, it should help decongest traffic in Metro Manila and benefit the daily motorists,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said in a statement.
The bridge was initially opened to motorists on June 26 for the lanes going to Shaw Boulevard while its opposite lanes were completed a week after.
The bridge reconstruction project, a partnership with San Miguel Corp. (SMC), involves a 56.76 linear meter single span with a total width of 19.40 meters composed of 7.65 meter carriageway an d 1.5 meter sidewalk (northbound and southbound), and 1.1-meter center island.
Following its closure in March, the bridge was reconstructed to give way to construction works of Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 project.
The reconstruction of Sevilla Bridge also helps in ensuring the smooth flow of water in the San Juan River where it stands, resulting to flood mitigation in the area especially during the rainy season,” Villar said.
MANILA, Philippines – The Maitim and Kaybagal sections of the ongoing four-lane Tagaytay Bypass Road Project in Tagaytay City, Cavite are now open to vehicular traffic, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar led the inauguration Wednesday of the 1.54-kilometer road segment which is also features a bike lane.
The opened segments are part of the 8.59-kilometer Tagaytay Bypass Road that will divert traffic from the congested roads of Tagaytay City, which run through Luksuhin, Sikat, Zambal, Guinhawa, Patutong Malaki, Balagbag, Salaban, Kaybagal, and Maitim road sections.
“The opening of these two sections is only the beginning as we have been prioritizing the inclusion of Tagaytay Bypass Road Project in the national budget since 2018,” Villar said in a statement.
When completed, the Tagaytay Bypass Road is expected to reduce the travel time from Alfonso towards Tagaytay City to only 20 minutes from the usual 53 minutes.
Aside from the Maitim and Kaybagal Section, the DPWH said it is currently implementing road opening and concreting at the 746-meter Balagbag Section, road opening of 1.32-kilometer Salaban Section, road concreting of 590-meter Guinhawa Section; and road opening and concreting of 580-meter Patuto Section 3.
The DPWH said it has so far released P466.24 million for the ongoing and completed sections of the bypass road project.
The entire stretch of Tagaytay Bypass road will also have a separated bike lane, as per Secretary Villar’s Department Order 88 series of 2020 which requires the inclusion of bike lanes in all future national road and bridge projects.
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday announced it has created a task force to look into the alleged widespread corruption in the department.
Through Department Order No. 101, dated Oct. 17, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar formed the Task Force Against Graft and Corruption (TAG), comprised of five members.
The task force will be headed by Assistant Secretary Mel John Verzosa, Director Gliricidia Tumaliuan-Ali will serve as its vice chairperson, while Director Michael Villafranca, Stakeholders Relations Service officer in charge Andro Santiago and Atty. Ken Edward Sta. Rita will be its members.
The TAG is ordered to investigate anomalies allegedly perpetrated by officials and/or employees of the department based on complaints.
“The TAG, upon observing due process, shall recommend to the Office of the Secretary, through a resolution, the appropriate action(s) to take concerning the erring official(s) and/or employee(s),” the order read.
Villar has also authorized the task force to create a technical working group which will serve as secretariat and shall aid the group on the exercise of its functions.
The task force was created after President Rodrigo Duterte blasted the alleged corruption in the DPWH during a public address.
The DPWH said they will continue to expand isolation capacity to address the dearth of facilities from over the past months especially with Metro Manila still recording the highest daily number of cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.
Meanwhile, the DPWH is working on the implementation of a total of 603 isolation/quarantine facilities for COVID-19 patients/suspects nationwide with a total of 21,609-bed capacity, as well as 75 off-site dormitories for medical workers with 1,806-bed capacity. -AAC
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