Villar assures DPWH 2020 budget is pork-free

Robie de Guzman   •   August 28, 2019   •   1106

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.

P1.2-B allocated for study of 82 big-ticket projects – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   February 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 82 projects are currently under feasibility studies, preliminary, detailed engineering design, economic analysis, technical studies, and traffic impact assessment, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the DPWH said these projects have received an allocation of P1.23 billion under the 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that in Luzon alone, 33 proposed projects have received study funding – the Samson Road to NLEX Connector Link Project under DPWH National Capital Region costing P36.9 Million and the Alaminos-Lucap Bypass Road in Pangasinan costing P11 Million for Region 1.

The Cordillera Administrative Region has received funding for seven projects costing P94.4 Million which cover Mongol-Nalbu-Alimit-Nattum-Dulao Road and Boliwog-Abinuan-Alimit (Mayoyao) Road among others, he added.

Region 2 also received P37.5 million for the study of four projects covering Baybayog Bypass Road and Quezon-Delfin Abano Road.

Region 3 received P60 million for four projects covering San Miguel-Cabanatuan Road and San Leonardo-San Antonio Bypass Road and Concepcion-Mabalacat Bypass Road among others.

In Region 4-A, seven projects received P126.3 million which include the Batangas Grand Terminal Flyover, Cavite-Batangas Bypass Road, and Tanza-Nasugbu Road.

Four projects in Region 4-B costing P68.6 million covering Sablayan-Sta. Cruz Diversion Road and Lubang Island Circumferential Road.

Region 5 received P47.1 million for five projects, which include the Sipocot Bypass Road and Mabolo-Almeda Bypass Road among others.

In Visayas, the DPWH allocated funding for studies of 19 projects which is composed of three in Region 6 costing P66.4 million covering Capiz-Aklan Coastal Road among others; six in Region 7 costing P106.2 million which covers Pamplona-Tanjay City-Bayawan City Road and Mambaling South Boulevard; and 10 projects in Region 8 costing P108.9 million inclusive of Baybay-McArthur Road and Nabang-Gadgaran Diversion Road.

For Mindanao, 29 projects received appropriation including the four projects in Region 9 costing P71.4 million which cover Sirawai-Tungawan Diversion Road in Zamboanga del Norte and Putik-Campo Island Diversion Road in Zamboanga City; 11 projects in Region 10 costing P160.4 million covering Iligan City-Magsaysay Agri-Industrial Road and Dansolihan-Camp Kibaritan-Languindingan Road; four in Region 11 costing P51.5 million covering Panacan-Bunawan Flyover and Tagum City-Sto. Tomas Diversion Road; two in Region 12 costing P17.4 million inclusive of Bolebak-Pansud Alternate Road and Midsayap-Libungan Bypass Road; and eight in Region 13 which include the Libanga-San Miguel Road and NRJ Santiago-Cantilan Road among others.

The Poblacion Sta. Maria-Malungon Road, an inter-regional road connecting Davao del Sur to Sarangani has also received study funding in the amount of P17.4 million, the DPWH said.

“On top of thousands of ongoing projects under DPWH, 82 new high-impact projects are being studied so we can further improve road network across the country,” Villar said.

“Timely studies are crucial to successful project development as they lay the foundation for the implementation of civil works phase,” he added.

Trucks temporarily not allowed on Nagtahan Flyover starting Feb. 20

Marje Pelayo   •   February 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Starting February 20, all trucks and trailers are temporarily prohibited from crossing Nagtahan Flyover due to cracks in some sections of the structure.

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), only light vehicles will be allowed while repairs are being done on the defective portion of the flyover.

DPWH Ncr Director Eric Ayapana said the cracks began to manifest in December. 

“Iyong mga crack lumitaw iyan after ng earthquake noong December 25. Ang epicenter natin that time is sa Batangas,” Ayapana said.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) appeals for public understanding and advises motorists to take alternative routes as heavy traffic flow in the area is expected throughout the duration of the repair.

“We are expecting this so naglagay kami ng mga traffic enforcers doon sa mga rerouting na sinabi nga namin pero for the public sana understanding na lang,” asked MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos.

“Safety […] it’s the foremost in our mind,” he added. MNP / JP Nunez

DPWH to open Katipunan Avenue bypass road before the end of 2021

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the Katipunan Avenue bypass road will open by the end of 2021.

The Katipunan Avenue bypass road, according to the DPWH, is already 70% complete. Once opened, it will shorten travel time from Quezon City to Rizal province from more than one hour to 40 minutes.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said motorists from Rizal can traverse the new bypass road instead of plying through Commonwealth to ease traffic.

“This will benefit Quezon city, Marikina, Rizal it’s an alternative route and its a new alignment in Metro Manila,” he said.

Around 10,000 motorists are estimated to benefit from the bypass road once it is opened to the public. The DPWH also said motorists do not need to pay any toll fees the road becomes operational. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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