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Witness links former Cabinet secretaries Singson and Abad to “right-of-way” scam

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The witness to the alleged billion-peso “right-of-way” scam in Mindanao region, particularly in General Santos City, appeared before the hearing of the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee and Public Works.

According to state witness Robert Catapang, there is a syndicate involving some DPWH officials who claim compensation for the legitimate owners of lands affected by the construction of a national highway.

Their alleged modus was to create a fake land title which they would present to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) so that they could receive their claims.

“The leaders of the syndicate are Nelson Ti and Wilma Mamburan. They are faking the land titles,” Catapang said.

“The contents of the letter support the allegation of our whistleblower Roberto Catapang Jr, that numerous transactions involving billions of pesos concerning right-of-way claim before the DPWH possibly tainted with irregularities,” Department of Justice Sec. Vitaliano Aguirre said.

The previous administration released a total amount of P 8.7-billion for its right of way projects.

Because of this, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre also accused former DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson and former Budget Secretary Florencio Butch Abad of being involved in the said anomaly.

On the other hand, Singsong strongly denied the allegations.

“But let me say I did not profit or gained anything from any of these land claims as accused by Secretary Aguirre, there is no P8.7-billion paid in General Santos, I was not a corrupt Secretary and definitely not a plunderer,” Singson said.

Singson argued many of the filed claim payments were done in 2007 and 2009 when he was not yet the DPWH secretary.

He said it was in 2012 when he ordered to stop the release of claim payments in Region 12 without validation from the Land Registration Authority.

The former DPWH secretary also clarified that the then administration released more than P2-billion only and not P8.7-billion for the right of way projects in Region 12.

The current leadership of the DPWH, meanwhile, said it is also conducting its own investigation on the issue.

The Senate will resume its investigation on the issue. It will also invite other personalities alleged involved in the said scam. – Nel Maribojoc | 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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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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