DPWH aims to complete España portion of NLEX connector before 2021 ends

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 17, 2021   •   238

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) aims to complete the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) connector before the end of 2021.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar conducted an inspection on Monday (May 17). He said that the construction is already 35% complete.

The NLEX connector will shorten travel time for vehicles plying NLEX and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX).

The initial five-kilometer has already been completed. The elevated expressway will also connect C3 Caloocan City to España, Manila.

“We can expect by this year at the last quarter this year mao-open na po ang España portion which is the 5-kilometer portion of the 9-kilometer alignment,” he said.

(We can expect that the España portion will be open this year which is the 5-kilometer portion of the 9-kilometer alignment)

The NLEX Connector is among the projects under the national government’s Build Build Build Program.

Once it’s completed, it can accommodate 35,000 motorists. From the previous 2-hour drive, traversing to NLEX and SLEX would only take 20 minutes. -AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

DPWH prepares rehab plans for iconic Kennon Road

Marje Pelayo   •   June 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is developing the plan for the rehabilitation and improvements of the iconic Kennon Road.

Among the Department’s concerns is the road’s major risk element given its location.

It is exposed to heavy rainfalls which cause road slope disasters such as soil collapses, rock falls, road slips, and landslides.

For this reason, the DPWH aims at improving the condition of Kennon Road and proposes long-term solutions to minimize hazards and road closures, in order to provide a better experience for the road users.

As part of the plan for the rehabilitation, the DPWH has launched a General Perception Survey using the social media platform.

The survey seeks to obtain the public’s perception of the project and its impacts. It also aims to solicit suggestions on the additional features that can be integrated into the project.

Once completed, the project is expected to reduce travel time from Rosario to Baguio City, via the valley of the Bued River.

This is apart from the availability of a reliable route to Baguio City and also resolves traffic congestion and insufficient road network system in the region.

The project is also seen to be among the major contributors to the growth of the area’s tourism industry and business.

The Rehabilitation / Reconstruction / Improvement, Operation, and Maintenance (RRIOM) of the Kennon Road Project is an effort by the DPWH and Public-Private Partnership Center (PPPC) with the support of RebelGroup International BV through the Project Monitoring and Development Facility.

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DPWH, DND inaugurate hospital facility, barracks at Camp Aguinaldo

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) with the Department of National Defense (DND) on Thursday (June 17) inaugurated the new military facilities at Camp Aguinaldo.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar with DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the inauguration and handover ceremony of a four-storey male and female enlisted personnel barracks building and two-storey hospital facility at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Station Hospital.

The P63.7 million barracks facility will provide enlisted military personnel a safe and secure accommodation or billeting place for troops essential to mission accomplishment. Meanwhile, the hospital facility has 25 beds for emergency services and inpatient care as well as pharmacy, in-house laboratory, and imaging.

The hospital will also be used as the primary health care facility of Camp Aguinaldo for officers, enlisted personnel, civilian human resource.

Secretary Villar said that being in the frontline in protecting the country, the two departments want nothing but the best for the armed forces. AAC

TS Dante leaves P268.5M in infra damage — DPWH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 3, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has estimated at least P268.52 million worth of damage in national roads and flood-control structures due to the onslaught of Tropical Storm Dante.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar has reported that the department is already conducting clearing operations in various areas in the country. Around 270 equipment assets and 1,569 workers were deployed for the on-going clearing activities. He also reported that three impassable national road sections identified in Cebu, Eastern Samar, and Agusan del Sur.

“In Region 7 alone, partial cost of damage is at P106.2 million from P95 million damaged roads and P11.2 million damaged flood-control structures while in Region 12, partial cost of damage to infrastructure has reached P162.32 million from flood-control structures,” the DPWH said.

In Cebu, the Dalaguete-Mantalongon-Badian Road, in Brgy. Ablayan has been affected by flooding.

Butuan City-Talacogon-Loreto-Veruela-Sta. Josefa Road is also impassable, specifically the Adgawan Bridge in La Paz, Agusan del Sur due to embanked soil collapse on bridge approach.

The DPWH Quick Response Team also closed the Wright-Taft-Borongan Road, Eastern Samar for possible occurrence of landslide. Motorists are advised to take alternative routes. AAC

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