DPWH prepares for Siony; clears road sections affected by Rolly, Quinta, Pepito

Maris Federez   •   November 3, 2020   •   477

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced the road clearing operations that they are conducting in the wake of Typhoon Rolly and the other two previous typhoons, Quinta and Pepito.

The DPWH quick response teams are now preparing for Typhoon Siony while simultaneously clearings roads that are still closed due to recent typhoons, Secretary Mark A. Villar said in an advisory released on Monday (November 2).

“Our maintenance crew with equipment, including those that are still clearing roads due to typhoons Rolly, Quinta and Pepito, are now preparing for the incoming typhoon Siony. These teams are also trimming trees along national roads to minimize fallen debris during typhoons and expedite road opening,” said Villar.

As of Monday, 23 national road sections remain closed to traffic and are being cleared by the DPWH after consecutive typhoons Rolly and Quinta rendered them impassable.

Secretary Villar said 14 road sections were closed due to Super Typhoon Rolly; nine of which are in Bicol Region, three for Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and one each for Regions 3 and 4-A.

On the other hand, Tropical Storm Quinta had closed down nine roads composed of three in CAR, two in Region 2, one in Region 3, two in Region 4-A, and one in Region 10.

“Rolly and Quinta has caused series of slides, fallen trees and electric posts, flooding, and road cut along national roads, rendering at least 35 road sections impassable. Our quick response teams with equipment have so far cleared and opened twelve from these sections and we are working 24/7 especially in Bicol Region to ensure we assist affected areas that need relief operations,” said Secretary Villar.

The advisory also said that closed roads in Region 5 mostly due to fallen trees, utility posts, and flooding include nine in Camarines Sur namely: Daang Maharlika K0371+(-317)-K0379+300 Sipocot section in Camarines Sur, Naga City-Carolina-Panicuasson Road K0440+500 – K0443+000; Milaor-Minalabac-Pili Road; Manguiring-Sibobo-Cagsao Cabanbanan Road; Lagonoy-Caramoan Road K0530+300, RS, Ancolan, Presentacion; Goa-Tinambac Road; San Rafael-Mampirao Road; Daang Maharlika Nabua-Poblacion Section; Baao-Iriga City-Nabua Road, Iriga City proper; and one (1) in Sorsogon  specifically along Donsol – Banuang Gurang RoadK0589+850.

“In CAR, impassable roads are: Kennon Road; Baguio-Bontoc Road K0359+500-K0359+515, Tabbak Section, Brgy. Napua, Sabangan, Mountain Province; Jct.Talubin-Barlig-Natonin- ParacelisCalaccad Road, K0418+800- K0418+830, Maowey, Kadaclan, Barlig, Mountain Province; Claveria – Calanasan- Kabugao Road, K0717+480-K0717+770, intermittent section, Namaltugan Section in Calanasan, Apayao; Tawang – Ambiong Road K0263+900 – K0263+930, Sitio Lower Riverside, Brgy. Ambiong, La Trinidad, Benguet; and Tabuk – Banawe via Tanudan – Barlig Road K0522+155 – K0522+200, Matteled Section and K0522+200 – K0522+250 section in Dupligan, Tanudan, Kalinga,” the statement further read.

The department is also conducting road clearing operations in the affected sections of Region 2 which include Cabagan-Sta. Maria Overflow Bridge in Cabagan, Sta. Maria, Isabela and the Jct. Logac Lasam Gagabutan Road (JLLGR) Rizal Section K0760+700-K0761+500, in Sitio Masi, Brgy. Talat, Rizal, Cagayan, and in Region 3 which covers Nueva Ecija – Aurora Road, Detour Road at Diteki Bridge and K0178+800 (Pasong Bito Section) in Aurora and Baliwag-Candaba -Sta. Ana Road 0068+850 – K0069+250 in San Agustin, Candaba, Pampanga.

“The STAR Tollway – Pinamucan Bypass Road, K0104+000 – K0105+000 and Talisay-Laurel-Agoncillo Unclassified Road at Sitio Manalao, Agoncillo in Batangas; and Catanauan-Buenavista Road, K0250+(-744) – K0255+199 and K0270 sections in Quezon Province, and Misamis Oriental -Bukidnon – Agusan Road, Siloo Bridge, Brgy. San Luis, Malitbog, Bukidnon are also undergoing restoration works and clearing operations,” the advisory concluded. —/mbmf

PACC eyes filing initial cases vs erring gov’t officials next week

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) said they will begin filing cases against erring government officials next week.

In a public briefing on Thursday (April 15), PAAC Chairman Greco Belgica said they plan to file the initial cases against several officials from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Bureau of Immigration (BI) once the Office of the Ombudsman resumes operations.

“By next week, pagbukas ng Ombudsman, we will be filing initial cases doon sa mga kaso na nandito sa office. We’re geared up to file a case next week and we are preparing to file more cases in the coming weeks,” he said.

Meanwhile, the DPWH officials previously identified by President Rodrigo Duterte as involved in corruption had been under investigation by the PACC. Belgica said the agency found evidence proving their involvement in illegal activities.

“We have discovered many damning evidence on the officials. However, doon po sa ma legislators na mga involved, ito po ay iti-nurn over na namin sa Department of Justice (DOJ),” he said.

The PACC official said the agency has no jurisdiction over legislators but as for officials in the DPWH, the agency found evidence proving their involvement.

“Napaka ganda po ng investigation. We are currently substantiating with documents and evidence the testimonies na nakuha namin. As expected these are positive results that support the theories that we had. AAC



Motorists advised to take alternative routes as DPWH conducts road maintenance in E. Rodriguez Ave, QC

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has advised motorists to take alternative routes as it will conduct road maintenance on E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue in Quezon City.

In an advisory, the department announced it will begin its weeklong road preventive works along E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Quezon City between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. which began on Monday (April 12) until Sunday (April 18).

The department will undertake overnight rotomilling followed by asphalt overlay of road lanes along E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue starting from Quezon City Sports Club up to St. Luke’s Medical Center.


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“Due to expected traffic build-up, motorists are advised to take possible alternate routes while road maintenance works are ongoing,” the department said. AAC

PACC confirms corruption still continues in DPWH

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 12, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Despite having several district engineers at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) relieved from office due to alleged corruption, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has confirmed there is still corruption in the department.

According to PACC Chairman Greco Belgica, the agency’s investigation showed that there are still employees at the DPWH that still practice corruption and other irregular practices.

The agency still finds questionable transactions and also received reports about irregularities in the department.

“Sa ngayon, ang mga reklamo na sinisiyasat namin ay nagtuturo na ang ganitong pamamalakad ay patuloy na nagaganap. May mga diretsong testimonya na mga galing sa contractors, barangay at local government officials at mga testimonya ng ilan sa inyong mga kawani na nakalap namin sa aming mga imbestigasyon (As of now, the complaints we are looking into point to irregularities still existing [within the department]. There are also testimonies from contractors, barangays, and local government officials. There are testimonies that we have gathered from several employees in our investigation),” he said.

Due to this, the PACC said they will place command centers to strictly monitor DPWH personnel and to immediately take action once there is proven corruption in the department.

The PACC also warns they will implement a one-strike policy on proven violators.

“We will press all our powers and authority to make sure, as instructed by the President, that no one gets away with these illegal activities,” Belgica said. -AAC (with reports from JP Nuñez)


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