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MRT-3 management estimates rehabilitation will take two years

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

The rehabilitation of the MRT-3 will still have to take two years.

The management of the Metro Rail Transit-3 said the new train rails have already arrived in the country.

Once all the rail parts arrive in October, rail replacement will begin by November.

MRT Engineer-V Engr. Oscar Bongon said they are considering suspending train operations during weekends to expedite the rehabilitation.

“Kapag nag-decide po iyong management na mapabilis pwede po tayong mag add ng additional day or i-extend iyong oras para mas mabilis po nating matapos iyong rail replacement (Once the management decides to speed up the rail replacement, we can add an additional day or extend hours),” he said.

Once the rehabilitation is finished, 20 trains will become operational from the 13 to 15 trains currently operating.

The train speed will also improve, from 30 kilometers per hour (kph) to 60 kph, reducing the travel time from one hour to 30 minutes.

Headway will also be reduced to three minutes compared to the previous 7 seven minutes.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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102-year-old Leyte capitol to undergo rehabilitation

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

The 102-year-old provincial capitol of Leyte will undergo rehabilitation following the 6.5 magnitude earthquake that hit San Julian, Eastern Samar on April 27.

Leyte Vice Governor Carlo Loreto said they will appeal to the National Historical Commission (NHC) to assist them in rehabilitating the capitol.

“Restore kaya kakausapin natin iyong National Historical Institute and the National Museum and the authorities kung ano ang maaring gawin up to what extent pwede natin ma-preserve itong piece of history (We will talk to the National Historical Institute and the National Museum and the authorities on what we can do to preserve this piece of history),” he said.

Offices in the capitol main building are temporarily transferred to nearby buildings for safety measures.

Meanwhile, the new capitol is set to be transferred to the government center in Palo, Leyte. Loreto said they are only awaiting proper funding to begin its construction.

“Nagpasa na kami ng resolution imbitahin natin ang iba’t ibang mga associations ng mga engineers, architects iba-iba nga universities experts (We passed a resolution, we will invite other associations of engineers, architects and other universities experts) in the academe as well to come up with a new standard in terms of structures buildings roads bridges,” he said.

The main capitol building was used by General Douglas McArthur as his office as well as former President Sergio Osmeña after the World War II in 1945.(with reports from Jenelyn Gaquit)

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DPWH begins dredging, desilting of Manila Bay

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

A backhoe dredges decades worth of silt in Manila Bay

MANILA, Philippines — Using the newest machinery, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) began on Tuesday (March 5) the wide desilting activity in Manila Bay as part of its rehabilitation.

The DPWH will first work on the 1.5-kilometer area from Manila Yacht Club Breakwater to the US Embassy.

It was divided into five sectors, with each part estimated to take three months to clean.

Desilting is a process of removing waste and mire underneath the seabed of Manila Bay. The waste collected by the amphibious trucks will be dried and segregated.

The collected waste will be taken to Navotas landfill while the mire and soil will be dumped in a land in Bicutan, Taguig to check if it can still be used.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said they are targeting to dredge around 225,000 sq. meters for this year.

“Kailangan ding i-analyze ang composition ng ide-dredge namin depende kung ano iyong toxicity kung meron man (We also need to analyze the composition of what we are going to dredge, depending on the toxicity if there is any),” Villar said.

Villar also said that the DPWH will assign 50 personnel every day to work on the desilting and dredging activity in Manila Bay.

They will also use a sewer inspection camera to determine which establishments are spewing waste into Manila Bay.

“Malaking tulong ito. Pagpasok niya sa culvert ng mga pipes tapos mayroong unathorized na pumapasok doon na mga tubo coming from non-compliant, nakikita ito. Kapag nakita niya iyan, ime-measure namin kung saan galing, anong building o anong tubo (It will be a great help when it enters the culvert of the pipes because it can detect unauthorized pipes coming from non-compliant establishments. We’ll be able to determine which building or pipe it is),” he said.

The department also estimates that it would take three years to thoroughly clean the Manila Bay seabed. —Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Joan Nano)

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Demolition warning issued against non-compliant Boracay establishments

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, March 1st, 2019

Boracay Island

The Boracay Interagency Task Force has given 10 non-compliant establishments a 15-day ultimatum, beginning March 1, to remove their structures after failing to follow the easement rule in Boracay even after the 10-month rehabilitation effort.

During a press conference on Thursday, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu said this warning will send a “strong message to everyone, who are still violating  the easement, that we really mean business.”

A 30-meter no-build zone along the beachfront was implemented in Boracay since the start of its rehabilitation in April.

Año warned that the non-compliant establishments should opt for self-demolition, otherwise the Task Force will take on the responsibility of removing these establishments.

“We will issue the final ultimatum and then we’ll give them 15 days, then we will forcibly demolish all these establishments if they do not do self-demolition.” Año added. —Aileen Cerrudo

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