SECRETARY MERCADO DECLARES DPWH COMPASSION IMPROVED PUBLIC TRUST AND CONFIDENCE
by Philippine Resources - May 02, 2022
Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Roger G. Mercado spearheaded on Thursday, April 28, 2022 the conduct of DPWH accomplishments review for the first quarter and moving on into the second quarter of CY 2022.
Secretary Mercado proudly declared at the Unified Directors Meeting attended by the Undersecretaries, Assistant Secretaries, Regional Directors, Project Directors, Service Directors, and Bureau Directors including District Engineers of Central Visayas as host Region that the agency has won the trust and confidence of the people who now feel the impact of what the Department has delivered and achieved.
In the survey conducted by Publicus Asia Incorporated for the first quarter of 2022, the DPWH was among the top 10 national government agencies with the highest approval and trust ratings.
People judged us by our deeds and our deeds are measured by how much we have contributed to the national government’s initiatives to improve the quality of life of our people, said Secretary Mercado.
Considering the large number of agencies of the national government, the seventh (7th) rank in approval and tenth (10th) place in trust is an outstanding achievement, added Secretary Mercado.
During the time of the pandemic, DPWH did not only do major infrastructure but also put up much needed quarantine facilities.
The DPWH implemented projects provided jobs to tens of thousands of unemployed to cushion the economic effect of the pandemic.
In the face of widespread devastation caused by calamities like typhoon “Odette”, DPWH deployed both men and equipment in round-the-clock rescue, clearing, and relief operations.
Despite dangers and difficulties, DPWH never daunted and has shown that the organization is filled with brave men and women who are willing to risk their own lives in the face of adversity.
The DPWH Chief attributed the shift of mindset and heart of people to the nurtured seed of compassion at the Deparment.
“It is compassion for our people that keeps us going, when the going gets tough. It is compassion that makes us work the extra mile to perform the task beyond our duty”, said Secretary Mercado.
He encouraged the DPWH leaders to continue to nourish compassion until it fully blooms to create a culture in all offices and every place of work.
Secretary Mercado commended DPWH Regional Office 7 headed by Regional Director Edgar Tabacon for graciously hosting the Unified Directors Meeting for the month of April.
Secretary Mercado had a hands full visit in Cebu City as resource speaker, attendee to project inauguration, and meeting presider.
He was a guest of honor at the District Engineers League of the Philippines (DELP) National Executive Board Meeting on April 27, 2022, providing policy guidelines and instructions to the DPWH field executives.
The national executive board and chapter heads of DELP, the unifying organization for DPWH district and assistant district engineers, took the opportunity to inform Acting Secretary Mercado and Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut of their issues and concerns as frontliners of the Department across the country.
The DPWH Secretary later joined President Rodrigo Roa Duterte at the inauguration of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) project, an 8.9 kilometer bridge that links mainland Cebu in Cebu City to Mactan Island through the town of Cordova.
Article courtesy of Department of Public Works and Highways
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Philippine Resources - September 22, 2021
DPWH SIGNS 2 HISTORIC AGREEMENTS WITH BARMM
Photo credit: The Department of Public Works and Highways The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has re-affirmed its support to the government of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) with the signing of two (2) agreements at DPWH Central Office in Manila. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and Ministry of Public Works (MPW)-BARMM Minister Eduard U. Guerra signed on Monday, September 20, 2021 the memorandum of agreement (MOA) to turn-over the DPWH Cotabato City District Engineering Office to the auspices of the BARMM and the interim implementation arrangements/protocols of various infrastructure projects of the national government in Bangsamoro. Other signatories as witnesses of these agreements are DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain who is also the Focal Person for BARMM Infra Projects and alternate representative in the Inter-Agency Task Force Bangon Marawi, and MPW-BARMM Director General Danilo A. Ong. The event was also attended by MPW-BARMM Deputy Minister Abdul Maomit M. Tomawis and DPWH Region 12 Legal Division Chief Atty. Jahara Ali-Macadato while others participated virtually via zoom including Bangsamoro Government Chief Minister Ahod B. Ebrahim and Senior Minister Abdulraof A. Macacua; DPWH Undersecretaries Ardeliza R. Medenilla and Eugenio R. Pipo Jr.; DPWH Assistant Secretary Ador Canlas; Assistant Secretary Wilben M. Mayor of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process; DPWH UPMO Project Directors; DPWH Regional Directors in Regions 9, 10 and 12; MPW District Engineers; and other Bangsamoro parliament members. With the inclusion of Cotabato City under BARMM, DPWH officially transfer the DPWH Cotabato City District Engineering Office land, building, equipment, and assets located in Barrio Kakar, Cotabato City to the jurisdiction of MPW-BARMM pursuant to Republic Act 11054 or An Act Providing for the Organic Law for the BARMM. However, a Project Management Office (PMO) for Maguindanao is created to handle implementation of various DPWH national projects within the Province of Maguindanao inclusive of Cotabato City. The other agreement covers the two (2)-year implementation arrangements/protocols of infrastructure projects of the national government in the BARMM. Under the interim implementation arrangement, the DPWH is tasked to lead in the identification of various national infrastructure projects in BARMM, in coordination with MPW. The MPW may recommend and initiate request of proposed flagship projects directly to the BARMM government parliament for funding and consideration. DPWH is however required to furnish MPW copies of all approved report/studies, plans, annual procurement plan, procurement monitoring report, and list of contracts awarded with name of contractor of all DPWH projects in BARMM. MPW shall also be notified and invited as observers in pre-bid conferences, pre-construction conference of DPWH projects in BARMM and be assisted in capability development in matters related to procurement. Quarterly coordination meeting shall also be conducted between two (2) parties for the evaluation of the projects under the national government. During the construction, the DPWH Regional Office or PMO that will handle the direct implementation of all national infra for BARMM funded by the General Appropriations Act (GAA) shall furnish project progress to MPW, and invite the latter on final inspection of projects. The MPW may conduct an independent project monitoring of completed projects. The maintenance of national roads and bridges shall also be under the national government in close coordination with the BARMM. Minor maintenance works and emergency/disaster response in BARMM can be delegated by the DPWH to the MPW through a separate MOA. On foreign-assisted projects, DPWH-UPMO headed by Undersecretary Sadain shall remain the lead in coordination with MPW. This interim agreement is effective for a period of two (2) years upon approval or until such time that the Regional Project Management Office and PMOs for Bangsamoro are created and fully-operationalized. Article courtesy of The Department of Public Works and Highways
Philippine Resources - October 18, 2021
MERCADO FORMALLY TAKES DPWH POST
Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways The newly appointed Head of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has formally assume the agency leadership. Former Secretary Mark A. Villar handed over the stewardship of DPWH to Acting Secretary Roger G. Mercado during the turnover ceremony on October 14, 2021 at the DPWH Central Office, Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila. Appointed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte on October 12, 2021 replacing Secretary Villar who stepped down to run in the 2022 elections, Secretary Mercado prior to his new post was the 18th Congress’ Public Works and Highways Committee Vice Chairperson. The 44th Secretary of the DPWH is a lawyer by profession who hails from Maasin City, Southern Leyte and is known for his Tourism, Environmental Protection, and Agriculture (TEA) Programs in his province as then Southern Leyte lone district Representative. “It is an honor to work with the professional men and women of DPWH and to be able to continue oversee the completion of Department’s flagship infrastructure programs and projects”, said Secretary Mercado. “I vow to sustain the current momentum in the Department so we can deliver more high-impact projects that will benefit the Filipino people including those living in remote communities”, Secretary Mercado added. Article courtesy of Philippine News Agency
Philippine Resources - June 15, 2021
Work on BGC-Ortigas Link Road Enters Homestretch Phase
Photo Credit: Department of Public Works and Highways The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), which has reached a major milestone with the Independence Day opening of 440-meter Kalayaan Bridge connecting Pasig City with Makati City, enters the final stages of fully completing the Bonifacio Global City (BGC)-Ortigas Center Link Road Project. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, on the day the new Sta. Monica-Lawton Bridge now dubbed Kalayaan Bridge across Pasig River was opened to motorists during the 123rd celebration of Philippine Independence, declared that the next goal is to finish the entire BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project towards the last quarter of 2021. Secretary Villar said that once this BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project is fully complete and open, about 20 percent of the traffic volume of EDSA and C-5 Road can be accomodated. The Kalayaan Bridge, the viaduct structure and coupled with our road widening and rehabilitation works will create much better traffic flow to get through BGC and Ortigas business districts quicker, added Secretary Villar. In his report to Secretary Villar, Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain said that the construction of 565-meter Lawton Avenue – Global City Viaduct which is another component of the 1.367 kilometer BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project has already reached the Kalayaan Avenue intersection. Simultaneous to the final finishing activities for the Kalayaan Bridge and the up and down ramps to Kalayaan Avenue, construction of the viaduct structure from Lawton Avenue, Makati City moved quickly and will soon be connected to the entrance of Bonifacio Global City’s 8th Avenue, added Undersecretary Sadain. Assessment of the (4) lane viaduct construction project was conducted by Undersecretary Sadain together with UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 Project Directors Virgilio C. Castillo and Benjamin A. Bautista, Project Manager Ricarte S. Mañalac, Project Engineer Emmanuel Regodon, and Engr. Reynaldo Perez of Persan Construction Inc. Now that the viaduct is about to reach the BGC side, the DPWH UPMO team is continuously coordinating with partner stakeholders so that the work that needs to be done is as efficient as possible to finish the viaduct overpass, connect with the roadway and get it open by this last quarter. Article courtesy of the Department of Public Works and Highways
Philippine Resources - May 26, 2022
Legal framework needed for gov’t to invest in nuclear power plant
Department of Energy (DOE) Undersecretary Gerardo Erguiza Jr. said there is a need to amend the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) to enable the government to invest in nuclear power plants. This, as the incoming administration has expressed its support in considering a nuclear power plant to be part of the country’s energy mix. “As of now, the government does not have the ability to put up conventional nuclear power plant because the National Power Corp. does not have mandate on this,” Erguiza said in Filipino during the Laging Handa public briefing Wednesday. With the privatization of the power sector under the EPIRA, the government could not enter into power generation. “But we can align together, with the drafting or putting up of the regulatory framework, we can amend our laws to include the government among those that can fund a nuclear power plant,” he added. Erguiza said that based on studies of the Korean Hydro Nuclear Power Company of South Korea and ROSATOM of Russia, they have found out that the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) can still be rehabilitated. According to ROSATOM, an investment of around USD3 billion to USD4 billion is needed to revive the BNPP. Presumptive President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. earlier mentioned that part of his energy agenda is to revive the BNPP to become an additional source of clean and cheap power. On the other hand, Erguiza said the government can invest in power generation using small modular reactors, the latest nuclear energy technology, in missionary areas that are not connected to the grid.
Philippine Resources - May 26, 2022
Dutch gov’t backs SMC, Boskalis in P740 billion Bulacan Airport project
Photo credit: Palafox Dutch gov’t backs SMC, Boskalis in P740 billion Bulacan Airport project San Miguel Corporation (SMC) received its strongest support yet for its game-changing P740-billion New Manila International Airport (NMIA) project in Bulacan following the approval of the Dutch government of an export credit insurance (ECI) for the project’s land development phase. The approval comes after over a year of rigorous review of the project’s long-term environmental and social impact mitigation measures to ensure that the multi-billion project is done with sustainability in mind and aligned with the country’s climate ambitions. The Dutch government, represented by Atradius Dutch State Business (DSB), extended the ECI to Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V., to cover its EUR 1.5 billion contract for land development works at the airport project site in Bulakan, Bulacan. The NMIA project is the largest in Boskalis’ over 100-year history, and is also the largest export credit agency (ECA) insurance policy granted in the 90-year history of Atradius. SMC President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon S. Ang thanked the Dutch government for its support to NMIA, a project seen to catalyze sustainable economic growth for the Philippines, especially post-pandemic. It is seen to deliver over a million jobs to Filipinos. “This is a significant milestone not only for San Miguel and the NMIA project, but for the entire country. With this, we are closer to our dream of having a world-class, future-ready, and sustainably-built international gateway, proudly built by Filipinos for the Philippines. This also validates our work with Boskalis to ensure that this project is done right, and will provide long-term economic, environmental, and social benefits to our host communities and Bulacan province,” Ang said. In a statement posted on Boskalis’ international website, its CEO Peter Berdowski, said: “I am very pleased that all the hard work with a large team of experts has been successfully completed (today). For more than a year, we have worked intensively with Atradius DSB to ensure that the construction of the new airport will take place in a socially responsible manner.” He added: “In collaboration with Atradius DSB, the Dutch embassy, we succeeded in developing a broadly supported plan with an eye for the local community and the preservation of biodiversity. I would like to thank all those involved for their contribution to the positive decision of the State.” In the same statement, Atradius DSB Managing Director Bert Bruning said: “This project is unique on so many levels. Firstly, of course, as a very important contract for our client Boskalis, but also for us, as the largest ECA policy in our 90-year history,” he said. “In addition, I am proud of the fact that together with Boskalis and San Miguel, by keeping up the dialogue, we were able to ensure that the project is to meet international standards in the field of environmental and social conditions. In doing so, we have not only contributed to making this wonderful contract possible built also really made a difference together for the local communities and nature.” As part of the ECI process, a large group of experts from San Miguel, together with Boskalis and four renowned consultancy firms, conducted an extensive environmental and social impact assessment in accordance with the highest international standards. This process also included the conduct of impact analyses and compensation packages for adverse effects of the project. “This shows that the airport project and our environmental and social mitigation plans are not only sound, but robust and strong, given they can pass not only international standards but the exacting requirements of the Dutch government. It is another testament to the ability of Filipinos to be world-class,” Ang said. “We will continue to work with Atradius, the banks, experts, national and local government, and all stakeholders to ensure we will build this project in a sustainable manner and in compliance with the highest international environment and social standards,” Ang reaffirmed. added. The airport project will feature four parallel runways, a world-class terminal, and a modern and interlinked infrastructure network that includes expressways and railways. Article courtesy of San Miguel Corp
Philippine Resources - May 25, 2022
CTPCMC Allocates 7.7M for COVID-19 Initiatives
Article by: Roniel R. Arguillas - CTPCMC ICE Officer BAYANIHAN AMIDST THE COVID-19 BATTLE In order to protect and improve the lives of the people within the host and neighboring communities pursuant to Republic Act (RA) No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”, CTP Construction and Mining Corporation or CTPCMC allocated 7.7 million pesos intended for the implementation of projects, programs, and activities (PPAs) on COVID-19 prevention. Through its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) under Adlay Mining Project (AMP) and Dahican Nickel Project (DNP) the company implemented essential PPAs in the year 2021. The beneficiaries of PPAs were from the Host and Neighboring communities specifically Barangay Adlay, Barangay Dahican and Municipality of Carrascal. With an allocated budget of P2,060,803.78, a Covid-19 Assistance Center was put up to be the second line of support to the host communities if their existing Isolation Rooms have been fully occupied. The company’s employees and their dependents are to be prioritized in the center. The center is offering services which include free isolation room for those who are identified and confirmed as covid-19 patients, free vitamins, and over-the-counter drugs, 24/7 monitoring by health personnel and stand-by oxygen concentrators. Another PPA was the provision of 59 medical equipment and kits to Barangay Adlay. The provision included pulse oximeter, thermal scanner, LCD full digital ultrasound machine, hospital bed and refrigerator as vaccine storage. The turnover was done on December 14, 2021, held at Barangay Hall of Adlay. It was attended by Engr. Charlo R. Basadre CTPCMC Resident Mine Manager, Charid O. Cuadrillero ComRel Manager, Hon. Norberto O. Rubi Jr. Barangay Captain, and Raquel Bungcaras assigned nurse. “These are very essential and a huge help to the key front liners and to the people within the community.” Hon. Rubi said during the turnover. The company also provided two SDMP Emergency Response Vehicles for health-related emergencies.