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Philippine Resources - March 09, 2022

Metro Manila subway project 30% complete: DOTr

Photo credit: Department of Transportation  Some 30.55 percent of the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) is already complete, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said on Tuesday. “Despite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, again, back-to-back to back major milestones were still realized despite all odds,” Batan said during an inspection of the MMSP’s Valenzuela depot. He said 576 out of the 6,400 tunnel rings needed for the partial operability segment of the MMSP have been completed, with more underway at the MMSP’s 7.5-hectare fabrication yard in Norzagaray, Bulacan. The DOTr has acquired 197,000 square meters of land and 585 structures from 324 property owners as part of the project’s right-of-way acquisition. Despite this, he said there has been no “forced eviction resettlement” of the 183 informal settler families affected by the project through the help of the Valenzuela City government. Through a right-of-way agreement signed with the Department of National Defense – Armed Forces of the Philippines (DND-AFP) in December 2020, he said the MMSP will make use of 50,000 square meters of DND-AFP land, with an additional 60,000 square meters of land for tunneling works, and additional 55,000 square meters of land for temporary works. “This partnership forged between the DND-AFP and DOTr, under the leadership of Secretary [Delfin] Lorenzana and Secretary [Arthur] Tugade, will not only enable DOTr to fast track its access to construction and work sites needed for the subway but will also give DND and the AFP a fair and recurring source of resources,” Batan said. He said the first two out of 25 tunnel boring machines to be used in the project arrived in February 2021 while the PHP66 billion contract for the MMSP’s electromechanical systems has been awarded to Mitsubishi Corporation in October 2021 The PHP27 billion contract for 240 subway train cars was awarded to the J-Trec-Sumitomo Joint Venture in December 2020. “With today's inspection of the MMSP, we are showing how decades of ‘plan, plan, plan,’ how decades of ‘drawing, drawing, drawing,’ and how decades of talk, talk, talk’ have changed to ‘Build, Build, Build,’” Batan said. The MMSP will be the country’s first underground railway system and will provide mass transit in the National Capital Region (NCR)—from Valenzuela City to FTI in Taguig City, Parañaque City, and Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City, and will further extend to the north and south of NCR. With 17 stations—two of which are interoperable with the North-South Commuter Railway line—the MMSP is seen to reduce travel time between Quezon City and NAIA from one hour and 10 minutes to just 35 minutes. By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz   Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency

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Philippine Resources - March 07, 2022

BINONDO - INTRAMUROS BRIDGE SOON OPENING TO EASE TRAFFIC WITH MORE PEOPLE BEGIN ON-SITE WORK UNDER NEW NORMAL

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) expressed confidence that the opening of Binondo - Intramuros Bridge Project will provide immediate impact of easing traffic especially with many people begin working on-site as Metro Manila shifted back to alert level 1. Secretary Roger G. Mercado said that Undersecretary and Build Build Build Chief Implementer Emil K. Sadain is making sure that if good weather stays, the Binondo - Intramuros Bridge project will be opened to traffic this coming Holy Week. This flagship infrastructure project under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administration’s Build, Build, Build Program is expected to benefit approximately 30,000 vehicles daily passing between the two (2) busy districts of Intramuros and Binondo in Manila. Undersecretary Sadain, in-charge of DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations, visited once again the construction site on Friday, March 4, 2022 with government and private engineers and construction workers continuing the effort to beat the target opening and fully finished the project at the soonest time possible. “Pretty soon, people can drive, walk, bike, or run across this iconic bridge”, said Undersecretary Sadain. The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project involves construction of 680 linear meter two (2)-way four (4)-lane bridge connecting historic district of Intramuros at Solana Street and Riverside Drive with the bustling district of Binondo at Rentas Street/Plaza del Conde Street and Muelle dela Industria. Funded by a grant from Government of China, the project is under contract with China Road and Bridge Corporation. Its basket-handle tied steel arch main bridge over Pasig River is expected to become the new symbol of time-honored friendship between China and the Philippines. The project is being implemented by UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 (Bilateral) headed by Project Director Benjamin A. Bautista with Project Manager Melchor Kabiling as project in-charge. This bridge project in support of Metro Manila Logistics Network Program is currently about 96.8 percent complete, with workers focus on constructing the approaches on a fill and compacted embankment to allow the roadway to meet the elevation of the bridge. Other workers have started doing finishing works on the bridge structure including painting of steels, installation of guardrails and other safety components for motorists, pedestrians, runners and cyclists. Construction of the new bridge adopted new project techniques utilizing prefabricated bridge elements with high performance materials sourced directly from China. The project previously encountered delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic and right of way problems.

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Philippine Resources - March 07, 2022

DPWH ENGAGES WITH STAKEHOLDERS OF BATAAN-CAVITE INTERLINK BRIDGE PROJECT, DETAILED ENGINEERING DESIGN WORK NOW AT 34%

Photo credit: The Department of Public Works and Highways The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) led by Secretary Roger G. Mercado met with interested stakeholders in the first interagency steering committee for the Detailed Engineering Design (D.E.D.) of the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project. The first convening of the interagency committee on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 provided local leaders of Bataan and Cavite and other stakeholders the opportunity to express their concerns as the detailed engineering design works for this DPWH flagship infrastructure project is now at 34 percent based on February 2022 progress report. The interagency committee, chaired by Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain with Project Director Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim of UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 as deputy chair, was created in 2021 under Department Order No. 91 to ensure efficient project implementation and provide guidance and resolve issues/constraints that may arise during the course of the D.E.D. activities. The intentions of this interagency meeting is to pool issues and concerns of all stakeholders wanting to share with the DPWH and the Consultants team to anticipate some possible challenges as we go with the detailed engineering design that will be completed by early 2023, said Undersecretary Sadain. In his message, Secretary Mercado expressed confidence that this flagship infrastructure project of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration that has been delayed by the pandemic will definitely be continued in the next administration. Earlier, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director Kelly Bird affirmed the Bank’s 100 percent commitment to DPWH projects they are working on including the Bataan Cavite Interlink Project not only for the D.E.D. stage as he has high hopes that the project will commence very soon. DPWH has already requested the Department of Finance to initiate the application of loan from ADB to fund the civil works. Back in 2018, DPWH team led by Undersecretary Sadain and ADB met together to talk about how ADB can help DPWH in its infrastructure programs and among the projects that came up was the Bataan Cavite Interlink Bridge. According to Undersecretary Sadain, Chief Implementer of flagship infrastructure projects under Build Build Build Program, the planned project is so significant that it yielded the highest internal economic rate of return at 34.17 percent when its feasibility study was conducted that is very unusual for a flagship project to have this kind of EIRR contrary to other proposed interlink bridges. The project is hugely transformative for the Philippines, transformative for Bataan and Cavite because it will improve connectivity and open up economic opportunities for these provinces. It will not only have economic impact but will also build strong family ties as more time can be spent with their love ones and also enables more people to see the beauty of Bataan and experience history of our country while enjoying beautiful scenery of clear water, added Secretary Mercado. The forum was attended by Bataan Governor Albert S. Garcia; Bataan 2nd District Representative Jose Enrique Garcia III; Engr. Gilbert Gandia representing Cavite Governor Juanito Victor "Jonvic" Remulla Jr.; DPWH Acting Undersecretary Constante Llanes Jr.; DPWH Project Managers Teresita Bauzon and Soledad Florencio; Bureau Directors; and among other representatives from different agencies. Governor Garcia said that project will not only connect Bataan to Cavite but also connect Region 3 to Region 4A and therefore connecting to National Capital Region, three (3) of the fastest growing regions in the Philippines. Meanwhile, Congressman Garcia said that this connectivity project has been a long time dream of the people of Bataan that is inching closer to its implementation very soon. Although limited activities to move around and release of requirements were hampered because of the pandemic, nonetheless, the Consultants were able to undertake some early survey works especially on the land approaches for both Bataan and Cavite. Some recalibration of timeline were done for the D.E.D. of Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project funded by the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF)-Additional Financing ADB Loan No. 3886-PHL and under contract with the Consultant, T.Y. Lin International in joint with Pyunghwa Engineering Consultants, Ltd. in association with Renardet S.A and DCCD.   Article courtesy of The Department of Public Works and Highways

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Philippine Resources - March 03, 2022

DPWH CONDUCTS ACTIVITY REVIEW OF LAGUNA LAKESHORE ROAD NETWORK PROJECT AT KICK-OFF MEETING

 The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) had an overview of the activity plans and methodologies for the proposed construction of a new expressway that will connect the southern province of Laguna to Metro Manila via Laguna Lake. In his report to DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado, Undersecretary and Build Build Build Chief Implementer Emil K. Sadain said that the kick off meeting held Tuesday, March 1, 2022 with the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and Consultants undertaking detailed engineering design (D.E.D.) activities provided the avenue for discussion in moving forward the technical, economical, social, and environmental aspects in the development of the Laguna Lakeshore Road Network (LLRN) Project. The LLRN Project–Phase 1 covering Laguna Lake’s western side covers the construction of a 37.6 kilometers mainline road, 6.1 kilometers local connecting roads, and 7.3 kilometers interchanges and slip roads that stretches from Lower Bicutan all the way to Calamba City in Laguna. The project, consists of viaduct and embankment, will have eight ( interchanges, namely: Sucat, Alabang, Tunasan, San Pedro/Biñan, Santa Rosa, Cabuyao, and Calamba. The meeting highlights the plans and strategies on how the government can smoothly implement this flagship infrastructure project under build build build program that will strengthen road transport efficiency between Metro Manila and the neighboring province of Laguna to facilitate economic development, added Undersecretary Sadain. The kick-off meeting in Alabang, Muntinlupa City was participated by LLDA General Manager Jaime C. Medina and Assistant General Manager Generoso M. Dungo; DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Roads Management Cluster 2 Project Director Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim; Bureau of Design OIC Director Edwin Matanguihan; Project Manager Soledad Florencio, Overall DPWH Project Manager for Asian Devlopment Bank (ADB)-funded Projects, Project Manager Zenaida B. Mauhay, LLRN Project Team Leader; Project Manager Sol Abasa; and other LLDA and DPWH LLRN team members. With the Consultant’s Service Contract for the D.E.D. signed on November 2021 by Secretary Mercado, the team from CTI Engineering International Co. Ltd. in joint venture with Chodai Company Limited, Oriental Consultants Global Company Limited, and Nippon Engineering Consultants Company Limited, in association with Angel Lazaro & Associates International, DCCD Enginering Corporation, TCGI Engineers and KRC Environmental Services which started their activities on December 2021 provided informative updates during the meeting. According to Undersecretary Sadain, discussion with the stakeholders on vital issues and concerns at this early stage will prevent challenges that may arise in the future implementation of the project. The D.E.D. will be carried out for 15 months between December 2021 to February 2023 with generous technical and financial support from the ADB via the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF) under loan number 3886-PHI. Upon strong representation of DPWH-UPMO Operations headed by Undersecretary Sadain, LLRN Project was approved by the NEDA Board through an Ad Referendum in October 2021. Meanwhile, Japanese experts representing LLRN Phase 2 at the eastern side under feasibility study stage also joined the meeting via video teleconference platform. LLRN Phases 1 and 2 will form the outer ring high standard highway for the Laguna de Bay that will provide a faster and safer alternative for motorists traveling north or south.

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Philippine Resources - February 28, 2022

DPWH TO MAXIMIZE UTILIZATION OF 2022 FUNDS, WILL CARRY OUT PROJECTS SUPPORTIVE OF MANDATED FUNCTIONS IN 2023

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Roger G. Mercado emphasized that overall preparedness of DPWH implementing offices will enable maximum utilization of funds allocated for the Department in Fiscal Year 2022. While budget to complete our several high-impact projects under the multi-year program is insufficient, the least we could do is to see to it that available money allocated in the Central Office and different Regions will be spent, Secretary Mercado said during the DPWH Unified Directors’ Meeting. The meeting held February 24, 2022 in San Fernando City, La Union was attended by all the DPWH Management Committee members led by Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, 16 Regional Directors, 6 Bureau Directors, 9 Service Directors and 6 Project Directors. The DPWH Chief lauded DPWH Regional Office 1 as the top performing region in the implementation of 2021 regular infrastructure program and for leading efficiency in project spending of FY 2022 Budget. Let me congratulate Regional Director Ronnel M. Tan and his men and women for the timely delivery of significant number of construction projects in 2021 and the early showing of efficiency in the utilization of budgetary resources/appropriations made in the 2022 General Appropriations Act, Secretary Mercado said. Secretary Mercado added that implementing units that are performers, can absorb the money, and able to find right ways and means to facilitate timely imlementation and completion of priority projects like DPWH Regional Office 1 should be given more budget in 2023 so that people will be able to reap the benefits of these infrastructure. Secretary Mercado also cited Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations and Build Build Build Chief Implementer Emil K. Sadain as he continuously monitor and evaluate progress of flagship infrastructure projects on the ground, hands-on and able to compare report with actual development in the field, and eventually provide action to problems or delays on the early stage. The thrust in the budget would be the maximum utilization of fund allocations by the implementing offices. As an affirmation of an established cohesive and hard-working DPWH organization in Region 1, Pangasinan Second District Engineering Office (DEO) headed by District Engineer Marieta B. Mendoza and Pangasinan 4th DEO under District Engineer Simplicio D. Gonzales have shown the effectivity and efficiency in managing financial resources by making it in the Top 10 DEOs with highest rank in Absorptive Capacity as of end of January 2022, placing second and ninth, respectively. DPWH is preparing to submit a new proposed Fiscal Year 2023 budget with emphasis on the national mandate for highways that will ensure the overall growth and development of the Philippines. The Regional Offices and Project Management Offices were instructed by the Office of the Secretary to submit budget estimates which they can actually spend. Meanwhile, Secretary Mercado cautioned DPWH men and women and the public against individuals or groups soliciting and conducting fundraising activities for candidates in the 2022 national elections. Secretary Mercado clarified that he has no campaign fund-raising activity nor has given permission to anyone under the Office of the Secretary to spearhed and engage in unauthorized and illegal money solicitation. Since there is a coming election, there is no one in the Department who is authorized to namedrop the Secretary or the President to raise funds from contractors or businessmen for the election, warned Secretary Mercado.

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Philippine Resources - February 23, 2022

DPWH, NLEX CORPORATION CHECKS PROGRESS OF CONNECTOR ROAD PROJECT

Officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and NLEX Corporation conducted an inspection of the ongoing 8-kilometer NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Project that will extend NLEX Southward from Segment 10 to Skyway Stage 3. DPWH Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut representing Secretary Roger G. Mercado, visited the on-going construction of the second section of NLEX Connector at España, Manila. According to Senior Undersecretary Yabut, MNTC reported that the project which will serve as the first connector toll road for all vehicles including heavy trucks, is now almost halfway-finished with 45 percent of civil works completed. The project inspection was also attended by DPWH Undersecretary Maria Catalina E. Cabral, Assistant Secretary Wilfredo Mallari, Director Constante Llanes Jr., and Director Alex Bote. Section 1 which is the 5.15-kilometer segment from C3, Caloocan to España, Manila is now 64.5 percent complete while the 2.75-kilometer Section 2 from España, Manila to PUP Sta. Mesa, Manila is now 3.1 percent complete. When completed, the elevated road will reduce travel time from SLEX to NLEX to just 20 minutes and benefit at least 35,000 motorists/vehicles per day. Using the 4-lane toll road, travel time from Clark to Calamba will be reduced from approximately 3 hours to 1 hour and 40 minutes. The NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Project which costs P23.2 Billion began construction in May 2019. It is expected to be opened by the third quarter of 2023.

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Philippine Resources - February 23, 2022

DPWH STRENGTHENS PARTNERSHIP WITH LGUS AND STAKEHOLDERS OF PANGUIL BAY BRIDGE PROJECT

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has formed an alliance with the local government units (LGU) and other stakeholders in the implementation of national government’s flagship infrastructure project in Northern Mindanao. DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, Chief Implementer of Flagship Projects under Build Build Build Program, reported to Secretary Roger G. Mercado the formal holding of the 1st Multi-Partite Monitoring Team - Sectoral Committee Meeting for the Panguil Bay Bridge Project which seeks to ensure the proper coordination, successful integration, and effective implementation of the mega bridge project connecting Tubod, Lanao del Norte and Tangub City, Misamis Occidental. Organized by the DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Roads Management Cluster 2 (Multilateral) upon instruction of Undersecretary Sadain - overall in-charge of UPMO Operations, the meeting held February 17, 2022 was hosted by Lanao del Norte Provincial Governor Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo in Tubod and participated by Congressman Abdullah D. Dimaporo, Ms. Aminah Dimaporo representing Congressman Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo, UPMO RMC 2 Project Director Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim, and representatives of other concerned agencies like Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, other civic/people’s organization, and LGUs of Misamis Occidental. According to Undersecretary Sadain, the group will serve as an ad-hoc body which will institutionalize participatory and transparent monitoring on report of project progress during project construction stage to ensure its quality and timely completion by December 2023. It was agreed during the meeting that the group will be formally organized to serve as an infrastructure monitoring and advisory body that will conduct regular forums to guarantee stakeholders’ greater involvement, support and cooperation. Civil works contract for the bridge was awarded in February 2020, a month before the country was placed under series of lockdowns and cordon sanitaire measures due to COVID-19 pandemic. Despite challenges because of the public health emergency, DPWH and its contractor Namkwang-Kukdong-Gumgwang Joint Venture stepped up the construction of bored piles foundation with about 44 out of the total 54 already completed to date. Funded by a loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines and Korean Export Import Bank, Panguil Bay Bridge is expected to uplift the economy and encourage growth of tourism in Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental. The bridge will reduce travel time through Roll-On Roll-Off (RORO) vessels from Ozamiz City/Tangub City to Mukas Port/Tubod of 2.5 hours including the long queing of vehicles on port to just 7 minutes.   Article courtesy of The Department of Public Works and Highways

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Philippine Resources - February 18, 2022

Investors' interest in Build, Build, Build projects remains high

Photo credit: Department of Trade and Industry - Philippine Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez and UAE Minister of State Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh Construction companies in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are “very interested” to participate in the 'Build, Build, Build' infrastructure program despite the term of President Rodrigo Duterte will end mid-2022. In a radio interview on Wednesday evening, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez said he is confident that the 'Build, Build, Build' program will be continued in the next administration, thus, foreign investors remain confident to invest in the construction industry. “We told them that many presidentiables are saying that Build Build Build will be their platform also. That’s why they can expect that this program will continue as they have seen the success of the Build Build Build under the administration of President Duterte,” he added. Lopez was in Dubai for an official trip as he graced the Philippines’ National Day at the Expo 2020 Dubai. He also met with high-level officials from the UAE, where they have concluded agreements to further strengthen the economic ties between the two countries. One of the results of the trip is the conclusion of the Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) to facilitate investment flow between the Philippines and UAE. Lopez said that with the conclusion of the IPPA, the next step for the two countries will be the signing of the agreement. The DTI chief added that through the IPPA, the Philippines aims to get a good share of investments from the Middle East country as it has a sovereign wealth fund of around USD1.3 trillion. By Kris Crismundo   Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency

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Philippine Resources - February 17, 2022

PRRD INAUGURATES SLEX ELEVATED EXTENSION PROJECT IN ALABANG

Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways President Rodrigo Roa Duterte formally opened Tuesday, February 15, 2022 the elevated extension of South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) northbound entry connected to Skyway system in Alabang, Muntinlupa City. During the inauguration, President Duterte lauded the successful partnership of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and concessionaire San Miguel Corporation (SMC) and Citra Metro Manila Tollway Corporation, for the timely completion of the project despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. The Sucat-Alabang Skyway Extension now offers a travel time of 30 minutes from two (2) hours between Muntinlupa City to Balintawak, Quezon City, addressing traffic congestion in SLEX and Skyway. During the ceremony, DPWH Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut delivered the welcome remarks in behalf of Acting Secretary Roger G. Mercado while SMC President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon S. Ang explained the overall project impact. The event was also attended by Senator Christopher Lawrence Go, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, DPWH Undersecretary Roberto Bernardo and Assistant Secretary Wilfredo Mallari, and other officials. The project will reduce time spent on roads by motorists travelling to Laguna and Southern Luzon. The formal opening of the SLEX Elevated Extension provided motorists direct access to and from the elevated Skyway from Susana Heights to Sucat, Parañaque and vice versa, significantly easing at-grade traffic. The project can accomodate 200,000 vehicles per day and complete the seamless connectivity between SLEX, Skyway, and North Luzon Expressway for faster and more efficient travel, transport of goods, and trade throughout Metro Manila and the provinces.   Article courtesy of the Department of Public Works and Highways

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Philippine Resources - February 17, 2022

PH, JICA INK AGREEMENT TO ADVANCE DISASTER MITIGATION IN COASTAL AREAS

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has partnered anew with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to enable the Philippines increase its capacity of coping with climate change through engineering approach. DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado and JICA Philippines Office Chief Representative Eigo Azukizawa signed on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 the Record of Discussions for the Capacity Development in Coastal Engineering for Disaster Resiliency Project, focusing on resilience of coastal communities against disasters. The signing event held at DPWH Central Office was also participated by DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain; UPMO Flood Control Management Cluster Project Director Ramon Arriola III; Project Manager Dolores Hipolito, Project Manager Jerry Fano, and Mr. Masanaki Yamagiuchi and Ms. Chihiro Mototani of JICA. In his message, Secretary Mercado thanked the Government of Japan thru JICA for its sustained support to the Philippines in developing not just the quality of road and transport infrastructure but also in making communities in the archipelago more inclusive, resilient, and sustainable. Earlier, Secretary Mercado and Undersecretary Sadain participated at the 12th meeting thru teleconference format of the Japan-Philippines High Level Joint Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation and reported the status of some big-ticket projects under JICA financing. The said projects are the Dalton Pass East Alignment Project, Central Mindanao Highway Project - Cagayan de Oro-Malaybalay Section, Parañaque Spillway/Tunnel Project, Davao City Flood Control and Drainage Project, and Urgent Bridges Construction Project for Rural Development Phase 2. According to Undersecretary Sadain, Chief Implementer of Flagship Projects under Build Build Build Program, Japan-supported big-ticket projects have played a crucial role in shaping and bolstering the Philippine infrastructure landscape and the new cooperation between JICA and DPWH on coastal infrastructure is expected to help effectively meet the challenges of climate change and build safe, resilient, and sustainable communities. The Project for the Capacity Development in Coastal Engineering for Disaster Resiliency in DPWH has a project duration of five (5) years from the date of 1st dispatch of JICA Experts in July 2021. The project involves a two-step planning method: 1) Basic Planning Survey where implementation structures are determined, and 2) Detailed Planning Survey where detailed plan is formulated to start the core activities of the project. Core activities of the project involve: lectures, case studies, development of guidelines, implementation of at least three (3) pilot projects, establishment of human resources development program on coastal engineering and the creation of roadmap . Case studies will be implemented 3-4 times a year, wherein 2 cases are examined in each time. On the otherhand, the Project Road Map, focuses on providing directions on better coastline management thru actual examples observed in the Philippines, such as improvement of existing laws and policies, strategies and regulations, land use, setting of clear demarcation/responsibility of related organizations, law enforcement, public awareness/education and technical knowledge dissemination/training of technical staff.

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Philippine Resources - February 14, 2022

BINONDO - INTRAMUROS BRIDGE, FLAGSHIP INFRA PROJECT OPENING SOON

Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Roger G. Mercado declared that Binondo - Intramuros Bridge Project is the next flagship infrastructure project of DPWH - Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations that will be completed soon. In his report to Secretary Mercado, Undersecretary for UPMO Operations Emil K. Sadain said that works at the Binondo Intramuros Bridge Project are progressing well and on track for the planned opening this 2022 Holy Week. “At 92 percent, we are rushing to finish the soon to be one of newest landmarks in Manila with its iconic basket-handle tied steel arch" said Undersecretary Sadain. Undersecretary Sadain, Chief Implementer of flagship infrastructure projects under Build Build Build program, inspected the on-going bridge construction on Thursday, February 10, 2022 with Project Director Benjamin A. Bautista and Project Manager Melchor Kabiling of DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 and reminded anew the contractor, China Road and Bridge Corporation, of the project’s target opening. Completing the up and down ramps at Binondo and Intramuros has been a priority. The ramps at Binondo side are located at Muelle dela Industria Street for up-ramp and at Rentas Street and Plaza del Conde Street for down-ramp. Also on-going are the construction of ramps at Intramuros side with up-ramp at Riverside Drive and down-ramp at Solana Street. Just like the steel arch main bridge, the girders of the ramps are made of fabricated steel members done internationally in Shanghai delivered in the Philippines in several delayed shipments because of the pandemic. By March, the contractor will begin the final retouching of the steel arch bridge and asphalt will be laid on the concrete slab so we are hoping for continued good weather, added Undersecretary Sadain. The ₱3.39 Billion project is financed by a government aid grant from the People’s Republic of China. Under similar grant, DPWH UPMO has completed in 2021 the new Estrella - Pantaleon Bridge included in the Metro Manila Logistics Network connecting the cities of Mandaluyong and Makati. The project supports the traffic decongestion program of the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administration.   Article courtesy of the Department of Public Works and Highways

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Philippine Resources - February 14, 2022

SECRETARY MERCADO ENCOURAGES UAE TO EXPLORE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES ON RP INFRASTRUCTURE

The Philippine delegation for Expo 2020 Dubai conducted meetings with top government and business officials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and discussed ways to strengthen trade, investments, and economic relations. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Roger G. Mercado took the Expo 2020 Dubai where prolific business opportunities are forged as an opportunity for the Philippines to present on the world stage, the resounding development of Philippine infrastructure. Philippine delegation that arrived in Dubai, UAE are led by Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez and Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar. In their visit to Dubai, Secretary Mercado as part of the Philippine delegation also participated in high-level meetings with prominent UAE government and business leaders. Secretary Mercado showcased the Philippines massive infrastructure development turn into a tangible reality under the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administration and encouraged the UAE government and business leaders to explore possible points of investment collaboration on Build Build Build infrastructure program that will further strengthen the Philippines-United Arab Emirates bilateral relations. The Philippines is an active participant to the World Expo 2020 hosted by Dubai, UAE through the pavilion named Bangkóta, the ancient term for “coral reef”, that presents contemporary expressions in architecture, art, and design that links the deep past with the future of connectivity for the Filipino. The Philippine pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai proves to be an excellent showcase of the country’s rich history and heritage, presenting as well the modern Filipinos of the present, and the future. World Expo 2020 Dubai opened on the last quarter of 2021 and will last until end of March 2022. Secretary Mercado on Saturday, February 12, 2022 is expected to address the Dubai International Conference of the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) – Dubai Chapter. The UAP has established itself as one of the finest associations in the Philippines, demonstrating not only prowess, but also resolve in cultivating unity within the architecture profession not only locally in the country but also internationally like in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Philippine Resources - February 10, 2022

CEBU-CORDOVA LINK EXPRESSWAY (CCLEX) PROJECT 89% COMPLETE

Photo: Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Construction of the 8.9-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is now on its last stretch with just 10 percent left before project completion. As of December 2021, construction progress of CCLEX was at 89.31 percent. The P30-billion toll bridge, which will be opening to motorists this year, will use an all-electronic toll collection system to provide safe and seamless travel. The Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) has already resumed the installation of the RFID (radio-frequency identification) stickers, which is needed by motorists to pass CCLEX. The activity was earlier suspended after Typhoon Odette hit Cebu. Motorists who were affected by the suspension of the RFID installation can conveniently reschedule their appointments through the “Manage Appointment” tab on the CCLEX website or visit https://mptc.outsystemsenterprise.com/ORRAS/.   The remaining 10 percent work now only covers piping and ducting as well as construction of safety barriers at the CSCR on and off ramps, Cebu viaduct, main bridge, and Cordova viaduct. At the causeway, piping and ducting works, construction of safety barriers, asphalting, and embankment works are also underway. Aside from these, pavement works and assembling of canopy are also ongoing for the eight-lane toll plaza; while structural works are being done for the CCLEX Operations and Maintenance Center, and the Toll Operations Center building. Construction works that were already completed include: Main bridge structure Installation of 56 stay cables CCLEX on ramp and off ramp structure 200-meter pedestrian footbridge Cebu viaduct structure Cordova viaduct structure Four low-level bridges for fishermen Placing of 20 vent pipes for Cordova water channel equalization CCLEX, highlighted by its iconic crosses on top of the twin pylons of the cable-stayed main bridge over the Mactan Channel, is Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation’s (MPTC) first toll road project outside Luzon. CCLEX, which will be the third link to Mactan Island from Cordova Municipality to mainland Cebu through Cebu City’s South Road Properties, has a design speed of 80 kilometers per hour (kph) and a navigational clearance or height of 51 meters to allow large vessels to pass underneath the bridge. Not only is CCLEX seen to reduce traffic and make traveling more convenient but also spur trade activities and open greater economic opportunities for Cebu and the rest of the Visayas region. CCLEX is a project of Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), in partnership with the local government units of Cebu City and Municipality of Cordova. CCLEC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MPTC, the toll road arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), a publicly listed infrastructure holding company and a member of the MVP Group of Companies. MPTC is the largest toll road concessionaire and operator in the Philippines, which expansion goals include establishing toll operations in the Visayas, other parts of the Philippines, and in neighboring countries notably Vietnam, and Indonesia.   Article courtesy of Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway

Construction

Philippine Resources - February 09, 2022

Execs optimistic of 'Build, Build, Build' continuity

Authorities are optimistic for the implementation of most infrastructure projects proposed under the government’s "Build, Build, Build" program after noting the project’s long-term impact on the economy. In a virtual briefing hosted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Tuesday, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain said 18 of the 112 infrastructure flagship projects (IFPs) would be completed by June this year, or at the end of the Duterte administration. He said 12 additional projects are targeted to be completed by end-2022 while 89 are scheduled for implementation by 2023 and be completed in the next six years. These projects cost around PHP6.65 trillion and have an investment requirement of around PHP3.12 trillion. He is hopeful that the next administration will continue with the implementation of the remaining projects “since most of these projects have been properly reviewed by the NEDA-ICC (National Economic and Development Authority-Investment Coordination Committee) Board and it went through a process.” “And most of these are actually yielding a high impact economic analysis. The national return is so huge,” he said. Sadain also pointed out that “there’s no way the next administration will shelve most of these projects but instead may be look at it and revisit. “ “We have seen also that the viability of implementing these projects are so strong because of the huge economic impact that will be brought to the country. We believe that these can be sustained by the next administration,” he said. Sadain said the big-ticket inter-island projects under the Build, Build, Build include the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge, the Panglao-Tagbilaran City Offshore Connector, Guicam Bridge, 3 Tawi-Tawi Bridges, the Panay-Guimaras-Negros Link Bridge, Cebu-Mactan Bridge and Coastal [Road Construction], Panguil Bay Bridge, and the Samal Island-Davao City Connector. For Department of Transportation, he said the projects “of high importance” is the North Commuter Railway and Metro Manila Subway. He also mentioned the Wawa Bulk Water Supply Project of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Stage 2. During the same event, NEDA Undersecretary Roderick M. Planta said the NEDA-ICC-approved IFPs that are ongoing have the basic principle “that the benefits outweigh the cost.” “So, we think that we could make a case for making the next administration see the benefit of continuing its implementation,” he said. He also made an appeal for the next administration to continue with infrastructure development build up because of the big gap in the country.

Construction

Philippine Resources - February 08, 2022

LRMC, contractor complete LRT-1 Cavite Extension viaduct

Photo credit: Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (3rd from left) leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Cavite Extension Phase 1 viaduct on Monday (Feb. 7, 2022). To date, Phase 1 of the project is 67.5 percent complete and is expected to be done by late 2024 or early 2025. (Photo courtesy of LRMC) The viaduct for the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) Phase 1 has been completed by LRT-1 private operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) and project contractor Bouygues Travaux Publics (Bouygues). In a statement on Monday, LRMC president and CEO Juan Alfonso thanked project partners in the government and private sectors, noting that the project achieved “significant progress” despite limitations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. “LRMC is glad to welcome 2022 with this LRT-1 Cavite Extension accomplishment. I am proud of the commitment and sacrifice of all our teams, who displayed resilience amidst unsettling conditions and the determination to deliver with excellence,” Alfonso said. During the ceremonial erection of the last span for the LRT-1 Cavite Extension Phase 1, Transportation Arthur Tugade said the project would provide “mobility, connectivity, and convenience” to commuters in Cavite and the southern part of Metro Manila. “20 years ago, the government had a vision of putting a Cavite extension for the LRT-1 line. This was just a dream 20 years ago,” Tugade said. He thanked the LRMC for continuing the project’s construction amid the Covid-19 pandemic and for the “active” collaboration of the local government of Parañaque City. “I think it’s just appropriate that we salute LRMC. Pinakita ninyo ang pangangailangan na talaga na maganda ang (You have shown the need for good) partnership between the local government, private sector, and the national government,” Tugade said. Phase 1 of the 11.7-kilometer (km) LRT-1 Cavite Extension project covers a total of five stations—Dr. A. Santos, Ninoy Aquino, Asiaworld, MIA, and Redemptorist—is 67.5 percent complete as of end-December 2021, and is expected to be complete by late 2024 or early 2025. The LRT-1 Cavite Extension—in its entirety—is a joint project of the Department of Transportation, the Light Rail Transit Authority, and the LRMC. It will have eight stations connecting Baclaran in Parañaque City to Bacoor, Cavite, and is 61.60 percent complete as of December 2021. By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz   Article courtesy of The Philippine News Agency

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