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Philippine Resources - January 31, 2022

CONSTRUCTION OF PANGUIL BAY BRIDGE PROJECT GOING AT FULL STEAM

Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain reported that construction of Panguil Bay Bridge connecting Tubod, Lanao del Norte and Tangub City, Misamis Occidental is on-going at full steam. An inspection report to Secretary Roger G. Mercado by Undersecretary Sadain revealed that the design and build for the 3.169 kilometers bridge project is progressing at a brisk pace, having attained a weighted average of 41.83 percent to date. Undersecretary Sadain, Chief Implementer of President Rodrigo Duterte administration’s flagship projects under Build Build Build Program, arrived Thursday, January 27, 2022 in Lanao del Norte and conducted an offshore inspection at Panguil Bay towards Misamis Occidental to check the bridge foundation works. He was joined by UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 (Multilateral) Project Director Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim, Bureau of Design OIC Director Edwin Matanguihan, Bureau of Construction OIC Director Aristarco Doroy, and Project Managers Teresita Bauzon and Mike Ramos. Undersecretary Sadain has been closely monitoring the construction of the bridge foundation to ensure greater stability and safety and to prevent structural failures of this flagship infrastructure project. The engineering design for the bridge was based on an extensive geotechnical survey onshore and offshore in 2020 as well as gathered bathymetric data from the study of the underwater depth of ocean floors to ensure that the Panguil Bay Bridge is built on good foundations with high strength to weight ratio. In 2021, DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 (Multilateral) and its contractor Namkwang-Kukdong-Gumgwang Joint Venture have stepped up construction of bored piles foundation with about 40 out of the total 54 already completed to date. Towards the end of the year 2022, DPWH is targetting to reach 80.47 percent project accomplishment with completed approach bridge from Abutment 1 to Pier 10 at Tangub side, Main Bridge Pylon 1 and 2, and Pier 23 to Abutment 2 at Tubod side. Project completion will be achieved by December 2023 with full year activities centered on the approach bridge from Pier 10 to 17 Tangub side and Pier 18 to 23 Tubod side, 320 meters Main Bridge, and the approach roads. The construction of a high-level bridge across Panguil Bay in Northern Mindanao will end the decades-long wait for better connectivity between Tubod and Tangub City. Secretary Mercado said that this new bridge that would usher in development and progress, will reduce travel time of 2.5 hours through Roll-On, Roll-Off (RORO) vessels from Ozamiz City/Tangub City to Mukas Port/Tubod to just 7 minutes. Panguil Bay Bridge will help address transportation challenges as other present mode between Tangub and Tubod is by land travel of 2 to 2.5 hours over a total length of 100 kilometers. It will uplift the economic condition and will also encourage growth of tourism between Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte. The project is funded by a loan agreement between the Government of the Philippine and Korean Export Import Bank.   Article courtesy of the Department of Public Works and Highways

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Philippine Resources - January 27, 2022

DOTr begins inspection of brand-new PNR Clark trains

One of the new trains of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 1 during an inspection in Valenzuela City on Wednesday (Jan. 26, 2022). Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said the construction of the PNR Clark Phases 1 and 2 are in "full swing." (Photo courtesy of DOTr) The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has begun the inspection of trains purchased for the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 1 project in Valenzuela City on Wednesday. In a Facebook post, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade led the inspection of the trains purchased from the Japan Transport Engineering Company and Sumitomo Corporation as part of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) system. “Fifty-eight train sets ang inaasahang tatakbo sa kabuuang NSCR mula sa Clark International Airport (CRK) hanggang sa Calamba, Laguna (58 train sets are expected to operate in the entire NSCR from the CRK to Calamba, Laguna),” Tugade said. Despite failed attempts to build such a rail system since 1994, with the latest resulting in a protracted legal battle in an international arbitration between Northrail and SINOMACH in 2016, Tugade said the PNR Clark Phase 1 (38-kilometers long from Tutuban to Malolos) and Phase 2 (53-km long from Malolos to Clark) are now “in full swing construction.” In addition, he said the delivery of the NSCR’s 58 eight-car train sets, or a total of 464 train cars, has started after the first train set was delivered in November 2021. “Oras na matapos ang PNR Clark Phase 1, magiging 35 minutes na lamang ang travel time mula Tutuban, Manila patungong Malolos, Bulacan, mula sa current 1.5 hours (Once PNR Clark Phase 1 is complete, travel from Tutuban, Manila to Malolos, Bulacan will be reduced to 35 minutes from the current 1.5 hours)," Tugade said. Both PNR Clark Phase 1 and 2 are funded through assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). On the other hand, all nine civil works contracts for the construction of PNR Calamba—56-km long from Manila to Calamba—are expected to be awarded within the first quarter of 2022. To date, the PNR Clark 1 has a 53.85 percent overall progress rate, the PNR Clark 2 at 34.46 percent, and PNR Calamba at 28.62 percent complete. By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz   Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency

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Philippine Resources - January 26, 2022

‘Iconic’ Binondo-Intramuros Bridge ready by Holy Week 2022

The Binondo - Intramuros Bridge Project of the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) in Manila is nearly finished at 90 percent and expected to open to vehicular traffic by Holy Week this year. In his report to DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado, Undersecretary and Build Build Build (BBB) Chief Implementer Emil K. Sadain said that the 680 meters bridge project across Pasig River is pretty much finished with the main bridge itself having two (2) lanes in each direction complete. Undersecretary Sadain, in-charge of the Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations, with UPMO Project Directors Benjamin A. Bautista, Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim, Ramon A. Arriola III, Rodrigo Delos Reyes, and Johnson Domingo; and Project Manager Mechor Kabiling conducted rigorous inspection from Intramuros to Binondo on Monday, January 24, 2022 to make sure that the project is done to the standards that are laid out in the contract. You can walk over the bridge, but still closed with on-going construction of ramps on Binondo and Intramuros side, added Undersecretary Sadain. Secretary Mercado said that he is extremely excited for the opening of the iconic basket-handle tied steel arch bridge that is expected to cut travel time between the districts of Binondo and Intramuros. Implemented by UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1, the newest bridge in Manila which will benefit approximately 30,000 vehicles daily gives extra space for pedestrians and dedicated lane for bikers for improved safety and ease of traffic flow. Equipment and crews are in the process of constructing access ramps made of prefabricated components from Shanghai, China at the Binondo side with an up-ramp located at Muelle dela Industria Street and down-ramps at Rentas Street and Plaza del Conde Street. Simultaneously, construction of ramps at Intramuros side is on-going with up-ramp at Riverside Drive and down-ramp at Solana street. The ₱3.39 Billion project is financed by a government aid grant from the People’s Republic of China. We are grateful to the men and women who worked so hard to build this bridge and thank the government of China and its contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation for their commitment to this project, added Undersecretary Sadain. The bridge project is one of the flagship infrastructure projects of DPWH under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administration’s BBB Program.

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Philippine Resources - January 24, 2022

PNR Bicol to begin construction Q1 2022

Photo credit: Philippine News Agency The first package of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Bicol project will begin construction in the first quarter of the year. In a press briefing in Malacañang on Friday, PNR General Manager Junn Magno said the package would consist of the PNR Bicol’s first 380 km. from Banlic, Calamba to Daraga, Albay. “The construction works will begin (in) the first quarter of 2022,” Magno said in Filipino. During the briefing, Department of Transportation (DOTr) Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John Batan said their agency has requested the Department of Finance to fund the project’s PHP142 billion contract through an official development assistance (ODA) loan from China. Unlike other projects funded through ODA, Batan said, the PNR Bicol Package 1 had its construction contract signed before funding from China was secured. While the project has the largest contract at PHP142 billion, the North-South Commuter Railway System is the biggest rail project of the DOTr, followed by the Metro Manila Subway Project, he added. The construction of the PNR Bicol Package 1 is seen to be completed by 2024, and the start of operations by the third quarter of 2025. The other PNR Bicol contract packages are set for completion between 2024 and 2026, with the entire PNR Bicol line scheduled to be operational by 2027. The PNR Bicol is a 560-km. rail system consisting of 35 stations and will run from Manila through Laguna, Quezon, and Camarines Sur to Albay, with an extension line in Sorsogon and a branch line in Batangas. The rail system’s passenger trains will be designed to run at a speed of 120 kph to 160 kph and its freight trains designed to run at 80 kph to 100 kph, reducing travel time between Manila and Legazpi City, Albay from the current 14 hours to 18 hours to just six hours in its regular commuter trains and four hours and 30 minutes with its express trains. On January 18, the DOTr awarded the contract for the PNR Bicol Package 1 to Chinese joint venture China Railway Group Ltd., China Railway No. 3 Engineering Group Co. Ltd., and China Railway Engineering Consulting Group Co. Ltd. By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz   Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency

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Philippine Resources - January 21, 2022

WIDENING OF LAWTON AVENUE IN TAGUIG CITY FINISHED BY Q2 OF 2022

Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has fast-tracked the widening works at Fort Bonifacio-Nichols Field Road or Lawton Avenue in Taguig City to meet its target completion by the second quarter of 2022. “As the government increases mobility in Metro Manila amid the pandemic, this project is vital in addressing traffic woes experienced by motorists,” said DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado during project inspection on Thursday, January 20, 2022, along with Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Assistant Secretary Wilfredo S. Mallari and National Capital Region (NCR) Director Nomer Abel P. Canlas. The road widening has three phases with the 1.34-meter Phase 1 traversing from 5th Avenue to Bayani Road completed and opened to the public on November 17, 2020. “We are keen in expediting the completion of the remaining two phases of the project with Phase 2 covering 1,100 lineal meters from Bayani Road to Philippine Navy and Phase 3 covering 240 lineal meters from Philippine Navy to Pasong Tamo Extension,” said Secretary Mercado. Once fully completed, the 3.1-kilometer, four (4)-lane Lawton Avenue will be converted into a six (6)-lane thoroughfare that can accommodate influx of vehicles traversing the area and will help decongest traffic in nearby Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), South Superhighway and C-5 Road. It will also complement the 961.427-lineal meter Bonifacio Global City-Ortigas Center Link Road Project which has improved access to and from the cities of Taguig, Pasig, Makati and Mandaluyong. The widening of the Lawton Avenue is part of the EDSA Decongestion Program, one of the flagship projects of the Duterte administration under the Build Build Build Program.

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Philippine Resources - January 19, 2022

Construction of 380-km Laguna-Albay PNR route to start soon

Photo credit: DOTr The Department of Transportation (DOTr) awarded the single largest rail contract worth PHP142 billion, or about USD2.8 billion, to a Chinese joint venture to build a 380-kilometer Philippine National Railways (PNR) route. The construction will run from Barangay Banlic in Calamba, Laguna to Daraga, Albay. The contract was signed on Monday by DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and representatives of the China Railway Group Ltd., China Railway No. 3 Engineering Group Co. Ltd., and China Railway Engineering Consulting Group Co. Ltd. (CREC JV). The contract includes the design, construction, and electromechanical works for the project. “Listed in both the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchange, CREC JV ranked 35th on the Fortune Global 500 list and 5th among China's top 500 enterprises in 2021,” the DOTr said in an announcement on Tuesday. The project will span across 39 cities and municipalities in four provinces and two regions. Aside from the construction of 380 kilometers of railway, the project will include 23 stations, 230 bridges, 10 passenger tunnels, and a 70-hectare depot in San Pablo, Laguna. In a Facebook post, Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines, Huang Xilian, said the project will be the “fastest and longest railway segment so far in the Philippines” and “another milestone” for the relationship between the Philippines and China. Huang said the project is so far the “highest-funded G-to-G (government-to-government) project” between the two countries. Once operational, travel time between Calamba, Laguna and Legazpi, Albay will be shortened to four hours from the usual 12 hours and will serve 14.6 million passengers yearly. The project is also expected to create “more than 10,000 direct construction jobs each year” aside from “hundreds of thousands” of jobs in related areas, according to Huang. “I wish the scenario come true the soonest and the project a smooth progress!” Huang posted. The PNR Bicol project is a 565-kilometer railway that will connect Metro Manila to the southern Luzon provinces of Sorsogon and Batangas. Its passenger trains will run at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour while freight trains will run at 100 kilometers per hour. By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz   Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency

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Philippine Resources - January 10, 2022

SECRETARY MERCADO INSPECTS CEBU’S FIRST TOLL EXPRESSWAY PROJECT

Photo credit: Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Roger G. Mercado declared that the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway or CCLEX will soon strengthen the carrying capacity of the road network of Cebu Province. In his inspection at the project over Mactan channel, Secretary Mercado commended the efforts of the local government units of Cebu City and Municipality of Cordova which entered into Public-Private Partnership through an agreement with Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation to build the toll road that will drastically cut travel time to the Mactan Cebu International Airport from Cebu City and those coming from the south of Cebu Province Secretary Mercado said that the benefits of the project will be realized soonest with the expressway, the first outside Luzon, now on its last stage of completion. Joining Secretary Mercado in the project visit in coordination with CCLEX Corporation President and General Manager Allan Alfon are DPWH Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Undersecretaries Maria Catalina E. Cabral and Eugenio R. Pipo Jr., Assistant Secretary Ador G. Canlas, Region 7 Director Edgar Tabacon, and District Engineer Daisy Toledo. The approximately 8.9 kilometer CCLEX and sometimes referred as the Cebu - Cordova Bridge is a cable-stayed twin single pylon main bridge with span length of 390 meters. The bridge project has a pylon height of 145 meters and navigational vertical clearance of 52.5 meters and 260 meters horizontal clearance. With a carrying capacity of two (2) lanes per direction, the expressway project also involves the construction of 1,350 meters of viaduct and 5,219 meters causeway and 603 meters low-level bridges.   Article courtesy of the Department of Public Works and Highways

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Philippine Resources - January 04, 2022

BBB CHIEF IMPLEMENTER REPORTS DEVELOPMENT OF FLAGSHIP PROJECTS

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s designated Chief Implementer of flagship projects under the Build Build Build (BBB) Program, has promoted collaborative engagements among oversight and implementing agencies to accelerate the preparation, implementation, and completion of various infrastructure flagship projects (IFPs) under the Build Build Build (BBB) Program. Undersecretary Sadain said that the project teams of DPWH under the leadership of Secretary Roger G. Mercado and the Department of Budget and Management, National Economic and Development Authority, Department of Finance, Department of Transportation, Department of Health, National Irrigation Administration, Metropolitan Waterworks Sewerage System, Local Water Utilities Administration, Department of the Interior and Local Govt., Department of Information Communication Technology, Toll Regulatory Board, and Philippine Statistics Authority are working across sectoral boundaries to achieve overarching goals of completing their respective marquee projects by overcoming bottlenecks and delays. The BBB Chief Implementer organized the successful holding of the 1st Inter-Agency Forum on December 14-15 which provided the opportunity to thresh out and recommend solutions on actual issues on the ground which most of the time are not reported on usual accomplishment reports of agencies in the past. In his 4th quarter report to the Office of the President thru Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, Undersecretary Sadain disclosed the completion of eight projects worth ₱94.64 Billion in 2021 despite being affected by the pandemic crisis. Moving forward, we are hoping that the next administration will continue President Duterte’s legacy of infrastructure development thru the BBB Program for recovery, growth and sustainability as highlighted by the President during the recent signing of 2022 General Appropriations Act or national budget to increase the Philippines growth potential and give the Filipinos a better life, added Undersecretary Sadain. Both DPWH and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) have completed four (4) flagship projects each in 2021. Completed under DPWH fortfolio are projects mostly implemented by DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operarions headed by Undersecretary Sadain to include the BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project, Estrella Pantaleon Bridge, and Marawi Transcentral Road Phase 1. BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project and Estrella Pantaleon Bridge are new alternative linkages between major thoroughfares constructed to increase the number of usable roadways that would decongest traffic in EDSA and other major roads in Metro Manila. The BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project shortened to 12 minutes the travel time between Bonifacio Global City and Ortigas Central Business District while Estrella Pantaleon Bridge is a modern bridge connecting cities of Mandaluyong and Makati within five (5) minutes that has not only improved mobility but also enhanced the resilience against natural disasters. The 18.97-kilometer Marawi Transcentral Road Phase 1 funded by a grant from Japan fulfilled the government’s promise to build back better Marawi City with a peaceful road to recovery from the suffering due to the siege four (4) years ago. A fourth project completed and inaugurated by President Duterte funded under the Public-Private Partnership Program is the 18-kilometer Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 from Buendia, Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City that connected North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). DOTr implemented and completed projects in 2021 are the LTO Central Command Center, LRT-2 East Extension, GenSan Airport Development Project, and Bicol International Airport. A total of 77 IFPs projects worth ₱3.51 trillion are on-going while 27 projects are currently in the pipeline worth ₱1.09 trillion. Considered pipeline projects are those that may start construction within the present administration but will be part of the continuity pipeline of the succeeding administrations. In terms of completion, 18 projects will be completed within the administration’s term while eight projects will be delivered to completion in the second semester of 2022 and 86 projects in 2023 onwards. Other than providing the much-needed infrastructure for Filipinos, investment in the IFPs under BBB Program has the biggest multiplier in terms of created jobs. Based on preliminary estimates of the National Economic and Development Authority, it is projected that about 580,000 employment in 2021 and about 620,000 employment in 2022 will be generated from the implementation of the IFPs.

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Philippine Resources - December 20, 2021

CONSTRUCTION OF NEW ICONIC BRIDGE IN MANILA NOW 88% COMPLETE

Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has started with the massive installation of prefabricated girders for abutments and ramps of the iconic Binondo - Intramuros Bridge Project in Manila. In his report to DPWH Acting Secretary Roger "Oging" Mercado, Undersecretary and Build Build Build(BBB) Chief Implementer Emil K. Sadain said that already lifted on piers were steel box girder components for the up-ramp at Intramuros side with a total length of 191 meters and between pier 5 to near pier 8 for the viaduct structure over Estero de Binondo and corresponding ramp at Binondo side. Undersecretary Sadain, in-charge of DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations, said that the overall progress of the bridge project implemented by UPMO - Roads Management Cluster 1 (UPMO-RMC 1) is now at 88.63 percent. Simultaneously, manpower and equipment resources are also doing the lifting of pre-fab girders for the 298 meters up-ramp at Muelle dela Industria side. “We are expecting a lot of dramatic changes for this project, with all the needed materials and high-performance launching equipment available on the construction site”, Undersecretary Sadain told contractor China Road and Bridge Corporation following his inspection with UPMO RMC 1 Project Director Benjamin A. Bautista, Project Manager Melchor Kabiling, and Project Engineer Joey Doria. The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project involves the construction of 680 linear meter 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. With an already completed basket-handle tied steel arch main bridge over Pasig River, DPWH is targetting to finish the project by the first half of 2022. Initially, the new bridge would be completed by end of 2021. However, DPWH had to push back the project timeframe to relocate public and private services and utilities in the area as well as to wait on the pre-fabricated steel materials to come in from China. The project was also affected by work suspension at the height of COVID-19 pandemic. The ₱3.39-Billion bridge project is financed by a grant aid rom the People’s Republic of China. Considered one (1) of the flagship infrastructure projects of DPWH under the Build, Build, Build Program, the bridge project is expected to not only cut travel time between the two busy districts of Intramuros and Binondo in Manila but also benefit approximately 30,000 vehicles daily.   Article courtesy of The Department of Public Works and Highways

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Philippine Resources - December 17, 2021

DPWH, BBB AGENCIES HOLD FIRST FORUM ON INFRASTRUCTURE FLAGSHIP PROJECTS

Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways Government agencies under the Build Build Build (BBB) program commit to push forward the implementation of high-impact infrastructure flagship projects (IFPs) that will bring long-term benefits to the Filipino people. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Acting Secretary Roger "Oging" Mercado, in his message during the 1st BBB Inter Agency Forum organized by Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, expressed confidence towards sustainability and continuity of priority flagship projects which will be the foundation of economic recovery from COVID-19 pandemic. As the designated Chief Implementer of Flagship Projects under BBB Program by President Rodrigo Duterte, Undersecretary Sadain spearheaded the review on the progress of various IFPs in order to ensure the expeditious execution and timely completion of flagship projects implemented by the Department of Transportation, Department of Health, National Irrigation Administration, Metropolitan Waterworks Sewerage System, Local Water Utilities Administration, Department of the Interior and Local Govt., Department of Information Communication Technology, Toll Regulatory Board, and Philippine Statistics Authority. As we gear up for a better approach in sustaining the implementation of infrastructure flagship projects, we seek to identify and address implementation and capacity gaps particularly in challenging environments as these holds the key to realizing the great vision of President Duterte for the BBB Program, said Undersecretary Sadain. In order to establish proper coordination and practical collaboration among agencies, the forum held on December 14-15, 2021 was also participated by Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Undersecretary Rolando U. Toledo; National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Assistant Secretary Roderick M. Planta with his staff; DPWH Undersecretary Emerson L. Benitez; and DPWH Project Directors Benjamin A. Bautista, Sharif Masdmo H. Hasim, Rodrigo Delos Reyes, Ramon P. Arriola III and Johnson Domingo. The forum was a significant step for the designated BBB Chief Implementer to come up with a comprehensive report of the accomplishments for IFPs under BBB as well as the scale-up plans on infrastructure development for the remainder of the term of President Duterte and forward looking in 2022 to the upcoming change of administration. The event is also a very fitting opportunity for every agency to share its best practices and implementation journey, key issues/concerns and challenges, and provide plans and resolutions that can be applied to pipeline projects. Other than the COVID-19 pandemic and adverse weather condition as among the drawbacks in project implementation, other bumps identified/mentioned/discussed at the forum include regulatory environment issues, delayed procurement, difficulty in acquiring right of way, insufficient funds, and delayed financing approval.   Article courtesy of Department of Public Works and Highways

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Philippine Resources - December 17, 2021

DPWH, NLEX BREAKS GROUND FOR STA. MESA SECTION OF NLEX-SLEX CONNECTOR ROAD

It’s all systems go for the Sta. Mesa Section of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) - South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Connector Road Project seen to cut to just 20 minutes the two (2) hours travel time between the two (2) expressways. Public Works Secretary Roger "Oging" Mercado, together with Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation President and CEO Rodrigo Franco, NLEX Corporation President and General Manager Luigi Bautista, China Road and Bridges Corporation (CRBC) Branch General Manager Ren Xiaopeng led on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 the ceremonial groundbreaking of the 2.75km Section 2 of the elevated expressway spanning España, Manila to the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa, Manila. “This section will pave the way to connect NLEX and SLEX through the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, benefitting at least 35,000 motorists per day and boosting economic activities in Manila, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and the surrounding areas in the North and South”, announced Secretary Mercado. Secretary Mercado added that the 5-km Manila Section of the NLEX-SLEX Connector, which started in May 2019, is now 54.27% complete and is expected to be completed by the second half of 2022 while the Sta. Mesa Section will open by early 2023. NLEX Corporation, which operates NLEx and Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway, earlier signed an agreement with CRBC for the civil works contract of the elevated road that traverses portions of the Philippine National Railways right-of-way to provide a viable 24/7 route for truckers and an alternate route between NAIA and Clark airports. For its part, NLEX Corp President Luigi Bautista maintained their commitment to participate in the infrastructure development that supports jobs and business opportunities as well as pave the way for better services through the ‘Build, Build, Build’ Program. The groundbreaking and contract signing ceremony was also participated by DPWH Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut; DPWH Undersecretary for Planning, PPP and Information Management Service Maria Catalina E. Cabral; DPWH Public-Private Partnership Service Director Alex Bote; PNR General Manager Junn Magno and Assistant General Manager Celeste Lauta; Toll Regulatory Board Executive Director Alvin Caraullo; CRBC Marketing Manager Haiyan Mo; and NLEX Corp Vice President for Tollway Development and Engineering Nemesio Castillo and Chief Finance Officer Maria Theresa Wells.

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Philippine Resources - December 17, 2021

MRT-7 partially operational by Q4 of 2022: PRRD

Photo credit: Philippine News Agency The national government will ensure that the Metro Rail Transit Line 7 (MRT-7) will be “partially operational” by the fourth quarter of 2022, President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday. Duterte made this remark during a ceremony to unveil the new MRT-7 train sets along Commonwealth Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City. “We can proudly say that this new metric rail transit system which spans more than 24 km from North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte in Bulacan is a world-class mode of transportation for the benefit of the people. The project is more than 60 percent complete and we are committed to make it partially operational by [the] 4th quarter of 2022,” he said in his speech. He noted that the MRT project will provide the public with a “fast, efficient, convenient, safe, and reliable” transportation system that would result to the increased productivity of workers and businesses in Metro Manila and its nearby provinces. Duterte said he is also pleased that the MRT-7 is expected to be a pollution-free mode of mass transit for commuters. “It is also good to know that this new train system will help minimize air pollution as it is a greener and more energy efficient means of transportation,” he added. He said the MRT-7 project is proof of his administration’s commitment to delivering long-lasting infrastructure development in the country amid the prevailing health crisis. "The arrival of the trains and the significant progress made on MRT-7 project confirm this administration’s strong commitment to pursue critical infrastructure projects even amidst the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic,” he said. Meanwhile, Duterte enjoined all government agencies to ensure the prompt implementation and completion of significant government projects while still upholding the transparency, integrity, and accountability in its operation. “Let us fulfil our promise and commitment to the entire nation to accomplish sustainable projects that will continuously improve the lives of Filipinos even beyond the term of the president,” he said. He also thanked workers of the officials and workers of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), San Miguel Corp. (SMC), and other partners for their role in making a new milestone possible. The SMC is the concession-holder for the project and is fully-funding construction of the 24-kilometer mass transit system that links up with the existing MRT-3 and Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) via a common station in North Avenue. The MRT 7 is a PHP77-billion project that started construction in April 2016. Currently, the project stands at 62 percent overall progress rate. A total number of 108 rail cars or 36 train sets were acquired from South Korea that will traverse 14 stations. It is expected to serve around 300,000 passengers in its first year of operations and will reach up to 850,000 passengers daily on its 12th year. The MRT-7 is a modern train system that also involves the construction of electric power systems, computer and communications system, signaling systems, and automatic fare systems, among others. Once completed, the MRT-7 will significantly cut travel time between North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan from two to three hours to just 35 minutes and will eventually contribute to the reduction of traffic in Metro Manila. The project also aims to decongest Metro Manila and make the commuting experience of passengers coming in and out of the Metro more convenient and comfortable. By Azer Parrocha   Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency 

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Philippine Resources - December 10, 2021

DPWH to start 4 major infra projects in Region 8

BYPASS BRIDGE. The proposed bypass bridge in Maasin City, Southern Leyte. It is four major infrastructure projects in Eastern Visayas that will be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the next two to five years. (Photo courtesy of DPWH) The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has identified four major infrastructure projects in Eastern Visayas that will be implemented in the next two to five years. Long-term projects are the 15-kilometer (km) Samar Pacific Coastal Road (SPCR) project phase 2, construction of 700-meter Iconic Liloan Bridge, construction of 1.1 km Iconic Maasin Coastal Bypass Bridge, and the building of 23-km Bohol - Leyte Link Bridge. In a report released by the DPWH on Wednesday, the SPCR include two long-span bridges with a total length of 1.4 km. The feasibility study is already completed and the project proposal is now under preparation for submission to the National Economic and Development Authority. SPCR project phase 2 will complement the ongoing 11.60-km SPCR phase 1 connecting the pacific towns from the Simora Junction in Laoang town, traverses to the remote villages of Laoang and Palapag towns. At 59 percent completed, the first phase 1 also covers the construction of three bridges. Meanwhile, the concept paper is now being prepared for Liloan Bridge while the Maasin Coastal Bypass Bridge is up for discussion with the Export-Import Bank of Korea. For the Bohol - Leyte Link Bridge, officials will revisit the Asian Development Bank-funded pre-feasibility study. The government has yet to come up with cost estimates for these four long-term projects. DPWH Acting Secretary Roger Mercado said in a statement that he has tapped the Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations headed by Undersecretary Emil Sadain to assist the regional office in preparing the construction of a stronger regional road network. “In my inspection, I saw the need for a significant upgrade of roads and bridges to improve connectivity and address problem of isolation especially in far-flung areas of the region," Mercado said. Mercado, who hails from Southern Leyte, identified the insufficient infrastructure as a major constraint to the economic growth and poverty reduction particularly in Southern Leyte and Northern Samar. By Sarwell Meniano

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Philippine Resources - December 10, 2021

CONSTRUCTION OF STRATEGIC TUNNEL PROJECT IN DAVAO CITY MOVES

Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways One year into the 37-month schedule, the on-going 10.7 kilometer Contract Package (CP) 1-1 of the Davao City Bypass Road Construction Project is heating up making significant progress. In his report to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Roger "Oging" Mercado, Undersecretary and Build Build Build (BBB) Chief Implementer Emil K. Sadain said that recent project site visit showed a workable area of about eight ( kilometers including the tunnel segment. The tunnel is an important construction component of the 45.5 kilometer Davao City Bypass Road Project. It is undeniable that implementation of most flagship infrastructure projects has been enormously interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, adverse weather condition, and among others. “I am glad that since the tunnelling works was launched and witnessed by no less than Secretary Mercado and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa last third week of November 2021, the excavated length for the north portal is already at 10 meters, complete with efficient and safe ground control elements of steel ribs support, rock bolts, wire mesh and pneumatically applied large-aggregate concrete or shotcrete”, added Undersecretary Sadain, in-charge of the DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations. Others who joined the project visit includes UPMO Projects Director Benjamin A. Bautista, Roads Management Cluster 1; Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim, Roads Management Cluster 2; Ramon A. Arriola III, Flood Control Management Cluster; Rodrigo I. Delos Reyes, Bridges Management Cluster; and Johnson V. Domingo, Buildings and Special Projects Management Cluster; and Bureau of Construction OIC-Director Aristarco M. Doroy. The construction of two (2)-tube mountain tunnel will be the longest road tunnel in the Philippines at 2.3 kilometer. Expected to provide considerable employment opportunities, Davao City Bypass Road Project will apply modern construction technique using some of the biggest pieces of construction machinery to build the twin mountain tunnels. Other than the tunnel, CP 1-1 awarded to Shimizu – Ulticon - Takenaka joint venture involves the construction of 4-lane road with a length of 7.9 km; 3 bridges including the 200 meters Davao River Bridge with on-going foundation works; 2 underpasses and overpasses; 12 waterways culverts; and 4 at-grade intersection. This contract package costing ₱13.230 Billion has an estimated completion date of January 2024. Davao City Bypass Road Project is divided into six (6) CPs namely the on-going CP 1-1, and CP 1-2 and CP 1-3 under procurement stage being financed by loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) while CP 2-1, CP 2-2 and CP 2-3 are to be funded by Government of the Philippines. The bypass road will slash travel time between Toril, Davao City and the northern Panabo City, Davao Del Norte to under 49 minutes from the usual travel time of 1 hour and 44 minutes via Maharlika Highway. Overall on-site construction supervision of the Davao City Bypass Project is under DPWH Project Manager Joselito B. Reyes and Engrs. Juan M. Diña Jr. and Earl Nicholas F. Rada with Nippon Koei – Katahira - Nippon Engineering - Philkoei as engineering consultants.   Article courtesy of the Department of Public Works and Highways

Construction

Philippine Resources - December 07, 2021

Two companies in ASEAN forge ahead in digital transformation

The construction industry is today the second least digitised industry in the world. This lack of digitisation costs the industry as much as US$500 billion a year, in rework alone. Companies in the ASEAN region are starting to realise the benefits of going digital and those who are succeeding understand how imperative it is. In an increasingly competitive and challenging industry, leveraging technology and the data it gleans makes the difference between those who win and those who lose. Two companies that have embarked on such a digital transformation are Makati Development Corporation (MDC) in the Philippines and Precise Development Pte Ltd in Singapore. Makati Development Corporation sees improved productivity and huge savings Ms Ginaflor C. Oris, Chief Financial Officer of MDC, defined the company’s digitisation goals as to “build a data-driven culture to ensure that digitisation becomes an important component of our bigger strategy of industrialising construction. And we wanted to reap significant and quantifiable improvements in our safety, quality, timely delivery, cost efficiency and sustainability operating metrics.” Before adopting Procore, MDC already had some digital platforms and was using various software. But the company faced difficulties in gathering data directly from the field and in generating reports real time or close to real time. This did not allow management to have better insights, leading to agile decision making – data was residing in separate silos. Procore’s integrated platform changed all that. The results for MDC were clear. “By implementing Procore in our construction projects, we saved over 2,500 man-hours from faster turnaround times. We significantly reduced some costs, and more importantly, improved visibility of information on the status of our projects for all stakeholders,” said Oris. “Last year we were able to successfully shift our budgeting process using digital collaboration – and we saved over 26,500 man-hours. I can't imagine our project teams going back to our manual way of doing things.” Precise Development drives better cost control and collaboration with technology In Singapore, Precise Development turned to automated construction technology to streamline their workflow and quality assurance outcomes. This was a goal made more urgent by the global health crisis. Ongoing site lockdowns meant Precise had to counter increasing costs in materials and labour with significant workforce and administration time savings. Precise Development was an early adopter of Procore Project Management and Quality and Safety. The goal was to improve the flow within design and build projects initially. However, Procore's ability to generate time and resource savings for Precise Development paid off as the company faced the challenges and disruptions brought upon by COVID-19. The transparent collaboration and multiple-party communication process significantly improved project management tasks for all stakeholders. “As we specialise in design and build projects, we are often still finalising a lot of design while building. Tracking and managing these elements, plus material and labour costs – and Singapore is very expensive in both – in this environment via Procore is key,” said Mr. Kelvin Lim, Architectural Manager of Precise Development.  “Everyone can rely on the data to help us replace site visits and face-to-face discussions with a safe way to communicate. With Procore, we have a transparent quality process. This places more emphasis on building right the first time and creating an accountability roadmap. It helps us track defects if we need to and remediate those with the right parties.” In addition, as Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is pushing for an industry-wide digital transformation, Precise Development is able to position itself as a construction technology innovator and compliance leader.  Lim said: “The BCA’s implementation of the ISO19650 standard is a crucial part of planning, designing and managing building projects more efficiently.  Our smart Procore construction technology ensures we meet the requirement to have a digital platform in place to streamline our workflow.” Procore improves collaboration throughout the construction lifecycle More companies within ASEAN are selecting Procore as their construction management platform of choice.  “ASEAN is a high-growth market, and we are looking forward to partnering with the industry to uplift its digital capability and provide value to all stakeholders in construction. We are here to enable the construction leaders to better manage the construction lifecycle with a construction management platform” said Tom Karemacher, Vice President, APAC of Procore. Learn how MDC has successfully kickstarted their digital transformation journey in this on-demand webinar on www.procore.com.

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