Philippine Resources - December 06, 2021
Construction of PNR Calamba stations to begin 2022
Construction of the 19 stations of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Calamba is set to begin in 2022. During a site visit at the PNR Balagtas Station, Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Railways Timothy John "TJ" Batan said construction works are set to begin as bidding for all nine contracts of the project is "almost complete." "The first six contracts are already undergoing Asian Development Bank's (ADB) review for concurrence, following which the contracts will be awarded and signed, and construction will very soon be mobilized," Batan said. The PNR Calamba is a 57-kilometer railway project and is the third and southernmost leg of the North South Commuter Railway (NSCR)--a big-ticket project under the Duterte administration's Build, Build, Build program. In total, he said the NSCR would be composed of 35 stations from Clark, Pampanga passing through the province of Bulacan and the National Capital Region (NCR) to Calamba, Laguna. By June 2022, he said the number of operational train stations in the country will increase from 61 to 87, while 92 stations will be under construction or have signed contracts. "The 179 railway stations operational, contracted, and ongoing construction by 2022 is a critical component of the DOTr's railway network expansion program because it is at stations that a railway becomes more accessible to the people," Batan said. In July, the DOTr said it received a "record-breaking" number of bids for the PNR Calamba both from local and international contractors. Once underway, the project is expected to provide around 10,000 direct jobs. By Raymond Carl Dela Cruz Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency
Philippine Resources - December 01, 2021
DPWH RECEIVES NEW HIGHWAY MASTER PLAN FROM JICA
Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has received from the JICA - Japan International Cooperation Agency latest masterplan for the development of High Standard Highway (HSH) in the Philippines. This is in support of the country’s effort to invest in high-quality infrastructure for improved national connectivity and accessibility. DPWH Acting Secretary Roger "Oging" Mercado, in his opening speech delivered by Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, thanked the Government of Japan thru Emabassy of Japan to the Philippines Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko, and JICA Philippines Representative Eigo Azukizawa for the staunch support it has extended for the completion of the HSH Network Development Master Plan - Phase 2. The turnover ceremony of the masterplan at the DPWH Central held November 29, 2021 was participated by Undersecretary for Information Management, Planning and PPP Services Maria Catalina E. Cabral; Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations and Build Build Build Chief Implementer Emil K. Sadain; Undersecretary for Regional Operations in Luzon Roberto R. Bernardo; Undersecretary for Regional Operations in NCR, Region IV-B and the Visayas Maximo L. Carvajal; Assistant Secretary Ador G. Canlas for Regional Operations in Mindanao; and Planning Service Director Constante A. Llanes Jr. Economic Minister Masahiro Nakata of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines virtually joined the turnover ceremony of the masterplan. “We are grateful for JICA’s technical capacity and expertise in world class infrastructure for it is crucial not just in decongesting highly urbanized areas but also in achieving the 2040 National Development Plan of making the Philippines a prosperous country by investing in high quality infrastructure,” Secretary Mercado said in his read speech. Mr. Ryuichi Ueno, JICA Study Team Leader, presented the findings on the masterplan HSH Network Development Phase 2 aimed at expanding and updating the 2010 HSH masterplan conducted within the 200-km radius of Metro Manila, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao. The masterplan proposes the construction of 4,400 kilometers of HSH Class 1 composed of 406 km existing, 265 km under construction, and 3,279 km new highways to be implemented along major transport corridors across the archipelago; while about 4,600-km of HSH Class-2 (regional high standard highway) will branch off from the HSH Class-1 to provide connection to sub-regional centers, important ports and airports not covered by HSH Class-1. These projects were categorized into long-term, medium-term and short-term projects based on its implementation importance. Aside from the masterplan, JICA’s development assistance also covers the pre-feasibility study of four (4) important road and bridge namely Agusan Del Norte - Butuan City Logistical Highway in Region 13; Cebu Circumferential Road in Region 7; Central Mindanao Highway, Cagayan de Oro-Malaybalay Section in Region 10; and 2nd San Juanico Bridge in Region 8. With the completion of the master plan and feasibility studies, the Philippines is one step closer to building faster, safer, resilient, and environmentally friendly road transport network which support national goals of rapid, inclusive and sustained economic growth. Article courtesy of The Department of Public Works and Highways
Marcelle P. Villegas - November 29, 2021
Energy, Infrastructure Plans and more from our Presidential Candidates
Last 28 October 2021, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) released a list of candidates for the National and Local Elections on 9 May 2022. A total of 97 individuals formally notified the commission and filed for candidacy to run for president. The list includes Senator Panfilo Lacson, Former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Romualdez Marcos Jr., Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso, Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Gerona Robredo, Senator Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, Former secretary of National Defense Norberto Gonzales, and more. Although the election will take place next year on 9 May 2022, some presidential candidates have already expressed their plans for infrastructure and other strategies for nation-building. Some candidates have specific plans, while others gave their general thoughts and ideas on the subject matter. At this point, here are some of the initial statements of candidates.
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Philippine Resources - November 28, 2021
DPWH BBB INFRA PROJECTS, CORNERSTONE OF POST-PANDEMIC ECONOMY
The infrastructure program anchored on the Build Build Build (BBB) initiative still remain among the top economic priorities of the government. With the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as one of lead implementing agencies of the BBB Program, Acting Secretary Roger "Oging" Mercado highlighted at the 2021 Philippine Economic Briefing with Foreign Chambers of Commerce held on November 26, 2021 that investments on infrastructure will be the key drivers in bolstering economic development to build a better post-pandemic economy. Under the leadership of Secretary Mercado, DPWH is committed to further accelerate the implementation of more projects to immediately create jobs, encourage business opportunities for local suppliers and contractors, and increase economic activity. “We will pursue equitable regional development by pouring investments for better connectivity roads and bridges in the rural areas”, said Secretary Mercado. During the virtual briefing, Undersecretary and Chief Implementer of the Build Build Build Program Emil K. Sadain provided greater insight of the DPWH flagship projects that are currently moving on the ground or in the pipeline of implementation nationwide, stressing the importance of these game-changing projects to steer and drive economic recovery and key facilitators to balanced development nationwide. Considering the multiplier effects of infrastructure to primarily fuel and be the cornerstone for growth recovery, local budget appropriations and foreign direct investments in the form of Official Development Assistance from multilateral financial institutions like Asian Development Bank, JICA - Japan International Cooperation Agency, World Bank, and Export-Import Bank of Korea and China aggressively provided support to the priority big-ticket projects with Investment Coordination Committee - Cabinet Committee and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board approval, said Undersecretary Sadain. Among the flagship projects are the 30 kilometer (km) Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) Project - Phase I; widening of 24.61 km Arterial (Plaridel) Bypass Road; improvement and maintenance of 1,088.23 km of arterial national roads under the Road Upgrading and Preservation Project; 45.5 km Davao City Bypass Construction Project including a 2.3 km 2-tube mountain tunnel; Marawi Transcentral Road with completed 18.78 km and on-going 18.97 km; 3.3 km Cebu-Mactan 4th Bridge with 4.9 km Mandaue Coastal Road; 37.60 km Laguna Lakeshore Road Network Project; Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project with a total length of 230.22 km including the 540 meter Guicam Bridge in Zamboanga Peninsula and three (3) other bridges with a total length of 1.790 km in the Island Province of Tawi-Tawi; Emergency Assistance for Reconstruction and Recovery of Marawi covering 21.87 km of road including 1.6 km Malabang Viaduct, construction of three (3) bridges along Rorogagus Road, and five (5) other projects; 18.65 km Samar Pacific Coastal Road Project; 1.481 km BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project; 21 km Boracay Circumferential Road; 17.35 km Davao City Coastal Road; 2 bridges under Metro Manila Priority Bridges Seismic Improvement Project; 32 km Bataan - Cavite Interlink Bridge; 3 priority bridges with a total length of 2.99 km crossing Marikina River; 3.17 km Panguil Bay Bridge that will reduce travel time between Tubod in Lanao Del Norte and Tangub City in Misamis Occidental from 2.5 hours to just 7 minutes; 32.47 km Panay-Guimaras-Negros Island Bridges Project; 3.98 km Samal Island to Davao City Connector (SIDC) Project; 506 meter Estrella Pantaleon Bridge connecting Makati and Mandaluyong; and Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project Phase 4. Flagship infrastructure projects that are vital and have huge impact will see their continued implementation towards the next administration with advanced feasibility studies and other pre-investment activities, detailed engineering designs, government-to-government financing arrangement, and bidding process preparation, added Undersecretary Sadain. As the country’s engineering and construction arm and despite the challenging circumstance faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, DPWH kept its commitment in the development and implementation of projects with a July 2016 to September 2021 accomplishments all over the country of 31,977 km of roads constructed, maintained, widened, upgraded, and rehabilitated; 6,333 bridges widened, upgraded, rehabilitated, and strengthened; and 12,394 flood mitigation structures. The Philippine Economic Briefing with the theme, "Reset, Regain, Revitalize: The Philippines' Resurgence as an ASEAN Economic Powerhouse,” aims to update members of foreign chambers on the government’s initiatives to navigate the recovery. Other speakers who discussed the Philippine economic highlights and their respective agency programs and priorities are Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos S. Dominguez, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Banjamin Diokno, NEDA Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua, DTI Philippines Secretary Ramon Lopez, Department of Agriculture - Philippines (DA) Secretary William Dar, and Department of Transportation - Philippines Secretary Arthur Tugade.
Philippine Resources - November 23, 2021
DETAILED DESIGN OF 37.60-KM LAGUNA LAKESHORE ROAD NETWORK PROJECT TO START IN DECEMBER
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced the start this December 2021 of the detailed engineering design (D.E.D.) for the proposed Laguna Lakeshore Road Network Project (LLRN). This after DPWH Acting Secretary Roger "Oging" Mercado with Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain; UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 Project Director Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim; and Department Chief Accountant Mary Antoinette Z. Puno signed on November 22, 2021 the Consultant’s Services Contract for the D.E.D. of LLRN Project - Phase 1, a new road network at the western side of the Laguna Lake connecting Lower Bicutan, Taguig City and Calamba City, Laguna with a main alignment of 37.60 kilometers. This early, the millions of Filipinos are excited to witness and see how this new road project will change lives, said Secretary Mercado. The parties to the contract agreement to conduct the D.E.D. are Dr. Jovito Santos of Lead Consultant CTI Engineering International (CTII) Co., Ltd.; Junichiro Minobe of Chodai Co., Ltd.; Takashi Sato of Oriental Consultants Global Co., Ltd.; and Tenkoh Yoshida of Nippon Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd with CTII President & CEO Takahiro Mishina and DPWH UPMO Overall Project Manager for Asian Development Bank (ADB) Projects Soledad R. Florencio as witnesses. These companies are first ranked joint venture firm in the procurement on August 25, 2021 of Consultancy Services for the D.E.D.. The ceremonial signing of Consultancy Contract was also attended by Country Director for the Philippines Mr. Kelly Bird and Southeast Asia Project Officer Mr. Shuji Kimura of ADB; LLRN Team Leader Project Manager Zenaida B. Mauhay; Project Manager Sol Abasa; and other officer of Associate Firms Angel Lazaro and Associates International, DCCD Engineering Corporation, TCGI Engineers, and KRC Environmental Services. According to Undersecretary Sadain - President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s designated Chief Implementer of Build Build Build (BBB) Program, the start of LLRN D.E.D. is another significant development in one (1) of the Department’s flagship infrastructure projects. The LLRN Project will strengthen road transport efficiency towards Metro Manila and neighboring regions and will provide added opportunities to stakeholders - more jobs will be created; traffic will be decongested; movement of goods and services will be a lot easier; and so much more benefits, said Undersecretary Sadain. Under the contract agreement amounting ₱135.485 Million, the D.E.D. will be carried out for 15 months between December 2021 to February 2023. The D.E.D. will be funded by an additional financing of the ADB’s Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF) under loan number 3886-PHI. Upon strong representation of DPWH-UPMO, LLRN Project was approved by the NEDA ICC - Technical Board on March 17, 2021, and by the NEDA ICC - Cabinet Committee on September 27, 2021. The project was approved by the NEDA Board through an Ad Referendum on October 18, 2021. The Laguna Lakeshore Road Network Project - Phase I with a main alignment of 37.60 kilometer includes eight ( interchanges in Sucat, Alabang, Tunasan, San Pedro/Binan, Santa Rosa, Cabuyao, and Calamba. This two-lane primary road consists of 11.80 km viaduct from Lower Bicutan to Muntinlupa, and 25.80 km combination of onshore viaduct and embankment from Muntinlupa to Calamba. The project will also consider the planned developments introduced by various local government units along its proposed alignment. It will feature an additional one (1) lane in each direction from Sucat, Muntinlupa to Sta. Rosa, Laguna; a cycling track and promenade from Tunasan, Muntinlupa to San Pedro, Laguna.
Philippine Resources - November 22, 2021
DPWH WORKING WITH ADB ON IMPROVEMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is working with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on a goal of achieving sustainable infrastructure development in the Philippines. DPWH Acting Secretary Roger "Oging" Mercado said that talks with ADB Country Director for the Philippines Mr. Kelly Bird has confirmed the bank’s commitment to provide continuing support to infrastructure development program and help facilitate the economy rebounds from the pandemic by accelerating job generation. The various on-going and proposals with high-impact potential for possible Official Development Assistance (ODA) in the Philippines were also discussed with the ADB executive by DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain also joined at the recent meeting by UPMO Project Directors Sharif Madsmo H. Hasim, Benjamin A. Bautista, and Ramon A. Arriola III. According to Undersecretary Sadain, President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s designated Chief Implementer of Flagship Projects under Build Build Build (BBB) Program, ADB has been a partner for the BBB initiative including the climate change and disaster risk reduction efforts. As a host country of its headquarters since it was set up in 1966, ADB remains committed to support the Philippines return to high economic growth this pandemic by ramping up investments in public infrastructure. On-going projects funded by ADB include the civil works for the P25.26 Billion Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project that covers the construction of seven (7) road sub-projects with a total length of 230.22 kilometers including the 540-meter Guicam Bridge in Zamboanga Peninsula and three (3) other bridges with a total length of 1.790 km in the Island Province of Tawi-Tawi. Under detailed engineering design (D.E.D.) and procurement stages is the ₱6.835 Billion Emergency Assistance for Reconstruction and Recovery of Marawi geared towards inclusive economic growth for Marawi City and its peripheral areas. The project components are the rehabilitation of existing 5.53 km Transcentral Roads and 4.71 km Mindanao State University Roads; construction of 6.86 km new Transcentral Roads with drainage; construction of 2.4 km Malabang Viaduct and 300 meter Rorogagus Bridge; replacement of three (3) bridges with a total length of 657 meters; three (3) main drainage channels with a total length of 3.49 km; and rehabilitation and slope protection on Marawi Bito Road. Under D.E.D. stage is the ₱12.028 Billion construction of three (3) priority bridges crossing Marikina River in Metro Manila. These are the Marcos Highway-St. Mary Bridge (formerly J.P Rizal-St. Mary Bridge), a new 2-lane pre-stressed concrete box girder bridge with a total length of 1,582.6 meters including the main bridge length of 325 meters; Homeowners Drive-A. Bonifacio Ave. Bridge (formerly J.P, Rizal-Lopez Jaena Bridge), a new 2-lane pre-stressed concrete box girder bridge with a total length of 691 meters including the main bridge length of 461,5 meters; and Kabayani-Matandang Balara Bridge (formerly Marikina-Vista Real Bridge), a new 4-lane pre-stressed concrete extradosed bridge with a total length of 723.2 meters including the main bridge length of 364 meters. ADB has also provided technical assistance for the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF) to deliver more effective and more innovative infrastructure projects. With a completed Feasibility Study under IPIF, D.E.D. is on-going for the proposed ₱175.656 Billion Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge connecting Mariveles, Bataan to Naic, Cavite with a total length of 32.15 km. Other pipeline projects with completed Feasibility Studies financed by ADB include the proposed ₱175.696 Billion Laguna Lakeshore Road Network Project, a 51 km road network along Laguna Lakeshore connecting Lower Bicutan, Taguig City and Calamba City, Laguna; and ₱54 Billion flood risk management for the six (6) major river basins of Apayao-Abulug, Abra, Jalaur, Tagum-Libuganon, Buayan-Malungon, and Agus. Article courtesy of the Department of Public Works and Highways
Philippine Resources - November 22, 2021
DPWH COMMENCES TUNNEL EXCAVATION WORK FOR DAVAO CITY BYPASS PROJECT
Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is ramping up efforts to improve the transport logistics and mitigate vehicular traffic congestion in Davao City with the construction of a 2.3 kilometer two (2)-tube mountain tunnel. A symbolic blast on Friday, November 19, 2021 officially started work on the road tunnel which is part of the 10.7 kilometers Contract Package I-1 of the Davao City Bypass Construction Project (DCBCP) implemented by DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations. The actual commencement of tunnel excavation works was witnessed by DPWH Acting Secretary Roger "Oging" Mercado, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa, DPWH Undersecretary for UPMO Operations and Chief Implementer of Flagship Projects under Build Build Build(BBB) Program Emil K. Sadain, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Chief Representative Eigo Azukizawa. The short program, carried out under strict compliance to health policies, was also attended by Undersecretary Eugenio R. Pipo Jr. and Assistant Secretary Ador G. Canlas of DPWH Regional Operations in Mindanao, Embassy of Japan in the Philippines Second Secretary Matsubara Tomohiro, DPWH Region 11 Director Rey Peter Gille, Project Director Benjamin A. Bautista of UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1, former Project Director Virgilio C. Castillo, Mr. Fidel Arcenas of the Office of DPWH Secretary, and other Japan Embassy and JICA officials. According to Undersecretary Sadain, the tunnel project which will soon be the first-ever long-distance mountain tunnel in the Philippines was designed by Japanese experts to have better seismic resiliency. To support the underground development, equipment that includes horizontal boring machine for geotechnical investigation, twin header tunnel excavator and drill jumbo are deployed to work at the north and south portal. Additional equipment on the ground also includes erecter with shotcrete machine, tunnel ventilation and dust collector, side dump payloader, and articulated dump truck. The civil work contract for the construction of the tunnel was awarded to Shimizu – Ulticon - Takenaka joint venture with Nippon Koei – Katahira - Nippon Engineering - Philkoei as engineering consultant under the overall project construction supervision of UPMO-RMC 1 Project Manager Joselito B. Reyes and Engr. Earl Nicholas F. Rada. This contract package costing ₱13.230 Billion has an estimated completion date of January 2024. While construction of the tunnel is the centerpiece of this project contract package, there are other significant portions of the work as well. The contract includes the construction of a 7.9 km 4-lane road, 3 pairs of Bridges with a total length of 500 meters, 2 underpasses, 2 overpasses, 12 box culverts (waterways), and 4 at-grade Intersection. The 45.5 kilometer bypass road that will begin in Barangay Sirawan, Toril, Davao City and will end at Barangay J.P. Laurel, Panabo City will cut the usual travel time of 1 hour and 44 minutes via Maharlika Highway to just 49 minutes. Together with rapid population growth and economic development in recent years, DCBCP will provide job creation during construction, and economic benefits through reduced travel time savings across the city, said Undersecretary Sadain. The entire DCBCP is divided into six (6) contract packages with packages I-1, I-2 and I-3 being financed by JICA Loan Agreement Nos. PH-P261 and PH-P273 while packages II-1, II-2 and II-3 are funded by the Government of the Philippines. Article courtesy of DPWH
Philippine Resources - November 15, 2021
Prep works for Metro Manila Subway at Camp Aguinaldo begins
The pre-construction works for the Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP) at Camp Aguinaldo have officially begun on Thursday through a groundbreaking ceremony. During the event, Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Fidel Igmedio Cruz Jr. said the ceremony marked the beginning of the construction of 192 housing units, repair and rehabilitation of Warehouse No. 1 and supply unit, general headquarters and headquarters service command, and construction of the medical gas and manifold vacuum plant housing at Camp Aguinaldo. These structures and facilities are part of the MMSP’s Advanced Works Package 2 and are meant to replace or improve those affected by Metro Manila Subway in Camp Aguinaldo—where the MMSP’s Katipunan Station will be located. “This advanced works package will replicate and improve affected DND-AFP structures and facilities with similar specific purposes and functions employing modern design, technology, and materials,” Cruz said. The project package, he said, was awarded to and will be built by a local contractor, Specified Contractor and Development Incorporated. “'Yung packages MMSP 102 and 103 are about to complete procurement. That's why ito po 'yung advanced package para ma-clear 'yung right-of-way nung madadaanan ng train (MMSP packages 102 and 103 are about to complete procurement. That’s why this advanced package has commenced so that we can clear the right-of-way for the train service),” Cruz said. To date, he said the detailed designs for the MMSP are at 60 percent complete while the replication and improvement of affected facilities at the Veterans Memorial Golf Club—where the MMSP’s North Avenue Station will be located—is at 45 percent complete. In total, he said five DND-AFP properties would be developed to create “convenient access points and multi-modal transport plazas” for five subway stations. Some stations of the Metro Manila Subway System will rise on government properties, such as Camp Aguinaldo, to ensure that it is accessible to the riding public. In December last year, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana signed a right-of-way usage agreement for the MMSP. The MMSP is a 33.103-kilometer underground rail system traversing Ugong Valenzuela to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 and aims to accommodate up to 370,000 passengers per day by its first year of operation.
Philippine Resources - November 05, 2021
CONSTRUCTION OF PANGUIL BAY BRIDGE TAKES SHAPE
Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways Construction of the 3.169 kilometer Panguil Bay Bridge Project in Northern Mindanao is moving ahead, with bored piles for the piers and abutments halfway done. In his report to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Acting Secretary Roger "Oging" Mercado, Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain said that a total of 29 bored piles are already completed off-shore. The inter-island bridge project will require 54 bored piles for the 32 piers, two (2) abutments at Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao Del Norte, and two (2) pylons of the main bridge. The ₱7.38 Billion Panguil Bay Bridge Project is one of the flagship infrastructure projects implemented by the DPWH - UPMO Roads Management Cluster 2 (RMC 2). The off-shore construction activities by Korean joint venture contractor Namkwang-Kukdong-Gumwang across Panguil Bay was inspected on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, by Undersecretary Sadain together with Undersecretary Eugenio Pipo Jr. and Assistant Secretary Ador Canlas of DPWH Regional Operations in Mindanao, UPMO RMC 2 Project Director Sharif Madsmo Hasim, DPWH Region 10 Director Zenaida Tan, and Project Manager Teresita Bauzon. According to Undersecretary Sadain, each of the completed bored piles are subjected to cross hole sonic logging test after 7 to 14 days of concrete pouring in order to ensure quality by assessing the integrity of materials used in the cast-in-site pile as well as load test to determine the safety factor. A three (3) meter diameter bored piles is made by producing bore holes with the use of reverse circulation drilling machines on barges followed by the launching of 23 millimeter thick permanent steel casing using revolving crane barges and vibro pile hammers, and until final concrete pouring. There are two (2) land and sea-based batching plants available for the project, each with supply capacity of 120 cubic meter of ready-mixed concrete per hour. To move the construction of bridge substructure as quickly as possible, one (1) bored pile is completed within an average period of seven (7) days with all the total requirements aimed for completion by first quarter of 2021, said Undersecretary Sadain. The bridge project that will provide convenient inter-island travel in the archipelagic topography of Northern Mindanao is funded by a loan agreement between the Philippine government and Korean Export Import Bank. Through the Panguil Bay Bridge, land travel between Tangub City, Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao del Norte is expected to be reduced from two and a half hours to just seven minutes. The Panguil Bay Bridge will also shorten land travel from Cagayan De Oro and Iligan to Tangub and the northern Zamboanga Region. To date, the project has provided employment to some 200 individuals that despite the challenges of pandemic, are safely working at full speed. The manpower requirement is expected to reach 500 when the bridge superstructure activities begin in 2022. Article Courtesy of the Department of Public Works and Highways
Philippine Resources - October 31, 2021
3rd bridge to bring new economic opportunities to Cebu
Photo credit: Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corp The Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) is the island’s new pride as it changes the landscape of the country’s main economic powerhouse in the south, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said on Friday. “Thank you for believing in Cebu and continuing to believe despite the challenges of the pandemic,” Garcia told business tycoon Manuel Pangilinan, chairman of Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. (MPTC), present during the CCLEX’s main bridge connection ceremony. Garcia said the bridge would ease Metro Cebu’s traffic congestion and bring more opportunities for trade, commerce, and employment to other parts of both the mainland and Mactan Island. “This link gives hundreds of thousands of Cebuanos in the southern part of the mainland, who otherwise would have to venture further north to use the first two bridges, greater access to Mactan island and vice versa,” she added. “The possibilities are exciting and limitless.” The governor represented the province of Cebu during the ceremonial walk with the leaders of the local governments of Cebu City and Cordova Municipality to commemorate the connection of the two sides of the CCLEX. The CCLEX has reached a major construction milestone with the final main bridge piece now cast, after more than three years in the making. After years of construction, the deck of Tower 2 is now connected to Tower 1, a symbolic achievement of linking the town of Cordova in Mactan Island to the highly urbanized Cebu City on the mainland. Cebu City officials headed by Acting Mayor Mike Rama and Cordova town officials led by Mayor Mary Therese Cho met in the middle of CCLEX after a ceremonial walk. It has been 1,300 days since the PHP30-billion project broke ground. By Carlo Lorenciana Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency
Philippine Resources - October 29, 2021
PHILIPPINES, KOREA FIRM-UP INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERSHIP FOR PGN BRIDGE
The government of Republic of Korea is ready to extend financial support in the conduct of engineering services for the much-awaited inter-island bridges project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Western Visayas. DPWH Acting Secretary Roger G. Mercado said that moving forward soon following the completion of supplemental feasibility studies by the Koreans is the detailed engineering design (DED) of the Panay-Guimaras-Negros (PGN) Bridge Project. The soon to be longest bridge in Region 6 will be the fastest way by land where people can leisurely cross Iloilo, Guimaras, and Bacolod for commerce, tourism, and other essential travels, added Secretary Mercado. The minutes of discussion for the financial support on engineering services including preliminary and detailed engineering design and procurement assistance required prior to the construction of the bridge was signed on Thursday, October 28, 2021 by DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Management Office Operations (UPMO) Emil K. Sadain and Country Director Jae-jeong Moon from Manila Representative Office of the Korea Export-Import (KEXIM) Bank. The signing ceremony was also attended by Deputy Director Soohhyung Han and Ana Labella of KEXIM Bank, and Project Director Benjamin A. Bautista of DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 (Bilateral). Undersecretary Sadain said that the Koreans has committed official development assistance (ODA) loan to the Philippines through the KEXIM Bank - Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCF) to financed the DED of this immense flagship bridge project. The loan will be formalize with the signing ceremony scheduled in December 2021. The proposed island bridges connecting Panay Island, Guimaras Island and Negros Island has two (2) components. These are the 13 kilometers Panay-Guimaras or Section A that will have a sea-crossing bridge length of 4.97 kilometers; and Guimaras-Negros or Section B or with a total length of 19.47 kilometers including sea-crossing bridge length of 13.11 kilometers. The supplementary feasibility study report and engineering service provision for the project was approved by the NEDA Board’s Investment Coordination Committee-Cabinet Committee in August 2021. The 32-kilometer bridge is a large and complex project which requires comprehensive and high-standard engineering works that service by consultants who have extensive experience in long-span bridge will help DPWH prepare the construction in an efficient and timely manner, Undersecretary Sadain added. Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the DPWH Korean government-funded flagship infrastructure projects are steadily moving forward. KEXIM Bank-EDCF is presently supporting civil works on the Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation Measures (IDRR-CCA) in Low-Lying Areas of Pampanga to boost disaster resilience; Samar Pacific Coastal Road Project connecting the Pacific towns in Northern and Eastern Samar and bolster the agricultural and fishing industry in Eastern Visayas; and Panguil Bay Bridge connecting Tangub, Misamis Occidental and Tubod, Lanao Del Norte.
Philippine Resources - October 29, 2021
Cebu airport dev't projects boost tourism economy: Tugade
Photo credit: Blazinfiremax Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade on Thursday said improvements in Cebu’s premier airport will play a big role in boosting the tourism economy in the province. Tugade, who led the inauguration of the six-story Mactan-Cebu International Airport’s (MCIA) new corporate building, said the completion of such a project came in time with the approval of the request to increase the airport capacity amid the effort to recover the economy. He noted that Cebu is recognized as a tourism hub in Central Visayas. Tugade noted that Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority General Manager Julius Neri requested to increase the airport’s capacity to 2,000 from the existing 1,000. “As you request to increase the capacity. You have to commit and assure me that there will be no congestion. Ibig sabihin ang mga passenger ay madaling makalabas ng (That means passengers can go out fast from the) airport,” the secretary said in his speech. The passengers coming from different places in the country or abroad should not be inconvenienced by spending so much time in queuing either for quarantine processing or taking of the swab specimen for the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test, he said. The DOTr chief also prodded Neri and other airport officials to make the second runway project by April or a month ahead of the revised target date of completion next year. The second runway worth PHP2 billion was originally contracted to finish in 730 days. However, Neri said during the succeeding press conference that because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the contractor was confronted with the shortage of personnel as well as some hitches in the delivery of aggregates used in building the runway. The delay forced airport officials to revise its target completion date from February to May in 2022. Record showed that the second runway is at 53.11 percent complete. “As we put this office building, the airport terminal and the second runway, we are telling to the whole world: come to Cebu and make this as your place of business. Here, you can be conveniently attended to. As you do business, you can be a tourist. We are creating a platform of tourism booster,” Tugade said. Meanwhile, the newly inaugurated corporate building will house MCIAA employees in a single edifice that is complete with modern equipment and facilities and is featured with a command center. Neri said the new corporate building is standing in a 16,000 square meter lot inside the airport complex and is worth PHP744 million. The building is set to have elevated passageways that are connected to the terminal buildings for the convenience, safety, and protection of workers and staff. Community airports Tugade also highlighted the effort of the DOTr to develop existing community airports like the Bantayan Airport in the town of Santa Fe in Bantayan Island and the Medellin Airport in northern Cebu province. Tugade said the Bantayan Airport will officially be operational by April 2022 as President Rodrigo Duterte pledged PHP150-million funding for the completion of the airport's runway expansion project. “This project will allow others to experience the beauty of Bantayan Island and easier access to this beautiful destination,” the DOTr chief said in Tagalog. The project will also pave the way for more commercial aircraft to land on the island, known for its white sand beaches, to boost tourism and other economic opportunities in the northern part of the province. The project involves the widening of the existing narrow runway and the construction of taxiway and apron areas. The expansion effort will ensure compliance with established safety standards and will make the Bantayan Airport equipped for night-time flight operations and commercial aviation activities. The DOTr chief also said he will inspect the Island of Camotes in Cebu province’s western seaboard to check the viability in the opening of another airport in the area. By John Rey Saavedra and Carlo Lorenciana
Philippine Resources - October 27, 2021
DPWH - JICA KEEP TIES IN BUILDING QUALITY INFRASTRUCTURE
Photo credit: Department of Public Works and Highways Officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Philippine Office held talks on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, where both parties tackled efforts to strengthen bilateral relations on building quality infrastructure for sustainable development. In a courtesy visit to DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado, Economic Minister Masahiro Nakata of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and JICA Philippines Chief Representative Eigo Azukizawa has assured their full support to the new DPWH Chief by providing technical cooperation for on-going and new pipeline infrastructure projects. Secretary Mercado lauded Japan’s continued support to the Philippines with trusted partnership between DPWH and JICA as he noted that the Department under his leadership will keep up the ties in pursuing more development projects aimed at improving transport infrastructure in both urban and rural areas and in mitigating disasters. The DPWH Secretary was assisted by Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain in welcoming the Japanese delegation at DPWH that also have Embassy of Japan Second Secretary Tomohiro Matsubara; and JICA Philippines Senior Representatives Kenji Kuronuma, Ayumu Ohshima, and Yo Ebisawa. I wish to once again express my heartfelt gratitude for Embassy of Japan and JICA-Philippines officers for taking the time to visit DPWH despite busy schedule, Secretary Mercado added. According to Undersecretary Sadain, in-charge of DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations that handles large-scale infrastructure programs of the Department under Official Development Assistance (ODA) financing, JICA has over the years been constantly beside the Philippines in the efforts to pursue much-needed physical infrastructures for the improvement of lives of the Filipinos. The Government of Japan thru JICA has been one of Philippines closest partners as the largest source of ODA to finance several flagship infrastructure projects in the Build, Build, Build program of the President Rodrigo Duterte administration under DPWH implementation. Numerous development projects in the countryside demonstrates how Japan and the Philippines enjoy a deep and warm relationship akin to that of a family or siblings, said Undersecretary Sadain. Among the DPWH UPMO flagship infrastructure projects in Luzon financed by the Japanese government are the widening from 2 lanes to 4 lanes the 24.61 kilometer (km) including ten (10) bridges of Arterial Road (Plaridel) Bypass Project between Brgy. Burol, Balagtas to Brgy. Maasim, San Rafael in the Province of Bulacan under JICA Loan Agreement No. PH-P266; 30 km 4 lane Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) Project from the connection of Subic - Clark - Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) and Tarlac - Pangasinan - La Union Expressway (TPLEX) in Balingcanaway, Tarlac City and ends at the Pan-Philippine Highway or Daang Maharlika in Caalibangbangan, Cabanatuan City under JICA Loan Agreement No. PH-P249; Metro Manila Priority Bridge Seismic Improvement Project for two (2) major bridges in Metro Manila, namely the Lambingan Bridge and Guadalupe Bridge, under JICA Loan Agreement Nos. PH-P260 and PH-P272; channel improvement works for Middle Marikina River including the construction of Manggahan Control Gate Structure and construction of Cainta Floodgate and Taytay Sluicegate at the joining sections of Cainta and Taytay rivers to Mangahan Floodway under the Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project Phase IV funded by JICA Loan Agreement No. PH-P271; Flood Risk Management Project for Cagayan River in Region 2 and Imus River in Region 4A under JICA Loan Agreement No. PH-P253; and Cavite Industrial Area Flood Risk Management Project under JICA Loan Agreement No. PH-P265. In Visayas, detailed engineering design study under JICA Grant is on-going for the Cebu-Mactan Bridge (4th Bridge) and Coastal Road Construction Project to be funded by JICA Loan Agreement No. PH-P274. DPWH and JICA are also working together towards peace and development in Mindanao. JICA provided a 2 Billion Japanese yen or approximately ₱970 Million donation/grant for the design and build of 18.97 km Marawi Transcentral Road Phase 1 under the Programme for the Support to Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Marawi City and Its surrounding Areas. In addition to this grant assistance, JICA is also financing the construction of another 18.78 km Marawi Transcentral Road Phase 3 together with other projects to support peace building included in the Road Network Development Project in Conflict Affected Areas is Mindanao (RNDP-CAAM) under JICA Loan Agreement No. PH-F-P1. Construction of the 4 lane 45.50 km Davao City Bypass Construction Project is also on-going funded by Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) Loan from JICA under Loan Agreement Nos. PH-P261 and PH-P273. Under the STEP loan that will promote transfer of outstanding Japanese engineering technology and expertise, the main contract is Japan tied but allows a joint venture in addition to the Japanese company. To protect flood prone areas and strengthen the resiliency to climate change, the Flood Risk Management Project in Cagayan De Oro River funded under JICA Loan Agreement PH-P259 is also on-going that features innovative technology and design approach based on a 25-year flood return period for resilient flood management. These UPMO projects are under the supervision of Project Director Benjamin A. Bautista of Roads Management Cluster 1 (Bilateral), Project Director Ramon Arriola III of Flood Control Management Cluster, and Project Director Rodrigo Delos Reyes of Bridge Management Cluster who were all present during the courtesy visit of Japanese officials as well as DPWH Region 8 Director Nerrie Bueno. The flagship infrastructure projects are in keeping with the Philippine government’s goal to sustain rapid growth, attract investments and attain economic inclusion for all Filipinos. Article courtesy of the Department of Public Works and Highways
Philippine Resources - October 22, 2021
Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) project 85 percent complete
As of September 30, 2021, construction progress of the 8.9-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) project was at 85.38 percent. The P30-billion toll bridge, which will be substantially completed by the end of 2021, will use an all-electronic toll collection system when it opens in the first quarter of 2022 to provide motorists safe and seamless travel. The project recently achieved a major milestone with the construction completion of the CCLEX main bridge. On October 5, 2021, the final segment of the 390-meter deck was concreted, covering the remaining two-meter gap. This meant that the expressway finally connected Cebu City and the Municipality of Cordova. With construction on the main bridge now winding up, all form travelers used to build its pier table and deck were already lowered. All 56 stay cables holding the deck were installed last month. Also, all 434 NU (Nebraska University) girders for the entire project were already put in place and the mobile launching gantry used to install these was dismantled. Work on the other segments of the CCLEX project continues to progress. The substructures of the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR) on ramp and off ramp sections of CCLEX, are now complete. Ongoing works are on the installation of precast planks and the concreting of deck slab. Also finished is the 200-meter pedestrian footbridge beside the CSCR with all six prefabricated steel walkways already installed. The footbridge starts near the U-turn slot of the South Road Properties’ welcome tower and will connect to the on-ramp sidewalk of CCLEX. At the Cebu viaduct, the construction of deck slab is ongoing. The Cordova viaduct, on the other hand, is now structurally complete with its substructure already done. Installation of handrails and ducting are underway. At the causeway, works continue with the construction of concrete safety barriers and installation of sidewalk handrails. The placing of 20 vent pipes, which equalize the flow of seawater along the Cordova Channel, is finished. Also structurally complete are the four low-level bridges along the causeway, which will provide fishermen continued access to their fishing grounds. Aside from these, works are ongoing for the toll plaza and the CCLEX Operations and Maintenance Center. 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.
Philippine Resources - October 19, 2021
Calbayog City coastal road project 83% done
A portion of the Calbayog City Coastal Road project in Calbayog City. The project, which is up for completion in 2025, is now 83 percent complete, the Regional Development Council’s regional project monitoring committee reported on Monday (Oct. 18, 2021). (Photo courtesy of Mel Senen Sarmiento) About 83 percent of the Calbayog City Coastal Road Project is now completed after four years of implementation, the Regional Development Council’s regional project monitoring committee (RPMC) reported on Monday. Construction of the PHP1.16-billion project meant to curb traffic jams in Calbayog’s commercial district has been implemented since 2018. It involves the construction of a road, embankment, and bridge. The government is eyeing to complete the project in 2025. “The construction of the Calbayog City Coastal Road aims to create alternative routes in the city to decongest traffic in Calbayog City proper. However, certain segments of the already funded network have yet to break ground,” the RPMC reported. It will start with the construction of a bridge across the Calbayog River since the work will affect the docking of motor boats carrying passengers and products to island communities. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Philippine Ports Authority will find a spot as a temporary dock for the motor boats. “Calbayog City is a fast-growing commercial hub. With its flourishing economy comes the need for bigger and better thoroughfares to accommodate the increasing traffic volume and weight,” the DPWH Samar first district engineering office said in a separate statement. From 2018 to 2021, the project’s work is centered on the construction of embankment and road with a total allotment of PHP1.14 billion. Of the total, PHP333.71 million was released in 2018, PHP281.07 in 2019, PHP268.52 million in 2020, and PHP265.76 million in 2021. The multi-year project that will build a 4.67-kilometer road and bridge will connect the villages of Rawis, San Policarpo, Aguit-itan, allowing vehicles to by-pass the busy road of Calbayog City’s commercial district. By Sarwell Meniano Article courtesy of the Philippine News Agency