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$380-M ADB loan to support 11 Mindanao road projects, says DPWH chief Villar

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and ADB President Takehiko Nakao signed on Thursday the loan agreement on Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project, Villar said in a statement. Th.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsJan 13th, 2018

P380-M ADB loan to support 11 Mindanao road projects, says DPWH chief Villar

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez and ADB President Takehiko Nakao signed on Thursday the loan agreement on Improving Growth Corridors in Mindanao Road Sector Project, Villar said in a statement. Th.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

DPWH chief inspects Caticlan, Boracay roads

DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar inspected two on-going infrastructure projects in Aklan – the Boracay Circumferential Road and Caticlan Airport Access Road. Villar was accompanied by Undersecretary Roberto R. Bernardo, DPWH-6 Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño, Jr. and OIC-Assistant Regional Director Jose Al V. Fruto, and District Engineer Noel […] The post DPWH chief inspects Caticlan, Boracay roads appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMar 7th, 2018

City mayor presents P2-B in infra projects to DPWH chief

ILOILO CITY Mayor Jose Espinosa III presented on Dec 7, 2017 to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar the pressing infrastructures needs of the metro in the hope of getting funding support. Espinosa went to the DPWH central office in Manila, together with DPWH-6 Assistant Regional Director Al Fruto, Iloilo City […] The post City mayor presents P2-B in infra projects to DPWH chief appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 7th, 2017

Palace: Phl not taking soft stance on China

The Palace denied it is going soft on China amid reports of a resumption of build-up over disputed portions of the South China Sea (SCS) that foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the Philippines shares Asean leaders’ concern regarding China’s aggressive actions on what is said to be the world’s busiest waterways.The recently concluded Asean foreign and defense ministers in Singapore issued a statement that did not name China but said that “land reclamations and activities in the area . . . have eroded trust and confidence, increased tensions and may undermine peace, security and stability in the region.” The Asean ministers resolved to expedite the code of conduct (CoC) on how to negotiate with China regarding overlapping maritime claims.“Asean’s concern on the Chinese build-up is right because Asean, as a regional bloc, wants to adhere to discussions pertaining to the code of conduct,” Roque said.“We cannot be not joining the call because the Philippines is one of those concerned in this campaign,” he added.Roque also disputed views that Manila is not among those insistent in pressing Beijing to speed up the CoC drafting. “We are not being too soft (on China) but we have an established policy on that. Number one, of course, is we are one with Asean in recognizing that this is a concern for all Asean countries. Particularly that of the freedom of navigation in the West Philippine Sea,” Roque said.“Our common concern is peace security and stability in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes,” he added.During Manila’s hosting of the Asean last year, President Duterte did not cite the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling that nullified Beijing’s sweeping claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.It was the Philippine government that contested China’s nine-dash-line claim before the Hague court. China, however, refuses to recognize it.Apart from the Philippines, other Asean countries also have overlapping claims at the South China Sea including Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei.Reclamation to continueChina in its known mouthpiece Global Times said Beijing is concentrating on civil and not military construction on islands in the South China Sea but insisted that the Chinese “will expand land reclamation.”“Most of the construction on islands in the South China Sea were completed in 2015 and the pace then slowed. Civilian facility construction is the major focus of the South China Sea islands building and the portion of defense deployment is relatively small,” Global Times quoted Chen Xiangmiao, a research fellow at the National Institute for the South China Sea.The size of some South China Sea islands will be further expanded in future through more dredging in the South China Sea region, Chen said.The relationship between China and other Southeast Asian countries, such as the Philippines, has becalmed in recent years, providing a golden opportunity for China to upgrade these areas, he said.China and the Philippines are enjoying good terms as President Rodrigo Duterte maintains a friendly policy toward China, Chen said. “But there is still some domestic pressure that urges Duterte to take a tough stance on China and the South China Sea issue,” Chen said.Foreign media like to hype China’s construction in the South China Sea as they try to make excuses to prevent China’s activities in this region, Zhuang Guotu, head of Xiamen University’s Southeast Asian Studies Center, told the Global Times.“China has the right to build whatever it needs within its territory,” Zhuang said.China’s military deployment in the South China Sea region was “not for military expansion,” but to defend its security and interests, he said.Zhuang and Chen warned the US is the biggest threat to stability in the South China Sea.“The US, Australia, Japan and other allies will constantly provoke China over this issue and that will incite other neighboring South China Sea countries to do the same,” Zhuang said.China’s construction projects in the region covered about 290,000 square meters in 2017, including new facilities for underground storage, administrative buildings and large radar, according to a report released in December on the nanhai.haiwainet.cn website run by the National Marine Data and Information Service and People’s Daily Overseas edition. No foreign vessels at BenhamThe Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has not monitored any foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, during its latest patrol in the area. Lt. Col. Isagani Nato, AFP-Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) spokesman, said that based on the latest patrol conducted by Nolcom troops, there was no presence of foreign ships at Philippine Rise.“As of now, we don’t have a report that there is presence (of foreign vessels) in Benham Rise,” said Nato.Earlier, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced that President Duterte has banned foreign ships at the Philippine Rise and ordered the military to patrol the area.The announcement came following an uproar from government critics after the Duterte administration allowed the Chinese to conduct scientific research at the Philippine Rise.Nato, however, said that Nolcom is yet to receive official order regarding the matter.But Nato maintained that with or without the latest directive, Nolcom has regularly conducted air and maritime patrols along Philippine Rise.Apart from Nolcom, the Air Force and the Philippine Navy, Nato said that the Philippine Coast Guard, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) and the Philippine National Police-Maritime Group (PNP-MG) also conduct their own patrol in the area.He said the Nolcom uses air and naval assets of the Navy and the Air Force units under its jurisdiction.“We conduct our patrols regularly. It is a mandate of Nolcom forces so that is continuous with or without the directive from higher ups,” said Nato.According to Nato, Nolcom conducts three to four maritime and air patrol at Philippine Rise per month as part of the government efforts to secure the country’s maritime domain.ML ruling lauded, hitThe Supreme Court’s (SC) decision to uphold Mr. Duterte’s year-long martial law extension in Mindanao also drew mixed reactions.The High Court on Tuesday voted 10-5 junking militant groups’ petition and finding “sufficient factual basis” to extend martial law and suspend the privilege of wirt of habeas corpus in Mindanao until December 31, 2018.Roque welcomed the ruling saying that it affirms the need to continue protecting citizens from the threat of terrorist groups, primarily Islamic State (IS)-inspired fanatics.But for Left-leaning groups who petitioned the SC to lift martial law, the court decision opens up more crackdowns and human rights violations.The Palace official has insisted that human rights will be respected amid security operations.“The SC ruling underscores the unity of the whole government in its bid to defeat terrorism and prevent the spread in other parts of the country of DIWW and other like-minded local and foreign terrorist groups,” Roque said.“The majority of votes is a manifestation of confidence on law enforcement agencies that they shall, like they had been doing before, continue to protect our people, secure Mindanao, and pursue the bigger task of rehabilitation while upholding the rule of law, Human Rights, and International Humanitarian Law,” he added.Human rights watchdog Karapatan sees the contrary in the government’s motives, saying that the year-long military rule will boost attacks on the people.The continuous implementation of martial law in Mindanao will allow the unhampered massive rehabilitation in war-torn Marawi City and boost the security forces campaign to finish off the rebellion, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. In a statement, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Supreme Court’s decision affirming the constitutionality of the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao will definitely boost government efforts to rebuild Marawi City and address continuing rebellion.The defense chief welcomed the SC decision as a vote of confidence to the government security forces.“The DND – AFP is grateful for the trust and confidence of our public institutions and the support of the Filipino people,” said Lorenzana. Mario J. Mallari.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Local Tourism Council Bats for Access Roads, Beautification Projects

At least 10 road projects leading to declared tourism destinations in the province will be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) under its Convergence and Special Support Program this year, according to Provincial Tourism Council (PTC) here. Mary Ann Cua, PTC chairman, said these road projects include the access roads leading […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

DPWH lists 6 road projects as its PPP priorities

THE DPWH has identified six priority public-private partnership (PPP) projects for this year. DPWH Undersecretary for Planning and PPP Maria Catalina E. Cabral said in a statement that priority projects this year, expected to decongest major highways in Luzon and Mindanao, include the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEX) Phase 2; Quezon-Bicol Expressway (QuBEX); Batangas City-Bauan […] The post DPWH lists 6 road projects as its PPP priorities appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

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DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said yesterday that the construction of Mindanao Avenue Extension Segment 2C covering the 1.7-kilometer of road improvement in Caloocan and Valenzuela Cities has resumed after six administrations. #BeFullyInformed news.mb.com.ph Source link: news.mb.com.ph.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

DPWH-ARMM allocates P6.8B for infrastructure projects

COTABATO CITY: The Department of Public Works and Highways in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DPWH–ARMM) will allocate most of its infrastructure budget – about P6.889 billion – to build more roads across the region. Don Mustapha Loong, DPWH–ARMM secretary, said the 238 road projects – with a total length of 361.65 kilometers –… link: DPWH-ARMM allocates P6.8B for infrastructure projects.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

$380-million ADB loan to finance 11 infra projects in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government has obtained new loans totalling $380 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to finance roads and bridges in Mindanao. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said in a press release on Friday, January 12, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III and ADB president Takehiko Nakao ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

‘I WAS NOT A CORRUPT DPWH CHIEF’ | Singson denies there was P8.7-B road right-of-way scam during PNoy admin

Stressing that he was not a corrupt public official, former DPWH chief Rogelio Singson denied that the Aquino administration paid P8.7 billion to claimants who used fake land titles to get compensation for the government's expropriation of their properties for road right-of-way projects in General Santos City......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

ISIS militants, hostages escape Marawi mosque

MARAWI CITY – Dozens of local ISIS militants and their hostages managed to escape undetected from a mosque they used to attack security forces in the besieged city of Marawi.  The daring escape was only discovered after troops managed to advance and eventually recaptured the mosque from militants on Thursday hours before President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to Marawi. The military trumpeted the “liberation” of the mosque, but it did not say how ISIS fighters and their captives managed to escape from thousands of troops who surrounded Marawi, and spy planes and drones monitoring the siege since May 23.  The fate of the hostages, including a Catholic priest and church workers, remains unknown.  Duterte, wearing a Kevlar helmet and a bullet-proof vest, inspected troops in the battlefront and spoke to them. “The President also congratulated the troops for defending Marawi from terror elements and for successfully retaking the Islamic Center yesterday, a structure that was maintained as the Daesh-inspired terrorist group's command and control for the longest time before it was retaken,” said Army Captain Jo-ann Petinglay, a spokeswoman for the Western Mindanao Command.  It was his 3rd visit to Marawi since the fighting began when militants occupied the city in an effort to put up an Islamic province in the restive region. Security officials also briefed Duterte on the progress of the military operations against the militants.  In his talk with the soldiers, Duterte assured his full support to the military and police forces fighting ISIS. “I would like to reiterate this, I will never abandon you as long as you are doing the right thing. This would include fighting against the terrorists groups, the drug lords or the common criminals as long as you are doing your sworn duty to enforce the law and protect the republic. Let me emphasize however that you must do your job in accordance with the law,” he said.  Duterte was accompanied by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Defense Undersecretary Cesar Yano, Armed Forces Chief of Staff General Eduardo Ano and Army Chief Lieutenant General Glorioso Miranda.  Oust Duterte  His visit to the battlefield came days after disgruntled soldiers and policemen who are members of a shadowy group called Patriotic and Democratic Movement or PADEM called for the ouster of Duterte. They accused Duterte of treating the military and police as his private armies and for betraying and violating public trust and cited 10 reasons to call for his ouster. The group also urged Filipinos to join PADEM in condemning and fighting Duterte and his administration and to stage mass actions and demand the President’s ouster. In a manifesto, Antonio Bonifacio, who claimed to be PADEM’s spokesman, called on members of the military and police to also join the people in demanding Duterte’s resignation and also his administration. It said the group is working for the withdrawal military and police support for Duterte.  “We urge all Filipinos as individuals and as groups in whatever social sector, field, institution or organization to exercise their right of assembly and expression to undertake mass actions demanding the ouster of Duterte and his administration. We call on our fellow officers and members of the AFP and the PNP to join the people in demanding the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration.” “We pledge to work for the withdrawal of military and police support for Duterte and his administration in conjunction with mass mobilization of the Filipino people in millions to manifest their demand for the resignation or ouster of Duterte and his administration. Upon the change of administration, we pledge to follow the principle of civilian supremacy and support a new civilian administration, in accordance with the 1987 Constitution and the rule of law,” the manifesto, released by Bonifacio – believed to be a nom de guerre – said. PADEM also condemned and holds accountable for gross crimes in betrayal of public trust and in violation of national sovereignty and democratic rights of the Filipino people. It cited the following reasons as alleged crimes of Duterte:   Treating the AFP and the PNP as these were his private armies and practising favoritism and violating professional and service standards in the promotion and assignment of officers; Corrupting the PNP and the AFP with a system of monetary awards for the extrajudicial killing of alleged illegal drug users and of NPA suspects; Condoning and protecting top-level illegal drug lords; Emboldening/inciting police officers to engage in extrajudicial killings of poor suspected illegal drug users and pushers by publicly telling officers to plant evidence and by guaranteeing their pardon and promotion in case of conviction; Aggravating corruption in government and criminality through the collusion of Duterte trustees and crime syndicates; Allowing China to occupy maritime features in the West Philippine Sea and to violate Philippine sovereign rights upheld by decision of the Arbitral Tribunal in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea; Bungling the operations in Marawi City and indiscriminately destroying lives and property through aerial bombings, artillery and mortar; Favoring certain Chinese businessmen and Duterte relatives and cronies in the award of projected infrastructure projects using loans from China; Betraying the sovereign rights of the Filipino people by making the Philippines a debt vassal of China and offering to China the oil and gas resources under the West Philippine Sea as collateral for Chinese loans; and Seeking to replace the partnership with the United States in matters [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2017

Gov’t speeds up spending on infra

Gov’t speeds up spending on infra Mary Grace Padin MANILA, Philippines - The government is aiming to accelerate infrastructure development this year through reforms in the procurement and implementation of projects, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said yesterday. In a statement, the DBM said the improved set of implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 9184 or the Procurement Law would help expedite the launch and completion of infrastructure programs in the pipeline. Reforms in the execution of projects, such as the introduction of geo-tagging for improved project monitoring and allowing non-stop construction work to hasten project completion, will also be implemented. “The bold reforms, the pipeline of projects, the hardworking and assertive administration, and the participative citizenry – these will make the dream of making the next six years the Golden Age of Infrastructure achievable,” Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said. The government has allocated a total of P847.2 billion for nationwide infrastructure projects this year, up 13.8 percent from a year ago. The amount also accounted for about 25 percent of this year’s budget. Under the General Appropriations Act approved by President Duterte last December, the bulk, or P349.1 billion of the infrastructure budget was allotted to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Agriculture, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, and other government agencies and local government units. More than P125 billion was also granted to the Department of Education for the construction and repair of basic education facilities, primary school buildings and technical-vocational laboratories. According to the DBM, the biggest chunk of budget for road construction this year went to the road network services with P216.9 billion, 33.4 percent higher than the 2016 allocation. More than P31.1 billion was allocated for Mindanao Logistics Infrastructure Network project, which will provide highways and bridges across Mindanao to connect cities and provinces to ports and production areas. Other major road projects in 2017 include the P1.5 billion UP-Miriam-Ateneo Viaduct in Katipunan Ave., Quezon City and the P1.2 billion road widening project in the General Luis-Kaybiga-Polo-Novaliches Road, among others. The government has also allotted a total of P12.3 billion for the construction and maintenance of access roads to tourist destinations. The Department of Transportation (DOTr), for its part, will spearhead the construction of bus transport systems that are envisioned to provide efficient, comfortable and inexpensive transportation to commuters in Metro Manila and Cebu......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 30th, 2017

ADB raises funding for PH

The Asian Development Bank will lend the Philippines a higher $945 million this year mainly for infrastructure projects as part of the Manila-based multilateral lender's commitment to support the Duterte administration's ambitious "Build, Build, Build" infrastructure program. The state planning agency National Economic and Development Authority said that during a meeting between Philippine officials and executives of the ADB's Philippine country office last month, the latter said that their lending pipeline for 2018 consisted of two policy-based loans (worth $600 million), one result-based loan ($300 million) as well as two other projects ($45 million). In December last year, the A...Keep on reading: ADB raises funding for PH.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Two city contractors face termination

SEVERAL contractors in Iloilo City were made to answer for the delay in certain road projects which resulted in traffic jams. The Department of Public Works and Highways-Iloilo City District Engineering Office (DPWH-ICDEO) called the dialogue with the contractors, transport groups, and the media on June 6, 2018, to shed light on uncompleted road projects. […] The post Two city contractors face termination appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Cavitex enhancements nearing completion -- Villar

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced that the enhancement works along the Manila-Cavite Expressway’s (Cavitex) are nearing completion. Members of the DPWH, headed by Secretary Mark Villar, inspected the ongoing construction of a flyover on the southbound lane, and road widenings on both directions of the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

DPWH Breaks Ground on Samar Pacific Coastal Road Project

A P997.5-million road project of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) that will connect the pacific coastal towns of Northern Samar formally broke ground on Thursday, May 31, 2018. DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar and Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man led the groundbreaking ceremony of Samar Pacific Coastal Road (SPCR) Project held […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

‘Get ready for traffic nightmare’

By: Bryan N. Casaig and Carl Angelo S. Narida THE Iloilo City District Engineering Office (ICDEO) under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) vowed to finish major road repairs in the city to lessen traffic jams when classes open on June 4, 2018. Engr. Rodney Gustilo, ICDEO chief, said the inconvenience caused by the […] The post ‘Get ready for traffic nightmare’ appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

Rehab task force checks Boracay roads

SECRETARY Mark A. Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and some members of the Boracay Rehabilitation Task Force recently checked the condition of major roads in Boracay Island, particularly the Boracay Circumferential Road. Also part of the inspection were Secretaries Roy Cimatu of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) […] The post Rehab task force checks Boracay roads appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Civilians Support Martial Law in Mindanao: AFP Official

Civilians whom soldiers in Mindanao are in close contact with have repeatedly expressed their support for Martial Law in Mindanao, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said Thursday. “We have four Army infantry divisions in Mindanao, distributed all over Mindanao. Under two Unified Commands, (Eastern and Western Mindanao) […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

P140M set aside for ARMM roads

SHARIFF AGUAK, MAGUINDANAO: The Department of Public Works and Highways in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DPWH-ARMM) is set to build an 8.2-kilometer road worth P140 million over 451 days in the town of Upi, Maguindanao. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman has directed DPWH-ARMM Secretary Don Mustapha Loong to allocate the road project funds out [...] The post P140M set aside for ARMM roads appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018