Makati-Mandaluyong bridge nears completion
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar disclosed that the opening of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge connecting Estrella Street in Makati City and Barangka Drive in Mandaluyong City will happen this year.
The expansion of Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge—also known as the Rockwell Bridge—into a two-way, four-lane bridge is already 78.5% complete.
Once fully completed it will be able to accommodate around 50,000 vehicles per day that will greatly improve vehicular movement between the two highly urbanized cities of Metro Manila.
The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge Project is part of the Metro Manila Logistics Improvement Program to ease heavy traffic along EDSA.
The project is one of the two grant bridges from the People’s Republic of China with the other bridge, the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge Project connecting the historic Walled City of Intramuros.
The construction of a new Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge as well as the Binondo-Intramuros Bridge is being implemented by the DPWH Unified Project Management Office – Roads Management Cluster 1 under the leadership of Project Director Virgilio Castillo.
Slope protection ensures safer roads in Aklan
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed four slope protection projects of roads in various towns of Aklan Province to ensure safety of the travelling public.
The retaining walls along Aklan West Road in Nabas and Malay are placed intermittently in areas where frequent erosion of soil occurs, especially during rainy days.
The completed slope protection structures along Aklan West Road also include reblocking and upgrading of the two-lane road and construction of concrete-lined ditch.
The completed slope protection structures include the 281.8-lineal meter reinforced concrete retaining wall along Aklan West Road in Nabas town; 85.4-lineal meter reinforced concrete on steel sheet pile footing along Aklan West Road in Malay town; 528.5-meter concrete slope protection along Tangalan-Ibajay Road; and 540.5-meter slope protection from Poblacion to Jawili Falls and and Ibajay Mangrove and Eco-park.
DPWH completes health facilities in Iloilo City; 5 more underway
Additional healthcare facilities in Iloilo City have been completed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as part of its contribution towards fighting Covid19 pandemic.
The newly-completed facilities at Barangay Sooc, Arevalo district in Iloilo City include quarantine/isolation facility for patients in the city and a separate off-site dormitory for medical personnel use.
The quarantine/isolation facility has 16 air-conditioned rooms, each equipped with one bed and a comfort room, which can house a total of 16 Covid patients. The facility also has a nurse station, male and female nurse quarters, and sanitation area.
Meanwhile, the Off-Site dormitory has 16 air-conditioned rooms with two beds and a comfort room which can accommodate a total of 32 medical front liners in the city. The facility is also provided with an air-conditioned lobby with living and dining areas, as well as kitchen, laundry room, and sanitary area equipped with necessary amenities.
Both facilities have generators set to ensure uninterrupted power supply and for emergency situations preventing any electrical disruption that may be critical to medical professionals’ Covid19 response.
Meanwhile, five more healthcare facilities both for Iloilo City and Iloilo Province are soon to be turnover by DPWH to local government units.
These facilities include: quarantine/isolation facilities and off-site dormitories in Lapaz, Iloilo City and at Western Visayas Sanitarium in Sta. Barbara, Iloilo; and off-site dormitories at Dr. Ricardo Y. Ladrido Memorial District Hospital in Lambunao, Iloilo Provincial Hospital in Pototan, and at Don Jose S. Monfort Medical Center Extension Hospital in Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo.