DPWH completes bridges in Zamboanga
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has finished two infrastructure projects in Zamboanga City and in Salug, Zamboanga del Norte.
The two-lane Sinubong Bridge along Zamboanga City-Labuan-Limpapa Road has been widened into four lanes to accommodate the increasing number of motorists traversing western side of the city. The 30.84-meter bridge project amounted to P27.5-million.
Also completed was the Bacong National High School Covered Court in Barangay Bacong, Salug, Zamboange del Norte.
The project which har an area of 19×30-meter was completed under the 2020 Local Infrastructure Program and can now serve almost 800 students and teachers as well as residents of Barangay Bacong during emergencies.
3 quarantine facilities built in Zamboanga Peninsula
Three new quarantine facilities that can accommodate a total of 124 patients have been completed in Zamboanga and Basilan as part of the Department of Public Works and Highways continuous effort to expand the healthcare infrastructure vs COVID-19 in the country.
The constructed isolation facilities have individual rooms, separate entrance and exit for patient and staff, and comfort rooms.
A total of 58 patients can now be accommodated in the new Isabela City Quarantine Facility in Barangay Sumagdang, Isabela City, Basilan while the Sindangan Quarantine Facility in Barangay Disud, Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte can take in 46 patients.
Meanwhile, a facility in Barangay Maasin, Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay has been turned over recently to the local government unit and is now being used for isolation and health monitoring of 20 additional patients.
The Department is set to complete more isolation facilities nationwide to aid the Health Department and LGUs in this fight against the pandemic.
DPWH delivers 75k classrooms
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has concluded the construction of more than 75,000 classrooms nationwide in the past three years.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said that in spite of present restrictions for face-to-face classes, enrollees both in elementary and secondary as well as the senior high schools students will have better ambience for studying once physical classes are allowed, with comfortable and spacious classrooms built by the government.
Considering the importance of school buildings in the delivery of quality education, there are now schools having large numbers of enrollees with more than enough classrooms, added Secretary Villar.
DPWH data revealed that 75,479 classrooms were delivered to completion with 50,562 in 2017; 23,161 in 2018; and 1,756 in 2019.
Moreover, more classroom projects of DPWH in convergence with the Department of Education (DepEd) under the Basic Education Facilities Fund (BEEF) program are in various stages of completion nationwide.
For the efficient and successful execution of the program, a modified DPWH-DepEd school building plans for one storey to four-storey are used by DPWH in implementing projects with the DepEd monitoring the progress of construction work and to accept those completed in accordance with the approved program of work and meeting the required standard.
Hopefully, more projects will be turned over in time for the possible resumption of face-to-face classes in 2021 in areas with lower threat posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and on the assumption that a vaccine would be soon available, Villar said.