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LOOK: Laguna Lake Highway in Taguig now open

Nov 15, 2018 - 2:35 PM

The highway, which cost P1.28 billion to build, also features a 3-meter-wide bicycle lane

DPWH inaugurates pedestrian and biker-friendly Laguna Lake Highway in Taguig City November 15 2018. Photo from DPWH

Retrieval operations in DPWH building in Mountain Province terminated

Nov 08, 2018 - 10:53 PM

After three days of fruitless dig-and-search operations, the retrieval team decides to terminate its work

Rescue operations now on going at Brgy Banawel, Natonin. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways

2 more bodies retrieved from DPWH building identified

Nov 05, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Rains the past two days hamper retrieval operations in buried DPWH building in Mountain Province

Rescue operations now on going at Brgy Banawel, Natonin. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways

At least 12 bodies recovered from buried DPWH building

Nov 03, 2018 - 2:18 PM

More bodies are recovered at the landslide site in Natonin, Mountain Province, on Friday, November 2, bringing the total to 12

RETRIEVAL OPERATIONS. The second day of retrieval operations in Sitio Ha'rang, Banawel, Natonin, Mountain Province. Photo courtesy of the Natonin Municipal Police Station

3 more bodies recovered from DPWH Bldg in Mountain Province

Nov 01, 2018 - 10:03 PM

Twenty remain unaccounted for, according to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office

RETRIEVAL. Rescuers say 20 more persons are unaccounted for in a landslide that buried the DPWH building in Natonin, Mountain Province, on the second day of retrieval operation on November 1, 2018. All photos by Mau Victa/Rappler

Supreme Court warns officials: ‘Good faith’ not always a valid excuse

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:37 PM

The good faith doctrine is ‘inapplicable in a situation where there are circumstances that should have prompted the government officials to make further inquiries,’ says the High Court

GOOD FAITH DOCTRINE. The Supreme Court says good faith doctrine does not always apply in corruption cases. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

8 bodies recovered from DPWH building buried in landslide

Oct 31, 2018 - 12:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Mountain Province disaster risk reduction and management office says rescue operations would be tedious because the area had become isolated due to road cuts and landslides

BODY RECOVERY. Photo by DPWH MP SDEO

DPWH: Boracay Circumferential Road to fully open by December 2018

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:18 PM

When Boracay reopens on October 26, one lane along the 2.66-kilometer road from Cagban Port to Hue Hotel will already be passable

UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Inside roads in Boracay Island is still under construction, days away from the reopening. Photo from Net Sacapano

DPWH finally acquires right of way for NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10

Oct 19, 2018 - 4:40 PM

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar says NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 will 'hopefully be completed in time for the Christmas rush'

FINALLY COMPLETE. The Department of Public Works and Highways delivered the complete right-of-way acquisition for the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10. Photo from DPWH Secretary Mark Villar's Facebook page

Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge reopened, reconstruction reset

Sep 25, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Bowing to public clamor, the Department of Public Works and Highways reopens the 'Rockwell bridge'

REOPENED. The Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge was reopened to the public on September 25, 2018. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Fariñas, Alvarez deny ‘parking’ money for lawmakers in 2019 budget

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:17 PM

The denial comes after House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez tells reporters about an alleged 'parking' scheme in the proposed 2019 budget for favored lawmakers

NO 'PARKING'. Former House majority leader Rodolfo Fariñas  makes a pledge during the assembly of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan on August 2, 2018. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nograles praises House realignment of P51 billion in DPWH funds

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:45 PM

House committee on appropriations chairperson Karlo Nograles makes the statement even if the committee of the whole – which realigned the funds – was convened to overrule the panel he chairs

BUDGET ISSUE. Davao City 1st District Representative Karlo Nograles chairs the House committee on appropriations. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Lawmakers realign P51 billion in DPWH funds to other agencies

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Part of the P51 billion is realigned to other items under the Department of Public Works and Highways, but ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio questions these as 'lump sums with no details'

BUDGET TALKS. The House of Representatives convenes into a committee of the whole, which approved the reallocations from the DPWH budget in 2019. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA: Bridge repairs in Metro Manila starting September 15

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority warns motorists of heavier traffic, and cautions them against illegal parking on alternate roads

CLOSED. MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia says several bridges and a flyover in Metro Manila will be closed for repairs. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

DPWH resumes repairs along EDSA, C5 on September 8 - 9

Sep 06, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Portions of EDSA, C5, Batasan Road, and Lacson Avenue will be closed for road repairs starting September 7, 11 pm

REPAIR. DPWH to repair southbound portions of EDSA this weekend. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Lacson eyes removal of P16 billion from DPWH right-of-way budget

Sep 03, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says the amount could be used as pork barrel, which the Supreme Court has declared as unconstitutional

The Senate conducts a hearing on SAF allowances on May 22, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

House, DBM agree to restore budget cuts in education, health, infra in 2019

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:11 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says they are also eyeing a P140-billion supplemental budget for Bangsamoro Law and the Supreme Court ruling on the Internal Revenue Allotment

BUDGET AGREEMENT. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya calls for a press conference on August 28, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Anarchy of billboards in Metro Manila

Aug 18, 2018 - 5:00 PM

They are big, bright, and not very pretty. Billboards reign supreme with a new king on the rise: LEDs.

ADVERTISING. Billboards are a common sight along EDSA. Shutterstock file photo

Fewer anti-flood projects under cash-based 2019 budget

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:30 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Public Works and Highways' proposed budget for 2019 is about P93 billion lower than this year's budget, leading to a possible decrease in infrastructure projects

Residents wade through chest-deep flood at Veterans Village in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City on August 11, 2018, as heavy downpour pounds Metro Manila brought by Southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Karding that cause floods and stranded passengers in Metropolis. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

DPWH on cash-based 2019 budget: ‘Challenging, but we will adjust’

Aug 09, 2018 - 11:47 AM

Three lawmakers are concerned because cash-based budgeting system has removed P93 billion from the DPWH's proposed budget

CASH-BASED BUDGET ISSUES. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar defends his department's proposed budget for 2019 before the House committee on appropriations. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LOOK: Proposed road network projects in Bulacan

Aug 08, 2018 - 7:56 PM

The proposed road network projects in Bulacan are seen to help boost the economy of Central Luzon

PROJECTS. NLEX and DPWH expands their road network plans. Image from NLEX

DPWH blames contractors, slow permit application for infra delays

Jul 12, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Public Works Secretary Mark Villar says they will suspend 43 contractors involved in more than 400 projects due to delays in implementation. This means DPWH has to bid the projects again.

INSPECTION. Secretary Mark Villar inspects the construction site of Pantaleon-Estrella Bridge and Binondo-Intramuros Bridge on July 11, 2018. Photo from Mark Villar's Facebook page

Build, Build, Build: P73 billion worth of DPWH projects delayed

Jul 09, 2018 - 2:50 PM

DPWH spends only a 3rd of its budget, and ends up paying banks P27 million as a result of its failure to utilize approved loans

DPWH PROJECTS. Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar (3rd-right) together with Department of Transportation Secretary Art Tugade (rightmost) lead of NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10. File photo by DARREN LANGIT

School buildings costing P326 million 'incomplete, defective' – COA

Jul 08, 2018 - 8:10 PM

The Commission on Audit says some school buildings in Metro Manila, Ilocos, and Cebu cannot be used due to issues with utilities, structural defects, and non-turnover of buildings

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Metro Manila road reblocking and repair: June 29 to July 2

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Here's a list of roads in Quezon City, Manila, and Pasig that will be affected by the road reblocking and repair this weekend

BUMPER-TO-BUMPER traffic along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

DSWD apologizes for spoiled relief goods in Boracay

Jun 24, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Department of Social Welfare and Development says the contamination happened during the handling and hauling of relief goods, adding that it 'must not happen again'

Metro Manila road reblocking and repair: June 15-18

Jun 15, 2018 - 11:40 AM

Here's a list of sections of EDSA and other roads in Metro Manila that will be affected by the road reblocking and repair this weekend

EDSA. Sections of major thoroughfare EDSA will undertake repairs over the weekend. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Local DPWH officials await authority to implement Boracay road rehab project

Jun 13, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The road widening is a top priority project of the Boracay inter-agency task force

Metro Manila road reblocking and repair: June 1-4

Jun 01, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Here's a list of sections of EDSA and other roads in Quezon City that will be affected by the road reblocking and repair this weekend

EDSA. Sections of major thoroughfare EDSA will undertake repairs over the weekend. File photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Cusi joins Villar in Duterte Cabinet 'billionaires' club' in 2017

May 29, 2018 - 7:30 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi declares a net worth of P1.355 billion in 2017, an increase of P1.19 billion from his net worth in 2016

BILLIONAIRE'S CLUB. DOE Secretary Alfonso Cusi and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar declare a net worth above P1 billion, based on their SALNs in December 2017. Photo of Cusi by Chrisee dela Paz/Rappler, photo of Villar from Malacañang Photo

Wider Davao River bridge opens to motorists

May 24, 2018 - 8:56 PM

Expect faster travel time along the widened Davao River bridge

Six Lane Davao River Bridge opens. Photo by Anna Mae Lamentillo

Part of flyover under construction collapses in Imus, Cavite

May 20, 2018 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities are investigating the cause of the incident, which earlier left Aguinaldo Highway corner Daang Hari Road impassable

Photo from Imus Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi's Facebook page

Corporate counsel, DPWH exec on Duterte's chopping block?

May 20, 2018 - 12:57 AM

'Maybe I'll fire the corporate counsel tomorrow. Ang DPWH nga assistant secretary nga akong brad sa law school, ako pong gipa-resign,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

CHOPPING BLOCK. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks at the Pamamahagi ng Titulo Handog ng Pangulo program at Liwasang Alfaro G. Aguirre in Mulanay, Quezon on May 2, 2018. Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

DPWH Asec Umpa says he’s victim of 'demolition job'

May 16, 2018 - 5:31 PM

'I’m calling the attention of Malacañang to investigate all DPWH officials and all congressmen who are contractors,' says Public Works Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa in a social media post after Malacañang asked for his resignation over alleged corruption

DPWH EXEC. Malacanang alleges that Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa sought commissions from contractors of government infrastructure projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Photo from DPWH-ARMM

Duterte tells 2 DOJ, DPWH assistant secretaries to resign

May 15, 2018 - 11:31 AM

(3RD UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte advises Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr and Public Works Assistant Secretary Tingagun Ampaso Umpa to resign 'or face termination for corruption'

RESIGN OR BE SACKED. Malacanang says if Justice Assistant Secretary Moslemen Macarambon Sr would not resign, they would be sacked for alleged corruption. Photo from the Facebook page of Atty Moslemen Macarambon Sr

China firms in Marawi rehab once blacklisted by World Bank

May 14, 2018 - 11:00 AM

These two Chinese firms are now part of the Bangon Marawi Consortium, a group of Chinese and Filipino companies tapped to rebuild areas hit by the Marawi siege

BLACKLIST. China State Construction Engineering Corporation and China Geo Engineering Corporation were sanctioned by the World Bank's anti-corruption unit in 2009.

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DBM to release P490M for Boracay roads

May 02, 2018 - 10:20 AM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno also says P448 million was released to the Department of Labor and Employment for assistance to Boracay workers and residents

DPWH to Boracay public: Cooperate to avoid project delays

Apr 29, 2018 - 9:18 PM

'Kailangan natin ang kooperasyon at tulong ng mga stakeholders to fast-track the completion of Boracay projects,' says Aklan District Engineer Noel Fuentebella

Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Comfort woman statue in Manila removed

Apr 28, 2018 - 9:59 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Photos show a backhoe digging at the site of the statue

REMOVAL. A backhoe is seen at the site of the 'Comfort Woman' statue along Roxas Boulevard, Manila. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

DPWH, Chinese firms sign contract for 2 Pasig River bridges

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The two projects are funded by a Chinese grant which covers the design and construction of the bridges

CONTRACT SIGNING. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain, CCC Highways Consultant Ltd deputy manager Lyu Gaohu, and China Road and Bridge Corporation vice president Liu Hong sign the contract for the Binondo-Intramuros and Estrella-Pantaleon bridge projects. Photo from DPWH Facebook page

Holy Week attacks stall P1.3-B road projects in Davao City

Apr 02, 2018 - 8:51 PM

Authorities suspect the New People's Army is behind the burning of 10 heavy equipment vehicles in different barangays

TORCHED. One of the heavy equipment trucks destroyed by suspected communist fighters during Holy Week in Davao City. Photo from the Davao City Police Office

NBI files plunder complaint vs ex-DPWH chief Singson over right-of-way scam

Mar 21, 2018 - 2:02 PM

The NBI says it is coordinating with AMLC to establish direct evidence that Singson et al pocketed the money

HEARING. Former DPWH secretary Rogelio Singson attends the Senate probe into the alleged right-of-way scam. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Senate approves bill seeking to abolish 'corrupt' Road Board

Feb 12, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The Commission on Audit has found the agency misappropriated P90.7 billion in road user's tax

Motorcyle riders navigating along Commonwealth Ave. in Quezon City on Friday. The MMDA will strictly enforce motorcycle lane policy along EDSA, C-5, Macapagal Avenue and Commonwealth Avenue starting Nov 14 . MMDA data shows out of the 265 vehicular accidents daily in Metro Manila, 30 involve motorcycle riders. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA/RAPPLER

Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway project seen to move forward in February

Feb 11, 2018 - 7:45 PM

It would only take less than an hour for motorists from Manila to reach Tagaytay once the 49-kilometer Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway (CTBEX) is built

PROPOSED TOLLWAY. The proposed project is a 47-kilometer tollway, with a two-by-two lane carriageway traversing mostly the rural areas of Silang, Tagaytay, Amadeo, Mendez, Alfonso and Magallanes, in Cavite; as well as Nasugbu in Batangas. Image from DPWH website

First phase of Cavite-Laguna Expressway to open in December

Feb 08, 2018 - 7:45 PM

The first 7 kilometers of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) is set to be opened to motorists by end-2018, ahead of the initial target of February 2019

CALAX. The 1st 7 kilometers (kms) of CALAX is seen to be opened to motorists by December 2018, instead of earlier target of February 2019. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

DPWH to auction off Quezon-Bicol Expressway project by end-2018

Feb 07, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Department of Public Works and Highways targets to finish the construction of the proposed Quezon-Bicol Expressway (QBEX) by 2026

NEW EXPRESSWAY. Once completed, the proposed Quezon-Bicol Expressway will be a faster alternative to the congested Maharlika Highway – which is also more than 200 kilometers. Image from DPWH website

2 more southbound lanes open along Katipunan

Feb 07, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The road widening project is integrated with the existing proposal for a viaduct project that aims to decongest traffic in the UP-Miriam-Ateneo area, says DPWH

WIDER ROAD. The new lanes that open on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, on Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City run from Shuster Street to CP Garcia, fronting University of the Philippines. DPWH photo

COA junks claim of contractor seeking compensation for burned equipment

Feb 04, 2018 - 8:30 PM

Construction firm CBBI wants the DPWH to pay for equipment allegedly burned by communist rebels, but COA says these equipment should've been insured

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

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The loan will finance the construction of roads in the Zamboanga Peninsula and bridges in Tawi-Tawi