Samar I DPWH initiates
media conference for transparency efforts
By EMY C. BONIFACIO, Samar News.com
April 25, 2011
CATBALOGAN CITY –
The DPWH-Samar First Engineering District Office has joined the
national government’s call is pursuing its transparency and
accountability efforts by calling on the local media to a half-day
conference held on April 19, 2011 at its new office at Brgy. San
Policarpo, Calbayog City.
The DPWH panel was led
by District Engineer, Engr. Virgilio C. Eduarte; Engr. Dennis C.
Cagomoc, Chief, Maintenance Section; Engr. Mansueto U. Ponferrada,
Chief, Construction Section; Engr. Raulito F. Yangzon, Assistant
District Engineer; Raquel Y. Sumayo, Chief, Planning Section and Carlo
C. Rivera, Accountant II.
The media forum, which
was learned to be the first that was conducted by the DPWH, was
arranged by Marionette Y. Gomez, Administrative Officer of the same
On the press kits
which were distributed to the local media, a report on the status of
CY 2010 Carry-Over Projects and Regular Infrastructure Projects as of
April 19, 2011 was contained.
It was learned that
DPWH-Samar First Engineering District Office has already implemented
the 20 Million Infrastructure Development Projects under the
congressional allocation which were identified by the district office
with the concurrence of Hon. Mel Senen Sarmiento, First District
Representative of Samar.
projects for 2010 consist of rehabilitation of roads, construction of
concrete pavement and Multi-Purpose buildings in various
municipalities of Samar.
These include the
ongoing construction of a hanging bridge at Brgy. Buenavista-Brgy.
Matalud, San Jorge Samar; construction of a multi-purpose concrete
pavement at Brgy. Malobago, Almagro, Samar; rehabilitation of
Gandara-Matuguinao Road Section; rehabilitation of Brgy. San Agustin-Pagsanghan
Road, Gandara Samar; contruction of five (5) multi-purpose buildings
in Calbayog and Sta. Margarita and the construction of the
Rueda Extension Road
in Calbayog which is a priority project of Cong. Sarmiento.
DE Eduarte disclosed
that these 2010 projects are bid out late due to the delayed receipt
According to DE
Eduarte, they have accepted the challenge of taking the lead in
building and expanding the network of roads and bridges based on a
program thrust of the department for one (1) city and nine (9)
municipalities within their area of responsibility.
Sarmiento’s holistic approach in infrastructure development which
coincides with the department’s plan to interconnect Gandara and
Matuguinao to other municipalities in Northern Samar.
This road network is
also being seen as a solution to the insurgency problem in Samar.
Hopefully, with the roads in place, mobility in these areas will lead
to development and progress of the areas concerned.
Meanwhile, included in
the funded projects for 2011 are eighteen (18) projects amounting to
292,020 million pesos. While other projects have not yet been started,
the following has been reported to be complete: construction of Samar
First District Engineering Office including quarters and motor pool at
Brgy. San Policarpo, Calbayog City; opening/construction of 205.5
million pesos missing links of the Calbayog Diversion Road;
continuation and completion of Barruz Bridge along Gandara-Matuguinao
Road; Nijaga Bridge along the Diversion Road; completion of Gandara
Bridge along Gandara Diversion Road; rehabilitation of a damaged
pavement (old national road, Calbayog City); VILP projects; Lower
House projects and DepEd SB Projects.
Eduarte informed that
the program thrust of their office is to provide quality physical
infrastructure facilities and services that will help achieve the
vision of poverty reduction, improvement of peace and order, tourism
development and decongestion of roads with high traffic volumes.
In line with this,
DPWH welcomed the ‘Bantay Lansangan Team”, a public-private engagement
that would help in the monitoring of the physical implementation of
the above-mentioned projects. Eduarte expressed support over the
presence of civil society organizations who will conduct an
independent monitoring as to the quality and physical conditions of
Moreover, it was
learned that Eduarte has also acted on the orders of DPWH Secretary
Rogelio Singzon to organize the Maintenance Point Persons or “road
patrols” that will regularly monitor the road conditions within its
area of jurisdiction.
“With various sectors
helping in the monitoring of infrastructure projects, we can be
assured of improved roads. We would like to live up with our mandate
of maintaining ‘better roads for better lives’ which is our agency
slogan”, adds the District Engineer.
DE Eduarte was
appreciative of the media’s presence and committed to pursue
continuous information dissemination campaigns regarding their thrusts
and activities. They commit to continually answer queries and welcome
feedbacks from all sectors in line with the transparency efforts that
A Bantay Lansangan
volunteer commended the sincerity of the DPWH effort to engage the
various sectors. She likewise took notice of the lines on its backdrop
which says, “The right Project at the Right Price with the Right
Quality for the Right People” and hopes that the DPWH will always be
reminded of their vital role in improving the lives of every Samarnon.