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Busy week for Aquino, turns over 66,813 classrooms

Business Mirror, 03 February 2014

By Butch Fernandez

 

PRESIDENT Aquino on Monday presided over the ceremonial turnover of 66,813 classrooms in Carmona, Cavite, effectively erasing the 66,800 backlog of classrooms that Malacañang said was “left behind by the previous administration.”

“We can recall that the logistical gaps in education—the backlogs in classrooms, seats and textbooks inherited by the Aquino administration—have always been among the President’s primary concerns,” a Palace statement listing Mr. Aquino’s schedule for the week said.

It noted that Aquino administration officials are “proud to say that, through the hard work of Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, the employees and teachers of the Department of Education, and other agencies and partners, all these backlogs have been erased, with students given an environment in which true learning can be fostered.”

The Palace said “all this has happened even as we continue to implement programs and projects that ensure that quality education is available to all our countrymen.”

Malacañang said President Aquino is also scheduled to receive visiting members of the Philippine Medical Association of Chicago.

“These physicians have been conducting medical and surgical missions in the Philippines annually, and they continue their tradition of helping their countrymen this year by taking their operations to Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte, among others,” it added.

At the end of the week, the Palace reported that President Aquino will also witness the retirement ceremony of Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes, commanding general of the Philippine Army, and the consequent Change of Command Ceremony.

“He [Mr. Aquino] will also be the guest of honor at the 50th Anniversary and Thanksgiving Program of the Elsie Gaches Village in Alabang, Muntinlupa, which is the first and largest government residential-care facility for persons with development and learning disabilities,” the Palace said.

Malacañang said “the erasure of the 66,800-classroom backlog sets the tone for the rest of the official week and, in fact, of the year ahead.”

“They underscore our administration’s belief that despite the challenges that we have faced and continue to face, so long as we work together, our people can reach new milestones and open new chapters of service, all with the goal of uplifting our countrymen,” it added.

 

Classroom shortage resolved

The Manila Times, 03 February 2014

By Catherine S. Valente

 

CARMONA, Cavite: The perennial problem of classroom shortage in public schools has already been addressed, President Benigno Aquino 3rd proudly announced on Monday.

In his speech during the ceremonial turnover of the new classrooms in Carmona National High School, the President said the government has finally erased the backlog of 66,800 classrooms that he inherited from the past administration.

He said that the government managed to mobilize partnerships with various government agencies, local government units (LGUs), the private sector and foreign donors to help meet the target.

“Ang tagumpay po nating ito ay hindi bunga ng milagro, o ng dinoktor na mga numero. Kongkretong bunga ito ng pagkakaisa, dedikasyon, at propesyunalismo at ng matuwid nating paggugol ng pondo [This success is not due to miracle or manipulated numbers but a concrete product of unity, dedication and professionalism as well as the proper use of public funds],” Aquino added.

According to the Department of Education (DepEd), more than 35,000 classrooms were funded by the national budget; 13,189 classrooms by LGUs; 14,886 were built through local donations; 1,215 from foreign donations and 2,242 from public-private partnership for school infrastructure project.

Aquino also lauded DepEd for addressing the shortage of teachers and other basic education materials such textbooks and chairs.

He praised Education Secretary Armin Luistro and the rest of the department for a “job well done.”

Meanwhile, the President revealed that the DepEd is currently hiring professionals for 4,000 teaching positions.

 

DepEd erases classroom backlogs with 66,813 new ones

Manila Bulletin, 03 February 2014

By Genalyn Kabiling

 

CARMONA, Cavite — The government has built 66,813 new classrooms that has finally wiped out the backlog inherited from the past administration in 2010, President Aquino declared on Monday.

At the ceremonial turnover of the new classrooms in Carmona National High School, the President commended Education Secretary Armin Luistro and the rest of the department for a “job well done” in improving the country’s public education system.

During the ceremony, Luistro presented Aquino with a building replica representing 66,813 completed classrooms as of December 2013.

Aquino said the latest government success is not due to “miracle or manipulated numbers” but unity, dedication and professionalism of the concerned government agencies as well as the prudent use of public funds. He praised Luistro for even exceeding the target set.

The President also thanked the local government units, local and foreign donors as well as the private sector that helped in building the new classrooms.

More than 35,000 classrooms were funded by the national budget; 13,189 classrooms from local government funds; 14,886 from local donations; 1,215 from foreign donations; and 2,242 from public-private partnership for school infrastructure project. The classrooms ranged from one-story structure to multi-floor buildings. Australia reportedly gave the biggest foreign donation.

Aquino also praised DepEd for erasing the backlog of 2.5 million school chairs using confiscated lumber. The backlog of 62 million textbooks was also addressed back in 2012.

Meanwhile, Aquino revealed the need for 4,000 new public teachers.

Luistro said the department plans to build more classrooms this year to prepare for the full implementation of the senior high school (Grades 11 and 12) in 2016.

Aquino lauds Luistro in classroom turnover, hits previous

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 03 February 2014

By Bong Lozada

 

MANILA, Philippines—President Aquino III on Monday praised Education Secretary Brother Armin Luistro for a job-well-done on the completion of 66,813 classrooms that erased the backlog of 66,800 classrooms from the previous administration.

In the ceremonial turnover of the classrooms in Carmona, Cavite, Aquino added that his administration already fixed the problem regarding the other problems schools in the country faced during the previous administration.

He said that his administration provided 62 million books to fill the void in the school libraries in 2012, and the 2.5 million chairs that were made using logs obtained through illegal measures.

“We even used the logs which were illegally obtained, to make sure that no one will benefit in the process of illegal logging.”

According to the President, the backlog on the more than 146,000 teachers, composed of volunteers and teachers who specialize in certain subjects, was already filled in 2010.

Aquino said that all the backlog that his administration fixed started on the previous administration of former president and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

“This milestone of ours is not the fruit of any miracle, or made-up numbers, this is a concrete result of the teamwork and professionalism of the DepEd, the Department of Public Works and Highways, our economic team who wholeheartedly developed the economy, and the proper use of our funds.”

The President, however, said that the “top one” to be given thanks was Luistro who, as Aquino said, gave up his position in the De La Salle University and take up a government job.

“Secretary Armin can still refuse my offer to serve in the government, he already has a successful yet quiet life in his vocation,” Aquino said.

 

DepEd, DPWH address 2010 backlog in classrooms

Official Gazette, 03 February 2014

By Department of Education

 

The Department of Education (DepEd) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) turned over 66,813 classrooms to elementary and secondary public schools to address the 2010 backlog.

“This is a collaborative work of private organizations and public institutions, showing commitment to quality education for Filipino learners,” Secretary of Education Armin Luistro said at the ceremonial turnover of classrooms at Carmona National High School (CNHS), one of beneficiaries of additional classrooms. He emphasized significant role of the private sector and local government units (LGUs) in delivering the kind of education that every Filipino child deserved.

The education chief expressed his gratitude to the “partners in education” from the private sector, LGUs, and DPWH in fulfilling its promise to the Filipino learners.  “Before, this is just a dream—a seemingly impossible dream—but with the help of our friends from different sectors, both public and private, we are able to carry on our commitment to address the 2010 backlog in classroom,” he added.

The classrooms, which range from one-story structures to multi-floor buildings, were constructed using national and local government funds and donations from the private sector. More than 35,000 classrooms were funded by the national budget; 13,189 classrooms built using LGU funds; 14,886 from local donations; 1,215 from foreign donations; and 2,242 from PPP for School Infrastructure Project (PSIP) I.

He also thanked President Benigno S. Aquino III for his continuous and unwavering support to the education sector. “Through the support and trust of our President Aquino, we are able to accomplish this.”

Continuing commitment to basic education

“The Department of Education will continue to provide basic inputs to address incremental enrolment, regular wear and tear, and senior high school (SHS) requirements,” Luistro said. He added that DepEd shall construct more classrooms in 2014 to prepare for the full implementation of SHS (grades 11 and 12) in 2016.

 

SMC unit expects TRB okay for P27-B connector road

ABS-CBN News / The Philippine Star, 04 February 2014

By Lawrence Agcaoili

 

MANILA, Philippines – Citra Central Expressway Corp., a unit of diversified conglomerate San Miguel Corp. (SMC), expects to receive the Toll Regulatory Board approval for the construction of the P27-billion toll road connecting the North Luzon and South Luzon.

The company said construction of several columns along Osmeña Highway as part of the project’s advance works would start immediately after receiving the notice from the regulator.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has issued ECC-NCR-1206-0126 and DNF-UFD-C/B P#2013-07-123 allowing the cutting and balling of trees as well as the planting of seedlings along the project alignment from Buendia to the corner of Quirino Avenue.

The Skyway Stage 3 team would also enclose or board-up the project’s work site occupying the center island and two of the five southbound travel lanes along Osmena Highway from F. Torres Street towards Quirino Avenue in Manila to begin excavation, foundation and column works.

To minimize the public inconvenience, the Skyway Stage 3 team has started to coordinate with the concerned local government unit (LGU), the local traffic police force, and the barangays within its jurisdiction and the Metro Manila Development Authority in implementing traffic re-routing and counterflow, if needed.

All the safety devices would also be put in place and adequate number of traffic personnel will be deployed in the work area to assist motorists.

Timely advisories, through signages, broadcast media, leaflets and social media sites, will also be made.

“The Skyway Stage 3 appeals for public understanding and cooperation and will do everything possible, to keep traffic moving and keep the motorists, commuters and workers alike safe at all times,” the company said.

The Skyway Stage 3 project is a 14.8-km. 6-lane elevated expressway that would connect NLEX and SLEX from the Buendia-end of the Skyway in Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City.

SMC president Ramon S. Ang earlier said the project would decongest the major roads of Metro Manila, particularly EDSA and C-5 and reduce travel time from Buendia to Balintawak to 20 minutes or less from two hours.

Aside from SMC, other shareholders of Citra Central Expressway include Citra Lamtoro Gung Persada and the state-run Philippine National Construction Corp. (PNCC).

The company expects to start full-scale construction by April this year and complete the project in 36 months.

Late last September, Malacañang gave CCEC the green light to start the construction of the 14.8-kilometer connector road starting at the end of the existing Skyway Stage 1 in Buendia would run through the length of Osmena Highway, Quirino Ave., Paco, Sta. Mesa via the Nagtahan flyovers, traverse Aurora Blvd and Araneta Ave. up to Sgt Rivera Road and end at the bend of A Bonifacio Ave. towards NLEX.

 

SKYWAY CONSTRUCTION STARTS APRIL

Malaya, 03 February 2014

 

Citra Central Expressway Corp. (CCEC),   proponent of the Skyway Stage 3 project is expected to secure Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) approval to proceed with the construction of the P26.7-billion connector road project this April .

The  Skyway Stage 3 project was launched last week by President Benigno.

Citra said as soon as the TRB issues its Notice to Proceed within the week, construction of several columns along Osmena highway which forms part of  the project’s advance works, will start immediately after.

Initially,  cutting and balling of trees and seedlings planted along the project alignment from Buendia to the corner of Quirino avenue will be undertaken. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has authorized this activity under ECC-NCR-1206-0126 and DNF-UFD-C/B P#2013-07-123.

After this  activity,  the Skyway Stage 3 team will enclose or board-up the project’s work site which will occupy the center island and two of the five  southbound travel lanes along Osmena highway from F. Torres street towards Quirino avenue in Manila. The team will then  begin excavation, foundation and column works.

To minimize inconvenience to the public that these activities may cause,  the Skyway Stage 3 team has started to coordinate with the concerned local government unit,  in this case, the city of Manila, its local traffic police force and the barangays within its jurisdiction and the Metro Manila Development Authority in implementing  traffic re-routing and counterflow, if needed.

All the safety devices will be put in place and adequate number of traffic personnel will be deployed in the work area to assist motorists. Timely advisories through signages, broadcast media, leaflets and social media sites, will also be made.

The Skyway Stage 3 project is a 14.8-km.  6-lane elevated expressway that will connect the  South Luzon Expressway with North Luzon Expressway from the Buendia-end of the Skyway in Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City. It aims to decongest the major roads of Metro Manila, particularly EDSA and C-5 and reduce travel time from Buendia  to Balintawak from two hours  to 20 minutes or less.

The company projects to complete construction in 36 months.

 

CCEC is a  joint venture corporation of Citra Lamtoro Gung Persada and the Philippine National Construction Corp. in partnership with San Miguel Corp.

 

Elevated tollway to link NLEx to SLEx

Manila Bulletin, 03 February 2014

By Kris Bayos

 

Manila, Philippines – Travel time from Buendia (Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati) to Balintawak in Quezon City will be shortened from two hours to 20 minutes or even less once the elevated toll road that will connect the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) is completed.

The construction of the elevated tollway will commence as soon as the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) issues the notice to proceed (NTP) anytime this month.

Citra Central Expressway Corp. (CCEC) said construction of several columns on Osmeña Highway will start immediately after the NTP is issued for the Skyway Stage 3.

Skyway Stage 3 is a 14.8-kilometer six-lane elevated expressway that will connect the Buendia end of Skyway Stage 2 in Makati City to Balintawak in Quezon City where NLEx starts.

CCEC said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has already authorized the cutting and balling of trees and seedlings planted along the project alignment from Buendia to the corner of Quirino Avenue.

“After this activity, the Skyway Stage 3 team will enclose or board-up the project’s work site which will occupy the center island and two of the five southbound travel lanes along Osmeña Highway from F. Torres Street toward Quirino Avenue in Manila and begin its excavation, foundation and column works,” the CCEC said.

To minimize the public inconvenience that these activities may cause, CCEC added that the Skyway Stage 3 team has started to coordinate with the local government of Manila, its local traffic police force, and the barangays within its jurisdiction and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority in implementing traffic re-routing and counter-flow, if needed.

“All the safety devices will be put in place and adequate number of traffic personnel will be deployed in the work area to assist motorists. Timely advisories, through signages, broadcast media, leaflets, and social media sites, will also be made,” the CCEC explained.

The CCEC appealed for public understanding and cooperation among motorists as it promised to keep traffic moving and keep the motorists, commuters, and workers alike safe at all times.

Full-scale construction of the Skyway Stage 3 will start by April and completion is targeted within in 36 months.

Once operational, the Skyway Stage 3 will help decongest the major roads of Metro Manila, particularly Epifanio delos Santos Avenue and Circumferential Road 5 (C5) and reduce travel time from Buendia to Balintawak from two hours to 20 minutes or less.

Skyway Stage 3 project proponent CCEC is a joint venture corporation of Citra Lamtoro Gung Persada and the Philippine National Construction Corporation in partnership with San Miguel Corporation.

 

Skyway Stage 3 construction starts, proponent asks public for patience

Business Mirror, 03 February 2014

By Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco

 

THE Skyway Stage 3 team on Monday appealed for public understanding as the pre-construction work of the project will begin within the week.

The project was launched by President Aquino on January 22, and the Toll Regulatory Board is expected to issue a Notice to Proceed for the construction of several columns on Osmeña Highway.

Cutting, balling of trees and seedlings planted along Gil Puyat Sr. Avenue to the corner of Quirino Avenue will also be conducted following the issuance of a permit from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

In a statement, the Skyway Stage 3 team said it will also enclose or board-up the project’s work site, which will occupy the center island and two of the five southbound travel lanes along Osmeña Highway from F. Torres Street toward  Quirino Avenue in Manila and begin its excavation, foundation and column works.

To minimize public inconvenience that these activities may cause, the Skyway Stage 3 team has started to coordinate with local governments, in this case, the city of Manila. The city will deploy its traffic police force and will mobilize the barangays to augment the traffic personnel of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority in implementing traffic rerouting and counterflow, as well as to assist motorists.

Timely advisories, through signages, broadcast media, leaflets and social media sites, will also be made, the team said.

The Skyway Stage 3 project is a 14.8-kilometer, six-lane elevated expressway that will connect the  South Luzon Expressway with North Luzon Expressway from Gil Puyat Sr.  Avenue end of the Skyway in Makati City to Balintawak, Quezon City.

It aims to decongest the major roads of Metro Manila, particularly Epifanio de los Santos Avenue and C-5 Road, and reduce travel time from Gil Puyat Sr. Avenue to Balintawak from two hours to 20 minutes or less.

Project proponent Citra Central Expressway Corp.,  a joint-venture corporation of Citra Lamtoro Gung Persada and the Philippine National Construction Corp., in partnership with San Miguel Corp., expects to start full-scale construction by April this year and complete the project in 36 months.

Manila traffic rerouting for SEM Asia

MOTORISTS are advised that traffic on Roxas Boulevard between Teodoro M. Kalaw and Padre Burgos streets in Manila will be diverted and re-routed on certain dates and times, as the Shell Eco-marathon Asia is staged from February 6 to 9 at the Rizal Park.

Until February 12, southbound motorists, or those going to the Pasay area from Bonifacio Drive, should turn left to P. Burgos Street, right to Maria Orosa, right to T.M. Kalaw and left to reach Roxas Boulevard.

From February 10 to 12, at 12 midnight to 4 a.m., those northbound on Roxas Boulevard going to Intramuros or Port Area in Manila should turn right to T.M. Kalaw, left to Maria Orosa, left to P. Burgos, and right to reach Bonifacio Drive.

The event is brought to the country by Shell companies, in cooperation with the Department of Tourism and the city government of Manila.

The Shell Eco-marathon brings together engineering students from across the region in developing futuristic vehicles that run on alternative sources of energy and that excel in terms of fuel efficiency and smarter mobility. This is the first time the Philippines is hosting this prestigious event.

 

TRB may approve STOA for P18B NLEX-SLEX connector road in Q1

GMA News, 03 February 2014

 

Conglomerate Metro Pacific Investments Corp. may soon get the green light to construct a proposed P18-billion toll road to connect the North Luzon and South Luzon expressways.

Lawyer Edmundo Reyes Jr., TRB executive director, said the board expects to approve the supplemental toll operations agreement for the proposed toll road undertaken by MPIC tollway unit Manila North Luzon Tollways Corp. (MNTC).

He said TRB has already approved the proposed alignment as well as the design of the toll road expects to look into the financial aspect of the project within the first quarter.

“It is still under study by the board. We have to really take our time and study the details,” Reyes said.

MNTC holds the concession rights to the 84-km-long North Luzon Expressway, one of the main arterial routes north of Manila.

On Jan. 21, MPIC’s Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corp. (MPTDC) and the state-run Philippine National Construction Corp. (PNCC) signed a joint-venture agreement giving MNTC the green light to implement the connector road project as part of the NLEX Metro Expressway Link.

The newest is Segment 10.2 or the 8-km. connector road from C-3 to Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. Mesa. It also includes a 2.6-kilometer spur road from C-2 to Road 10 leading to the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) at the Port Area in Manila.

On Jan. 22, President Benigno Aquino III led the groundbreaking for the P27-billion NLEX-SLEX connector road of Citra Central Expressway Corp., a unit of San Miguel Corp.

According to Presidential Decree 1112 that created the TRB, the board has the power “to grant authority to operate a toll facility and to issue therefore the necessary ‘Toll Operation Certificate’.”