Instead of using the usually congested EDSA, residents from the north of Metro Manila would now be able to get to the airport faster with a wider Radial Road 10 (R-10) in Manila, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said yesterday.

Yesterday morning, the DPWH opened to motorists two lanes of the 360-meter section of R-10, between Pacheco street and Zaragoza street in Tondo.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said it took the government six presidents, since the term of former president Corazon Aquino, and 30 years to remove almost 4,000 informal settlers residing along this stretch and make road widening possible.

He said R-10 serves as an alternate route to the motorists coming from Monumento, Caloocan City who are going to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and South Luzon Expressway.

“Before, it would take two hours for motorists to get to Balintawak. If they are coming from Manila, but now it would be just one hour” if they utilize the alternate route, he added.

Posted by Evelyn Macairan,  PHILIPPINE STAR, January 13, 2017



SUBIC BAY FREEPORT—The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority will work hand in hand with agency leaders, investor-locators, and non-government organizations to ensure the growth and propagation of coral reefs that are already degenerating all over the country.

SBMA Chairman Martin B. Diño signed a partnership agreement with the Philippine Council for Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Brighterday Subic LTD Inc., the locator-investor of the All Hands Beach Resort inside the Freeport, and Sangkalikasan Producer Cooperative, a non-government organization engaged in reef restoration and monitoring activities based in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.

“For as long as the SBMA, the community leaders, and the business owners around the Zone are responsive and responsible enough in preserving our coral reef beds, the condition and future of our ecosystem is sustainable” Diño said, following the signing of the agreement held at the All Hands Beach Resort on Dec. 23, 2016.

Dr. Melvin Carlos, Technology Transfer Division Director of PCAARRD, said the degeneration rate of coral reefs across the country has already reached 80 percent.

“This means that it has breached its ecological condition that is dangerous to plants, animals, and other organisms living in our waters,” Carlos said.

The agreement aims to enjoin the partner organizations to transplant some 5,000 coral fragments to restore damaged reef areas and set-up and deploy about 10 coral nursery units.

It also tasks the partner organizations to identify, document, and establish a stream of dive sites, develop a pool of human resource for coral restoration and promote science based coral reef management.

The partnership agreement was forged to strengthen current coral reef restoration efforts by the BLSI and Sankalikasan at the All Hands Beach Resort.

Each to its own commitment, the DENR serves as the lead implementing agency that will provide the necessary technical assistance in monitoring and evaluating the project activities.

Sangkalikasan serves as the project implementer in delivering project outputs, results reviews, information dissemination, and technology transfer.

SBMA and PCAARRD are supporting bodies in monitoring, maintaining, and protecting the identified and established sites, also in baseline assessment and monitoring of coral transplants.

BLSI is the adaptor in maintaining and protecting the identified and established sites for the growth and propagation of the coral transplants.

posted January 08, 2017 at 09:01 pm by Butch Gunio