SMC, PNCC mull over P700-B Quezon-Samar road, bridge deal

Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. and the Philippine National Construction Corp. (PNCC) are studying a massive P700-billion toll road project and bridge stretching from Quezon province to Northern Samar.

The project, which still requires a feasibility study and may take eight to 10 years to build, will provide a road link between Luzon and Visayas and cut travel time between Metro Manila and Bicol from 10 to 12 hours to just four hours, PNCC president and CEO Mario Espinosa told reporters late Wednesday.

Espinosa said the toll road would stretch more than 388 kilometers and would also link the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay and then Sorsogon.

Matnog and Allen are currently connected via ferry service. And the service is drastically affected by seasonal typhoons passing by the region. With the planned radial connection, it will lessen the impact on the transportation between the islands of Luzon and Samar/Leyte. Image via Google Map.

Moreover, SMC and PNCC plan to build a bridge that will link MatnogSorsogon, to Allen in Northern Samar.

Espinosa said the starting point of the toll road was Lucena in Quezon. This area will be connected to Metro Manila once SMC completes its 57-km TR4 extension of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx).

SMC said in its annual report that the TR4 project, which starts from Sto. Tomas, Batangas, would begin construction this year.

“We’re still studying this; we will need to do a feasibility study,” Espinosa noted.

He spoke to reporters on the sidelines of an agreement signing with SMC, outlining mainly the Metro Manila-based toll road expansion projects of the conglomerate, which operates SLEx, the Metro Manila Skyway, the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road, and the NAIA Expressway.

North of Metro Manila, SMC operates the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, or TPLEx.

The agreement between SMC and PNCC involved projects worth about P554 billion. Espinosa clarified the Quezon to Samar toll road and bridge was not part of that estimated budget.

SMC president Ramon S. Ang told reporters late Wednesday that building a new toll road south of Metro Manila would help spur development, similar to what occurred in the north, with the opening of the TPLEx.

Ang said new projects would mainly be financed by SMC, which is continuing its diversification from food and drinks into transport infrastructure and power.

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Sorsogon gov offers P100-K for info on board member’s slay

LEGAZPI CITY — Sorsogon Governor Robert Lee Rodrigueza offered P100,000 in reward money to anyone who could give information that might lead to the arrest and conviction of those behind the killing of Sorsogon 1st District Board Member Pedro Alindogan Ravanilla on Tuesday.

Ravanilla, 64, was shot three times at around 8:50 a.m. Tuesday by an unidentified gunman in Sorsogon City. Hours later, Rodrigueza released a statement on his social media account strongly denouncing the slaying.

“His untimely demise is a big loss to the province of Sorsogon,” Rodrigueza said.

He also said that Ravanilla “unselfishly served” through three terms as councilor of Sorsogon City from 2006 to 2016.

Ravanilla was elected as board member in the 1st district of Sorsogon with 38,636 votes. He ran under United Nationalist Alliance Party.  

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Sorsogon board member shot dead

Senior Superintendent Ronaldo Cabral, Sorsogon provincial police director, said the victim, Pedro Alindogan Ravanilla, 64, a resident of Barangay (village) Pangpang, Sorsogon City, was shot in front of Roda Building along the Maharlika Highway, also in Barangay Pangpang, around 8:50 a.m.

“The victim was fixing his establishment together with his foreman Honorio Deniega when suddenly an unidentified gunman from behind of the victim drew a short firearm and shot him three times,” he said.

The killer boarded a motorcycle and, together with his driver, fled to the diversion road.

Police have started their investigation.

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Sorsogon Health Center gets upgrade from BDO Foundation

SORSOGON City residents now have a newly refurbished health center thanks to the rehabilitation of Sorsogon West District Health Office courtesy of BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank.

The health centrr is located in Brgy.Tugos along AH26. Image via

Located in Tugos, Sorsogon City, the rehabilitated structure was turned over to local officials in inaugural ceremonies attended by BDO Foundation program director Rose Espinosa, BDO Sorsogon City branch head Manny Gutlay and BDO Sorsogon-J.P. Rizal Street branch head Matt Nuñez.

Also present were Sorsogon City mayor Sally Lee, Sorsogon City vice mayor Jonathan Balintong and Sorsogon West District health officer Dr. Rolando Dealca, M.D.

Funded by BDO Foundation, the project is part of its disaster response advocacy and rehabilitation program in provinces devastated by disasters.

Sorsogon is one of several provinces severely affected by Typhoon Nona in December 2015.

The foundation rehabilitated Sorsogon West District Health Office and its clinics, consultation rooms, treatment rooms, breastfeeding station, birthing facilities, furniture and fixtures. A waiting lounge for the elderly and play area for children complete with books and toys were also built.

The project was made possible by the BDO Sorsogon City branch, which recommended Sorsogon West District Health Office, formerly known as Tugos Rural Health Unit, to the foundation.Original article is from Malaya published on March 20, 2017.

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December 25 Forecast for Bagyong Nina via Project Noah

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Google Maps Camera Car Parked in Brgy. Talisay

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The author sees this flat iron in MDJ Marketing while looking for specific appliance. The sales lady explains that this product still sells, especially for this who wants to save some electric bill. The last time the author see it in action was 35 years ago.

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