PMS building retrofitting completed: DPWH

MANILA The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Friday reported that the structural retrofitting works worth over PHP900 million of the 12-story Presidential Management Staff (PMS) building on Arlegui Street, San Miguel, Manila is now completed.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the retrofitting of the PMS office building, with a floor area of 12,592 square meters, is divided into five phases.

I am glad that retrofitting and improvement works are already at an advanced stage of completion and soon our PMS Office Building will be finished towards the betterment of service for the Filipino people, Villar said in a statement.

Villar, together with Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain and PMS Acting Head Undersecretary Ferdinand B. Cui Jr., inspected the building project on Thursday.

Phase 1 covers removal/demolition of existing finishes and electro-mechanical systems from ground floor to roof deck; ground to third floors beam, column, and slab structural retrofitting; and foundation jet grouting, micro piling, and pile cap enhancement works which were completed in December 2018.

Villar added that Phase 2 which is 89 percent work in progress involves the fourth floor to roof deck beam, column, and slab structural retrofitting; complete exterior finishes; interior architectural finishes and electro-mechanical installations at third, fourth and sixth floors; and partial floor finishes at seventh to ninth floors.

Phase 3A, with 80 percent completion ahead of target by more than 21 percent, involves the installation of elevators, air conditioning units, fire and jockey pump, booster pump, and hydro-pneumatic pump; architectural works on walls and ceilings, plumbing fixtures, electrical and auxiliary works for ground, second, fifth, seventh and roof deck floors; and mechanical works and fire protection works in the entire building.

The three phases cost a total of PHP791.874 million while Phases 3B and 4 with a funding requirement of PHP180.071 million will cover the completion of ground to roof deck floor finishes, doors and interior glass walls, installation of new roofing and solar panels, and other modern building features.

Also present in the inspection are PMS Assistant Secretary Marietta T. Tamondong, DPWH Bureau of Construction director Eric Ayapana, DPWH Bureau of Design director Aristarco M. Doroy, PMS director Socorro Q. Aydinan, and Al Tengco of Nationstar Development Corporation.

PMS, an attached agency of the Office of the President, provides technical assistance and advice to the President in exercising overall management of the development process. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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