- Monday, 20 October 2014 - 9:02:17 PM
ROADS AND BRIDGES
As of CY 2015, the total length of all roads in the city is approximately 484.401 kms. comprised of 77.521 kms. of national roads, 23.01 kms. of city roads and 383.87 kms. of barangay roads.
The inventory showed that the total length of asphalt paved roads are 94.941 kms., concrete paved roads are 323.50 kms. while gravel roads are 35.00 kms and the unpaved road totaled to 30.96 kms.. The record indicated that there is an increase in the length of concrete roads as compared to the year 2014 which is 308.31902 kilometers. Table 89 listed the 42 existing bridges along national and barangays roads in Batangas City including the length in meters, descriptions and conditions.
Land transportation services in the city are readily available through public utility buses, public utility jeepneys, privately owned cars, vans, jeeps, and tricycles. For trips going to Metro Manila and neighboring provinces, the commuters can avail the public utility bus system, such as Batangas Star Express, RRCG Transit, Supreme Trans. Liner, Ceres Transport, ALPS, Barney, JAM Transit, DLTB Co., N. Dela Rosa Liner Inc., Inter Bats. Bus Co. (Batman), KL CNG Bus Transport, SJ Park Ventures Inc. and Gold Star Transit Corporation.
The opening of the Southern Tagalog Access Road (STAR) in April 2008 which is a tollway component of the Philippine Nautical Highway with a length of 42 km. from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to the Batangas Port in Batangas City shortened the travel time from Metro Manila to Batangas City by about thirty to forty-five minutes.
With the implementation of the City's New Traffic Ordinance, public utility jeepney routes thru color and number coding scheme have been enforced. Parking areas and PUJ terminals have been designated for the different routes. With the devolution of power to grant franchises for tricycle operation from the Land Transportation Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to the Batangas City Government, tricycle operators can now apply for their franchise from the Transportation Development and Regulatory Office under the Office of the City Mayor. Like the public utility jeepneys, tricycles plying in the poblacion operates also through a color coding system. In 2015, the tricycle franchises issued by the LTO were 4,313 units but only 1,253 units were granted with mayor’s permit.
In an effort to address the worsening traffic problems in Batangas City, the city government has installed traffic signal lights along the seven (7) major intersections which were implemented in CY 1998 including the installation of one hundred twenty three (123) traffic signages. The city’s traffic signal lights were upgraded in 2010 by replacing them with LED traffic lights and electronic timer.
In CY 2001, the city government installed a Closed Circuit Television(CCTV) Camera along P. Burgos St. and Rizal Avenue and two (2) overhead Variable Message Signs (VMS) along the National Highway in Kumintang Ibaba and P. Burgos St. infront of the City Hall as components of city transportation/traffic management program. Additional CCTV cameras were installed in CY 2011 and 2012 along strategic locations/intersections including the Calumpang Bridge and the City Integrated Transport Terminal at Diversion Road. A LED electronic VMS sign was installed in front of the City Hall to replace the old electronic VMS.
- Air Service
There is no existing airport in Batangas City. Helicopters use the Batangas National High School ground, the Quezon Memorial Stadium, the PPA facilities and the Camp General Miguel Malvar (PNP Provincial Office Compound) in barangay Alangilan as landing and takeoff areas.
- Water Transportation
The Batangas Port Phase I under the administration of the Philippine Port Authority is presently considered the most modern and user friendly seaport in the country today. The port was expanded and developed in order to efficiently serve the neighboring island provinces of Mindoro Oriental, Mindoro Occidental, Romblon and Palawan and to further serve the development potentials of the CALABARZON and MIMAROPA Regions. The constructed foreign and domestic general cargo berths are vital to the demand requirements of foreign and domestic trades. The port also serves to supplement the facilities of the Port of Manila.
Berth facilities on the newly constructed Batangas Port Development Project/Phase I consist of the following:
1. One (1) Foreign General Cargo Berth 185.0 m. long and with 10.0 m. depth.
2. One (1) Multi-Purpose Berth 203.0 m. long and with 10.0 depth.
3. One (1) Domestic General Cargo Berth 120.0 m. long and with 6.0 depth.
4. One (1) Ferry Berth 124.0 m. long and with 4.0 depth.
5. Four (4) Ro-ro Berth Type and with 5.0 m. depth.
6. Eight (8) Ro-ro Berth Wharf Type and with 5.0 m. depth.
7. Seven (7) Fast Craft Berth 70.0 m. long.
8. Small Crafts (Batel) Berth.
In August 2006, the Philippine Ports Authority completed the Phase II component of the Batangas Port Development Project with an estimated total project cost of P2.885 Billion. The funds used for the project is part of the loan from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) formerly the OECF.
The constructed facilities of the BPDP Phase II include the following:
1. Dredging of inland part to 13 meters depth.
2. Reclamation of 64 hectares port area.
3. Construction of container berth with a length of 450 L.M.
4. Construction of container yard.
5. Construction of road network (including a flyover in Barangay Bolbok)
6. PPA Main building/pavement/warehouse/maintenance shop
The objective of the project is to provide access to cargo trade between the CALABARZON area and the rest of the country and the world, as well as to serve as a supplementary port to cargoes that can no longer be accommodated at the port of Manila. It will definitely promote both domestic and international trade that will enhance economic growth for the country.
- Water Supply
The Batangas Water Supply System was jointly constructed by the governments of the Philippines and the United States of America in 1926. It was first supervised and managed by the Bureau of Public Works while the local operation and management were undertaken by the Batangas Municipal Government. In 1957, the system was turned over to NAWASA and fourteen (14) years later, the city government decided to manage its own system.Under Presidential Decree No. 128, the Batangas City Water District (BCWD) was subsequently created under the mandates of the Local Water Utilities Authority (LWUA) which provided financial and technical assistance to the water district. The waterworks system was formally transferred by the city government to the BCWD in1975.
The Batangas City Water District supplies water to its beneficiaries by pumping from ground water deep wells and distributing to its consumers thru the following systems:
a. to Low Level Zone – By gravity from reservoir passing thru the Break Pressure Chamber
b. to Medium Level Zone – gravity flow from reservoir
c. to High Level Zone – direct-to-line pumping from Soro-Soro Karsada pumping station supported by booster pumping from the Alangilan pumping center.
d. Supplement to Medium – direct to line pumping from Kumintang and Calicanto and Low Level Zones pumping center.
e. For the barangays far from the main service area, there are separate water supply system for Paharang Kanluran, Dumantay and Dalig using direct-to-line pumping.
The average water supply/production capacity/month for the year 2015 is 1,416,988.67 cubic meters while the average demand/consumption capacity/month is 892,098.00 cubic meters. The length of water pipeline used spans to 263.721 kilometers.
Rural Barangays Water Supply
Thru the financial assistance of the USAID, seven (7) rural barangays have been provided with waterworks system under the Barangay Water Program (BWP) in the early 1980’s. These barangays were Tingga Itaas, Concepcion, Tulo, Banaba East, Balete, Sampaga and Sampaga West-Pallocan East.
To date, a total of seventy (70) Rural Waterworks and Sanitation Projects (RWSP) with level III services were established by the city government and operating in fifty-two (52) barangays of the city.
At present, resident of several barangays particularly those located within the watershed areas of Mt. Banoy like barangays Cumba, Haligue Silangan/Kanluran, Maruclap, Pinamucan Silangan, Talahib Payapa/Pandayan, Talumpok Kanluran/Silangan and San Jose Sico depend largely for their water supply requirement from the springs with storage/catchment facilities.
Out of the total 105 barangays in the city, ninety-nine (99) barangays are being provided by the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO) with electricity. But some portions of barangays San Jose Sico, Talumpok Silangan and Talahib Pandayan is being served by the Batangas Electric Cooperative II (BATELEC II).
With regards to the six barangays located in Verde Island, the residents depend on diesel fired power generators and solar energy devices for some households for their electricity requirements.