ROADS, BRIDGES AND FLYOVER

As of CY 2017, the total length of all roads in the city is approximately 543.60 kms. comprised of 77.305 kms. of national roads, 36.20 kms. of city roads and 430.10kms. of barangay roads.

The inventory (Table 83) showed that the total lengths of asphalt paved roads are 145.44 kms. concrete paved roads are 337.61 kms. while gravel roads are 33.41 kms and the unpaved road totaled to 27.15 kms. The record indicated that there is an increase in the length of all roads in the city as compared to the year 2016 which is 496.131 kilometers.

Table 88 listed the thirty (30) existing bridges and one (1) flyover along national and barangays roads in Batangas City including the length in meters, descriptions and conditions.

TABLE 83. ROAD CLASSIFICATION BY SURFACE PAVEMENT
(in kilometers)
Batangas City

 

TYPE   NATIONAL  
  CITY  
BARANGAY    TOTAL   
Asphalt 52.089 15.13 78.22 145.44
Concrete 25.216 20.66 291.73 337.61
Gravel - 33.41 33.41
Other (Earth Road/Unpaved) - .41 26.74 27.15
TOTAL 77.305 36.20 430.10 543.61

SOURCE:
City Engineering Office – Batangas City
Batangas 2nd District Engineering Office (DPWH)
Batangas City

 

TRANSPORTATION

Land Transportation

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 ALPS the Bus Inc., Batangas Star Express, Batman Star Express, Ceres Transport Inc., DLTBCO, Gold Star Transit Corp., JAM Transit Inc., N. Dela Rosa, Pong & Oning, RRCG Transport System, Supreme Transliner Inc. and SJ Park Ventures Inc. / JAPS.

The opening of the Southern Tagalog Access Road (STAR) in April 2008 which is a tollway component of the West Philippine Nautical Highway with a length of about 42 km. from Sto. Tomas, Batangas to the Batangas Port in Batangas City which is interconnected to the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) 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.

In 2017, the PUJ franchises issued by the LTO were 4,754 units but only 3,504 units were granted with mayor’s permit. 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 operate also through a color coding system. A total of 1,711 tricycle franchises were issued by the TDRO for CY 2017 but only 1,298 units were granted with mayor’s permit.

In 1998, in an effort to address the worsening traffic situations in Batangas City, traffic signal lights were installed along the seven (7) major intersections in the city. These have been upgraded to LED traffic signal lights with electronic timers. To date, an estimated 300 traffic signages were put up as well.

In 2001, the city government installed a Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) Camera along P. Burgos St. and Rizal Avenue l 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. In addition, two (2) LED electronic VMS sign were also installed. One in front of the City Hall and the other one in UB Hilltop. On August 10, 2015, the City Government of Batangas and Batangas Ventures Properties and Management Corporation enter into a Contract of Lease thru a Public-Private Partnership for the development, management, operation and maintenance of the Batangas City Grand Terminal (BCGT) for a period of twenty-five (25) years. The city government property is located at Diversion Road, barangay Alangilan with an area of 21.3511 hectares more or less.

The BCGT is divided into two (2) phases. The first phase is the construction and operation of the transport terminal proper for buses and PUVs with LTFRB franchise. The second phase is the development of the commercial area of the project.

  • 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 OfficeCompound) 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 depths.
    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 depths.
    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.

    Other facilities are: storage areas, vehicle parking, passenger terminals and vendors’ facilities. In August 2006, the Philippine Ports Authority completed the Phase II component of the Batangas Port Development Project with an estimated totalproject 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

    Batangas City Water District
    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 in 1975.

    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 systems for Paharang Kanluran, Dumantay and Dalig using direct-toline pumping.

    The average water supply/production capacity/month for the year 2017 is 1,472,106.75 cubic meters while the average demand/consumption capacity/month is 944,105.67 cubic meters. The length of water pipeline used spans to 264.19 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 which are still presently operating and can be showcased as examples of successful sustainable projects .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-three (53) 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.


    Power Supply

    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 are 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.