Palace asks motorists for patience amid re-blocking


Posted at Apr 20 2014 04:56 PM | Updated as of Apr 21 2014 12:56 AM

MANILA – Malacañang on Sunday asked motorists for more patience as repairs on EDSA and other roads may still continue until Monday.

In an interview over government radio dzRB, Communications Secretary Herminio Colomo Jr. said the Palace has been hearing a lot of complaints about the heavy traffic caused by the Department of Public Work and Highway's (DPWH) road re-blocking projects.

Coloma asked the public for patience and understanding, saying the repairs on major public highways will be beneficial for the motorists in the long run.

"Hinihingi natin ang kanilang pag-unawa at paumanhin dahil ito lang naman pong Semana Santa rin ang mainam na pagkakataon para maisagawa ‘yung malaking bahagi ng mga proyektong 'yan," he said. "Konting sakripisyo lang po ang kinakailangan para makatikim na tayo ng mas malaking benepisyo."

On Easter Sunday, traffic has already started to build up on the North and South Luzon expressways as thousands of Holy Week travelers make their way back to Manila.

The DPWH earlier warned of possible heavy traffic along EDSA because of the delays in its road repairs.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) advised motorists returning to Manila to take alternate routes to avoid being stuck at traffic.

Meanwhile, despite complaints on heavy traffic along EDSA last Wednesday, Coloma said the President is satisfied with how the concerned government agencies prepared for the Holy Week exodus.

Coloma added that the President sees no need to appoint a new "traffic czar."