MMDA mulls Nov 1 start for road works moratorium

Jorge Cariño, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 23 2017 05:10 PM

MANILA - The Metro Manila Development Authority said it was looking to start on Nov. 1, a moratorium on road works in the capital.

Authorities are bracing for heavy traffic leading up to the Christmas season. Manila will also host a Southeast Asian leaders' summit on in November.

Officials from the MMDA and the Public Works department urged telecommunications companies and utilities in a meeting to stop roadworks in national and city roads for the meantime, said MMDA assistant general manager for planning Jose Arturo Garcia 

"Pinatawag kung pwede i-request na yung mga ginagawa nila, kung pwede stop na muna, tapalan nila ng aspalto para at least madaaanan na," he told reporters.

(We asked if it was possible to stop for the meantime, cover it with asphalt so it is passable.)

The MMDA will decide which projects will be subject to the moratorium based on a list from the companies, Garcia said. Emergency works should be done at nighttime, he said.

Garcia appealed to the public's patience during weekends as the dry-run for the ASEAN convoy will be implemented.

The MMDA is also studying the possible lifting of number coding scheme on Nov. 13 to 15, which have been declared as non-working holidays for the ASEAN meetings.

The earlier resolution of the Metro Manila Regional Peace and Order Council, which declared no classes on all levels on Nov 16 to 17 will remain.