December 1, 2015
MMDA to Impose Moratorium on Road Diggings during Yuletide Season
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be implementing a two-week moratorium on road diggings and excavations in the metropolis, starting December 14 in anticipation of the heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic during the Holiday Season.
During Tuesday’s Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting presided by MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos, MMDA Traffic Engineering Center Director Noemi Recio announced that the temporary stoppage of road works will begin on the midnight of Dec. 14, 2015 up to the midnight of Jan. 3, 2016.
Recio cited the numerous road projects by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), totaling 146 all around Metro Manila.
“If we can stop these projects, we are hopeful that traffic in the Metro Manila would not be that heavy and would somehow ease the burden of shoppers during the Holidays rush,” she told the MMC, the policy-making body of the MMDA composed of the 17 local government units (LGUs).
Recio, however, pointed out that there would be exemptions to the moratorium including the flagship projects of the national government such as the NAIA Skyway and road works that do not obstruct or block vehicular traffic.
She said MMDA would fine any private contractor of the LGU that would violate the moratorium.
“Aside from the stopping the excavation, the MMDA will also direct the violators to patch up the diggings so that motorists could use them,” Recio said.
The MMDA has annually been imposing the two-week moratorium since 2008.
Meanwhile, the MMC approved an MMDA resolution, urging earth color as the standard color of all footbridges in Metro Manila.
The move is to make a uniform color for all the footbridges constructed through the initiative by the LGU or by the national government.
To date, there are more than 100 foot bridges in Metro Manila, painted with different colors depending on the respective LGUs.