March 22, 2016
MMDA to DPWH Road Contractors: Start Diggings on Time
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today cautioned contractors of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) against not undertaking scheduled diggings and road repair works on time on Thursday or they would not be allowed to proceed with excavations, otherwise.
In an interview with newsmen, MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos said the agency personnel will be making sure that the road rehabilitation activities of DPWH contractors would be completed before 2 p.m. of Sunday, March, 27, 2016.
“’Yung ating road works na gagawin ng ating DPWH, sisiguraduhin natin na one lane lang per every segment. ‘Di sila pwedeng maghukay ng dalawang lanes dahil dalawang lanes agad ang mawawala sa mga motorista. At may instructions po tayo na kapag ‘di nila nabungkal ng 2 a.m. ng Thursday, ‘di nila itutuloy yun,” Carlos said.
He said the strict compliance with the scheduled road works as agreed upon with the MMDA and the DPWH is to avoid delays in the road repairs and ensure smooth flow of traffic in the affected thoroughfares.
“Baka abutan sila (DPWH contractors) ng Linggo,” Carlos said, noting that the huge volume of motorists who travelled to the provinces to spend their Holy Week are expected to return to Metro Manila by Sunday afternoon. The permit issued by the MMDA is only until 2 p.m. of Sunday.
The MMDA Chief reiterated that all of the traffic constables will be reporting for work starting Wednesday to be deployed in various transport terminals, choke points and exit points of Metro Manila such as Balintawak, Mindanao Avenue, Magallanes, and Coastal Road with the onset of the Lenten exodus.
Carlos said the MMDA will also put up an advance command post in Balintawak and will be deploying over 2,000 traffic personnel to man and direct traffic in the strategic areas in the metropolis.
The MMDA earlier announced that on Wednesday and Monday, provincial buses will be exempted from the number coding scheme to provide ample transportation to passengers going to and returning from the countryside.
On Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, being a non-working holiday, the number coding scheme is automatically suspended for all types of vehicles.