We all love it when the government fixes, cleans and maintains dilapidated roads in Metro Manila except when the repairs continue on during rush hours of the work week resulting in massive gridlock, which is counterproductive.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have finally come up with a solution to continue the mandate of road maintenance without adding to the already terrible traffic congestion in Metro Manila. All repairs and road works will only be done at night.

All contractors have been informed by their respective agencies that road repairs and rehabilitations on major thoroughfares must only be done from 10PM to 5AM the next day.

To speed up the process, contractors will also be required to use quick dry cement on the roads in order for it to meet the one day curing period.

This new policy was agreed upon by the respective department heads, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos.

Before excavation and repairs begin on major roads in Metro Manila, the MMDA will need to issue an excavation permit to the DPWH district or regional officer instead of the contractors.

The DPWH will also be tasked to develop a traffic management plan, which will be reviewed by the MMDA.

“With the new guidelines in the issuance of permits of excavation, we hope to address the additional traffic caused by on-going and unfinished road diggings,” said Orbos.

Contractors will also be required to attend the monthly meeting of the MMDA, DPWH and DOTr in order for all parties to be up-to-date with all the information necessary before any repairs begin.