After much deliberation and consultation with other concerned government agencies, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has set December 15 as the start of the moratorium on all road repairs and it will last until 11:59PM of January 5, 2015.

The suspension covers any excavations on the road, including passageways and sidewalks whether to install, fix or upgrade telephone/communication lines, power lines, cable conduits, water pipes or sewer/drainage systems by either public and private contractors or any government agency.

An exemption is given to government flagship projects and cases where emergency repairs are essential.

Unfinished road works should be properly secured by the concerned government agency/contractor to ensure that it will be safe and passable to all motorists and pedestrians.

Violators will be fined not less that Php3,000 but not more than Php 10,000 or imprisonment of not less than 30 days but not more than 6 months based on MMDA Ordinance No. 2 Series of 1991.

The agency is still finalizing the ‘alternate routes’ for the holidays as some of them are still under repair but the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has assured the MMDA that these roads will be usable by the time Christmas lanes are opened.

After being served notice, the DPWH will use the remaining weeks left to finish what they can.

“We will stop excavation and make sure the roads are safe and passable and there is no obstruction,” said DPWH National Capital Region Director Reynaldo Tagudando.