The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is suspending all diggings and excavations in all major road in Metro Manila starting December 10. The move is made to ease up traffic flow in anticipation of an increase in volume of both vehicle and pedestrian traffic for the upcoming Christmas season.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the temporary moratorium is in response to the public's call to improve the Christmas traffic situation caused by various road diggings and repairs.

However, the moratorium does not apply to flagship projects of the government, emergency leak repairs or breakage of water lines of Manila Water and Maynilad.

In Memorandum Circular No. 12 dated December 4, 2012, Tolentino ordered the suspension of any digging on the road right-of-way, including passageways and sidewalks within the city or municipality of Metro Manila, as well as improvements being undertaken by any government agency, public and private contractors that will obstruct the smooth flow of traffic, pursuant to pertinent provisions of an ordinance governing road diggings/excavations and restoration in Metro Manila or MMDA Ordinance No. 2, Series of 1991.

The MMDA chief added that violators of the said prohibition will be fined with not less than P3000 but not more than P10,000, or imprisonment of not less than 30 days but not more than six months, or both fine and imprisonment as decided by the court.

Road repair works will resume on the midnight of January 4, 2013.