Last week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) started preparations in anticipation of Christmas traffic.  The agency mulled on the idea of opening up the Christmas lanes while suspending all road works starting from the first week of December until the first week of January 2015.

Now they’re calling out the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for road repairs that are way behind schedule including Quirino Highway in Baesa, Quezon City that should have been finished July 29 and another one along Tandang Sora, Quezon City that should have been over in 21 days but is currently ongoing.

“The holiday season is approaching and these road projects hinder our plans of reviving the Christmas or Mabuhay lanes in the Metro.  These road projects should have been finished in July, September and October this year,” said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.

With about 100 road projects still ongoing, the MMDA has asked the DPWH to cover up the excavation with steel plates when the moratorium takes effect in order for these roads to become usable to motorists when the Christmas lanes become official.

Meanwhile, the DPWH has already designated an official hotline that connects to its 16 regional offices.  The public can simply dial 165-02 for complaints and other concerns so that they can be acted upon promptly.