With the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project linking the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) scheduled to begin on February 17, the MMDA is advising the public to to expect heavy traffic. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino said students will be among the most affected as the project as it passes through universities, colleges, and secondary schools. More traffic should be expected once contruction goes into full swing by April.

"This is a construction of massive proportion that would last 32 months. Building this alternative highway is expected to create traffic problems so everyone should make adjustments," the MMDA chief said after the groundbreaking of the Skyway Stage 3 Project.

Yesterday, MMDA started the two day Traffic Management Summit to discuss alternatives with stakeholders. The MMDA has proposed solutions that include urging colleges and universities to expand distance learning programs and suggests a 4-day school week for basic education. Tolentino is also recommending a flexible working schedule for private companies.

The MMDA chief once again reminded Metro Manila motorists and commuters to be prepared to make lifetsyle and commuting changes as the construction of the 15 major infrastructure projects get underway in the coming months.

The solutions are seen as a last-minute knee jerk reaction to what should have been a well thought of solution planned a year ahead as the proposed schedules for the said projects were submitted way ahead of time. The MMDA has been criticized for its lack of initiative in handling the Metro Manila traffic situation.