Quezon City Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo on Monday urged the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and its private contractors and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to work closely in order to hasten the re-blockings and repairs of major thoroughfares, particularly EDSA, during the Holy Week lull.
In a statement, Castelo said that, since a number of Metro Manila residents have been rushing to the provinces for the Holy Week break, the DPWH and its private contractors and the MMDA should take advantage of the situation, adding that the Holy Week lull is the “opportune time” for all the road inspections and repair activity.
Castelo chairs the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, which tackles major legislations and issues on Metro Manila development issues and enforces oversight functions over contentious issues affecting the metropolis.
The DPWH and its private contractors, in coordination with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), should work double time for a Metro Manila-wide road repair project, which should include structural and civil works on major roads, which are prone to traffic congestion,” Castelo said.
Road potholes should be filled up and repaired, drainage systems and waterways should be cleaned up, while bridges and flyovers should be inspected for structural defects,” Castelo said. “The Holy Week break is perfect.”
He urged the DPWH to complete its pending road projects, stressing that the start of the rainy season will be around in two to three months.
“Prudence dictates that we make adequate preparations for the rainy season, “Castelo said, adding that “the government should allow itself to be unprepared when major issues crop out during the height of the rainy season. (PNA)