MANILA – Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson cited “the presence of utilities, right-of-way problems and limited work areas to minimize the use of roadways,” as among the causes of delay in the implementation of various road projects in Metro Manila.
Singson made the statement through a text message to the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Friday, explaining the delays in the project completion, which are blamed for causing traffic jams.
Singson was responding to the request of Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Francis Tolentino’s request to explain the issue.
MMDA recently cited the unfinished projects of the department as one of the reasons why it has not yet drawn the list of the Christmas lanes since most of the roads are still affected by the DPWH activities.
Another underlying factor is the road and weather obstructions, according to Reynaldo Tagudando, director of the DPWH-National Capital Region.
Meanwhile, a report from the DPWH-NCR indicated that a team is already working on the completion of several projects in time for the Christmas season.