In this file photo taken on December 11, 2015, road repairs in downtown Davao City are seen to contribute to traffic congestion during weekdays. ( file photo)

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – A local official here urged government agencies and contractors to complete road repairs for a period of one-week to help mitigate the city’s worsening traffic congestion.

Councilor Jesus Joseph Zozobrado, chairperson of the Public Works and Highways committee, said the timeline is possible using a new technology for cement treatment which speeds up the completion of constructions.

The one-day cure or treatment technology is a concrete mixture which enables cemented roads to set dry and can be used after 24 hours.

“I will call the attention of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) if they can instruct their contractors to make the one day treatment an option,” Zozobrado said.

The councilor also assured that DPWH and other agencies involved in road constructions have agreed and gave assurance that the construction and repairs would not add unnecessary inconvenience to the public.

In October 2016, the City Transport and Traffic Management Office told the public to be “patient” on the worsening traffic congestion due to road repairs and constructions as part of the city’s development.

Zozobrado clarified that the one-week limit for road repairs is possible under normal weather conditions. (

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