So we've read, listened and even watch a lot of stories about how worse our traffic is right now. Day by day, Manila traffic just keeps on getting worst. So how do we really solve it?
Our Take On How To Ease Manila Traffic
Sep 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Posted by : Pinoy Secret Writer
Filed Under : News & Events
Our government proposed a lot of solutions on how to ease Manila traffic. From the color coding scheme (which is actually number coding), odd-even scheme, up to banning cars with less than four (4) passengers to enter EDSA. That's how desperate our government is in trying to solve our everyday problem - traffic.
I, myself, experience commuting from home to work and vice-versa. Having a two to three hour commute ride everyday, I knew I wasted a lot of time already. I spend 9 - 10 hours a day at work and even go beyond that should an overtime be required. Less that from 24 (hours per day), and the difference is the time spent for myself and my family.
I personally salute our government for finding ways to ease Manila traffic. Having MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino do traffic enforcement along EDSA is one sign of desperation (well in a good way) as he wants to personally observe, first-hand, how worst Manila traffic is.
My take on lessening the vehicles entering Manila is not the way to ease traffic. Cars in our country are so affordable compared to Singapore's. If I'm not mistaken, they have a 10-year age limit for their cars. Should the car age beyond that, it is not allowed anymore. Just observe how many people drive a Mitsubishi Montero or a Toyota Fortuner. This just shows that people can afford to buy these expensive SUVs.
So how to lessen Manila traffic you say? Why not expand business districts. It seems that Manila is over crowded already. Ortigas and Makati is a good example. Take a look at the sheer volume of employees working in Ortigas and Makati. It is time that investors should consider starting up their business in provincial places such as Cavite or Las Pinas.
Bringing companies closer to people's home instead of people going to these companies.
Imagine Cavite, Laguna, Las Pinas and other provincial places near the Metro having business districts. It would make EDSA decongested by a percentage if not that much.
Do you think this will help lessen traffic in the Metro? What's your take? Share it here by commenting below.
Cover photo EDSA traffic background: Inquirer