Traffic management in Metro Manila is quite poor.Bases on my experiences, as time passes by, traffic in Metro Manila is gettingworse. A drive in the morning, from my house, Macopa corner Banawe, toPhilippines Institute of Quezon City(PIQC), used to take only up to 5 minutes.Now, it would take at least 10 minutes to get to school. The difference of thetime consumed while travelling was doubled.
How much worse could it have beenif my house was father away. There are a lot of different causes of trafficcongestion here in Metro Manila. The population in the Philippines have beenrapidly increasing.
Since the population is getting high, more people needs toget a job. High employment means more people needs to go to work. And workingusually requires travelling from one place to another that contributes also totraffic. A lot of people also wants a flashy lifestyle, so they would buy morecars to impress and cause more traffic. The lack of discipline of the peopleliving in Metro Manila contributes a lot to traffic congestion. People throwtheir trashes everywhere leading to clogged sewages. So when it rains, floodappears and traffic occurs.
A lot of people also illegally park their cars orvehicles which leads to the narrowing of the road for other vehicles to passby. Vehicles changing lanes, jaywalkers, illegal, and illegally loading terminalsmay lead to vehicular accidents, slowing the traffic more. There are a lot ofvendors on the sidewalks creating less spaces for people and vehicles to passthrough. There is no such place that could handle a massive volume of vehicles.A place full of vehicles leads to a snail pace traffic. Ineffective services oftransportation also lead to traffic. Jeepneys and buses unload and load peopleanywhere, sometimes even in the middle of the street.
MRT and LRT trains arenot enough to accommodate the number of people who needs a ride. The trafficcontrol management is poor. Though there are stop lights, and traffic officers,they do not seem to control much of the traffic. There are a lot of different effects of trafficcongestions. Some people who get stuck in traffic often feel stressed out. Peoplewho feel stress also feels fatigue.
Being stuck in traffic also disruptscorporate activities such as shipping, receiving, logistics and distribution,client meetings and other business activities. Massive traffic also leads to massiveair pollution. Inhalation of the pollution in the air may lead to severalsicknesses such as bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema. Being stuck in trafficalso gives other people less time to sleep. Commuting and sleeping isn’t aseasy as it sounds. You might be in danger if you sleep while commuting. Trafficalso often causes road rages. A lot of people are very impatient, so when theyget stuck in traffic, the will lash out to others.
Also during in traffic, itis hard for emergency vehicles like police cars and ambulances to pass through.And this might affect the outcome of the problem that was meant to be solved. Nothing is impossible so there are several solutionsfor traffic congestions. People must follow traffic rules and regulations.People should be disciplined to do the right thing. People should go to theright loading and unloading bay to not block roads or any other passages.
People should use the footbridge instead of the car lanes in order to notinterfere with the cars and to avoid accidents. People should throw their garbagein the proper places to avoid flooding and cause traffic. Bus stops should beproper to avoid being a hindrance on the road. We should also declare MetroManila a no parking zone to widen the passage of vehicles. Also, improving masstransportation would be a great help.
Carpooling with Grab, Uber, or friendsmay lessen the cars used on the road. Oldvehicles should be phased out since they sometimes do not work properly andthey lead to pollution. Since anything is possible, there is still hope forthe traffic management of Metro Manila to improve. It will just take time,patience and discipline for all these to happen. Just keep hoping for thebetterment of the country.
While we wait, we should also act on our own. Everysmall step leads to a greater good.