Manila’s everyday reality traffic

Manila’s everyday reality: traffic

May 18, 2023, 7:54 AM
Zashi Garcia

Zashi Garcia


As the hands of the clock inch closer to 6 AM, a sense of dread envelops the bustling metropolis of Manila. The nightmare begins as countless vehicles take to the roads, the cacophony of blaring horns echoing off the concrete jungle. It's another day in what has become known as Manila's traffic nightmare.

The situation in Manila is a glaring example of urban mismanagement. With an estimated 2.8 million vehicles competing for space on the roads each day, the city is in a state of perpetual gridlock. The traffic situation has worsened to a point where the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) estimates that the Philippines loses approximately P3.5 billion a day due to traffic congestion.

But how did we get here?

The lack of an effective and comprehensive mass transit system is a significant contributor. The three existing lines of the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) and Light Rail Transit (LRT) are not enough to serve the transportation needs of over 12 million people. The trains are often overcrowded, and breakdowns are not uncommon.

Moreover, the city's urban planning—or lack thereof—has led to uncontrolled urban sprawl, with businesses, homes, and services spread out across vast distances. This setup necessitates long commutes for most of Manila's residents, further adding to the traffic chaos.

The solution to Manila's traffic woes is not a simple one. It requires a comprehensive approach that includes improving public transportation, adopting intelligent traffic management systems, implementing effective urban planning, and changing individual behaviors to promote carpooling and off-peak travel.

Manila's traffic nightmare is more than a mere inconvenience—it's a social issue that affects productivity, the environment, and the overall quality of life. It's high time we wake up and address this urban crisis.

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