Traffic management in Metro Manila is quite poor.Based 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 farther away. There are a lot of different causes of trafficcongestion here in Metro Manila. The population in the Philippines has beenrapidly increasing. Since the population is getting higher, more people need toget a job. Higher employment means more people need to go to work.
And workingusually requires travelling from one place to another that also contributes totraffic. A lot of people also want 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 trash everywhere, leading to clogged sewages. So when it rains, road floodand traffic congestion occurs. A lot of people also illegally park their carsor vehicles which leads to the narrowing of the road for other vehicles to passby. Vehicles changing lanes, jaywalkers, and illegally loading terminals may leadto vehicular accidents, slowing the traffic more. There are a lot of vendors onthe sidewalks creating less spaces for people and vehicles to pass through.
Thereis no such place that could handle a massive volume of vehicles. A place fullof 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 trafficcongestion. Some people who get stuck in traffic often feel stressed out. Peoplewho feel stress also feel 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 are not aseasy as they sound.
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 traffic, it ishard for emergency vehicles like police cars and ambulances to pass through.
Thismight affect the outcome of the problem that was meant to be solved. There are several solutions for traffic congestions. Peoplemust follow traffic rules and regulations. People should be disciplined to dothe right thing. People should go to the right loading and unloading bay to notblock roads or any other passages. People should use the footbridge instead ofthe car lanes in order to not interfere with the cars and to avoid accidents.People should throw their garbage in the proper places to avoid flooding andcause traffic. Bus stops should be proper to avoid being a hindrance on theroad.
We should also declare Metro Manila a no parking zone to widen thepassage of vehicles. Also, improving mass transportation would be a great help.Carpooling with Grab, Uber, or friends may lessen the cars used on the road. Old vehicles should be phased out since theysometimes do not work properly and 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.