Traffic management in Metro Manila is quite poor.
Based on my experiences, as time passes by, traffic in Metro Manila is getting
worse. A drive in the morning from my house, Macopa corner Banawe, to
Philippines 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 the
time consumed while travelling was doubled. How much worse could it have been
if my house was farther away.
There are a lot of different causes of traffic
congestion here in Metro Manila. The population in the Philippines has been
rapidly increasing. Since the population is getting higher, more people need to
get a job. Higher employment means more people need to go to work. And working
usually requires travelling from one place to another that also contributes to
traffic. A lot of people also want a flashy lifestyle, so they would buy more
cars to impress and cause more traffic. The lack of discipline of the people
living in Metro Manila contributes a lot to traffic congestion. People throw
their trash everywhere, leading to clogged sewages. So when it rains, road flood
and traffic congestion occurs. A lot of people also illegally park their cars
or vehicles which leads to the narrowing of the road for other vehicles to pass
by. Vehicles changing lanes, jaywalkers, and illegally loading terminals may lead
to vehicular accidents, slowing the traffic more. There are a lot of vendors on
the sidewalks creating less spaces for people and vehicles to pass through. 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 of
transportation also lead to traffic. Jeepneys and buses unload and load people
anywhere, sometimes even in the middle of the street. MRT and LRT trains are
not enough to accommodate the number of people who needs a ride. The traffic
control 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 traffic
congestion. Some people who get stuck in traffic often feel stressed out. People
who feel stress also feel fatigue. Being stuck in traffic also disrupts
corporate activities such as shipping, receiving, logistics and distribution,
client meetings, and other business activities. Massive traffic also leads to massive
air pollution. Inhalation of the pollution in the air may lead to several
sicknesses such as bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema. Being stuck in traffic
also gives other people less time to sleep. Commuting and sleeping are not as
easy as they sound. You might be in danger if you sleep while commuting. Traffic
also often causes road rages. A lot of people are very impatient, so when they
get stuck in traffic, the will lash out to others. Also during traffic, it is
hard for emergency vehicles like police cars and ambulances to pass through. This
might affect the outcome of the problem that was meant to be solved.
There are several solutions for traffic congestions. People
must follow traffic rules and regulations. People should be disciplined to do
the right thing. People should go to the right 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 not interfere with the cars and to avoid accidents.
People should throw their garbage in the proper places to avoid flooding and
cause traffic. Bus stops should be proper to avoid being a hindrance on the
road. We should also declare Metro Manila a no parking zone to widen the
passage 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 they
sometimes do not work properly and lead to pollution.
Since anything is possible, there is still hope for
the traffic management of Metro Manila to improve. It will just take time,
patience and discipline for all these to happen. Just keep hoping for the
betterment of the country. While we wait, we should also act on our own. Every
small step leads to a greater good.