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.