Troublesome Traffic: Philippine Edition
Have you ever been late or perhaps missed an appointment due to heavy traffic? This happens frequently in the Philippines. Traffic has been the source of problem to many Filipinos, rich and poor alike. Consequently, it became one of the many “jokes” of the country as it gets worse everyday. The Philippines was ranked fifth worst traffic in the world as of mid-2015 (Numbeo, 2015), and it is mostly centered in the area of Metro Manila. Additionally, the traffic demand in this area is at 12.8 million trips (NEDA, 2014). The Philippines must find a solution for the causes of traffic due to the dire consequences it brings to the people and the country.
There are many factors of as to why the traffic situation in the Philippines is so disastrous. The traffic in the Philippines is primarily caused by the overpopulation of people in Metro Manila. Internal migration in the Philippines is unequally displaced as multitudes of people from the rural areas mostly migrate to Metro Manila to seek new opportunities. Therefore, another factor for the Philippine traffic is that hundreds of people own one or more vehicles. Registered motor vehicles in Metro Manila already reached a total number of 2.5 million in 2015 (Zurbano, 2015). Another reason for the heavy traffic in the Philippines is because many citizens do not follow the proper traffic rules and regulations, which can cause problems for other people.
The consequences of traffic are considered fatal to the Philippines. Traffic affects the country’s economic growth as 2.4 billion php was lost each day last 2014. If the traffic is not given a solution soon, the Philippines will lose 6 billion php a day by 2030 (Francisco, 2014). Due to the millions of cars in the Philippines, pollution is very rampant in the country. Environmental degradation and health issues are caused by car exhausts and burned fuels. The citizens’ health will not only be affected by the pollution, but also from the stress they will experience because of traffic. According to a survey conducted by CNN (Ansis, 2015), a big percentage of Filipinos cited “traffic” as the reason for their stress, and it was ranked as the 2nd biggest stress deliverer next to “work/studies”.
Traffic is one of the worst problems that the Philippines has today. It may seem hopeless, but it is not impossible to fix the problem. Undeniably, some citizens lack the discipline to follow the traffic rules and regulations. Traffic brought about many problems due to the actions caused by the Filipinos themselves. As citizens of their country, they can help even through small contributions like simply following the traffic rules properly. It is not only the government that should take action. It is also the citizens’ responsibility to help make their country a better place.
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Francisco, K. (2014, February 28). Fix traffic or PH can lose P6b daily by 2030 – JICA. Rappler. Retrieved from http://www.rappler.com/business/economy-watch/51824-ph-cost-traffic-jica
National Economic Development Authority (2014). Roadmap for transport infrastructure development for metro manila and its surrounding areas (region III & region IV-a). Retrieved from the National Economic Development Authority website: http://www.neda.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/FR-SUMMARY.-12149597.pdf
Numbeo (2015). Traffic index for country 2015 mid year. Retrieved April 7, 2016, from http://www.numbeo.com/traffic/rankings_by_country.jsp?title=2015-mid
Zurbano, J. (2015, July 26). Metro crowded with 2.5m autos. The Standard. Retrieved from http://manilastandardtoday.com/news/metro/183101/metro-crowded-with-2-5m-autos.html