“Yung traffic sa EDSA nakakapagod, parang ikaw.” A hugot line from a Twitter user. I do agree that traffic is tiring and it’s getting annoying. How we are experiencing this when we leave for school or work and when we get home. Traffic never seems to calm down. But did you know that traffic here is so bad that we’re even placed in the 5th spot among 88 countries in the world with the worst traffic?
The list of countries with the worst traffic was posted in the website www.numbeo.com, showing various countries and their traffic indexes, which refers to different consumptions but leads to the overall inefficiencies of the traffic system. Philippines having 201.31 traffic index under Iran, Thailand, South Africa, and Egypt. This caught the government’s attention and they are currently looking for ways to ease the problem. The heavy traffic commuters are experiencing every morning and every night, sometimes even in the afternoon.
Factors that contribute to this is the lack of discipline of drivers, lack of alternative routes, and the unpredictable weather which causes floods in some areas, delaying more vehicles to their destinations. Traffic cops are expected to analyze the causes of the heavy traffic and how it could be solved. They will also see to it that traffic rules are properly followed by drivers and pedestrians. Some roads and alternative routes made as basketball courts and parking spots for cars have also been cleared out and ready for use.