The capital of the Philippines, Manila, was been marked by the “CNNGo” travel and lifestyle website as the world’s third-worst city when it comes to driving.
The website mentioned that Filipinos’ concern about traffic clogging is their number one problem in the country and to be followed by the following, like air pollution, garbage collection, flood control and the need for security.
“So, Filipinos care more about getting to work on time than they do about respiratory ailments, mounting trash heaps, drowning or being assaulted?” it said.
According to CNNGo, Manila borrowed US$60 million last 2001 from the World Bank for transit-related activities.
“Among other things, the funds were meant to ‘promote the use of non-motorized transport,’” it added. “A campaign asking locals to ‘Please stop driving,’ however, wasn’t necessarily the best approach to traffic management.”
The website thinks that officials may be doing something to solve the traffic untidiness in the city. “Redeeming quality: You’re in a country in which smooth-flowing traffic is apparenly of utmost importance to residents. So, you gotta figure somebody, somewhere is working on the problem. Right?”
It was said that Beijing in China topped the list as the world’s third-worst place for driving, then followed by New Delhi in India.
The other cities that were also considered on the list are Mexico City in Mexico, Johannesburg in South Africa, Lagos in Nigeria, São Paolo in Brazil, Moscow in Russia, Toronto in Canada and Monaco.
MMDA doubts report
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) officers expressed doubts regarding the report.
“Siguro hindi naman totoo iyan. Ano bang basehan nila? Convenience? Travel time?” said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino.
“Ang ginagawa natin sinasama na rin natin ang mga residente para sila rin ang gumawa ng paraan against traffic,” he added.
The county is not being left behind with regards to the state of roads and vehicles, but he also mentioned that some Filipino drivers really need more discipline on the road.
“MMDA, under Chairman Tolentino’s strong leadership, is working hard to improve Metro Manila’s traffic situation,” according to Yves Gonzalez, agency’s traffic discipline unit head.
“We’ve implemented speed limits, motorcycle lanes, installed traffic light timers, utilized social media, and mobile apps to inform motorists,” he told ABS-CBNNews.com
“All projects aimed at improving Metro Manila’s traffic situation. All this in less than 2 years, and we have a lot more ahead,” Gonzalez said.