Traffic management in Metro Manila is quite poor. Bases 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 father away.There are a lot of different causes of traffic congestion here in Metro Manila. The population in the Philippines have been rapidly increasing. Since the population is getting high, more people needs to get a job. High employment means more people needs to go to work. And working usually requires travelling from one place to another that contributes also to traffic. A lot of people also wants 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 trashes everywhere leading to clogged sewages. So when it rains, flood appears and traffic 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, illegal, 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 congestions. Some people who get stuck in traffic often feel stressed out. People who feel stress also feels 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 isn’t as easy as it sounds. 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 in traffic, it is hard for emergency vehicles like police cars and ambulances to pass through. And this might affect the outcome of the problem that was meant to be solved.Nothing is impossible so 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 they 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.


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