MMDA submits a proposal for a two-day coding scheme to ease Manila’s traffic

Updated Jul 01, 2017 | Same topic: Latest Consumer Reports

The government continues to offering a two-day coding scheme, in order to lessen the volume of vehicles in Manila.
If you are using your vehicle all day of the week, you might have to change your means of transportation soon because a two-day coding scheme is planned to be implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA). 

Traffic situation in Manila’s streets is getting more and more terrible with the increasing indensity of vehicles. According to a report by, a two-day coding scheme suggested by Mr. Danilo Lim – Chairman of MMDA will replace the current one-day system to address that urgent problem.

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Potrait of Mr. Danilo Lim – Chairman of MMDA

Mr. Danilo Lim – Chairman of MMDA
In the House of Representative Transportation Committee, Lim expressed his deep concern about the volume of vehicles in Manila, especially in Metro Manila. He emphasized that there are 2.5 million to 2.6 million registered vehicles in this city, accounting for more than 30% of the whole country’s vehicles using. In contrast, Metro Manila only covers 5% of the total road network in the Philippines. Therefore, it is very necessary to lessen the volume of vehicles as soon as possible.

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Traffic jam is happening on a street

The number of vehicles in Metro Manila alone accounts for more than 30% of the whole country’s vehicles using

Answering the question of the reasons why road accidents still increase while road safety laws exist, Lim showed 4 main reasons that contribute to Metro Manila’s terrible traffic situation and make the safety laws ineffective: the overloaded volume of vehicles, inefficient road condition, lack of discipline and the meager support of traffic enforcers.

Most of accidents are caused by reckless drivers who lack of disciplines. So back to basics, it is necessary to educate our drivers.” he added.

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Moreover, he said that another reason leading to road accident is the lack of traffic enforcer’s salary and the delay of releasing their salary by the Department of Budget and Management, as well as the lack of human resource in MMDA. “That also worsens our traffic situation and accidents”, he said.

a lot of car on the road at night

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He also pointed out the fact in receiving salary of many companions and corruption: “There are a number of companions who received their salary in February this year. That’s why we are losing traffic enforcers in EDSA, for example, because what do you expect, they won’t keep their jobs if they bring their families nothing.

So, what do you think about the two-day coding scheme? Will it be effective? Are you ready to give up using your car for 2 days a week?

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