It looks like that the MMDA is running out of brilliant ideas in solving the traffic problem of Metro Manila. Certainly, with the proposed 4 Digits Number Coding scheme only proves that the MMDA is out of touch from the realities of life.
Try hard. Think hard. Do not be a mere copy cat.
It is not because a certain scheme is being practiced in other countries like Rio de Janeiro in Brazil means that such scheme is effective and worth copying or emulating.
Have they conducted an in depth study of such scheme in the said country where it is being practiced? Is the model country where the MMDA will copy the scheme has a genuine track record of successfully curving the heavy traffic situation in their country? Or the scheme has led the situation from bad to worse?
Yes, I agree that for the 1st 3 months of the implementation of the proposed scheme, a big number of vehicles will be out of the road and will somehow ease the traffic in EDSA. It is just like transferring the traffic problem from EDSA to C-5, Roxas Boulevard and other major roads as well as in secondary roads.
In the long term, the 4 Digits Number Scheme will trigger a run to buy second hand cars for those whose budget are quite tight while those who can afford will buy additional brand new cars.
The present situation today is that most of the families belonging to the super rich, the richer than rich as well as the rich people already own at least 3 cars while most of the upper middle class families own already at least 2 cars. On the other hand, most of the average middle class and the lower middle class owned at least a new car bought on installment plan while the latter owns second hand cars or used cars and most likely purchased on installment basis or using some loan or financing scheme.
If we will go around the Metropolis and its nearby cities and towns, it is quite obvious or we are just blind not to see that a big number of public and private vehicles (cars, jeeps, bus, trucks, tricycles, etc.) are parked outside the vehicles owners house or business establishments and are practically occupying streets. This practice is not only true in open communities but is happening as well in the streets of subdivisions.
Hence, when the 4 Digits Number Coding Scheme triggers and will surely trigger a big run for purchasing additional vehicles (brand new and second hand vehicles) then more and more spaces on the streets will be occupied as parking areas for this additional vehicles and thus will make our roads narrower thus causing heavier traffic not only in EDSA but also in secondary and inner roads.
Take note that not only Manila residents will make a big effort to buy new cars or second hand cars, but also those living in the nearby provinces who are working in Manila.
Hence, in the long term, the vehicles running in EDSA and other roads will not be reduced but rather will increase dramatically as those with 1 vehicle before will now have 2 vehicles and therefore can traverse EDSA and all other roads every day.
For those who own cars and will be affected by the scheme, do we have decent and sufficient public transportation for the additional commuters who will be forced to be on the streets vying and competing to ride on public transportations?
It looks like that the MMDA are so naïve and out of touch of the reality that public commuters has to suffer on a daily basis.
The MMDA Chairman hails from Tagaytay City; hence, he should be aware of the big sufferings of those commuters living in Cavite and are using the public transportation to reach Baclaran and or to reach the LRT and MRT?
During rush hours, the commuting people have to board buses that are packed like hell. There is more comfort for fishes packed in sardines than to board buses to and from Cavite.
Hence, further reducing buses flying Cavite to Manila and adding more people to commute will surely make the lives of poor commuting Cavitenos indescribably difficult.
Hence, people for now who owned only a car will further squeeze their budget in order to buy a second hand car just to avoid commuting and escape the 2 day horrible experience of using public transportation. Hope that you can imagine the sufferings of people commuting using public transport from Cavite to Manila on a daily basis.
The hell like experience is not just on riding buses, but the same hell experience using the jam packed coaches of LRT and MRT to reach far down Metro Manila areas. Of course, the above scenarios are also being experienced by public commuters of Metro Manila residents and other adjacent provinces.
Do we know the economic impact of this 4 Digits Number Coding Scheme?
If we force certain buses and jeeps to be out of EDSA because of this copied scheme of 4 Digits Number Coding Scheme, then we are depriving their drivers and their operators of income that should have been earned for the day that they are out on the streets. Do we have any economic alternative to replace their loss income? Likewise, these public transports whose route is EDSA will not be able to use the other routes as it will be in conflict with the destinations and stops of their passengers.
We have not tried yet our best in our law enforcement duties?
As more sensible people are echoing, let us remove first from the streets those tricycles, jeepneys and buses that do not possess the corresponding permits to fly in our streets. Let us remove first those drivers who carry license to drive but driving without discipline.
Let us remove first all jeepneys, cars, buses and trucks that are illegally parked in the streets as well as the illegal structures that are built along or within the streets that causes traffic. Let us likewise remove the vendors that are occupying the space for pedestrians and or already putting their stalls and commodities in the streets.
Disallowing provincial buses from flying the Metro Manila Streets and providing bus terminals before entering Metro Manila looks like a good strategy at a glance.
However, the scheme will further punish and burden the public riding public because of additional fares that they have to incur particularly those whose destination is the MRT and LRT. The scheme likewise adds additional wasted time as you need to board again another public transport to reach LRT or MRT.
Initially, MMDA plans to station UBX as transfer vehicles in the bus terminal for purposes of reaching LRT and MRT. We know that the fare rate of UBX is more expensive than jeepneys and therefore this added cost will eat up the budget of the riding public. The traffic situation will likewise not ease up as you need at least 3 to 4 UBX or jeepneys will be needed to accommodate the passengers of each bus and therefore more vehicles will fly the route going to LRT and MRT.
Banning Trucks in Metro Manila during day time will likewise not solve the traffic problem as it will just simply add to the cost of Truckers and Retailers as night time work is more expensive. Retailers will need to hire additional people to receive deliveries during night time. These added operating cost brought about by implementing the said scheme will necessitate increase in prices of various commodities and therefore the burden will be passed on and shouldered by the consumers and or the general public.
Likewise, banning delivery trucks during day time, in the immediate short term, will create big demands for small delivery vehicles in the likes of delivery vans that can no longer be classified as trucks and therefore will ultimately results to more vehicles flying the streets of Metro Manila and thus causing horrendous traffic.
Short term immediate solutions:
What we need is political will to implement and enforce our laws? What we need is to create a culture of discipline for our drivers, pedestrians and vendors? What we need is political will to remove illegal structures and illegally parked vehicles that causes traffic. What we need is to remove from the streets all “COLORUM” buses, jeepneys, taxies and tricycles? What we need is to enforce discipline to pedestrians to use the bridges and to walk in the space provided to pedestrians? Sidewalks are for people and not for illegally parked vehicles, illegal vendors and illegal structures. We must enforce the law!
Short term to long term solutions:
What we need is to build more alternative roads, primary, secondary and tertiary roads? What we need is to widen our existing roads? What we need are more flyovers to ease up traffic in very busy road cross sections? What we need
What we need is to develop our rural areas, create permanent jobs and improve the peace and order so that people from the rural areas and troubled communities will not troop to the cities to gain employment?
Yes, MMDA and the government is out of touch and wants only simple, easy and short term solutions that will further create more problems in the future.