The last week has proven that indeed, traffic in EDSA *can* be alleviated, but a little rainfall can bring the hell right back in a flash. Thanks to what appears to be a last-ditch effort by the government, the deployed Highway Patrol Group (HPG) of the PNP has been doing a better job at handling EDSA than the long-established MMDA.
The Philippine Star has established that the HPG experiment has proven a few things. Here are 8 more, on top of that.
[buffer by=”10px 15px 10px 15px” id=”bar”]8. There isn’t a need for another car reduction scheme[/buffer]
[buffer by=”10px 15px 10px 15px” id=”bar”]7. We need better city planning[/buffer]
[buffer by=”10px 15px 10px 15px” id=”bar”]6. We need to keep our traffic enforcers motivated[/buffer]
[buffer by=”10px 15px 10px 15px” id=”bar”]5. Ride-sharing apps need to pitch in, too.[/buffer]
GrabCar recently had to issue an apology for its recent spate of choosy drivers, which just put the whole “kontrata” system of taxis right in your phone. All the hassle and frustration, now in the palm of your hands!
There needs to be a better way to address these issues, because you can see a lot of GrabTaxi drivers on a given Friday night just going around in circles in the Glorietta area, just adding to the traffic, in hopes of finding either a huge tip or a very nearby destination they can make a killing on. How is this any better?
[buffer by=”10px 15px 10px 15px” id=”bar”]4. The streets are not parking lots.[/buffer]
[buffer by=”10px 15px 10px 15px” id=”bar”]3. Impunity is a cultural thing[/buffer]
[buffer by=”10px 15px 10px 15px” id=”bar”]2. The HPG works only for as long as they’re around[/buffer]
[buffer by=”10px 15px 10px 15px” id=”bar”]1. The problem is systemic[/buffer]
If there’s one thing we can conclude from all of this, it’s that the HPG is only a baby step towards fixing the issue of traffic. After all, even in the most developed cities in the world, such as Los Angeles, London, and Paris, all find themselves mired in this very problem. From the underpaid and overworked traffic enforcers to the underemployed illegal street vendors, to the unscrupulous buses and colorums to the hard-headed jaywalkers and commuters, there is a great need for a change in the system and mindset that, sad to say, we aren’t quite primed for yet.
But just like our daily traffic through the heavy traffic in the metro, we’re getting there. Slowly. Very slowly. Any moment now.
What lessons have you learned from the PNP-HPG experiment on Manila’s roads? Sound off in the Comments Section below!