Manila among the worst for driving
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Metropolitan Manila was tagged as the 3rd worst city for driving.
The travel and lifestyle website CNN Go cited concerns about traffic congestion, air pollution, garbage collection, flood control and the need for security.
Metro Manila is the most populous of the 12 metropolitan areas in the Philippines and the 11th most populous in the world.
Beijing, China topped the CNN Go survey of the worst cities for driving, followed by New Delhi, India.
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) pooh-poohed the report. "Siguro hindi naman totoo iyan. Ano bang basehan nila? Convenience? Travel time?" (Perhaps the report is not true. What was its basis?) MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino challenged the website report.
Metro Manila has more than 5,000 kilometers (about 3,200 miles) of roads. Metro Manila is notorious for its traffic jams with trips averaging at speeds as low as 68 kilometers per hour (4-5 miles per hour).
"Ang ginagawa natin sinasama na rin natin ang mga residente para sila rin ang gumawa ng paraan against traffic," (We are working with residents so they themselves can help solve the traffic problem) Tolentino added.
The Presidential Palace commented too on the traffic report.
I do drive and I know that traffic here is pretty bad. I also know that there are a number of things that are being undertaken, Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ricky Carandang told reporters
He said that the government is improving the road infrastructure and that better enforcement of traffic laws and discipline among drivers would be key to improve the traffic situation in Metro Manila.
We think that improving the road infrastructure in Metro Manila will eventually improve the traffic. We also think that better enforcement by the MMDA, lets say of kotong cops, colorum buses and jeeps will also lead to an improvement in the traffic situation, Carandang said.
We can also exercise a little more discipline in the road, myself included, he added.