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1 dead, nearly 800 families homeless in Navotas fire

Oct 18, 2019 - 2:24 PM

Mayor Toby Tiangco says the city government is accepting donations for the victims

GUTTED. Firefighters take cover as explosions happen when the fire in Market 3, Navotas, reached 5th alarm at dawn on October 18, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Pisay students’ outstanding creative research vows to end traffic problems

Oct 18, 2019 - 8:00 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The research is a proposed system for a more efficient method of managing traffic in intersections

Maynilad, Manila Water warn service interruptions may happen again

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:45 PM

The Angat Dam's level remains low, which means Maynilad and Manila Water customers could face yet another round of daily service interruptions

WATER WOES. A volunteer distributes water from a firetruck to residents of Barangay Oranbo, Pasig City on March 12, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Scooter driver takes on Panelo's commute challenge to show poor road conditions

Oct 17, 2019 - 8:49 PM

29-year-old Jaime Limpo shares that bike lanes in some Metro Manila cities aren't protected, threatening the lives of cyclists and riders

Photos from Jaime Limpo

[OPINION] Our undeniable transportation crisis

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:20 PM

'Heroic' commuters are prone to imagining moving abroad, where there is higher quality of life, and you can't blame them

Cayetano: Traffic a 'product' of thriving economy

Oct 17, 2019 - 1:05 PM

'Hindi lang naman sa Pilipinas ang may traffic; may traffic naman talaga sa buong mundo. It's no excuse, but the irony is kasi traffic is also a product of your own success,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

THRIVING ECONOMY? Vehicles are at a standstill along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City during a rainy evening on October 12, 2019. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

MMFF announces last 4 official films in 2019 festival

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:19 PM

'Mindanao,' 'Write About Love', '3pol Trobol Huli Ka Balbon' and 'Culion' compete the festival lineup

Traffic ‘really going to be a challenge’ during SEA Games – Cayetano

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:03 PM

Expect Metro Manila traffic to get worse when the country's SEA Games hosting goes full swing late this year

HOST. The Philippines prepares to welcome thousands of guests from 10 countries in the region. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Marian Rivera says sorry over traffic remarks: I’ll be more careful with my words

Oct 14, 2019 - 12:53 PM

The actress also chastises the Philippine Star for its headline and video editing – which she says is why she was misinterpreted

APOLOGIES. The actress stands by – but apologizes – for remarks made about traffic in Metro Manila. Photo from Marian Rivera's Instagram

[EDITORIAL] Nakakalason ang singaw ng tambutso ni Panelo

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:00 AM

There is nothing to prove. There's a huge transportation crisis as well as an EQ and IQ deficit in government to understand the problem.

Robredo: To solve transport crisis, gov't must first admit it exists

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:50 PM

'Kasi kapag sinabi mong walang krisis, wala ka talagang gagawin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo, as she calls for compassion to be shown to commuters

Heavy traffic along Edsa near Cubao can be seen as heavy rains fell on the metro in the early evening hours of the day. Compounded by the reblocking and repairs of some lanes in portions on Edsa. October 12, 2019 Photo by Maria Tan

Panelo 'sorely missed the point' of commute challenge, say militant groups

Oct 11, 2019 - 6:49 PM

'Kung walang krisis sa transportasyon, malapit na dapat siya sa Baguio sa ganoong katagal na biyahe,' Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate says after Panelo insisted that there is no transportation crisis, even after a nearly 4-hour trip to work using public transportation

COMMUTE CHALLENGE. Spokeperson Salvador Panelo in a jeepney along Aurora Blvd in Quezon City on October 11, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] Our commute is eating up our human rights, and we’re too tired to care

Oct 11, 2019 - 3:10 PM

'As taxpayers and as hardworking, productive members of the society, we should demand accountability from the government.... We should call out those who downplay our exhaustion.'

'Hindi lang siya ang pasahero dito': Panelo challenge tests commuters' patience

Oct 11, 2019 - 2:34 PM

A jeepney with Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo among its passengers had to stop when media swarm it for a chance interview with the Palace official, causing a commuting nun to lose her cool

MEDIA CAUSED TRAFFIC? Members of the media swarm Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo inside a jeepney, much to the frustration of the other passengers who are hurrying to work and school. Photo courtesy of Adrian Portugal

Panelo didn't experience real commuter struggle, netizens say

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:11 PM

(UPDATED) Panelo receives special treatment from policemen and traffic enforcers during his nearly-4-hour commute from Marikina to Malacañang

No transport crisis? Panelo gets to work after nearly 4-hour commute

Oct 11, 2019 - 11:22 AM

(5th UPDATE) Anakbayan national spokesperson Alex Danday says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo had turned their commute challenge into a mere 'photo opportunity'

LATE. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, clad in white, alight from one of his 3 jeepney rides of the day on the way to Malacañang. Past 8:00, he was still stuck in Cubao, Quezon City. Photo courtesy of Adrian Portugal

WATCH: Fed up with traffic, I walked from Cubao to BGC for work

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:56 AM

Rappler business reporter Ralf Rivas walks over 6.5 kilometers to get to the Philippine Stock Exchange, testing the extreme scenario of a failed transport system in Metro Manila


‘Wala daw crisis?’: Netizens slam government's denial of transpo problem

Oct 11, 2019 - 10:05 AM

‘Teka lang, bakit may solusyon siya kung wala namang problema?’ one netizen asks

FAST FACTS: State of Metro Manila’s public transport system

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo draws flak for denying the existence of a mass transportation crisis. Let’s take a look at the state of public mass transit systems in Metro Manila.

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper to bumper traffic is seen along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mr Panelo, this Marikina resident wakes up at 3 am to get to school

Oct 10, 2019 - 7:31 PM

We ask Marikina residents to react to Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo's no-transportation-crisis remark: ‘Ano’ng aga pa ba ang gagawin ko para hindi na ako ma-late? ’Yung ’di na ako matutulog?’

DOUBLE THE TIME. Commuters coming from Marikina says the amount of people waiting for PUV rides have doubled, and so did their waiting time as well. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler DOUBLE THE TIME. Commuters coming from Marikina says the amount of people waiting for PUV rides have doubled, and so did their waiting time as well. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

There’s a transportation crisis…

Oct 10, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Yet some officials have the gall to belittle commuters’ travail

No security, no press coverage during commute, Panelo vows

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:42 PM

Will he take public transportation during rush hour? 'Basta, secret,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

Malacañang photo

Do it every day! Netizens react to Panelo’s planned commute

Oct 10, 2019 - 2:37 PM

Without special preparation and treatment, will Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo survive the long lines, hours of waiting, and horrendous traffic that commuters endure every day?

Challenge accepted: Panelo to commute to Malacañang on October 11

Oct 09, 2019 - 10:00 PM

'The challenge to commute is accepted. This coming Friday, I'll take the jeepney and the LRT in going to work,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

NO TRANSPORT CRISIS? Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says he will commute to Malacañang on October 11, 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

It’s UPCAT, ASHAPE weekend! Expect heavy traffic in Diliman-Katipunan area

Oct 04, 2019 - 9:02 AM

The streets around UP and Ateneo are expected to be jammed. Those not taking the entrance exams, avoid the area.

EXAM WEEKEND. UPCAT and ASHAPE test takers should expect heavy traffic this weekend as both exams will be administered on the same days. Photo by Angie de Silva

Photos, prices: Ooma offers new Japanese dishes on the menu

Oct 02, 2019 - 2:00 PM

From chirashi don, cheese katsu curry, to garlic steak – Ooma has new dishes up their crazy sleeve, available starting Wednesday, October 2

Enchong Dee hits MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago over transport strike statement

Oct 01, 2019 - 5:13 PM

'Why not provide for the jeepney driver’s modernization?' says the actor

Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino Fancon. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

[OPINION] Stop band-aid solutions, provide public transportation instead

Sep 29, 2019 - 4:30 PM

No Filipino should have to wake up as early as 4 am to commute to an 8 am job and punch out at 5 pm only to get home by 9 pm

Greta's truth-telling and Bolsonaro's politics of denial

Sep 29, 2019 - 12:31 AM

Climate change, the Amazon, and Metro Manila congestion

Metro Manila 'most congested city' in developing Asia

Sep 26, 2019 - 5:10 PM

Aside from the extreme congestion in Metro Manila, the Asian Development Bank says too many government agencies have overlapping functions

Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen in front of the Iglesia ni Cristo Church along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City on Tuesday. A portion of the thorough fare from Sandiganbayan to Litex is closed for the whole day due to a medical mission by the INC. Photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

[ANALYSIS] What Duterte doesn’t get about Metro Manila traffic

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Metro Manila is more than the sum of its parts, and traffic authorities will do well to keep this in mind. Otherwise, their policies will only keep backfiring and making traffic worse.

‘Traffic will improve sooner than later’ – DPWH chief

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:51 PM

San Miguel Corporation is appealing to commuters and motorists traversing the SLEX for more understanding

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA says P200M needed to remove 2 rocks from potential ferry terminal

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:18 PM

Senator Angara, who chairs the committee on finance, is taken aback: 'Tatanggal lang ng dalawang bato? Anong klaseng bato 'yan?'

DREDGING AND REMOVAL. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority general manager Jojo Garcia says P200 million is needed for the dredging and removal of two boulders from a possible Pasig River ferry terminal. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Guess who's on Viber?

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:56 PM

Because metro woes are overwhelming

METRO WOES. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, urban planner Paulo Alcazaren, and QC Mayor Joy Belmonte join the panel discussion on making the metro more livable during the 2019 Social Good Summit at the Yuchengco Hall in DLSU on Sept 21. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Manila Water says 24-hour supply availability restored 100%

Sep 24, 2019 - 10:00 PM

Manila Water says the Angat Dam 'continues to struggle' to reach the ideal water level, but the company has been able to address its supply deficit

DOTr drops bid for emergency powers to deal with traffic

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Senator Grace Poe, chairperson of the Senate committee on public services, has said the DOTr uses the lack of emergency powers as an excuse for failing to do its job

NOT ENOUGH TIME. The Department of Transportation has been requesting for traffic emergency powers since 2016. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] Leksyon ng SGS: Lifestyle change ang simula

Sep 23, 2019 - 11:22 AM

7 years of Social Good summits is just the start. Our global, collective action is key

Belmonte warns: Traffic will get worse before it will get better

Sep 21, 2019 - 8:57 PM

In Quezon City alone, Joy Belmonte says 4 big-ticket infrastucture programs will be constructed simultaneously

BE PREPARED. Quezon City Joy Belmonte tells constituents to adjust their lifestyles in line with upcoming simultaenous constructions that will worsen traffic. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Citizen wish list for Metro mayors: Fix traffic, lower cost of living

Sep 19, 2019 - 8:11 PM

In the long list of Metro Manila problems, what should be prioritized and where should city mayors look first? We asked our readers.

Gabriela rep slams HPG's deployment of 'ladies' strike force' as sexist, ill-conceived

Sep 17, 2019 - 10:44 PM

'Is this how the MMDA views women and traffic management? May kinalaman ba talaga ang deployment ng female officers sa pagpapagaan ng trapiko?' says Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas

OBJECTIFICATION. The female police officers were supposedly selected to be deployed in the traffic force based on their looks. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA asks additional P697M to fund enforcers' salary increase

Sep 16, 2019 - 10:54 PM

As minimum-wage employees, traffic enforcers earn around P11,800 monthly

HAZARD PAY? A study showed that traffic enforcers are exposed to black carbon and heavy metal, which affect blood pressure and lung function. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

MMDA traffic management budget for 2020 suffers 69% decrease

Sep 16, 2019 - 2:23 PM

Meanwhile, flood control and management gets the bulk of the agency's P4.106-billion budget for 2020 national expenditures

BUDGET CUT. Only P103.17 million was allocated for the traffic and transport management budget of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority for 2020. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte mulls asking HPG, MMDA to escort ambulances through traffic

Sep 11, 2019 - 7:42 AM

Despite the dire traffic situation, President Duterte says he would just let EDSA 'rot' and blames Senator Grace Poe for not granting his government emergency powers

Female personnel of the PNP Highway Patrol Group begin helping the MMDA with manning traffic along EDSA on September 9, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

6 new railways to look out for

Sep 10, 2019 - 12:45 AM

Will we see these railways completed within the lifetime of the current administration?

Patients die as Manila traffic jams block ambulances

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Ambulances stuck in traffic face severe delays in the race against time to reach a Manila hospital with a patient in need of care

TRAFFIC. This photo taken on August 5, 2019 shows an ambulance negotiating through rush hour traffic along the EDSA highway in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

[Right of Way] A simple request: Clarity on MMDA's PUV lane policy

Sep 05, 2019 - 4:15 PM

How could the public, with all the outrage and frustration and venting online, translate words into action?

'Sunod' to replace '(K)ampon' in MMFF 2019 lineup

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:57 PM

'Sunod' stars Carmina Villaroel and Mylene Dizon under TEN17P

‘How about according to zodiac sign?’: Netizens mock ‘brand coding’ traffic scheme

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Commuters brands the traffic schemes considered by the MMDA as 'band-aid' solutions, especially when the public transport system remains a mess

How about you’re banned from EDSA according to the car you drive?

Sep 02, 2019 - 3:05 PM

A former Pagcor consultant submits ‘brand coding’ traffic scheme proposal to MMDA

BRAND CODING? A former PAGCOR consultant proposed a traffic scheme that will ban certain vehicles per day based on their make. File photo by: JOEL LIPORADA

‘Let’s do actual things!’: Commuters huddle on solutions to address traffic

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:18 AM

Commuters pitch ideas to help solve issues anchored on awareness, behavior changes, government policy, and commuters participation

COMMUTERS. Around 15 participants who are also commuters join the Move Huddle, in partnership with Right Of Way and AltMobility to discuss commuters’ issues, brainstorm ideas to help solve transportation woes and pitch solutions to flesh out these ideas into actions on Saturday, August 31 at the Rappler HQ. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler