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Metro Manila has 2nd worst traffic in the world – report

Jan 29, 2020 - 7:21 PM

According to the TomTom Traffic Index 2019, Metro Manila is only second to Bengaluru, India in the world's worst traffic congestion

2ND WORST TRAFFIC. In 2019, Metro Manila ranked 2nd in the world's worst traffic congestion. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

[OPINION] Don't forget the pedestrians

Jan 19, 2020 - 10:30 AM

Pedestrians and bikers are second-class road users, partaking only of crumbs from the mobility table

DPWH says P384B in road projects to help ease EDSA traffic

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:38 PM

At least 6 road infrastructure projects are set to be completed within 2020, with the end view of reducing traffic volume along EDSA

COMPLETED. NLEX Harbor Link cuts travel time from Port Area in Manila to northern provinces via NLEX by 10 minutes. NLEX Corporation file photo

#SaveAngkas trends worldwide: Netizens rage over plight of Angkas bikers

Dec 21, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Filipinos online praise Angkas bikers for being kind, helpful, and polite, and express anger at the government's decision to cut down Angkas' fleet

Are we hopeful for 2020? We have to be.

Dec 20, 2019 - 9:00 AM

How to move on from the #Facepalm year that was 2019

No traffic improvement by end of 2019? Blame Congress, says Duterte

Nov 30, 2019 - 7:40 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte asks Congress to pass the 2020 national budget in December to avoid another delay that could impact government projects

Motorists endure heavy traffic along NLEX in Quezon City as they return from the northern provinces during the long Undas weekend on Sunday. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

SEA Games 2019 opening simulation shows lapses in traffic management

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:57 PM

The MMDA aims to address the problem of private vehicles using the yellow lane and tailing convoys

UNFORESEEN PROBLEMS? During the simulation of the Southeast Asian Games 2019 opening ceremony, private vehicles and vehicles coming from perpendicular roads were seen as possible obstructions to the convoys' routes. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[OPINION] How do you solve a problem like EDSA?

Nov 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Traffic congestion reveals a deeper malady: lack of a well-defined land use plan for the National Capital Region

Traffic, mobility fears

Nov 06, 2019 - 2:00 PM

What to do

House drops bill granting Duterte emergency powers vs traffic

Nov 04, 2019 - 1:49 PM

'The President said he doesn't want it anymore and you cannot attack a crisis with emergency powers when you're in the middle of it already,' says Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano

PRIORITY NO MORE. Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano says the House will no longer push to give President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to address traffic. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

[OPINYON] Isinulat habang nakahiga sa banig ng karamdaman at natauhan

Oct 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Hindi masama ang matauhan. Katunayan, dapat ngang paminsan-minsan ay matauhan tayo mula sa, halimbawa, lubos nating sinasambang pulitiko. Lumayo sa ideyang tagapagligtas ang pinuno.

[ANALYSIS] Duterte the Defeatist

Oct 24, 2019 - 12:03 PM

It’s one thing for presidents – or any leader for that matter – to make mistakes. But it’s a different thing altogether for them to give up as a matter of habit.

[OPINION] There is no human dignity in the Philippines

Oct 23, 2019 - 11:30 AM

To our government officials: focus on figuring out solutions now. The electorate chose you and put you where you are today because we held on to your promises of change, deliverance, and reprieve.

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

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

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

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

'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

(3rd UPDATE) 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

[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

[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

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.

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

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

‘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

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: Trapped in traffic

Aug 30, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Marami ka bang reklamo sa biyahe? Hindi ka nag-iisa.

One-way EDSA traffic scheme ‘ridiculous,’ say critics

Aug 30, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says the proposal is 'not new' and will be reviewed

RIDICULOUS? Senator Win Gatchalian and a commuter group have criticized the proposal to make EDSA and C-5 one-way, raising points about its potential burden on commuters and large trucks, among others. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MMDA to study 'one-way EDSA' traffic scheme

Aug 28, 2019 - 7:51 PM

The scheme will be paired with a bus rapid transit system and bus stops located within 200 meters of any residence

ONE-WAY EDSA? Engr. Fernando Guevara has suggested a paired one-way scheme for EDSA and C-5, which the MMDA will study further. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

NCR mayors tackle challenges halfway through 60-day road clearing

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:09 PM

Metro Manila mayors plan for additional parking facilities and terminals, while raising the problem of recurring obstructions

HALFWAY MARK. Metro Manila mayors turn their attention to recurring obstructions. Photo from MMDA PIO