Netizens weigh in on looming traffic Armageddon

by Fidea Encarnacion,

Posted at Feb 18 2014 08:49 PM | Updated as of Feb 19 2014 04:50 AM

MANILA – With traffic expected to worsen due to the start of the construction of Skyway 3 and other big road projects, netizens were asked whether a petition filed before the Supreme Court on sharing road space will help ease traffic.

On Monday, TV Patrol asked its social media users on Facebook and Twitter the question, “Tingin mo ba, malulutas ng paglagay ng bike lanes at pagdagdag ng sidewalks ang problema sa trapik?”


The replies were mixed, but most were positive about the change road projects will bring.

A number of netizens said being patient with the construction of roads will eventually pay off.

Rhea Baluyot said that it’s a sacrifice that everyone must endure for the meantime.

“Sana magsakripisyo nalang ang lahat at tama na muna ang reklamo. Tayo rin namang lahat ang magiginhawaan o makikinabang pagkatapos nyan.”

Ivans Ty said that using bicycles as an alternative will be beneficial not just to lessen traffic congestion, but also to one’ health.

“Makakatulong din iyang pagbebesikleta at may magandang dulot sa kalusugan ang ehersisyo.”

Gil Tecson agrees, but wishes that this could’ve been suggested earlier.

“Tingin ko magandang solusyon ‘yan. Marami naman sa kababayan natin ang marunong mag-bike at pwede itong gamitin na alternatibong means of transportation. Sana lang ay matagal na itong nagawa ng kinauukulan para sa pagsisimula ng konstruksyon ng Skyway ay handa na ang ating mga kababayan na gamitin ito.”

On Twitter, Christopher Calangi (@topeycalangi) said the Philippines should follow the best practices of other countries.

Maggie (@DoveHeart2013) said that although adding bike and pedestrian lanes may not directly solve the problem, it’ll help minimize congestion.

Ma-i (@mairifik) said that this will only work if citizens cooperate. It would only be a lost cause if people don’t follow through despite efforts by the government to ease traffic.