Every holiday season, Metro Manila motorists are presented with a choice: a) Drive out of town to visit relatives and enjoy some much-deserved R and R; or, b) stay in the city and enjoy areas that would otherwise be packed with people...or cars.
If you chose the second option instead of heading up to Baguio City this year, congratulations. You saved yourself several days’ worth of being stuck in gridlock.
According to the Baguio Public Information Agency, data collected from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) road monitoring report for the Cordillera Administrative Region showed tens of thousands of private cars flocking to the summer capital from December 21 to 26, 2019.
To be exact, 30,414 private vehicles drove up to Baguio City via Kennon Road, 25,169 via Marcos Highway, and another 14,494 via Naguilian Road. That’s a total of 70,077 cars.
Traffic, regardless of whether it’s during the holiday season or not, has been an issue in Baguio City for quite some time. Earlier this year, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) even offered to lend a helping hand in decongesting the city’s roads, and the local government closed Session Road to vehicular traffic to pedestrianize the thoroughfare.
Did you drive up to the Summer Capital over the holiday? Tell us in the comments what your experience was like this year.