If you’re planning to drive along Roxas Boulevard, or any other thoroughfare near the pier area, stop immediately. If you’re already en route, turn around and find another way to get to wherever it is you’re going. Traffic hell has hit the city of Manila.
The local government is already asking motorists to refrain from using Roxas Boulevard and its surrounding streets due to the immense traffic clogging up the area at the moment.
“Ipinakikiusap po namin sa mga motorista na huwag na munang tangkain na dumaan sa Roxas Blvd, R10 at iba pang mga pangunahing kalsada patungo sa Pier sa araw na ito,” Manila City mayor Isko Moreno said over Facebook, also appealing to truck drivers to avoid the area.
“Inaasahan po namin na tatagal ang trapikong ito hanggang mamayang hapon, at maari ring abutin hangang mamayang gabi.”
This sounds serious. According to city officials, the cause for the impeded flow of traffic is the weather and its impact on processing operations within the port—in layman’s terms, the speed at which trucks can get in and out of the area.
Moreno added that the city is already coordinating with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to help deal with the situation. The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) has also reportedly ordered some port operators to cease accepting truck bookings immediately.
Again, avoid Roxas Boulevard and its surrounding areas at all costs today. Heavy traffic is expected to last at least late into the afternoon, and possibly until the evening. You’ve been warned.