Are you willing to give up using your vehicle for two days a week? If the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) plan to implement a two-day coding scheme pushes through, you might just have to.
According to a report by Inquirer.net, MMDA chairman Danilo Lim has proposed that a two-day coding scheme replace the current one to help lessen the volume of vehicles congesting Manila's streets.
"Pinag-iisipan natin with the support of the Metro Manila Council, mga mayors natin, kung pwedeng i-modify pa 'yung number coding scheme," Lim says. "Siguro pwede naman kaunting sakripisyo pa para sa lahat. Baka pwede gawing two days every week ang hindi paggamit ng sasakyan."
Lim cites the sheer volume of cars, shoddy road conditions, lack of discipline, and not enough personnel and support as major contributing factors to the capital's terrible traffic situation. "Sobrang dami talaga ng sasakyan dito sa Metro Manila. We have more than 30% of vehicles nagsasama dito sa less than 5% (of roads). So volume problema, kailangan talaga bawasan."
"Sa MMDA, kulang talaga 'yung tao namin. Kulang na nga, 'yung suporta pa eh, underpaid. Marami tayong traffic enforcers na P6,000 lang isang buwan, mababa na nga nade-delay pa," Lim added, saying that there is a delay in salaries by the Department of Budget and Management.
"These are some of the things na nakaka-aggravate sa ating sitwasyon sa traffic at aksidente."
Does a two-day number coding scheme sound reasonable to you? Or should government agencies come up with a different solution to address the increasing volume of vehicles in Manila? Let us know in the comments; we wouldn't be surprised if the authorities are reading them.