Traffic in Paranaque, like most areas in Metro Manila, has become a plague even when inside the villages. There are just so many problems along the way—rooting from poor government policies to bulk of cars to drivers’ bad behavior.
July 2015 I wrote about “BF Homes heavy traffic” and sadly, nothing has improved a year after that. It is still a frustration to go around even inside the subdivision (like anywhere in the Metro); let’s hope that right solution can still be implemented and followed to ease the intense congestion.
With the hope to improve the chaotic road traffic, Unified Vehicle Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or Number Coding shall be implemented in Paranaque starting October 1, 2016 which means all private and public vehicles will be banned from the streets depending on the ending number of their plate licenses and depending on the day of the week except Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays.
- Monday – 1 and 2
- Tuesday – 3 and 4
- Wednesday – 5 and 6
- Thursday – 7 and 8
- Friday – 9 and 0
Reasons (following the document screencap of Mayor Edwin Olivarez via his Facebook page):
- There is an increase in the volume of traffic and it has become unacceptable.
- Maynilad is heavily repairing certain pavements along Dr. A. Santos Avenue (Sucat Avenue).
- Utility companies are also expected to perform repair and maintenance of roads in the entire city of Paranaque.
To be honest, the real details about this news has been very confusing and I hope the local government can properly disseminate a solid information. But this is what we have for now*:
- The City Council, however, to create an ordinance exempting Senior Citizens from the ruling but not valid anymore. Our seniors are not exempted.
- Some said BF Homes is not included but the ruling governs all roads.
- No window hours at first for private vehicles (7 am to 7 pm) but there is now—open to pass from 9 am to 4 pm. Trucks with the same open window.
- Effectivity starts on October 1 but this is a dry-run with apprehension and full implementation on October 10.
(*I will update the post as soon as soon as I get the “final” word.)
Don’t want to assume that this is the way to sort the issue neither do I refuse that this will work. It may or may not but we can always try. Do you think this will help solve the problem? Perhaps the answer is deeply rooted to each of us, our courteous and proper behavior on the road is a leap to traffic improvement.
Other online source: Alabang Bulletin