Thursday, August 27, 2015

Traffic Mess: Insensitivity or Preparedness?

DOTC chief Abaya's insensitive comment on the Metro Manila traffic mess while he was interviewed by ABS-CBN TV Patrol, stirred the riding public's intuitiveness on how irresponsible Abaya is.

Traffic Jam
Traffic Jam
We don't know the very reason why Abaya reacted that way, but his detractors surely pin him down . In his own vision, probably, he's sure and even can guarantee the public that a day-to-day travel to and fro of more than thousand commuters from their residence to the place of their work is safe.

I am unable to get the reported vehicular accidents and road mishaps data as of this writing so that a better forecast of the possibility of the danger and the frequency which the riding public may encounter while traveling everyday are well-taken and presented.

Accidents may happen because of negligence of others, because of poor road conditions, because of poor lighting facilities at night, traffic jams, on-going government projects, street rally, rush hours, among others.

Accident may not be avoided. It does happen everyday.

Now the point is how prepared the people are, especially everyday commuters? How prepared the government is, especially the agency concerned on the safety and order of the street traffic?

Let's not think that the government has no plan for this. In a recent interview, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda disclosed that the government is seriously looking after this situation on the traffic mess.

On Traffic Mess

As earlier mentioned the possible factors that may cause accident, there are also influencing factors that contribute to make the traffic unmanageable. We may say the motorists and the commuters who are principally involved here. If they are after for their safety they should obey the traffic rules. They should be considerate with their fellow motorists who are also in a hurry to catch up their business schedule and the commuters as well.

Discipline is the keyword for resolving a traffic mess.

Blaming Abaya for his insensitivity nothing happens. Fingerpointing won't work too. Preparedness is the answer. Just like the Boy Scout's motto, "Always be prepared".

And how to do it?

Plan your travel. Know the possible schedule when is the traffic is clear and when is it is not.

Be reasonable when to yield or not for giving way to a hurried motorist.

Always check your car or vehicle whether it in running condition or not, whether the gas is enough to reach your destination or not.

Support the government project on safety and order of the road traffic. And everything will run smoothly. Thus, making traffic not susceptible to fatality.

DOTC Abaya
DOTC Abaya

The Antagonist

Abaya's remarks may sound incongruous to the mind of his antagonists, but he has his own way of thinking on how serious or not the traffic issue is all about.

Since he's antagonist, Abaya's apology on traffic mess, "it's not fatal" is not welcome and not accepted by the public. It reflects how "insensitive" he is as far the Metro Manila's traffic mess is concerned.


  1. The Metro Manila traffic is one that I least miss when I decided to move back to my home province last year. Having lived there for two decades, commuting for the most part and driving, the traffic mess is something the government has to address. I agree that safety is a primary concern.

  2. He was insensitive if you ask me. There's always an accident daily on the road I pass by on the way to work. Very unsafe. But you are also right in that discipline by everyone involved will help resolve traffic issues. But the fact that most Filipino motorists can't even give way to pedestrians crossing the pedestrian lane, I say we have a long way to go.

  3. I dislike traffic jams as much as anyone else. I think that, in traffic, we should always act keeping in mind the saying: behave like you would want others to behave with you. So don't do what you would not like others to do :)

  4. We can't blame anyone but ourselves with the traffic that we're experiencing right now. That's lack of discipline and insensitivity.

  5. We really need discipline, all of us, even commuters and critics. Media people are the ones who made this traffic thing a negative one. I think, media people should be discplined too about the way they handle such subject matter.

  6. I dont think anyone is comfortable during traffic. But alternative solutions should be considered to reduce traffic.

  7. Traffic jams, mess and accidents cannot be avoided but I think he was referring to them being reduced? If everyone is more gracious on the road, it would definitely be a better ride for everyone.

  8. I'm so happy I don't live in Manila right now. I dread having to go there because of traffic. So annoying!

  9. What did Abaya said? Maybe give us a gist so that people who are not from your country knows what happened?

  10. wow traffic looks horrendous in manila. we just need to prepare and plan ahead in the hopes to not get stuck in a traffic jam

  11. The traffic truly is so insane right now. Ironically, the main reason for this truly is public transportation and it's shocking how no one takes action to resolve this :(

  12. I think people are very insensitive to rules and other people on the road. We totally cannot avoid the accidents but yes if we are careful we can definitely improve.

  13. I don't go out, literally and this is one huge factor why. I hate waste, and wasting time on the road is a big deal for me. Seating around waiting for hours to get to a destination that would usually need a fraction of the time to get there is so unproductive, that's why I just opted to work from home.

  14. Philippine highways and roads are the worst in the world. not to mention the reckless drivers, etc. T___T people always wanna be ahead.

  15. Nobody to blame but us for these traffic jams. The only solution I find is get rid of those arrogant drivers who think they own the streets.

  16. I think we really have so many vehicles on the road. It's an all out effort and sacrifice if we really want to solve this problem in the long term.

  17. There's been a traffic issue long before. I've lived and worked there for couple of years back my early years of the practice of profession, and it hasn't been addressed. Maybe the issue has just been emphasized or magnified this time. That is one of the reason why I left MM. I didn't want to go on experiencing long traffic and traveling several kilometer distance for four hours. LOL! Glad I'm back in the Mindanao!

  18. I knew it that traffic could be one of the randomness. Sometimes we are stucked for hours just because I car broke down. Sigh could never expert what happen

  19. We have no one to blame but ourselves. Either we create the accident or we are being nosey looking at the accident.

  20. The traffic is not the caused by one factor only. At this point so many things are causing traffic, the government does not know what to solve first. Discipline of the drivers though is key to solving this big problem.

  21. traffic is one of the biggest headache not just in your country, but pretty much all over... even in sg. we've had some train breakdown recently due to an aging MRT system and believe me, a lot of unhappy commuter too!

  22. I hope the government needs to settle this, People's time is very important and it is wasted through this. tsk tsk

  23. Heavy traffic is actually fataI. Feeling super stressed while stuck on a heavy traffic can cause different ailments. Well that's what I've learned while watching a health show. :p


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