traffic in Metro Manila - updates

Rappler's latest stories on traffic in Metro Manila


[OPINION] It's time to create a true Pinoy bicycle

May 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'One often neglected topic, in the context of finding long-term solutions [for sustainable transport], is the importance of a local bicycle manufacturing industry'

PH to lose P520 billion annually due to reduced public transport – expert

May 12, 2020 - 7:53 AM

Transport expert Robert Siy notes that people need to have infrastructure where they feel safe to walk and bike, given the fear of contracting coronavirus in crowded spaces

'KEEP DISTANCE'. Workers place markers on a coach at the LRT2 depot in Pasig City as physical distancing efforts by the LRTA in preparation for the possible resumption of operation of public transports when NCR is place under general community quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

[OPINION] Dear Duterte Legacy, more roads will not decongest EDSA

Jan 30, 2020 - 1:07 PM

'Almost all urban planning literature debunks the idea that expanding road space for vehicles eases up congestion'

Traffic, mobility fears

Nov 06, 2019 - 2:00 PM

What to do

[OPINION] Our undeniable transportation crisis

Oct 17, 2019 - 2:20 PM

'Heroic' commuters are prone to imagining moving abroad, where there is higher quality of life, and you can't blame them

[OPINION] Our commute is eating up our human rights, and we’re too tired to care

Oct 11, 2019 - 3:10 PM

'As taxpayers and as hardworking, productive members of the society, we should demand accountability from the government.... We should call out those who downplay our exhaustion.'

[OPINION] Stop band-aid solutions, provide public transportation instead

Sep 29, 2019 - 4:30 PM

No Filipino should have to wake up as early as 4 am to commute to an 8 am job and punch out at 5 pm only to get home by 9 pm

‘Traffic will improve sooner than later’ – DPWH chief

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:51 PM

San Miguel Corporation is appealing to commuters and motorists traversing the SLEX for more understanding

Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Patients die as Manila traffic jams block ambulances

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Ambulances stuck in traffic face severe delays in the race against time to reach a Manila hospital with a patient in need of care

TRAFFIC. This photo taken on August 5, 2019 shows an ambulance negotiating through rush hour traffic along the EDSA highway in Manila. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

‘How about according to zodiac sign?’: Netizens mock ‘brand coding’ traffic scheme

Sep 03, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Commuters brands the traffic schemes considered by the MMDA as 'band-aid' solutions, especially when the public transport system remains a mess

[PODCAST] Laffler Talk: Trapped in traffic

Aug 30, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Marami ka bang reklamo sa biyahe? Hindi ka nag-iisa.

DPWH claims 5-minute Cubao to Makati drive 'possible' by December

Aug 07, 2019 - 3:00 PM

A 'combination' of road and transportation projects is expected to ease congestion in Metro Manila, making the short drive possible, says the government

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper to bumper traffic is seen along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Isko Moreno open to Duterte emergency powers for traffic

Jul 11, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says President Rodrigo Duterte should be given a chance to solve traffic problems, but with safeguards in place if ever emergency powers are granted

TRAFFIC WOES. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno says President Rodrigo Duterte should be given the chance to solve traffic problems in Metro Manila. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Vico Sotto suspends Pasig odd-even traffic scheme indefinitely

Jul 01, 2019 - 5:09 PM

Effective immediately, the new mayor's first order is part of a wide-ranging review of Pasig City's mobility and traffic situation

REVIEW. Mayor Vico Sotto forms a task force that will assess the traffic situation and the effectiveness of the odd-even scheme started by his predecessor. Photo from Sotto's FB

SC orders MMDA to answer petitions vs EDSA provincial bus ban

Jun 25, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The High Court consolidates 3 petitions against the EDSA provincial bus ban

CHOKEPOINT. Bumper to bumper traffic is seen along EDSA near Cubao, Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Expert says provincial bus ban to worsen Metro traffic congestion

Jun 01, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Transport economist Jedd Ugay says that if MMDA wants to reduce traffic congestion, the effect of the provincial bus ban is the 'total opposite'

CLOSURE. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is set to close provincial bus terminals along EDSA in June. File photos by Ben Nabong and Joel Liporada/Rappler

Brace for heavier traffic along C5 due to bridge repairs

Feb 01, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Repair works for the CP Garcia bridge along C5 Road will happen for a year, starting Wednesday, February 6

RETROFIT. The CP Garcia bridge will undergo repairs until February 2020. Screengrab from Google Streetmaps

Expect heavy traffic in these Manila areas due to Labor Day activities

Apr 30, 2018 - 2:34 PM

Here are alternate routes going to Mendiola and the US Embassy areas

C5 South Link project to cause heavy traffic in Parañaque late 2018

Feb 09, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Around 45,000 vehicles are expected to benefit from the 7.7-kilometer C5 South Link project, decongesting EDSA when it starts commercial operations in 2019

DECONGESTION. Arlette Capistrano of the Metro Pacific Tollways said that the C5 South Link Expressway is expected to decongest 45,000 vehicles regularly playing the service road that goes to C5. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

With emojis, hugot phrases, even Hangul, people shared how traffic made them feel

Nov 20, 2017 - 5:02 PM

On Friday, November 17, Uber screened their Boxes film live along 5th Avenue, BGC – and invited passers-by to share their thoughts on traffic in Manila

FAST FACTS: Most commonly violated traffic laws in Metro Manila

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:29 PM

Assuming one violation per vehicle, almost half of all the registered vehicles in the National Capital Region figured in a traffic violation in 2016

NEDA Board approves Metro Manila Subway, longest railway

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED These big ticket projects will be funded via official development assistance ODA from either China or Japan

BETTER TRANSPORT. These big-ticket projects form part of Mega Manila Dream Plan, a transport network roadmap seen to decongest the country’s capital. Images courtesy of

$7-B Metro Manila subway to be extended to NAIA

Sep 06, 2017 - 6:10 PM

From an earlier projection of 4 4 billion P225 17 billion the cost of the proposed subway goes up to 7 billion P358 25 billion

Can we transform the concept of ride-sharing in the Philippines?

Mar 15, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Getting from point A to point B in Metro Manila is not a comfortable task Grab s newest service GrabShare aims to do something about that

Estrada fires all Manila traffic enforcers for extortion

Nov 28, 2016 - 1:50 PM

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada says many employees of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau are allegedly involved in extortion and other illegal activities's new app shows MRT congestion levels

Nov 27, 2016 - 6:20 PM

Traincheck gives commuters info on how crowded the train stations are and tells them when s the best time to leave

Photo courtesy of

Alvarez: 'Uncooperative DOTr' delaying emergency powers on traffic

Nov 23, 2016 - 4:15 PM

House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez slams the Department of Transportation saying it has failed to lay out concrete plans to address traffic in Metro Manila Metro Cebu and Metro Davao

"UNCOOPERATIVE DOTr."Speaker Pantaleon Alverez says the DOTr is the reason why the House will not be able to pass the measure seeking to grant President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers to address traffic by December. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What telecommuting requires

Nov 10, 2016 - 7:20 PM

A work from anywhere setup is seen as a means to reduce traffic in metro areas But what will it require from the parties involved?

Starting Oct 31 on EDSA, C5: No more 'window hours' for private vehicles

Oct 08, 2016 - 9:31 AM

The Inter Agency Council on Traffic and the Metro Manila Council agree to remove the window hours under the Number Coding Scheme to decongest traffic in Metro Manila

METRO MANILA TRAFFIC. In this photo taken January 11, 2016, a major thoroughfare is clogged with traffic as an overhead train passes by in Manila. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Briones: Early Christmas break may affect students' learning

Sep 26, 2016 - 2:38 PM

We have to examine the data from the point of view also of impact on learning of the children because again it s not only the school children who add to the traffic it s really Christmas itself says Education Secretary Leonor Briones

EARLY CHRISTMAS BREAK? Education Secretary Leonor Briones says they are 'seriously studying' the proposal to have an early Christmas break for students. She, however, says it may affect students' learning. File photo

QC: Expect heavy traffic along Elliptical Road Sept 20-25

Sep 19, 2016 - 7:13 PM

ADVISORY: While the drainage improvement project in the area is ongoing the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety suggests alternate routes

We're waiting for House to work on emergency powers – Poe

Aug 30, 2016 - 6:22 PM

The Senate committee on public services chairperson hits the Department of Transportation anew for failing to provide a list of concrete projects and plans to solve the traffic crisis

Photo by Office of Sen Poe

Duterte admin revives plan to build Metro Manila subway

Aug 18, 2016 - 2:20 PM

This would have been the most expensive public private partnership PPP deal implemented under former president Benigno Aquino III s administration

1ST SUBWAY. The current administration says the subway PPP deal is being revisited because 'there is demand for the service.' Graphics by Nina Martinez/Rappler

Duterte: Metro Manila to be cleared of colorum vehicles 'immediately'

Jul 25, 2016 - 5:24 PM

Out of line apprehension including the removal of terminals will be intensified My God it will be done Immediately Duterte says in his first SONA

INTENSIFIED DRIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte vows to intensify the drive against unregistered public utility vehicles.

Commuters should see results in next 100 days – Palace

Jul 12, 2016 - 1:44 PM

More convenient locations for purchasing train tickets and improved waiting rooms for commuters are some proposals presented to President Duterte in the July 11 Cabinet meeting

TRANSPORTATION WOES. The MRT3 trainline carries 600,000 passengers daily across Metro Manila. File photo by Rappler

Drilon files bill for Duterte's emergency powers to fix traffic

Jul 01, 2016 - 4:39 PM

If passed into law the bill would give President Rodrigo Duterte emergency powers for two years

SOLVING TRAFFIC. Senate President Franklin Drilon wants to give emergency powers to President Rodrigo Duterte to solve traffic in Metro Manila.

Who wants to take on metro traffic? Alberto Lina says he's up to it

Jun 28, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Outgoing Customs chief Alberto Lina says he s willing to be appointed traffic czar and untangle Metro Manila s traffic mess

TRAFFIC CZAR? Customs chief Alberto Lina says he's willing to tackle Metro Manila's traffic problem. Photo from

Belmonte backs emergency powers for Duterte vs traffic

Jun 21, 2016 - 5:47 PM

The outgoing Speaker of the House of Representatives says waiving the bidding for transportation contracts is fine as long as all information are made public

LP LEADER. Outgoing House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said he might lead the members of the LP who will join the majority coalition if their members won't be asked to jump ship to PDP-Laban. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Duterte eyes emergency powers vs traffic 'crisis'

Jun 20, 2016 - 3:20 PM

Incoming Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade says Kung nabababoy na ang kabuhayan natin at di ito krisis ano ang krisis?

Fixing traffic: Are presidential bets proposals viable for PH cities?

Apr 21, 2016 - 9:00 AM

A University of the Philippines professor looks at the candidates proposals and tells Rappler their economic feasibility

MORE RAIL SYSTEMS? Presidential candidates promise an expanded rail system as a fix to the country's urban transport woes. Photo from the PPP Center

No port congestion problem with return of truck ban – Palace

Sep 15, 2015 - 10:45 AM

Cabinet Secretary Jose Rene Almendras says the government aims to launch by end September a truck appointment booking system to regulate the trucks allowed to ply Metro Manila roads

BANNED. Manila traffic enforcers tow a truck on the first day of the city's daytime truck ban in 2014. Photo by Jose Del/Rappler

#PugadBaboy: Papansin rally

Sep 04, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Proposed traffic solutions: Regulate car sales, relocate industries

Aug 24, 2015 - 8:30 PM

A congressman renews proposal to sell cars only to those with proof of parking spaces; an ex senator says factories commercial establishments should move to the provinces

EVERYDAY BURDEN. Thousands of Metro Manila residents endure the worsening traffic jams in Metro Manila. Rappler photo

Finding no respite from traffic and the crowds

Aug 07, 2015 - 1:38 PM

Traffic plunges us into constant crowdedness We arrive at a state of sublimated frustration the Philippine Republic of collective waiting

MMDA postpones June 28 EDSA road-sharing exercise

Jun 26, 2015 - 4:12 PM

The MMDA releases an advisory saying the June 28 event is deferred due to an SM MOA fun run EDSA repairs administrative difficulties among other reasons

BIKING FOR A CAUSE. Bikers join the Share the Road movement's march to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014 to file a petition for government agencies to implement road-sharing. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Traffic rerouting schemes in Metro Manila for Undas 2014

Oct 31, 2014 - 5:30 AM

Check here the rerouting maps and instructions for the cities of Parañaque Makati and Marikina starting Friday October 31

PREPARATIONS. Workers clean soldiers' graves at the heroes' cemetery in Manila on October 30, 2012. File photo by AFP

Makati gov't offers free shuttle services from QC

Mar 27, 2014 - 2:59 PM

The buses and coasters are available from 6 am to 9 am on weekdays to pick up employees of Makati companies at the MRT North Avenue station

ALTERNATIVE. The Makati local government offers free rides from Quezon City to Makati City, following a MRT 3 glitch and an accident. File photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

For good deed gone viral, traffic aide gets award

Mar 24, 2014 - 5:28 PM

Reynaldo Romano was photographed giving a little child food and water The photo instantly went viral