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Driving Around the Metro

Updated on February 6, 2013

From a Commuter's Perspective

I must admit I'm rather challenged by the weekly topic inspiration. The main reason is that I don't drive -- seriously. However, I truly would like to participate so I thought I'd present this from a commuter's point of view.

Driving around the city can be quite challenging. More so if you are the passenger, like in my case. Although I no longer need to travel the distance to do my daily work, I have amassed a wealth of experiences from being a commuter for decades.

Let's Take a Drive

Cool Driving

Well, that was pretty cool driving around in a private vehicle. Wish I could say the same thing if you were riding in public transport. You'll definitely experience more stops along the way.

Are There Good and Bad Days?

For driving and commuting, yes definitely! I used to dread traveling to work on Monday mornings! Then there's going home on Friday nights! Since I live within a commercial area, Saturdays are a no-no too! I think Sundays are the best. Somehow there are less commuters and vehicles except perhaps in areas around the mall.

Since transport and traffic management in the metro falls under an agency known as Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), read below some facts about this agency.

MMDA Transport and Traffic Management Tasks

The tasks include:
the formulation, coordination, and monitoring of policies, standards, programs and projects in relation to transport operations, infrastructure requirements, and the use of thoroughfares;
promotion of safe and convenient movement of persons and goods;
provision for the mass transport system and the institution of a system to regulate road users;
administration and implementation of all traffic enforcement operations, traffic engineering services and traffic education programs

*source : MMDA Official Website :

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)

The MMDA is an agency of the Philippine government that is responsible for planning, monitoring and coordinating the delivery of metro-wide services within Metro Manila, comprising the cities of Manila, Quezon City, Caloocan, Pasay, Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasig, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Las Piñas, Parañaque, Valenzuela, Malabon, Taguig, Navotas and San Juan and the municipality of Pateros.

The MMDA has a rather extensive scope of services. This hub will focus more on the transport and traffic management scope.

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Traffic Violations

I'm not a traffic enforcer of the MMDA, but as a commuter / pedestrian, I often spot traffic violations on the street. Since I am not Superman to stop oncoming vehicles, I have to adjust. Sometimes, these traffic violations can be annoying! They often result to traffic congestion and vehicular accidents.

Yellow Light

I don't drive but I know that it's supposed to mean "slow down." Yet there are drivers who believe this means "speed up before it turns red."

Pedestrian Lane/Crossing

As much as possible I cross only on pedestrian lanes/crossings. However, it can be quite annoying when motorists do not give due importance to this. Following the traffic lights is sometimes not enough. You have to safeguard against violators.

One Way Street

Heavy traffic is, more often than not, caused by traffic violators. Entering a one way street is no exception, esp. when streets are narrow and can only accommodate single vehicles.

No U Turn / Left Turn / Right Turn

Road signs are visibly seen and strategically placed to protect pedestrians / commuters. Yet you need to be alert for your own safety.

Use Turn Signal

Being a pedestrian / commuter can be challenging in the streets of the metro. You sometimes need to guess whether a vehicle is going to turn at the corner or not.

Despite all these, I can still say it is great living in the city. I can't complain as I don't need to travel long distances or be caught in heavy traffic. Life is definitely good.

I'm going to leave you this clip that I found on YouTube. It's a trailer from The Bourne Legacy movie of Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz. I haven't yet watched the movie. Some scenes from the movie were shot in various locations in the metro.

The Bourne Legacy in Manila


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    • jpcmc profile image

      JP Carlos 

      8 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I drive in Quezon City particularly along Commonwealth Avenue. This is a place not for the faint of heart. Many accidents happen here because of irresponsible driving and pedestrians with lack of common sense. Imagine buses running beyond the speed limit and add to that pedestrians crossing where they're not supposed to. Sometimes I think drivers consider traffic rules as merely suggestions. :)

    • Rosyel Sawali profile imageAUTHOR

      Rosyel Sawali 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thank you MarleneB for taking time out to "ride" around the metro with me. LOL! ^_^ I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. We're planning to watch the movie this weekend since it's a long one for us, Mon and Tue being holidays ^_^ Enjoy your weekend!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      9 years ago from USA

      EXCELLENT video choices for your hub. It was fun "riding" around the metro. Then, watching the clip from the movie had added impact, especially knowing that some of the scenes were shot from the metro. Great hub. I enjoyed it a lot.


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