I spent five hours yesterday stuck in traffic. Having been blessed by being able to go to other countries, the driving experience here as compared to hong kong or America, it’s quite frustrating.

When I’m stuck in traffic, I feel helpless. Almost any other route is also congested and you really have nowhere else to go.

I’ve tried to think of solutions for it, and I’ve come up with these.

Deprivatize buses. Make every bus driver earn a set amount of money per month rather than make them earn via quota. This way they won’t be overtaking one another to get more passengers. To be honest, let them tryout for racing teams. They drive like they think they’re in a formula one race car.

Cargo trucks should only be allowed in ONE lane. Not whatever lane they want. And they should properly secure their cargo. Many a time has my windshield been hit by a stray rock from a truck barreling down the road like a bat out of hell.

Build better roads and be smarter when building them. Think ahead. We all know it rains a lot in Manila. After a storm it’s quite likely that new potholes have shown up because someone scrimped on construction. If it’s a main road, add more lanes. It will be worth it in the future.

And most importantly, DECONGEST MANILA. People from the province think that Manila is the promised land. Come to Manila, your life will be better here. We have many other towns and cities that can be developed rather than just focusing on one! And by developing other towns, jobs will be created. The standard of living will increase in that area. Lives will be better.

I beg of the government, please, Stop treating your position like you’re on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Pleae think of future generations. Think of the life you want to give them. You are in power to effect change. To make a difference. Not to line your pockets and do things for yourselves. You are PUBLIC servants. You’re in a position of power FOR us, not against us. Please try and remember that person you started out as, the one that wanted to change the world, the one who wanted to improve life for everyone, the dreamer. Search your hearts for that person, and please, be that person once more.

Be the person that the people desperately need.

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