5 struggles Pinoy commuters face during rainy season

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 2, 2019   •   789

FILE PHOTO: Filipinos wade in a flooded street during a downpour in Quezon City, Philippines. (Ritchie Tongo/PVI)

After months of dry spell, rain has finally come. There is something about the dark skies, the sound of the pattering rain on rooftops that make everyone want to just stay home.

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Students hope for class suspensions, but for the working class, no matter how heavy the downpour is, work is work. Whether you are a student or an employee, there is additional struggle in commuting while it is raining.

Kahit saan baha

Aside from heavier traffic, flood is among the top struggles of commuters. Shoes get ruined and areas get more accident-prone.

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Kung relasyon nga nasisira, payong pa kaya?

It’s when you thought you’re ready for the downpour, then your umbrella suddenly gives up on you.

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Surprise!—random vehicle

While waiting for a ride which is already scarce due to the rain, a car suddenly decides to drive through the puddle in front of you.

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Iyong patagilid iyong buhos ng ulan

When finding ways to stay dry is futile. May payong ka nga, basa ka pa rin.

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5 hours sa EDSA, 2 hours sa pila

The travel home after work is the worst when it rains. You can’t escape the traffic, you can’t escape the long UV-express line. Trying to book a Grab or even Angkas is like trying to win a lottery.

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But despite the struggles, we push through—for our family waiting at home or for our pets, even. Ulan lang iyan.

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What’s your rainy season struggle?—AAC

Netizens offer suggestions to improve traffic flow in Metro Manila

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 12, 2019

After the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) conducted the dry run of provincial bus ban on EDSA, several netizens has thrown in their suggestions on how to solve severe traffic.

Facebook page Waterdiet suggests giving more space to public utility vehicles (PUV).

Another netizen, Louwie Gan suggested banning private cars during rush hours instead of banning provincial buses.

Meanwhile, EDSA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said they are open to suggestions for solving severe traffic in Metro Manila.

“We need to conceptualize this based on our setting proposed this to the policy makers get it approved and get it funded then we implement it,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

MMDA: Sevilla bridge to be closed on Aug 10

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong City will be closed to traffic on August 10.

According to MMDA, the “contractor of Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 – Section 2B will move two 180 tonner cranes to be used for the installation of the coping beams.”

The bridge will be closed from 10:00 p.m. and will reopen to traffic at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday (Aug 11).

The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is an 18.68-kilometer elevated expressway starting from Buendia in Makati to Balintawak in Quezon City.

The said project aims to reduce travel time up to 20 minutes from the usual 2 hours.—AAC

Oil price rollback set next week

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019

Oil companies are set to implement an oil price rollback starting next week.

According to industry players, there will be a possible P1.20 per liter rollback in diesel prices while P0.50 per liter rollback in gasoline prices.

The rollback is due to the fuel price movement in the world market.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday (Aug 7) prices of auto LPG also dropped by P1.00 per liter.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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