Let’s face it: one of the most stressful factors of living in Manila is the traffic jam. It looks like there’s no denying it now that it has been ranked as 2nd next to Bengalaru, India.

That’s right, TomTom Traffic Index—the world’s guide to live congestion statistics—places the Philippines’ capital as one of the worst during the year 2019. With a massive 71% rate of traffic congestion, it is no wonder Manila placed 2nd among 416 cities across 57 countries.

The report was released a couple of days ago which assessed the increase in global congestion. Congestion level is taken by measuring how much extra time will a trip take when compared to a city’s baseline during uncongested conditions. TomTom will then calculate this baseline via free-flow travel times of transportation traversing a multitude of road networks. This is being recorded on a 24/7 basis.



TomTom has determined that in Manila, there is a congestion level of 73% for highways, and 70% for non-highways.

Statistics also covered that the best day for the capital’s congestion in 2019 was on April 19. It was recorded at 0% of daily congestion. The 19th was a Good Friday. The worst, on the other hand, was on August 16, 2019, also a Friday, but malls announced a 3-day sale at the time.

Manila isn’t the only case of unfavorable traffic. Nick Cohn who lead’s TomTom’s traffic data business states, “I really don’t believe that it’s possible, at least on the road side, to build our way out of congestion”. He urges better traffic management, like synchronizing the traffic light system, to lessen traffic jam.

Sometimes, it’s not okay to just admit Manila has a worst case of traffic and road systems. It affects our habits and our being Filipinos, too. What do think about our current ranking? Any suggestions on how to make traffic flow better in the future? You can tell us in the comments below.

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