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The Ugly Truth of Commuting in Manila this Rainy Season

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Updated March 30, 2017

Heavy rains, flooded streets, crowded trains and buses...how will you survive?

Pinoys commuting to work have to deal with the sluggish flow of traffic every day, sitting beside fellow commuters wet with sweat and enveloped with a not so happy aura. Every day is a struggle, and when it rains you are still expected to report to work as if it is a normal day just like your boss. The difference is, your boss has a car.

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The Reality of Commuting on Rainy Days

Terrible traffic in EDSA

As the famous hugot line says, “Traffic lang sa EDSA ang forever,” every day we witness the seemingly hopeless condition of the traffic in EDSA. Being the main road in Manila, it has been congested with buses, jeepneys, taxis, motorbikes and private vehicles. Commuters have no choice but to accept the fact that they have to leave their homes early in the morning to get to work on time and be back home late at night due to rush hour. Commuters see less of their families on workdays and even lose the chance to have a comfortable sleep in their beds beside their love ones just to join other commuters on the long winding lines in MRT and LRT stations.

MRT and LRT usually break down during mid-trips

It is not new when Facebook trends with news of passengers walking on tracks because an MRT train breaks down halfway to another station or LRT stations won’t accept passengers for a while due technical problems. These circumstances are not enough excuses when you get to work late and looking haggard as if your shift has just ended.

There are too many people for limited trains

Overcrowded trains may be a nuisance, yet since Filipinos want to get to work on time or as soon as possible, they will push the already sweaty crowd further into the train just to get in. People may grumble, curse and even shout at each other due to getting hurt, but they are all in the same predicament, standing close with strangers and almost breathing each other’s breath. Sometimes when a commuter complains loudly, others will say that complainants better get out and fetch a taxi, or better yet buy a car for convenience.

Roads easily get flooded

It is no secret that Manila’s drainage system isn’t world class. Streets easily get flooded, and this makes the traffic even worst. Commuters have to brave walking in floods just to get home despite the known dangers such as falling into open manholes, tripping on unseen objects underwater, getting feet fungal infection and acquiring leptospirosis.

It is difficult to catch a ride

Getting stranded is no fun if you are tired, wet, cold and hungry. Drivers of some public utility vehicles sometimes choose to just go home due to heavy traffic, resulting less chance for passengers to get a ride. Sometimes taxi drivers even ask for a higher fare, and if you live with a tight budget expect to get home way past midnight.

Why having your own ride makes more sense?

  • Staying fresh during the journey

Despite the worse weather, you are expected to look your best at work. If you have a car you can avoid the crowd. You can even keep some of your clothes hanged at the backseat and just change when you get at the office. You can also keep extra shoes and clothes in the trunk.

  • Your choice of route

Since the main problem for commuters is the traffic, a car owner can simply avoid most of it by taking alternate routes. More time can be spent at home since there is no rush to get in line just to catch a train. You can also avoid flooded areas along the way.

  • Joyrides

You can stop by any fast food place or restaurants if you get hungry. If you are in a rush, you can just buy through a drive thru. You can also go to other places that are out of the public vehicle’s way.

  • Safer travel

When commuting, you have to take care of your belongings, and if you have a big luggage or a couple of bags, these will add up to your inconvenience since you have to keep an eye on it. You can avoid possible pickpockets and holdapers.

  • Bladder breaks

With your own car, you can drive to a gasoline station and take a pee. You can even take your time and perhaps drop by the next door convenience store and buy some snacks.

Fill up Cash Mart’s online loan application form to get the quickest car loan in the Philippines. Save yourself the hassle of commuting and spend more time with your loved ones rather than with strangers in an overcrowded public vehicle.

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