Traffic is a multi-dimensional phenomenon.
Traffic is more than just about being stuck in traffic.
Driving along EDSA at a snail's pace, I observe hundreds of people on the side of the road with tiny umbrellas desperately trying to cover up from the strong winds and rain. Some of them are without cover. As i turn right under the Buendia Ave. fly-over, hundreds more are huddled under the dark structure - waiting for a ride home. I feel a deep concern for all of them.
More than slow down cars, the traffic slows down the commute even more so. These people are not only delayed - they are without shelter from the rain and wind. They need only to get into a bus or an FX but all of these are packed with people seemingly motionless, and presumably wet from the rain. Some are hanging off the open doors of the buses getting drenched as they roll by.
This traffic really is a state of emergency. How can we expect the masses of our population to be productive members of society when they cannot even get home on time? In fact, they go home extra late (compared to private vehicles), wet, hungry, and extra tired. It's disheartening to be reminded that these people who suffer the most are also the ones who are paid the least; such payment being the very reason why they even leave the safety of their houses.
This is what I would call a violation of many human rights. Yet, who is to blame?
1. The nature of our capitalist society
2. Dead leaders and legislators who had no foresight with urban planning
3. The past Land Transportation Office. (For failing to regulate various aspects of transportation)
4. The centralized system of development of the Philippines, the center being NCR
5. The centralized form of government
6. The failure of general operative policy to be inclusive of communities outside NCR in terms of national economic development
7. The centralization and iniquitous accumulation of wealth (the result of profit oriented action and perhaps corruption)
8. Corruption in general
9. The mistaken belief that coming to the metro means pursuing the only means of attaining a livelihood in the Philippines.
10. You. And me... for doing nothing.