According to TomTom Traffic Index, out of 416 cities, the Philippines ranked 2nd most traffic congested country (next to India) across the world with 71% congestion level in 2019. On the same year, drivers spent 257 extra hours or equivalent to 10 days and 17 hours while driving during rush hours.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 2018 report show that more than 1.25 million road traffic deaths occur annually while 50 million people sustain injury or permanent damage after a vehicular-related accident. In the Philippines, death toll on traffic accidents amounts to 10,379 yearly – 53% of which are motorcyclists.
Aside from the anticipated increase of CO2 emissions from road passenger transport to 27.90 million tons by 2040, the retrogressing state of Manila traffic and unresolved road safety issues will continue to hurt the Philippine economy in various socio-economic aspects.
Unexpectedly, the occurrence of the COVID19 pandemic and the impediments brought about by the health crisis propelled the transformation society by and large. With the continuous progression and development of countries in transforming communities into smarter cities by adopting safer, greener, and more sustainable initiatives, it is imperative to restrategize and implement accessible and effective urban, regional and international mobility solutions in order to spur and sustain growth of progressive economies.