First we have to define the meaning Traffic Congestion as per Mr. Wikipedia, it means: a condition on road networks that occurs as use increases, and is characterized by slower speeds, longer trip times, and increased vehicular queueing.
So, what’s with this issue? Well, we have to ask ourselves how much traffic congestion affected our daily lives as an ordinary people; does it matter to my FB friend? Or, they don’t care?
I started to know the word ‘traffic congestion’ at my parent house since I was in grade school; my father is a jeepney driver, he used to say “wala akong kita kasi trapik” after a long tiring day of driving in an air polluted street of Manila. What with this reminiscing? Well, I realized or I understand the true value of having a good or manageable traffic when I work here in Saudi Arabia. We used to travelled as far as 500km back and forth for almost 6 hours once a week from my work site to Khobar; to visualize how far is my place is, we have to measure Manila to Baguio as per www.distancesfromto.net its 244 km and we all know we have to spend more than 9 hours just to go Baguio, hold on, travelling from Manila to Edsa is not counted, you must start counting once you passed by NLEX Toll gates.
So what? Maybe some of you are raising their eyebrows while saying that word, my point is, if every one of us will use our timelines in FB to call the attention of our government, maybe, the perennial traffic congestion problem we’re experiencing right now will be solved, of course, government will be alerted by this calling since FB is the most used famous social networking site in the Philippines or you don’t care? Maybe you will answered me back “that’s their problem not mine I have my own car”. That’s really pathetic reasoning and I pity you for that, really.
I hate to write more than 500 words because I know, no one will give a damn time to read this post; my FB friends are not used to read informative article as per my previous post they are more hooked to read about showbiz article, quotes, and busy with their selfies or at least trying to be attention seekers by posting their boring activities, foods and travel pictures without even describing or giving a tips how get there or how’s life there.
To end my articles, here’s the list that we should understand; the negative impacts of having monstrous traffic congestion in our lives in the Philippines;
1. Wasting time of motorists and passengers (Opportunity Cost). As a non-productive activity for most people, congestion reduces regional economic health. (In short, it’s your lost in every aspect of your life)
2. Delays, which may result in late arrival for employment, meetings, and education, resulting in lost business, disciplinary action or other personal losses (In layman’s word “Tardiness” and of course, don’t forget the possibility of being robbed inside the FX, MRT/LRT or jeep, worst someone will stab you to death or hit by a gun)
3. Wasted fuel increasing air pollution and carbon dioxide emissions owing to increased idling, acceleration and braking. (Aside from that, you will be getting free skin diseases due of freaking sticky heat, tuberculosis, diarrhea, migraine and a lot more diseases for free.
4. Stressed and frustrated motorists, encouraging road rage and reduced health of motorists. (In short, transfer house nearer in your workplace to spend more time with your family not with the street because of traffic. Common, spending time in traffic for more than 3 hours going to work and 3 hours going home and 8 hours in office; that’s 14 hours already and 8 hours to have a good night sleep, you already spent 22 hours, so what’s left to your family?)
Before I say goodbye, to answer my question on how much does a Traffic Congestion matter FB friend; they don’t care as usual.
Have a nice day and keep well.
PS: This post is intended to my FB friends not for my WP friends but you’re free to comments if like.