I was (offline) blogging (about the traffic) in the 90s!
While searching for some important documents, I found this paper inside my file box. It was an assignment I submitted back in College for a Journalism subject. Our professor asked us to take photos and key in a caption underneath the photo. My good buddy Geejay took time to take photos for me. Thanks, buddy! Because of you, I had an A or 1.5 (93%) and this paper came in as a top choice by our College professor. As you can see, the photo was too ancient because it wasn’t digital yet and I was still using a typewriter then. Haha! And oh by the way, this is how Glorietta 1 (Goldcrest) used to look like then. It’s never the same now because of the Glorietta bombing.
Anyways, this paper was all about the traffic/parking situation in Makati then. So here it is…
Read: NO PARKING. The drivers of these vehicles obviously ignored the sign. Otherwise, they have parked their vehicles in a parking lot. Unless these drivers are blind and great enough to drive like Helen Keller read. This is not an unusual sign in Metro Manila. This very rampant particularly in Ayala, Makati. The question is, why do authorities allow these cases? Traffic policemen should take care of this but they were nowhere in sight.
At present, traffic situation in Makati is still congested. Well, it’s even worse because the number of vehicles have increased. However, there has been a great improvement when it comes to parking. Passengers are no longer allowed to alight their vehicles anywhere they want. There are designated loading and unloading zones for vehicles to avoid traffic congestion. And parking? Vehicles are certainly not allowed to park anywhere. There are a number of parking lots around Makati area, but the question is how much? It’s about Php40.00 for every 4hrs and additional Php10/hr for the succeeding hours. You must allot Php100 if you’re planning to park all day especially for those who work in Makati. Sounds like business to me. Hehe.
Do you think traffic nowadays are better? How about parking? Are they really overcharging? Should there be a standard rate for parking? Is Php40/4hrs too much? Or is it the Php10.00 per succeeding hour that needs adjustment?