Metro Manila may become uninhabitable in four years — expert

Metro Manila is foreseen to be uninhabitable if traffic problems will not be resolved within four years, said John Forbes, American Chamber of Commerce PH Senior Advisor.

The unimaginable growth of automobile plying the roads of Metro Manila is expected to continue in the next few years and will amount to 500,000 units in addition to the present 350,000 units.

Metro Manila roads have been restructured for the past few years but none of these efforts helped alleviate the traffic chaos.

Forbes suggests to build a new airport terminal in Clark whilst providing a new railway train system connecting this new airport to the Metro.

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Waze, a hit navigation app, named Metro Manila to have the "worst traffic on earth."

Other than the traffic chaos present in the city, its people are also adding more risk to the situation. Dr. Juan Perez II of the Population Commission stressed the fact that "most people have to commute to work from north and south of Manila."

According to the Metro Manila Development Authority, the city still needs an ideal 8,000 kilometers of roads from the present 5,000-km road. To do that, additional rail lines have to be built and it has to start sooner. If not, we are seeing just a bit of worst scenario to come in the next four years.