Yeah!!!! You read it right, mate. Philippines is once again in the Top 10, in fact we are at rank 3 on a survey conducted by CNN's travel site, the CNNGo.com, last April 18, 2012. But before you start jumping from your seat, read this:
"World's 10 Worst Cities for Driving"
Now, you still too excited? I bet you're not. And I could imagine smoke going up from your ears eh...
Manila was in rank 3 because according to CNNGo.com, Filipinos are more concern getting to work on time, thus, this makes the traffic congestion as our number one problem.
CNNGo.com admitted that this ranking is "non-scientific", albeit this does not mask the negative impact for our country.
But Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Atty. Francis Tolentino go into bickering by questioning the survey's "scientific" basis. He says that he drove around the metro yesterday to prove his claim that driving in Manila was not as bad as the survey says.
Well good, he tried it and he made his point.
Tolentino asked "What's the basis? Did they take into account the number of vehicles or the quality of the road network?"
But he must have forgotten to include this on his list:
- Abusive traffic enforcers.
- The endless road constructions that seems to peak as election nears.
- Floods on rainy days.
- Garbage, garbage, and garbage that drivers need to navigate.
- Poorly lighted roads.
- Traffic signals not working properly that confused drivers.
- Abusive PUV drivers
- Pedestrians that plays "patintero" with cars.
Well that's just 8 but I'm sure one could think of more reasons why Manila was rank 3 in the survey. It could not just be the proverbial traffic problems that CNNGo.com took into account in determining the ranks but also the safety of drivers and commuters alike.