If there is one thing that we have somehow appreciated during the pandemic, it’s the suspension of the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program, otherwise known as number-coding. But with the increasing volume of vehicles on the streets as Metro Manila relaxes its quarantine restrictions, the love-it-or-hate-it traffic-reduction scheme is back.
According to this GMA News report, most of NCR’s mayors have agreed to reinstate the program, likely due to the worsening traffic conditions around their respective cities and municipalities. Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Banjamin Abalos Jr. said that the number-coding scheme will be enforced from 5pm to 8pm, Mondays to Fridays.
This covers private vehicles only. Public utility vehicles are exempted as they still have capacity limitations. The implementation will begin this Thursday—two days after the resolution is released on the Official Gazette tomorrow (November 30).