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Heavy back-to-school traffic emphasizes importance of flexibility and location in Metro Manila by Nadine PacisPublished: June 8, 2015Updated: June 17, 2015

Living in condominiums or apartments at the center of all activities is one way to beat the notorious Metro Manila traffic.

June 1 marked the first day of school for most students in the Philippines. For office workers and the rest of the commuting population in Metro Manila however, it also marked the start of traversing through even heavier traffic than usual. And though the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and other government bodies have taken several measures to better manage traffic, the additional hours wasted on the road has highlighted the need for choosing better residential locations. 

Metro Manila’s traffic conundrum has been a problem many real estate analysts have been citing. Time is gold, and millions of pesos are lost with each unnecessary hour that people are stuck in traffic. Even without the thousands of students making their way to their respective schools, daily commuters and travellers still suffer in EDSA and other major roads and avenues on a day-to-day basis.

Lack of infrastructure, and poor traffic and public transportation management are mostly blamed for the Metro Manila’s daily “car-pocalypse.” To try and lighten the burden of citizens, MMDA deployed 800 traffic enforcers on the first day of school to better manage traffic. They also launched an app for carpooling with friends and co-workers called “Friend Trip.”

Meanwhile, DOTC gave the greenlight on app-based transportation services such as Uber, GrabTaxi, EasyTaxi, and the like. The government agency assigned a new category for these transportation services, dubbing them Transportation Network Vehicle Services (TNVS).

The issue also emphasizes the importance of choosing better residential locations. Hundreds living in Alabang, Paranaque, or Las Pinas spend most of their days working or studying in Quezon City, Pasig, or Ortigas. The same thing can be said vice versa.

One could say that this is due to the previous generation’s ideal norm of living in subdivisions tucked away from the hustle and bustle of skyscrapers and office buildings.

Now, we are seeing a shift in that mindset. A quick look of MyProperty’ph’s  analytics from January 1 to June 2 shows that there is a growing number of searches for condos and apartments, property types usually located either in central business districts or just at its fringes, compared to townhouses and houses.

More people are searching for condos and apartments in Metro Manila instead of houses and townhouses. And it shows in the three most searched locations in Metro Manila: Makati, Taguig, and Quezon City. Condominiums and apartments take up a majority of the searches for all three cities. Searches for these two property types take up 69.1% of property searches in Makati City, 49.7% in Quezon City, and 68.3% in Taguig City

With the location mismatch, the dreadful traffic, and the back-to-school season highlighting this, it’s no wonder that more people are choosing to live in condominiums and apartments in the center of all activities for the sake of flexibility and convenience.

You can start searching for a home closer to your workplace here.

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