Philippine Traffic Is the Ninth Worst in the World—and the Absolute Worst in ASEAN

IMAGE Jerome Ascano

If there’s one thing that neither the pandemic nor the turn of the new decade has changed in the Philippines, it’s the traffic here on our shores.

Last year, as soon as the enhanced community quarantine was lifted and cities started reopening their borders, it felt like just another day at the office along EDSA. And for the most part of 2020, that was the case.

Don’t take our word for it. Crowdsourced global statistics database Numbeo’s 2020 traffic index showed that traffic in the Philippines was the worst among ASEAN countries and ninth-worst in the world last year.

Numbeo’s latest traffic index report covers 81 countries and takes into account several factors including “time consumed in traffic, estimation of time consumption dissatisfaction, CO2 consumption estimation in traffic, and overall inefficiencies in the traffic system.”

The higher the score in the traffic index, the worse the traffic situation is in the country. And according to Numbeo’s report, the Philippines finished the past year with a traffic index score of 198.41. As mentioned, this is ninth highest across the world and the highest among ASEAN countries.

Among the 81 countries, Austria finished at the bottom. That means traffic is good in those parts, and we can only imagine how relaxing it would be to drive in roads like those. Anyway, if you want to see the list, you can click here. We’ve also listed down below the top 10 countries with the highest traffic index scores in Numbeo’s report. Look:




Traffic index score

1 Nigeria 308.03
2 Sri Lanka 293.36
3 Kenya 274.71
4 Bangladesh 255.21
5 Egypt 240.72
6 Iran 220.43
7 Peru 214.86
8 India 207.52
9 Philippines 198.84
10 Colombia 198.41

The government has rolled out a number of Build, Build, Build infrastructure projects to tackle the Philippines' notorious traffic. Perhaps next year, we'll finally be off this dreaded list. 

Do you agree with Numbeo’s statistics? Is driving in the Philippines really one of the worst cities to drive in, with or without the pandemic? Sound off in the comments.

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by editors.

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