As the volume of vehicles continue to rise in Metro Manila, one consequence is the clogging of streets, especially small side streets, because of the proliferation of double-parked vehicles. But some are getting enterprising ideas as a result of the worsening problem. While walking along one of Cubao's busy streets one day, I chanced upon a sign posted on a Meralco post which said "Garage for Rent". Leave it to the ever-ready entrepreneurial spirit of the Pinoy to come up with ideas like this.
The problem of the growing vehicle volume in the country is no laughing matter. Close to 170,000 cars were sold in the Philippines in 2010 representing a 27.2 increase from 2009. Nearly two million cars are registered in Metro Manila alone.1 But what about other type of vehicles? No wonder then that double parked vehicles are slowing down traffic in most side streets of Metro Manila on any given day. It seems like Metro Manila is slowly turning into a "huge parking lot for trucks, jeeps, cars and tricycles."2