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Heavy traffic on Epifanio Delo Santos Avenue in Metro Manila. An FT Confidential Research survey shows that the country expects the traffic situation to get worse, not better, despite President Duterte's promises.   © Reuters
FT Confidential Research

Bad to worse: Duterte's plan to ease Philippine traffic withers

FTCR shows appetite for cars outpacing president's public transport efforts

| Philippines

Congestion was a major political issue in the 2016 presidential race, which President Rodrigo Duterte won partly on a promise to tackle it. But Filipinos expect the roads to clog up further as Mr. Duterte's infrastructure projects encounter delays.

FT Confidential Research's fourth-quarter 2017 survey of 1,000 urban respondents showed that 62 per cent expect worse traffic in the next 12 months. While Metro Manila, made up of 17 municipalities and cities, is notorious for its gridlock, our survey showed that the bleak outlook for traffic is shared by respondents across major cities in the archipelago.

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