IF President Duterte is asking for an emergency power to solve the crippling traffic problem in the metropolis, particularly along Edsa, it must be for good reason.fWhy? Because Congress—the House and the Senate—has not come up with a cohesive plan to deal simultaneously with the four elements of traffic. These four elements are economics, education, enforcement and engineering. Because traffic has a correlation to the economic life of the nation, it is important to have a closer look at the implication of traffic to the economy. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) early this year released data showing that the country loses P3.5 billion a day in economic opportunities or P1.095 trillion in one year due to the Metro’s traffic gridlock, which turns investors away. This includes wasted oil and gasoline, lost work hours, lost business opportunities due to delays and missed costly deadlines. As of March 2019, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) reported that the number of motor vehicles—cars and motorcycles combined—registered in its database has reached 26.33 million. The number of registered motorcycles already reached 18.8 million, or a whopping 71 percent of the ...