Cavite to Enforce Strict Number Coding Scheme
It seems that the number coding scheme is going to invade the province of Cavite very soon. Starting December 22, Cavite motorists are now required to follow the same number coding schedule in Metro Manila using the following license plates and conduction sticker endings:
- 1 and 2: Monday
- 3 and 4: Tuesday
- 5 and 6: Wednesday
- 7 and 8: Thursday
- 9 and 0: Friday
The number coding scheme in Cavite will start from 6AM-9AM and 3PM-7PM, with trucks (except the ones covered by the truck bans), private cars, private vans, and motorcycles restricted from driving on the following roads:
- Aguinaldo Highway – covering the stretch of Bacoor to Dasmarinas-Silang boundary
- Governor’s Drive – covering the stretch of Carmona to Trece Martires City-Tanza boundary
- Molino-Salawag-Paliparan Road – from Zapote, Bacoor, to Paliparan, Dasmarinas
- Molino Boulevard – covering Talaba 4, Niog 3, Ligas 2, Ligas 3, Bayanan, Mambog 4, Molino 2, Molino 3, San Nicolas 1, and San Nicolas 3 in Bacoor.
- Daang Hari Road – covering the stretch of Aguinaldo Highway, Imus to Molino, Bacoor
Exempt number coding scheme vehicles in Cavite
The ordinance, however, has exempted these vehicles in the number coding system:
- Public Utility vehicles such as jeepneys and buses.
- Ambulances, and other vehicles carrying persons that need immediate medical attention.
- Government cars that carry government plates.
- Vehicles that carry perishable goods in commercial quantities, such as vegetables, fruits, and etc.
- Enfranchised school buses and company shuttle service vehicles.
- Vehicles that serve to carry relief goods to calamity or depressed areas.
There will be a fine of P300 for drivers who violate this law.
Reasons for implementation of number coding scheme in Cavite
According to Governor Remulla, Cavite City’s rising industrial growth and increase in commercial establishments in and around the province have contributed to the heavy traffic congestion. This is especially true along Aguinaldo highway, where traffic is at its worst during peak hours between 7:00 and 8:00 in the morning and 11:00 and 12:00 in the afternoon. Traffic significantly goes down from 9:00 pm onwards.
Aguinaldo highway serves a major road that connects medium towns in Cavite to Metro Manila. These towns are the residential places of many people who work in the capital. Many commuters, especially office workers and students, blame traffic officials, sporadic pipe lay diggings, and road constructions as three of the main reasons for the traffic problem. On a lesser note, others also blame its dense population as another reason for the heavy congestion.
At present, Cavite is considered as one of the two most heavily-populated provinces in the country, with Cebu city leading the rank. The Philippine Census reports that Cavite is now home to 3 million people in its 20 towns and 3 districts.