A couple of weeks ago, I made a new Mexican friend who couch-surfed at my place. He was here in the Philippines for a conference but during the weekend prior to that, we went around town to check out the sights and sounds of Manila. We talked about the similarities of Mexico and Philippines, and while there are some differences of course, I was surprised to find that we have so much in common, from language similarities down to the dirty politicians and congestion woes that we have.
The Uniform Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP) or more commonly known as “number coding” was signed into effect in 1995 as a way to help reduce traffic in the congested, overpopulated Metro Manila. Mexico had a similar program called “Hoy No Circula” (“You Don’t Drive Today”) which also banned drivers from the road depending on the day of the week and ending number of your license plate. I don’t know whether or not our Number Coding was based on Hoy No Circula, but while their method was the same, their objective was different–Hoy No Circula was implemented to reduce air pollution. Read the rest of this entry »