April 25, 2018, 10:14 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07044 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.01285 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03414 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3869 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02498 Australian Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.03836 Barbados Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06531 Brazilian Real
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.02447 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.4346 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12071 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 52.91139 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.76908 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Cuban Peso
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.3961 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.39145 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1164 Danish Krone
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.1869 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24445 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33832 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52167 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01562 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03879 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01369 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01368 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08493 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89893 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.6122 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1407 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.94879 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15041 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4519 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11558 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.23341 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.85501 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 266.4557 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06754 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.26972 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.70809 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 805.52361 Iran Rial
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.37438 Jamaican Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.06782 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91408 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.31497 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 76.83161 Cambodia Riel
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1 Philippine Peso = 17.26122 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.47315 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00575 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01573 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.25738 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.78405 Lao Kip
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.99962 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.50441 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23188 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05847 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0119 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02539 Libyan Dinar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.31433 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95589 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.29728 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.79977 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15492 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.75105 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64212 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29862 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.71883 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35542 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07476 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23032 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.88531 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59455 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15025 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02693 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02661 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00738 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06167 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06232 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.21711 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06525 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 105.81128 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06981 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07297 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.17426 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.19889 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07192 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14921 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25758 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34621 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1621 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02526 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01369 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42589 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.33679 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.79785 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 382.92676 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16782 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.87687 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2317 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60153 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04709 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04287 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07793 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12937 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56552 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.65171 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.50153 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 70.73264 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54066 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 154.48792 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1138.30075 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 436.67051 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.02071 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04846 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.24242 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05178 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.24242 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.85386 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.79287 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23169 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.53011 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.94093 Zimbabwe dollar

Our counterflow culture

Mid-noon last Saturday I was driving down Makati Avenue from Kalayaan towards Buendia when a taxi cab and an Innova decided to counterflow to my left and create a third (or was that fourth?) lane of vehicles. It was a moment of light traffic, and I couldn’t understand why the two vehicles couldn’t follow everyone else and stick to the regular lanes while waiting for the traffic light at the Makati-Jupiter intersection to change? When the light finally turned green and we crossed Jupiter only to be stopped at the Makati Ave-Buendia intersection, the Innova ended up straddling two lanes instead of, again, lining up correctly in between the white lines painted on the street. 

The image I am trying to paint, of a motorist driving counterflow and creating more lanes of vehicles than the lines on our streets seem to indicate there should be, is nothing new to anyone who has ever driven - or been driven down - our streets. So much so that driving counterflow is already part of our culture - as is driving the wrong way down a one way street with hazard lights on or idling on a street curb - with hazard lights on - right under a “no parking” sign (blinking hazard lights are an all- purpose tool) or stopping to pick up passengers under a “No loading and unloading” sign as jeepneys do at the Guadalupe area on the way from Edsa to JP Rizal Street. All these have become part and parcel of our culture and our practices that someone could claim that under Common Law they ARE now the rule of our roads and not the illegal exception. But they are practices that, added up, create the traffic mess we are more and more groaning under by the day, one that successive MMDA administrations seem unable to break as they continuously fail in their attempt to impose order on our streets. 

To be sure, traffic is not a monopoly of Philippine cities; I’ve seen traffic just as bad, even worse, in neighboring cities like Bangkok. But as a friend on Facebook commented on a picture I posted of traffic in Bangkok, in that city you see the vehicular lines clearly defined by the white lines painted on the concrete (or asphalt). In the Philippines those lines, like other traffic signs on the road, are “suggestions”. Enforcing it is a “ningas cogon” affair, and sometimes enforcers even make better money being paid just to look away! 

At the Guadalupe loop on the northbound lane of EDSA, I was wondering why the jeepney in front of me wasn’t moving. I could see that the traffic light was flashing green- so we were supposed to flow onto JP Rizal so we could then drive under the Guadalupe Bridge and either proceed towards Rockwell via the “scenic” Pasig River route or drive up towards the southbound lane of EDSA. But we weren’t moving - precisely because the jeepney driver and a barker were courting passengers to board jeepneys right under the very nose of a traffic sign that said “No Loading”. 

Where were the enforcers? Your guess is as good as mine. 

But let’s go back to what I said earlier. All these are not new. Many of us as motorists are more than happy to counterflow when traffic isn’t moving in the hope of getting ahead of all the idiots who are following the law. That we could potentially make a traffic jam worse doesn’t figure in our selfish calculations. Or if we are passengers of public transport, we are happy to see jeepneys or tricycles or even buses stop for us wherever it is convenient for us to board (or disembark) – even if it means creating traffic in the process. Who cares? It’s part of our culture! If we don’t do it others will anyway. 

What is much more depressing than the fact that we’ve created this culture of counterflow in our lives is that we still have the gall to go around bemoaning the horrendous traffic in our cities that in part are the result of our very own bad habits! 

Until we accept that we have to lie in the bed we ourselves make, we will neither solve the traffic mess of our own creation -- or mature as a people.
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