Field Notes

Hard slog for Manila's commuters

As more cars hit the roads of the Philippine capital, its residents count the costs in hours spent travelling and health problems.

The Metro Manila office of international aid worker Jane Deita is just 5.4km away from where she lives. Yet it takes her more than two hours to get there.

That involves taking a jeepney, the MRT - which in the Philippines stands for Metro Rail Transit, and unlike Singapore's is light rail - and then a bus, and queueing time and walking.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 07, 2018, with the headline 'Hard slog for Manila's commuters'. Print Edition | Subscribe