While Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year, it is also considered as the season when traffic is at its worst in Metro Manila. The ‘ber’ months not only usher in cooler weather, it also seem to double the number of commuters traversing the whole stretch of Edsa looking for great deals at malls and bazaars, rushing to company Christmas parties and family reunions, and driving kids off to their school programs and recitals. If traffic is bad on a regular working day, it hits a different level of madness when the Christmas season rolls in.
But, there’s hope.
On September 18, 2016, a Senator proposed to have this year’s school Christmas break be declared earlier than usual to help decongest the city’s main thoroughfares from traffic volume. If kids are kept home during the first weeks of December, school buses and private cars would not need to convey students to schools, thereby, easing traffic in critical areas like the University Belt, Espana, Edsa, and Katipunan. This will also help shorten the lines of commuters waiting for UV Express vans and buses at pick up points especially during weeknight rush hours.
Parents need not worry about their children missing too many days from school because these can be compensated by extending school days later on. The government also admonished faculties from giving children too many assignments and projects to work on during the holidays. The extended break must be spent by the students with their families instead of stressing over schoolwork.
The Department of Education, Commission on Higher Education and the Department of Transportation shall be requested by the Senate to discuss this proposal.
As a parent, teacher, or school administrator, do you agree with this proposal from the government?