The Public transportation system in the Philippines


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The amount of people who need to go to somewhere in the Philippines is carried by Airplane, Ship, Jeepney, UV-Express, Bus and Taxi. And of course our special Trycycles.

How to commute?

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JeepneyThis is the cheapest kind of transportation here in the Philippines. If you want to try to ride the Jeepney, the regular fare is 8.00 pesos by now. But it depends also if how far you need to go. And by choosing to ride the Jeepney, you need to know that you will be like a sardine in a can inside the Jeepney. Because some Jeepneys have a capacity of 16 passengers inside, both 8 persons left and right and some have a capacity of 24 passengers and if you enter a Jeepney at his starting point, believe me: they will wait, till the last place is sold.

Pedi cab They convert the motorcycle to tricycle by making a steel body and attached it to the motorcycle and they called it sidecar. In the city you can stop and enter the tricycle whenever you can see one. The price is up to the driver because he has the right to accept additional passenger on the way to get the most out of the available seats. In the province (here in Kalibo) they might make it this way if you want to go to a place, far away in country side: The tricycle can carry 10 persons inside, 7 at the sidecar (3 in front, 4 at the back) and 3 at the motorcycle including the driver. You can rent the tricycle if you want to be alone or you are in a hurry to go to your place. But you need to pay the capacity of 9 person.

MotorcycleIn some area in the province especially if they are living in the mountain, they are using motorcycle for their transportation. They called this 'habal-habal'. For them, it is the best way to climb rough road and more faster than the Jeepney. They are extending the body of the motorcycle by adding a long steel baggage carrier at the back so they can carry around 7 persons in a single motorcycle. We can see them also even in Thailand. And now the habal-habal you can find them not only in countryside or in provinces. I found them already here in Manila. But not same as in the province, the 'habal-habal' here in Manila is only a simple motorcycle. It is not extended but also not registered as public transportation. If you own a motorcycle you can go in some places like supermarket or Jeepney stop and offer a ride to someone if they are in a hurry. Because 'habal-habal' is more faster than the Jeepney. The Jeepney will be stuck on the road for 30 minutes because of the traffic but the 'habal-habal' can move by inserting in small space from Jeepneys.

LRT (only in Manila)
Manila light rail train The 'Manila Light Rail Transit' in short MLRT or often only called LRT is actually available on 3 lines. The 'Yellow line LRT-1' from the old center of Manila 'Baclaran' to the 'North' passing 'Monumento'. The 'Blue MRT-line' is available between 'EDSA/Rotonda' and 'North' passing the Cubao Bus Terminal area from where you can ride several long distance bus connections. The LRT-2 line is starting on the half of the LRT-1 and crossing the blue line next to Cubao, heading to Santolan. You can download the actually map here or visit their homepage. The LRTA is announcing, they are working on new lines so it will become a nice chance to explore Manila faster then any other way can offer.

PNR Train (very rare)
There must be somewhere a train runing. I was able to take a little video clip next to Bicutan. Honking a lot and not really fast, because of the track condition. I have no idea, how many lines are available in the whole Philippines and actually I can't do any kind of research for that because the homepage from the 'Philippine National Railway' is temporarily not available. But you can watch my short clip and decide by yourself, if you want to ride with this train.

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