Filipinos need not go to Hong Kong or Singapore or London to experience the double-decker bus, just ride the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) Point-to-Point (P2P) mass transport system ( This space-saving vehicle can ferry almost as many passengers that two regular buses can. Besides cash, commuters can also use their BEEP cards for their fare, too. WOW!

The double-decker concept is “MOVING MORE PEOPLE IN LESS VEHICLES (on the road)” – we need to focus on similar solutions considering that our population is still increasing at alarming rate and rural dwellers are continually emigrating to overcrowded urban centers (see related article on Philippine population “IMPLEMENTATION OF RH LAW IS PRO-LIFE, PRO-POOR AND PRO-PROGRESS: Family planning is a must for poverty alleviation”).

Kudos to the DOTr, MMDA, LTO and other national and local gov’t units who thought of and implemented this very practical solution (although it is quite unsettling that no one, gov’t or private, during the past administrations seems to have even thought of this simplistic approach – using space-saving double-decker transport units – to help lessen traffic congestion in Metro Manila).