This might concern those who live in gated communities and subdivisions.

The Metropolitan Development Authority (MMDA) is reportedly planning to open subdivision roads to serve as alternate routes in order to ease traffic in Metro Manila.

According to a report by the Philippine Star, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said that at least 20-percent of the 5,030 km road network in Metro Manila are in “gated subdivisions.”

Moreover, Tolentino said that the vehicles going to schools account for 50-percent of the traffic volume during weekdays. He also added that the number of vehicles on the same road network incresed from 419,000 to 2.4 million at present.

In the past, various subdivisions have opposed opening up their roads to serve as alternate routes for arterial roads such as EDSA and C-5. The most recent example is Barangay Kapitolyo in Pasig City as homeowners objected to the construction of the Lawton-Sta. Monica bridge that would effectively link J.P. Rizal Street to Kapitolyo. The proposed bridge project is currently stalled.

What do you think? Are you willing to have your subdivision's roads opened up to ease traffic?