As we (should) all know by now, the number coding scheme isn't just in Metro Manila anymore. Baguio City and Cavite have adapted the coding as well in a bid to reduce congestion. Now, there's another city that's eying number coding, and it will be a first for Mindanao.

Zamboanga City is considering the number coding scheme to ease traffic on the main thoroughfares there. Leonard Alcala, Technical Working Group (TWG) head of the Local Transport Route Plan (LTRP) believes that introducing it to the city could help reduce volume by as much as 20%. On top of that, he said that implementing this would also encourage owners of private vehicles to patronize the modern buses that will soon ply the main thoroughfares.

“The rationale of the PUV (Public Utility Vehicle) modernization is to encourage private car users to shift to public transport,” said Alcala. The LTFRB is urging Zamboanga City officials to push through with it.

“Unless the city government will do something on its traffic route plan, traffic will be chaotic in the years ahead,” said Noel Noche, city district head of the Land Transportation Office (LTO). The need for a coding scheme in Zamboanga City was further emphasized by Noche as new vehicle registrations there have been increasing by six percent on an annual basis.

At the moment, there are no concrete plans or a time table for the number coding scheme in Zamboanga City. With over 100,000 vehicles traveling within the city, it is perhaps understandable why the government is encouraging the LGU to impose this rule. If it is implemented, Zamboanga City could set a precedent in Mindanao as they may become the first to have it in the second-largest island in the country.