PH traffic down by 88 percent, says navigation app

Published April 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Noreen Jazul

Navigation app Waze has seen an 88 percent decrease in traffic in the Philippines since the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine.

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Maiyan Bino, Waze Crisis Response head, said the reduction of the traffic in the country is a sign that people are “really following government recommendation.”

“In different cities of the Philippines, we’ve seen different changes in traffic, and that one is really telling you about the type of restriction that you have, the type of limitations, and also how well the community and the drivers are answering to it,” Bino told ANC in an interview on April 28, Tuesday.

While there are less drivers out on the streets, Waze said it continues to help provide the needs of its users.

“Our goal is really to help… keep drivers off the street and let them know what their local restrictions are, and for the drivers that need to be on the streets, to make sure that we’re providing the right support for them,” Bino said.

“We activated our community of volunteer map editors and our Waze for Cities government partners to make sure that we are able to do that as accurately as possible and that really depends by country,” she added.

For the Philippines, Bino said users receive quarantine notifications, which locate areas with high number of COVID-19 infections.

Waze has also pinned locations of testing centers in Metro Manila in their navigation map.

As for countries where there are food shortages like India, Waze has pinned food distribution centers on their map.

Globally, Waze has recently launched a feature called Location Personality for users to see “businesses that have drive-thru or pick up options.”

Waze, meanwhile, encouraged the national and local government units to submit more data about location of testing centers, red zones, closed roads.

“We launched a landing page on our website, www.waze.com/covid19, where governments are able to submit the data very quickly and easily,” Bino said.

 
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