Confused about the latest number coding rules? Here's a complete guide for number coding in Metro Manila.
Understanding Number Coding in Metro Manila
The number coding scheme (also called the Modified Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program or UVVRP) is a traffic management strategy for reducing the number of cars—and ultimately easing congestion—on the road.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) implements the number coding implementation in Metro Manila. Through this program, traffic volume is expected to be reduced by 20% during morning and afternoon/evening peak hours.
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What Time is Coding in Metro Manila for 2023?
The expanded number coding in the National Capital Region (NCR) is implemented during rush hours in the morning (7 a.m. to 10 a.m.) and afternoon to evening (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.) from Monday to Friday. Holidays and weekends, however, are exempted.
The MMDA's number coding scheme primarily covers private vehicles. The last digit of your vehicle’s plate number will determine the day of the week when you’re not allowed to hit the roads in Metro Manila.
Number Coding in Metro Manila
As a driver or even as a car owner, it’s best to know your vehicle’s plate number, especially its last digit to avoid using it on the imposed number coding days. Plate numbers that end with 1 and 2 are not allowed to travel on certain roads every Monday. The same policy applies on plate numbers 3 and 4 every Tuesday, 5 and 6 every Wednesday, 7 and 8 every Thursday, and 9 and 0 every Friday.
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Where Does Number Coding Apply in the Philippines?
According to the MMDA, number coding in the Philippines covers all cities and towns within Metro Manila.
However, Makati City is excluded from the program since it has its own traffic code. Makati implements its number coding scheme from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
All the following major roads in cities under the jurisdiction of the MMDA shall follow the number coding scheme:
- Recto Avenue
- Quirino Avenue
- Araneta Avenue
- Roxas Boulevard
- Taft Avenue
- South Luzon Expressway (SLEX)
- Shaw Boulevard
- Ortigas Avenue
- Bonifacio Avenue
- Rizal Avenue
- Quezon Avenue
- Marcos Highway
- Del Pan
- Magsaysay Boulevard
- Aurora Boulevard
Number Coding Exemptions
According to the MMDA, the vehicles exempted from the number coding scheme include the following:
- Public utility vehicles or PUVs (including tricycles)
- Transport network vehicle services (TNVS)
- Garbage trucks
- Fuel trucks
- Fire trucks
- Marked government vehicles
- Marked media vehicles
- Motor vehicles that carry essential and/or perishable goods
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Take note that this number coding exemption doesn't apply to Makati City, according to the MMDA.
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Number Coding by City
Each city may have its own traffic rules and number coding ordinances on secondary roads in NCR. Before you drive, check with your local government about your city’s number coding scheme and related traffic rules.
Number Coding in Caloocan
The city of Caloocan also follows the number coding system from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., except for Samson Road, which has no window hours.
Number Coding in Makati
Number coding in Makati applies from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There are no window hours if you travel in your coded vehicle. Violators will be slapped with a ₱300 fine.
The only exemptions are vehicles transporting drivers or passengers who are senior citizen Blu Card holders or those involved in medical emergencies and official duties.
Number Coding in Mandaluyong
Mandaluyong implements the MMDA's number coding scheme. To avoid the fines, travel only during the window hours of 10:01 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.
Number Coding in Manila
Manila is one of the most densely populated cities and has one of the busiest roads in the Philippines. Most roads here follow the number coding hours of 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Some roads, though, don’t have window hours.
Number Coding in Marikina
There’s no number coding in Marikina. But there's a portion of Marcos Highway near Sta. Lucia East Mall and Ayala Malls Feliz that’s covered by the number coding scheme. If you have a coded vehicle, avoid the route from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Number Coding in Muntinlupa
The number coding scheme in Muntinlupa applies only to Alabang-Zapote Road from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Number coding is not implemented along Commerce Avenue.
Number Coding in Pasay
There’s also number coding in Pasay, which starts from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. However, some major roads are exempted from the number coding scheme, including Sales Road, MIA Road, Ninoy Aquino Avenue, and Domestic Road. It also includes some areas of Airport Road and Gil Puyat.
Number Coding in Pasig
The number coding in Pasig follows MMDA’s coding scheme. It means number coding applies from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Number Coding in Quezon City
Quezon City also follows the MMDA number coding schedule: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This means you can still travel in Quezon City on your coded vehicle in the window hours of 10:01 a.m. to 4:59 p.m.
Number Coding in Taguig
BGC or Bonifacio Global City doesn't have number coding rules. However, it is implemented in certain areas, particularly national roads, like the East Service Road and Manuel L. Quezon Avenue.
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Frequently Asked Questions for Number Coding in the Philippines
When is the number coding usually lifted?
Coding days in Metro Manila and nearby cities are usually suspended during public holidays and weekends. The MMDA also announces the number coding suspensions during calamities (typhoons, volcanic eruptions, etc.). It may even lift number coding during public transport failures, like nationwide transport strikes or temporary closures of MRT/LRT lines.
What is the penalty for number coding violations?
In case you get caught violating the number coding scheme, you’ll need to pay a ₱500 fine, according to the single ticketing system provision of the Metro Manila Traffic Code.
Where can I pay the fine for my number coding violation?
If you're wondering how you're supposed to settle the fine for your number coding scheme violation, the MMDA has a list of payment channels to choose from, including the following:
- MMDA Traffic Management Division
- Landbank Link Biz Portal
- Bayad Center
- SM Bills Payment
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