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Number Coding in the Philippines

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Driving here in the Philippines can be very tricky if you don’t follow the rules. A number coding system has been implemented here by the MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) to reduce the number of vehicles due to congestion of roads by about 20%. The last digit/s of the vehicle’s plate numbers will determine if a vehicle is allowed to be on the road on certain days. The so-called window hours (seen below) are the only times a restricted vehicle on that particular day can ply the road.

 

Day

Last Digit of Plate Number

Monday

1 and 2

Tuesday

3 and 4

Wednesday

5 and 6

Thursday

7 and 8

Friday

9 and 0

Saturday

No Number Coding

Sunday

No Number Coding

 

 

Number coding for the 16 cities and lone Municipality of Metro Manila:

1. Caloocan Number Coding Window: Number coding hours in Caloocan City follow the MMDA number coding schedule from 7am to 7pm with 10am to 3pm window hours for private vehicles.

2. Las Pinas Number Coding Window: No number coding window hours in Las Pinas City. Number coding is strictly 7am to 7pm (same with Makati)

3. Makati Number Coding Window: Number coding in Makati is strictly 7am to 7pm with no number coding window, even the “Eagles of Makati” sticker on Tutubi’s car does not grant exemption from number coding in Makati. Avoid the stretch of Kalayaan that connects C5 to EDSA, its part of Makati territory, where MAPSA traffic enforcers await. You can, however, drive on the Makati segment of EDSA from Guadalupe to Magallanes during number coding window hours of 10am to 3pm.

4. Malabon Number Coding Window: Number coding hours in Malabon City follow the MMDA number coding schedule from 7am to 7pm with 10am to 3pm window hours for private vehicles.

5. Mandaluyong Number Coding Window: Number coding hours in Mandaluyong City follow the MMDA number coding schedule from 7am to 7pm with 10am to 3pm window hours for private vehicles.

6. Manila Number Coding Window: Number coding hours in the City of Manila follow the MMDA number coding schedule from 7am to 7pm with 10am to 3pm window hours for private vehicles.

7. Marikina Number Coding: No number coding in Marikina City, drive around anytime but be mindful when crossing city boundaries with Pasig City and Quezon City

8. Muntinlupa Number Coding: No number coding in Muntinlupa City (including Alabang, of course), drive around anytime but be mindful when crossing city boundaries with Las Pinas (where there are no number coding window hours)

9. Navotas Number Coding Window: Number coding hours in Navotas follow the MMDA number coding schedule from 7am to 7pm with 10am to 3pm window hours for private vehicles.

10. Paranaque Number Coding: No number coding in Paranaque City, drive around anytime but be mindful when crossing city boundaries along Pasay City and Las Pinas

11. Pasay Number Coding Window : Number coding hours in Pasay follow the MMDA number coding schedule from 7am to 7pm with 10am to 3pm window hours for private vehicles. However, major roads in Pasay City leading to the four Manila Airport Terminals (Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals 1, 2 and 3 (NAIA) and Manila Domestic Airport) are exempted from number coding scheme:

a. Andrews Avenue (formerly Airport Road, where NAIA Terminal 3 is located)

b. Aurora Blvd (formerly Tramo, connects EDSA to Andrews Avenue)

c. Domestic Road (links Andrews Ave and NAIA Road, where the old Manila Domestic Airport Terminal is located)

d. NAIA Road (formerly MIA Road, links Macapagal Boulevard, Roxas Blvd, Manila- Cavite Coastal Road, Domestic Road and Ninoy Aquino Ave, where NAIA terminal 2 (Centennial Terminal), is located)

e. Ninoy Aquino Avenue (formerly Imelda Avenue, where NAIA Terminal 1 is located)
Sales Road (connects SLEx with Andrews Avenue [near Villamor Airbase) and Lawton Avenue to Fort Bonifacio, Taguig)

f. Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (formerly Buendia, Pasay Segment only from Macapagal Blvd., Roxas Blvd. up to Taft Avenue vicinity)

12. Pasig Number Coding Window: Number coding hours in Pasig City are from 7am to 7pm with 9am to 4pm window hours for private vehicles. Note the two hour difference from the regular MMDA number coding window hours.

13. Pateros Number Coding Window: Number coding hours in Pateros follow the MMDA number coding schedule from 7am to 7pm with 10am to 3pm window hours for private vehicles.

14. Quezon City Number Coding Window: Number coding hours in Quezon City follow the MMDA number coding schedule from 7am to 7pm with 10am to 3pm window hours for private vehicles.

15. San Juan Number Coding Window: Number coding hours in San Juan follow the MMDA number coding schedule from 7am to 7pm with 10am to 3pm window hours for private vehicles.

16. Taguig number coding: Number coding in Taguig is not implemented (including Bonifacio Global City (The Fort, Bonifacio High Street) except on C5, East Service Road and Manuel L. Quezon Avenue (national roads in the City of Taguig). Be mindful too when crossing boundaries with Makati particularly Kalayaan Ave. that connects C-5 to EDSA where it's strict 7am to 7pm "color coding" with no window.

17. Valenzuela Number Coding Window: Number coding in Valenzuela City follows the MMDA number coding schedule from 7am to 7pm with 10am to 3pm window hours for private vehicles.

Vehicles exempted from Number Coding:

Motorcycles, ambulances, fire trucks, police patrol cars, military vehicles, diplomatic vehicles with diplomatic plates (blue plate numbers), government vehicles, vehicles with perishable goods in commercial quantity, and those exempted by law or those with proper number coding exemption permits from the MMDA e.g. shuttle buses, school bus service vehicles (those yellow-colored vehicles with grilles and corresponding franchises), media vehicles, medical practitioners during emergency.

Streets exempted from number coding during window hours (meaning you can drive by the length of these roads between 10am and 3pm, worry-free)
EDSA, C5, Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, Skyway, SLEX, NLEX

New vehicles with still no LTO plate numbers (registered but no plate number available) use the last digit number of the conduction sticker to determine the number coding day.

Vehicles with commemorative plates are not exempted from the number coding, as per MMDA.

Number coding is suspended during national holidays (non-working holidays except during the time of PGMA using holiday economics) and weekends e.g. January 1 (New Years Day), May 1 (Labor Day, November 1, December 25 (Christmas Day), December 30 (Rizal Day). Traditionally, Number coding is not suspended on February 25, (EDSA People Power) since only classes are suspended and still is a working holiday.

A violation of the MMDA number coding will earn you a traffic violation ticket (TVR) with corresponding fine P300.00 from the MMDA. So it’s best to follow these rules and avoid any run-ins with the MMDA Police or the law.

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