Manila, capital of the Southeast Asian nation of the Philippines, is famous (or infamous?) for its horrendous traffic. This is usually one of the first things foreign visitors and tourists notice about the capital city – they say that the people are so hospitable and the food is great, but the traffic is just horrible. A Japanese man got so frustrated with the heavy traffic that he offered to be a “traffic enforcer” for a day, just to be able to make a contribution to easing the vehicle flow, even if for just a day.
Masao Urakami, an interior designer by trade, is in the Philippines visiting his in-laws and relatives. The Japanese are known for their penchant for order and discipline, and seeing Manila’s chaotic traffic has been quite an experience for Urakami – and so he was not going to take this sitting down. Urakami volunteered to be a traffic enforcer for a day, a very honorable but unenviable job, as one would have to deal with ill-disciplined drivers and the sheer volume of vehicular traffic and put some sort of order in it. The inner city of Caloocan – where Urakami was staying – and its city traffic management group fortunately agreed to the Japanese man’s offer and proceeded to give him his own uniform and deputize him for a day of directing traffic. He was then taught the hand signals and the basics of traffic management, and in no time, he was directing traffic.
From the pictures shown, he seems to have enjoyed himself. Urakami says that this is his fifth time visiting the islands, and he has seen some improvement in the traffic schemes, but not enough. The photos of Urakami are already making the rounds in social networks in the Philippines, asking people if they are willing to do the noble thing the Japanese visitor did.
[via Top Gear PH]