Odd-Even Coding Scheme in Pasig City, explained

Odd-Even Coding Scheme in Pasig City, explained (2018)
Everything you need to know about Pasig’s confusing coding scheme.
[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he odd-even scheme in Pasig is quite known to a lot of its citizens, but few are aware of its scope, the areas affected, and other key details.

As a daily commuter, after moving to Pasig—I use Grab (ugh) and Wunder, whichever is available in my moment of need—I’ve had to quickly adapt to this odd car coding scheme. See what I did there?

On this post, I’m sharing a brief, comprehensive guide to the odd-even coding scheme in Pasig City.

But first…story time for context

Before the good stuff, let’s take a look at how this scheme even came to be.

On December 12, 2016, the Pasig Command Center took to their Facebook Page to announce the full implementation of the odd-even scheme in Pasig City, meaning cars with either odd or even numbers on the last number of their plates can’t pass through certain roads. This is in response to the perpetually congested roads of the city.

Personally, I can’t say I’ve seen a lot of improvement henceforth, but it’s good to abide by it, seeing that violators are to be fined Php 500.

Here is some key information you need to know.

The Pasig odd-even coding scheme, in a nutshell

Check out our infographic on this rather confusing coding scheme. Feel free to save it to your phone for easy reference or share it with friends.

Odd-even coding scheme schedule in Pasig City

The scheme itself is actually straightforward. There are specific days corresponding to odd or even numbers. If your plate number has an odd number, there are a specific number of days that prohibits you from plowing through or across the city.

Here’s the full schedule.

  • Plates ending with odd numbers (that’s 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9) are NOT allowed to pass through select roads in Pasig on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
  • Plates ending with even numbers (that’s 2, 4, 6, and 8), and zero (0) are NOT allowed to pass through select roads in Pasig on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
  • The odd-even scheme is lifted on Sundays and special holidays.
  • Scheme is implemented from 6a.m. to 10a.m. No window hours.

List of affected roads/areas by the odd-even coding scheme in Pasig City

Below is a list of the affected roads/areas by the implementation of the coding scheme, according to the MMDA.

  • F. Legazpi Bridge
  • San Guillermo St.
  • Elisco Rd.
  • R. Jacob St.
  • M. Conception St.

Pasig City mayor-elect Vico Sotto intends to abolish scheme

In a recent tweet, mayor-elect Vico Sotto expressed his desire to lift the problematic odd-even coding scheme.

He noted: “Happy to report that I was the only councilor who opposed the odd-even scheme. It is unfair and ineffective if we look at the big picture. I will remove it on my first day of office.”

What do you think?

As commuters and motorists ourselves, we’d like to get a feel of your pulse. Personally, I think this is an okay solution on paper. It’s just that the implementation in the city has ways away from being perfect. What’s more, there are plenty of other issues yet to be resolved, chiefly double parking and “colorum” tricycles and PUVs.

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