Number Coding Scheme in Baguio City

Similar to Metro Manila, Baguio City and the municipality of La Trinidad do have a Uniform Vehicular Volume Reduction Program or commonly known as number coding scheme.

In Baguio City, public and private utility vehicles including motorcycles are not allowed to pass through selected areas in the city from 7am to 7pm. These includes lower and upper Session Road, Burnham Park, City Market and places within the Central Business District.

In La Trinidad, the said vehicles are not allowed to pass the main road starting from Km.6(Strawberry Fields) going to Baguio .

If your plate number ends with the following number, your car is restricted to such prohibited areas.

1-2: Monday
3-4: Tuesday
5-6: Wednesday
7-8: Thursday
9-0: Friday

However, number coding scheme is suspended during important events such as Panagbenga Flower Festival, holidays, PMA alumni homecoming, summer season to accommodate influx of visitors to the city.

Penalty: Fine of 500 pesos

baguio coding scheme

For your reference, see: List of Holidays in the Philippines 2015

Where to claim if apprehended:

In Baguio City – To be claimed at the Traffic Management Branch (TMB) located near Banco De Oro (upper session road) and SM.

traffic management unit baguio city

Note: Before – City Treasurers Office: Now – Traffic Management Branch of PNP

In La Trinidad – To be claimed at the Treasurers Office located near the main entrance of the municipal hall.

Tip:

  • Avoid passing through main roads from 7am to 8:30am, 11am to 12:30pm, and 5pm to 7pm.
  • If you are caught by an apprehending officer and issued you a yellow ticket after confiscation of your plate, go to the office of that officer and plead for your apprehension. Chances are, the officer might forgive you and avoid penalty. However, if the apprehending officer issued you a pink ticket, all you have to do is to pay the pay the fine. :-)

Number Coding is not a Joke

On September 30, 2014, while passing through a busy street in La Trinidad, I was caught by an apprehending officer because this scheme. I paid the penalty against my will. 500 pesos can do many things, so beware. :-)

receipt coding la trinidad

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6 thoughts on “Number Coding Scheme in Baguio City

    1. baguioboy Post author

      I think you are particularly referring to motorcycles in general. Whether its a car or a motorcycle, the same rules apply. Open pipe or any modification(tail light modification, loud blow horn) that affects the road safety is also prohibited. You are charged with separate penalty depending upon the nature of the offense. Most of the time the apprehending officer is lenient when it comes to this matter. Don’t be arrogant when apprehended, the officer might give you additional penalty. When driving in groups specially when most of you have modified motorcycles, its better to have a 50 to 100 meter gap between riders. Hope this may help. :-)

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  1. baguioboy Post author

    Yes,

    December 24, 2014, Wednesday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
    December 25, 2014, Thursday – Christmas Day (Regular Holiday)
    December 26, 2014, Friday – Additional special non-working day (Special non-working day)
    December 30, 2014, Tuesday – Rizal Day (Regular Holiday)
    December 31, 2014, Wednesday – Last day of the year (Special non-working day)

    For more details: http://baguioguide.com/list-of-holidays-philippines/

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  2. Mj Defensor

    Hi,
    We’ll be on baguio from April 26 to 28, since it’s already summer, will the number coding still be implemented? Thanks!

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    1. baguioboy Post author

      There is no official statement by the the city mayor as of this time. However, No coding on April 26, check the last digit of your plate no. if the code falls on April 27 or 28. Most of the time, apprehending officers are lenient to tourists from lowlands.

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