Para Po! Diyan na lang po kayo sa tabi (Jeep­ney Eti­quette 101)

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

Be­cause of the ev­i­dent in­crease of the wors­en­ing traf­fic in my beloved province, I’ve de­cided to take the Filipino mass trans­port and com­mute in­stead of driv­ing on my way to work. And for quite a while, I too had my own ob­ser­va­tions from watch­ing peo­ple while I take the jeep­ney.

Heads up! The next part will be quite provoca­tive. So let me ad­dress my­self to my fel­low mil­len­ni­als (and not-somil­len­ni­als).

Let’s be­gin by say­ing that the jeep­ney is a com­mu­nity, and as a com­mu­nity, there are rules.

Fol­low these rules and all of us will be more com­fort­able de­spite the hot, hu­mid, pol­luted air and sar­dines-like sce­nario. Dis­re­gard and run the risk of get­ting into a ver­bal spar­ring with a both­er­some pas­sen­ger, or go vi­ral.

Rule 1: Sit up straight and hide the crotch. Let’s re­frain from stretch­ing our legs too much all the time.

Rule 2: Thou shall not put our arms be­hind our neigh­bour – es­pe­cially if she’s a young lady and you’re a guy. Hindi na­man kayo Paps! But Se­ri­ously, an arm be­hind some­one’s back is just too “close” and peo­ple don’t like it. All the more, leave per­verted mo­tives behi nd.

Rule 3: Re­mem­ber ba­sic cour­tesy. Say “please” and “thank you” when we give the fare to our neigh­bour who passes on the money un­til it reaches the con­duc­tor or the driver. When we al­ready need to get off say: “Sa lu­gar.” or “para po.” Whistling or mak­ing kiss­ing sounds (tsup, tsup) are not proper.

Rule 4: Make some room un­less we’re bring­ing a bag with our whole house in it. Our bag­gage will get a free ride. So do not put them where they could block the en­trance and exit of the other pas­sen­gers. More so, let’s move our butts off and make it eas­ier for oth­ers to sit real quick. I too, love to sit near the exit. But tabi-tabi din po pag may time.

Rule 5: Watch your kids. Yes, life’s hard and commuting helps us to get by. We can save on trans­porta­tion by let­ting our kids ride for free as long as they sit on our laps. (From ages zero to twenty-one right?) That’s okay. Just make sure your child, brother or friend will not dis­turb the pas­sen­ger seated next to you. (Hmmm, I miss my kuya!)

Rule 6: No smok­ing. We’re all off to an im­por­tant ap­point­ment, thus to smell like burnt ash is not some­thing we want. Nor is the pos­si­bil­ity of them get­ting lung cancer from sec­ond-hand smoke.

Rule 7: Hair Check: Su­musunod sa galaw di ba? Your hair, sometimes beau­ti­ful, sometimes not, sometimes treated, sometimes not. But who would want other peo­ple’s hair on their faces? So ladies, (and some gen­tle­men) tie, hold and keep your hair to your­self, or your “boy­fies.”

Rule 8: Tone down voices. Yes, Filipinos, by na­ture are happy-peo­ple. But a pub­lic place is a pub­lic place. And un­less we rented the en­tire ride, let’s keep all the pabebe moves, jack­ass trip, and tsismis to our­selves.

Rule 9: No 1, 2, 3! Maybe not all driv­ers are sweet lovers, but for sure all of them are real grinders, and has a fam­ily to feed. So for stu­dent-look­ing pas­sen­gers who are not stu­dents, free­loaders and the like, pay fairly.

Rule 10: This one is for manong driver. Please don’t turn on to beast mode if we ask for the proper change. When the jeep is full, it’s full. Stop hord­ing pas­sen­gers like there’s no to­mor­row. Sometimes, cute, chubby and healthy peo­ple like yours truly are on the same trip, thus your jeep­ney’s ca­pac­ity would ob­vi­ously var y.

And lastly, smile so that ev­ery­day will be a sunny and happy jeep­ney joyride. We al­ways say, “it’s only in the Philip­pines,” so let’s make it a good one! If not, para po! Diyan na lang po kayo sa tabi!

Un­til here friends. Stay ‘Ac­tive’un­til our next chat. Be InS­parked!

*** Reach me at in­spark.peo­[email protected]

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