Issue of August 26, 2012
     
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Inhumane, disadvantageous practice of Pinsao drivers
CHRIS DB, Baguio City

I am a daily commuter of jeepneys plying the Plaza-Pinsao Pilot route and vice versa. I want to share this complimentary reaction regarding the complaint against Pinsao Pilot Drivers (re: Looking for better service from Pinsao drivers) in your Week’s mail issue last Aug.19. I want also to call the attention of their association president. There is really something wrong with their practice, which I think is not humane and disadvantageous to their customers. Let me enumerate some.

Every morning, since most of their jeepneys are plying on an express basis, commuters bound for Pinsao Pilot have to wait and stand by in front of Abanao Square or along the public market, but not all of them can pick up the waiting passengers. Even though their  jeepney is empty, drivers will say, “Dyay sumaruno nga jeep ti express!” I don’t see the logic behind it. Why are they selective? First  and foremost, that’s illegal. They can be charged of “failure to convey passengers.”

Second, at Pinsao Pilot, from around 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., they will pick up passengers at their turning point then drop them at the Philippine Baptist Theological School seminary for passengers to board again another waiting jeep bound for the town proper. What is worse is that even during rainy season, passengers had no choice but to step out and transfer, drivers not minding uray mabasa ti pasahero nga bumaba. Drivers will just be seating at the barangay kiosk watching those pitiful passengers nga   agtartaray tapno makauna nga makatugaw ti another jeep.At least met a kuma no ag-ikabil kayo ti tolda man  lang dita terminal yo tapno han met a mabasa ti pasaheros u. And to think, another waiting jeepney can’t start no kurang ti pasahero.

These are the common practices of drivers in plying in this barangay. I just hope the concerned association president will really look into this matter for the betterment of their service to their customers. After all, they are your bread and butter for your family. It’s social obligation that matters, not personal gains.

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