Commuting Etiquettes

No, I am, first and foremost, not a college student or someone who is working. I have not experienced trying to fight for a bus seat or a spot on a UV Express like some may fight for food. But for someone’s who’s always observing, though sometimes asleep when commuting, I always notice things —of which are sadly, rude and disrespectful.

Ofcourse it is an unending battle, that when the rooster goes cock-a-doodle-do and the sun welcomes us to a new day, most of us would probably struggle to make it on time, be it on our way to school, work or pretty much other endeavors of which we attempt to make for the betterment of our lives.

Though most people don’t say it but notice it, (maybe because it’s needless to do so) the Metropolis’ traffic system is flawed. We have signs that says ‘BAWAL ANG BUMABA/MAGBABA DITO’ and yet it has become a make shift terminal for jeepneys and a waiting shed was even erected. A motorcycle lane was designated and yet these motors continue to hit the road like daredevils. Walking on sidewalks, I notice that fewer people walk and most are in their vehicles. For so long, we have been stuck in the mentality that a city with more cars is a highly urbanized one. Yet it isn’t. A city is known as a prosperous one when even the rich rides on mass transportation.

And even though the Government is doing its best to control and regulate the worsening dilemma of the country, (new LRT bagons by 2015 as reports say) there are just some things commuters can do to make commuting a good thing to do.

Here’s Commuting Etiquettes 101:

1. Blessed are the gentlemen who gives the spot to a lady, be it the young or the aged.

Pag sa Jeep/FX, pa-sandalin mo nalang, pare. Do it not because you’re trying to impress, do it out of good will. Being a gentleman is a matter of choice; a lifestyle.

2. When paying the fare, say a simple ‘thank you’ or ‘salamat.’

It does not hurt anyone and by saying the simple word, we express gratitude for little nice things. They matter to, you know. And besides! We’re Pinoys, known to be a nation, a race of kind hearts. So the next time you say “Manong, bayad po” and someone takes the money to give it to the driver, say “Salamat”. It won’t hurt.

3. ‘Textmoso

Not really sure where I overheard the word, but I’m sure most of us experienced being the ‘textmoso’ itself (Uy, aminin) and being looked at the phone by a curious co-passenger. It’s a matter of privacy, and one ought to give it to the other. Even when riding mass transpo, privacy is still entitled to everyone. Do not be the ‘textmoso’. When seated beside an attractive passenger, I guess it’s fine to glance don’t give them the creepy look.

4. Do not be the Monica [on The Legal Wife] where goes with the famous line, “Walang sa’yo Nicole!”

Let’s face it, more people tend to ride a bus or an FX because of the prickling heat, and while their reason to pay such amount of money is to get a portion of the air an air conditioner gives. Share the aircon and think of the others, too. After all, they’re not Nicole —mayroon kang aircon, at the same time, the other passengers should have, too.

5. If you are the Driver, please be a good one.

Don’t we all want good drivers? And by good, I mean one who drives safely, follows traffic rules, maintains good care of his vehicle (minsan, wala na ngang binubugang hangin sa FX. Masikip and mainit? Come on) and besides, your passengers would want to reach safely to their destinations instead of being involved in a car accident.

6. If you are the Passenger, most probably you are, don’t get mad if the driver does not drop you off at the exact place where you say ‘Para’

Most of the time, drivers say ‘tatabi lang po’ or its either it’s a No Unloading zone. Please do not be the reason why they have to break traffic rules. It becomes so much of a challenge to follow such these days. Onting onti nalang ang gumagawa.

7. Cross on designated ‘Tawiran’ or Pedestrian lanes/Overpass.

I don’t think there’s a need for such to be explained further. Just you know, be cool and cross the road on pedestrian lanes or overpasses. Remember, it was your tax and it will always be your tax they used for to construct those. Ofcourse we don’t want our tax to go in vain, don’t we? (Well, somehow it did when PDAF Scam)

8. Yosi pa!

Common scenario: You ride a jeepney, war bus and then poof—suddenly someone brings out a lighter, lights a cigarette and smokes all throughout his travel. While we understand that some people need it to calm their nerves, please do not slowly kill us by making us inhale all the second hand smoke. Do it on some other place, somewhere only you will be affected, somewhere only your lungs will be damaged.

9. Not everyone’s having a great day, not even a good one.

Understand that some may not be able to follow these, maybe because something wrong’s going on in their lives. You may never know. Best you can do is set an example to yourself. Especially the youth, nako. When the youth does the good, the older ones are encouraged to do so too (nahihiya).

And that’s it! If we all strive to be good passengers/commuters, there will be order around the environment. These 9 are the etiquettes I try to live by. If you have yours then that’s great too. Though we may differ, we share the same thing, and that is to do good. Stop whining that drivers or motorists aren’t doing their part, what matters is that you do yours. Because by then, by these simplest of acts, can we prove that we are good citizens who are united by one goal —to shape the country to become a greater nation, yes, greater than how it is today.

Photo by: Mobiletechpinoy.com

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