By Glen S. Ramos/Benjamin F. Cuaresma
SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — Officials and employees from the Regional Land Transportation Office (LTO) III on Friday, November 20, 2020 flagged down public utility jeepneys not for committing any violation but to hand out bags full of grocery items for drivers.
LTO Regional Director Ed De Guzman said the activity is their way of paying it forward as gratitude to drivers of public vehicles in the city.
“It is our desire to help our countrymen in the middle of the pandemic and this is one way to show them we also care for their them in their struggle to survive during this time of difficulty”.
“The project is called the ′′Bayaning Tsuper′′ to honor our very own drivers as heroes on the road who makes sure that commuters get where they need to be and get them there safely,” he explained.
The simple token of appreciation was given to uplift their spirits and to appreciate their dedication and hard work.
Dodie M. Manalili, 57, a driver of jeepney plying the Check Point- Holy Angel University – Highway route in the City of San Fernando for 10 years was scared and nervous at first when he was flagged down by a group of LTO officers along his route.
“Natakot po ako kasi kalalabas ko lang, wala pang kita, tapos paparahin ka pa, magkakaroon pa ko ng violation. Saan ko kukuha ng ibabayad ko? Iyon agad po ang naisip ko. Tapos pala mamimigay sila ng bag na puno ng grocery. First time ito. Salamat po sa LTO!” he exclaimed.
All drivers who were flagged down were startled and after receiving their share were very happy because this was the first time in their lives and the first time in Pampanga that LTO enforcers gave them a bag full of food supplies instead of a traffic citation ticket.
“This act of giving is their way of being in solidarity with our heroes in this time of crisis and to imbibe in them their role of keeping their lives and their passengers out of harm’s way,” De Guzman emphasized. (AI/MTVN)