CITY OF MALOLOS – “Do good and good will come to you.”
This saying has been true to Noel Chavez Cayabyab after receiving a certificate of appreciation and cash incentive from the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB) headed by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Gov. Daniel R. Fernando during the “Araw ng Lingkod Lansangan” held at The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city yesterday.
Cayabyab, who is a jeepney driver from the City of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, was recognized for returning the wallet of his passenger whom he personally searched for, which contains check and cash.
Vice Gov. Fernando thanked Cayabyab for his honesty and said that those little acts, like following traffic rules, no matter how small, could influence others to also do good.
“Ang inyong trabaho ay isang salik sa pagpapatakbo sa ekonomiya. Kayo po ay mga pangunahing saksi sa mga kaganapan sa ating komunidad. Ang inyong taimtim na pagsunod sa batas trapiko ay nagsisilbing inspirasyon sa kapwa Pilipino upang igalang rin ang mga munting alituntunin ng ating pamahalaan,” Fernando said.
For his part, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Technical Division Chief Joel Balano commended the jeepney drivers who spent their lives serving the public.
“Kung kami na narito sa taas ang tawag sa amin ay public servant, kayo rin po ay proud public servant kasi ang sineserbisyuhan n’yo ay ang mga mananakay, ang mga publiko. Kailangan pagbutihin natin ang ating serbisyo upang magkaroon ng tapat at ligtas na transportasyon sa kalsada,” Balano said.
Meanwhile, three lucky jeepney drivers won at the “JODA Got Talent” singing contest wherein Mark Gonzales bagged the first place with P10,000 cash prize; Phong Faustino went home with P6,000 as the second place; and Jeremias Ordista, Jr. won who landed on the third spot won P4,000. All the remaining contestants received P1,000 consolation prize each.
Aside from that, a flat screen television, washing machine, 20 sacks of rice, 4 electric fans, water dispenser, 5 units of cellphone, 2 gas stoves, 4 rice cookers, 4 flat irons and 3 kettles were drawn for the attendees.
Also, all the participants who are members of the Bulacan Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association received grocery packs from the PGB through the Provincial Administrator’s Office.