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  • Jeepney Driver Earns Netizens' Respect: 'Kita Sa Mukha Niya Na Excited Siya Mag-Trabaho'

    Many jeepney drivers were displaced from work due to the community quarantine.
    by Kitty Elicay .
  • We cannot help but admire how Filipinos are able to stay resilient and maintain a positive mindset despite the hardships brought by the COVID-19 pandemic and the community quarantine. One of the stories that have touched citizens is the story of Lauro Paredes, a jeepney driver who was able to restart his livelihood through a delivery service provider.

    On Facebook, a user named Chammy Pasumbal Jalique shared the heartwarming exchange she had with the driver a few days before Father’s Day.

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    Posting a few candid photos of Mang Lauro delivering the item that she bought, Chammy shares that he even called her up to confirm her order. “Nakakatuwa nung tinawagan niya ako para iconfirm ‘yung order ko. Sabi niya, ‘Good afternoon po Ma’am ako po ang inyong Laladriver!’” Chammy recalls him saying.

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    She adds, “Kitang-kita sa kanyang mga ngiti ang tuwa na makabyahe ulit sa pamamagitan ng pagdedeliver. Kahit nagkandaligaw-ligaw siya dahil hindi pa raw siya sanay sa paggamit ng Waze ay masaya niyang inihatid ang order ko. Mabuhay ka!”

    True enough, you can see Mang Lauro’s happy smile as he carried the item toward Chammy’s house. Take a look:

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    In another post, Urban Essentials, a popular online baby store, shares that Mang Lauro is their first ever “LalaJeep” driver. LalaJeep is an initiative by delivery service app Lalamove and the Quezon City local government to help jeepney drivers who were displaced from work due to the community quarantine.

    Their post reads, “Kita ko sa mukha niya na excited na excited siya mag-trabaho. Nakangiti siya simula ng binigay niya sa’min ang name ng customer na nagpapa-pickup sa kanya, to when he called the customer to ask for the order number, hanggang sa pagtanggap niya ng pi-pick-upin niya. I feel his gratitude na may trabaho siya ngayon, finally! After months of walang biyahe, walang kita, walang mapakain sa pamilya. At his age, nag-ta-trabaho pa rin siya.”

    The page also encouraged their customers to try and book LalaJeep if they are picking up big items from the store to support jeepney drivers. Currently, the service is available for Quezon City residents.

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    Want to be inspired? Click here for the story of a security guard who became a tutor for streetchildren during the ECQ.

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