By Jaimie Rose R. Aberia

Aware of the difficulties, challenges and stress encountered by commuters and motorists within the congested streets of Metro Manila virtually each day, 50-year-old Grab driver Jovelton Lopez, got here up with an initative to assist relax passengers and embrace positivity.

Lopez, who has been a Grab driver for the previous three years, gleefully treats passengers to free candies, biscuits, and bottled water, and is grateful for a smile and a complementary phrase in return.

A ride with Lopez, nonetheless, may flip right into a mind-relaxing and galvanizing one, as quotes on the nice, good and constructive issues may be discovered on the car’s seat covers.

“Napuna ko kasi  na yung mga riders, pag pumasok sa kotse, usually nagmumuni-muni so, naisip ko what if mag-post ako ng inspirational words para mabasa nila, (I noticed that when my passengers get inside the car, they are quiet and appear to be contemplating, so I thought of posting inspirational words for them to read),” he stated.

The quotations, which largely sort out dealing with life’s challenges, have been chosen by his 4 kids and have been handwritten by his spouse.

Magic phrases

Every day, Lopez stated he encounters several types of folks, however even essentially the most irate get out of his automobile with a smile.

“May naisakay ako dati na galit na galit sa akin at ang daming bad words na sinabi dahil hindi ko sinunod ‘yung sketch niya dahil alam kong mali, pero bago siya bumaba, nag-apologize siya (I once had a passenger who was so upset and hurled profanities at me for not following the sketch of her destination, which I knew was not accurate. But she apologized to me before she got off the car),” he stated.

“Naniniwala ako na dahil yun sa nabasa niya yung mga quotes ko (I imagine it was as a result of she learn the inspiring quotations).

Of religion and destiny

One time, he additionally picked up a most cancers affected person who was on her manner to the Senate to ask help for her most cancers therapy.

In the course of their dialog, Lopez came upon that the woman hasn’t taken any meal for the day.

“Tumayo ‘yung balahibo ko kasi sabi niya na naniniwala siya na ‘yung biscuit ay image ng physique of Christ at ‘yung tubig ay parang blood of Christ na magiging source of therapeutic niya (I had goosebumps when she stated that she believes that the biscuit I provided symbolized the physique of Christ and the water was just like the blood of Christ, which can grow to be her source of therapeutic),” he shared.

Trending Grab automobile

The pampered, endearing ride Lopez affords his passengers shortly made it to social media.

In his Facebook post, accountant Ronel Ambrocio stated that Lopez was efficient in spreading constructive vibes as a result of he made him smile all through his ride.

“He told me that he did that to spread positive vibes, and he surely gave me one because even if there was heavy traffic, his effort was enough for me to look at the positive side,” he stated.

Twist of destiny

While championing positivity on the highway, life as soon as led Lopez to a digital deadend.

Obviously, he was undaunted.

His household as soon as owned a tailoring store which produced comforters.

But in 1995, the enterprise folded up.

“Nag-collapse ‘yung business kasi ‘yung mga ka-transaction ko, hindi nagsi-bayaran, (My business collapsed because some people did not pay up),” he lamented.

“May isa pa nga akong pinagkautangan na sobrang aggressive, kinuha niya ‘yung sasakyan ko. Wala naman akong nagawa dahil wala akong pambayad (One of my creditors was so aggressive that he took my car, but I could not do anything because I had nothing to pay him).”

Down however not out

Bent on bouncing again, Lopez, with the little capital that he had left, resumed the enterprise, however this time, with solely members of the family serving to him out.

“Ang ginawa ko to survive, lahat ng palengke – Angono, Taytay, Binangonan, Marikina, sinuplayan ko ng comforter (What I did to survive was I peddled my comforters in markets in Angono, Taytay, Binangonan, and Marikina),” he stated.

Still, they didn’t earn sufficient to present for his or her every day wants, so Lopez determined to work as a taxi driver.

“Napilitan ako mag-taxi para magkaroon ng daily income kasi ako yung breadwinner. ‘Yung misis ko, walang trabaho. Sabi ko, kailangan ko masurvive yung expenses namin (I was forced to be a taxi driver just to have a daily source of income because I am the breadwinner. My wife does not have a job. So, I told myself that I have to provide for our expenses),” Lopez stated.

Grab-bing a possibility

Eventually, transportation community car service (TNVS) Grab and Uber boomed and Lopez was lucky sufficient to be recruited by one of many operators.

A few years later, after spending many hours on the highway, he managed to save sufficient for a brand new automobile.

“Nakaipon ako ng pang-downpayment at pinalad naman akong makakuha ng sariling sasakyan na iniingatan ko na lang ngayon (I managed to save up for down payment and luckily, I bought my own car, which I am now taking care of),” he stated.

His kids, who at the moment are working college students, are additionally serving to him of their bills.

Giving again

Often requested by his passengers why he goes the additional mile in his service, Lopez would say that it’s his manner of giving again after all of the blessings he acquired.

“Siyempre may budget ako rito, kinukuha ko sa incentive na natatanggap ko. Binabawasan ko lang naman ng maliit na amount, pero ‘yung kasiyahan na dala sa rider, di naman mapapantayan eh, (Of course I am allotting a budget for this, which I get from the incentive that I receive. But that is only a small amount compared to the happiness that I am giving my passengers.)” Lopez stated.

He stated he’s additionally getting combined reactions from his colleagues who discover his effort, “baduy” or of dangerous style.

“Para sa kanila baduy kasi ang gumagawa lang daw ng ganito, mga babae (For them, this is ‘baduy,’ because they believe only women do this),” he stated.

But there are additionally those that admire and even attempt to replicate the trouble.

“Kaya lang hindi rin nagtatagal dahil wala sa puso, pero gusto ko sana na dumami pa kami (However, they would not keep up the task because their heart is not in it. But I really want to see more of us do the same),” Lopez stated.

Drivers’ precedence

Aside from making his passengers smile, Lopez stated he hopes to encourage fellow drivers to make passenger satisfaction a precedence.

“May mensahe kasi ako, hindi sa mga rider, kundi para sa mga driver, na sana hindi lang puro pera yung kanilang iniisip. Dapat isipin din nila kung paano naman sila makakabawi (I have a message, not to the riders but to drivers – they should not only think of money, but also of ways of how they can give back),” he stated.

“Para naman kapag sinabing driver, hindi mababa ang tingin sa amin (So that when one talks about drivers, people would not look down on us).”

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Source: manilabulletin