6 Ways on How to Get off a Jeep in the Philippines
What is Jeepney?
Jeepneys are non-aircon type but with open windows and are smaller than bus. It could carry around 18- 20 (and up) passengers depending upon the size and 'demand'. Usually some drivers still pick up more passengers though it's beyond the capacity because they want to earn more. In some cases, passengers are still willing to sneak in due to some reasons like time constraints and weather condition. To regulate their number in the streets, they have their respective routes and signs can be seen at the side. Specific place of destination can be observed hanging at the windshield.
Jeepneys which are the "remnants of World War 2" had traveled a lot in the history of public transportation in the Philippines. Improved versions were introduced along the way carrying the pride of its creator. Because of the innovative and creative thinking of the Pinoys, no two jeepneys are alike as what they say. Each has its own unique design and a story to tell.
As they continue to populate the streets side by side, they will always be a part of the daily lives of the "common Pinoys" whose only means of transportation is thru them.
Hop on! Hop off!
Ways on how to get off (esp. for the foreigners):
Even in getting off, Filipinos' creativity can be observed, here are some of it:
1. You can say “Para po ” or “Sa Tabi lang po ” (Please pull over, I’m getting off here). This is the most common or safest way in my opinion and if the driver can't hear or was not able to hear you, most of the time another nearer passenger says this "Para daw " so don't worry.
2. You can tap or knock the jeepney’s roof or ceiling either using your hands more than once or with the use of a coin (just to make a sound).
3. From my observation, some passengers whistle especially the guys but it's not a normal one (I'm not sure how they do it loudly). They can make a sound by compressing the lips' muscles and hmm.. letting air barely go through producing a loud squeaking sound.
4. a. Other jeepneys have a sign like this “Hila mo, Hinto ako ”- literally it means “You pull, I stop ” but actually you need to pull a string. You can easily figure it out once you are inside, you can notice a string in the middle along the roof/ceiling and just pull it down when you want to get off.
b. Others not using a string but a button and says like this “Pindot mo, Hinto Ako ” which means, “Press the button, then I will stop”
5. If there’s a conductor, just tell him where you want to get off and he will take care of the rest but reminding him once or twice will be a great help …(a conductor is someone who gets the payment and usually hangs onto the back of the jeepney, waves or shout to attract the riders)
6. If you are lucky, without saying a word. How? If your fellow passengers have the same destination with yours, let them do the trick.. just go with them when they get off.
To avoid getting too much attention and glaring look from your fellow passengers, try what's applicable and blend in. Too much complaining will not help you. After all, you are in a public vehicle so be courteous and behave properly.
HAPPY TRIP and BE SAFE! :)
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Some informative links about jeepney:
- BBC News - End of the road for Jeepneys in the Philippines?
The famous colourful public transport vehicles of the Philippines have kept people moving for generations - but increasingly they are struggling to stay roadworthy.
The Jeepney: The Once-Undisputed-King-Of-The-Road - Godofredo Stuart's Photo/Essay on the icon of Philippine transportation: the Philippine Jeepney, with more than 100 original digital images of the jeepney
- Jeepney - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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