“Jeepney: The National Image for Filipinos- 1964 New York World’s Fair”
Jeepneys are the most common mode of Public transportation in the Philippines. It is characterized of crowded seating and some cool arts on its body. It became the symbol of Filipinos in the 1964 New York World’s Fair, the Sarao Jeepney. They first started appearing at the end of World War II, when Americans had started leaving the Philippines. Sarao Motors INC. was the first one to make the leftover Jeep’s of Americans into a public transportation.
If you have a plan to travel Philippines, then knowing on how these mode of transportation works will really help you. They are generally seen all over the National High Ways. The Jeepney’s destination can be found on its body sides, example: “Olongapo – Subic – Vice Versa”, it only means that the Jeepney will start its journey from Olongapo and will end at Subic, passing through the National Highway, after that, it will return to Olongapo again in a matter of time. To know where the Jeepney are going, you can find a plaque in front of it written its destination.
This type of Public Transportation encompasses the “Please System” and following some etiquettes. When you will try to pay, you have to ask someone near the driver’s seat for them to extend their hand, “Please give my fare” (Filipino Translation: Paki-abot po ang pamasahe). As well as, when you need to get your change, “Please get my change for me” (Fil. Trans: Paki-abot po ang sukli). And do not forget to say “Thank You Very Much!” (Fil. Trans: Maraming Salamt Po!”) You should also consider the elders and pregnant women to sit first before you, as well as the children. Some men will offer the seat if it can not be helped and will just cling at the back of the Jeepney, which is not allowed by the law.
“If you do not want to be bothered along the way of your travel, I suggest you sit at the farthermost part of the automobile”
Jeepney’s fare chart follows the rule of Land Transportation Franchising & Regulatory Board of the Philippines (LTFRB). They have a minimum fare of PHP 8 for the first four kilometers and adds additional PHP 1.5 per kilometer, that is 18 cents to 3 cents respectively. Sometimes, due to greed, Jeeney drivers will increase your fare, because you are a “tourist”.
When you have arrived your destination, and the Jeepney is still moving, you can try to shout the word “PARA”, a word derived from Spanish word “Parar”that means “to stop”.
If you do not know how to arrive on your destination, or in short you are lost, it is better to ask the Authorities for directions. You can also sit in front of the Jeepney (because it can accommodate one or two passengers in front), and ask the driver about your destination. Just always try to remind him.