BAGUIO CITY – Public utility drivers in the city continue to display honesty which is one of their most valued traits that got the attention of not only local commuters but also visitors whose valuables were left behind in their vehicles and subsequently returned to them intact.
The city government cited a 31-year old jeepney driver for his display of honesty as a public utility jeepney driver.
Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan and city officials handed over to Mark Saguid Gabao Resolution No. 050, series of 2016 which commended him for his honesty in returning the wallet left by his passenger inside his jeepney.
“The honesty displayed by Gabao shows that public utility drivers in the city can still be trusted, thus, his act should be worthy of emulation by other public utility vehicle drivers so as to entice visitors to continuously visit our city,” Domogan stressed.
Amidst the various issues besetting the transport sector such as overcharging to arrogant drivers, the resolution stated that it is delightful to know that there are still honest public utility drivers in the city.
Gabao, a resident of No. 5 San Luis village, Baguio City displayed his honesty when he was driving the jeepney owned by his mother bearing plate number AYM-661 on March 8, 2016, where he noticed a wallet inside the said vehicle.
Without having second thoughts or interest to appropriate its contents for his personal gain, Gabao immediately proceeded to the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Station No. 1 where he surrendered the said wallet to the law enforcers.
On the same day, a Chinese national who claimed ownership of the wallet was delighted to know that his cash, automated teller machine cards, identification cards and other important documents were all intact.
The resolution cited the good deed shown by Gabao in one way or the other promotes Baguio City as a safe destination for tourists and his act of honesty is worthy of emulation, which brings the true meaning of peace and service to a higher level.
It added that his honesty exemplifies a strong value and character that will serve as a guiding inspiration to his peers and the citizenry of the city as a whole.
The resolution commending the honest jeepney driver was authored by Councilor Faustino A. Olowan which was recommended for approval by the Committee on tourism and Special Events composed of Councilors Elmer Datuin, Ellaine Sembrano and Richard Cariño.
Domogan appealed to public utility drivers in the city to continue policing their own ranks so that whatever the bad practices of a number of their members could be immediately corrected so as not to affect the good image of drivers in the city.
By Dexter A. See