“Hindi po biro yung pagiging driver.”
Ronnie Liang had a first-hand experience of what it feels to be a jeepney driver, after taking on the job for a day.
In a new episode of his online show Trip ni Oppa on his YouTube channel, the singer-actor got behind the wheel and drove a jeepney in Mandaluyong City.
While plying the route, Ronnie shared his thoughts about what jeepney drivers had to go through during long hours of driving.
“‘Di ba, driver ka na, accountant ka, tapos naku, exposed ka, naaamoy mo, nalalanghap mo yung hangin sa labas yung hangin, mga usok ng mga kasama mong namamasada din yung mga sasakyan nila. Hindi po biro ‘yung pagiging driver. ‘Tapos yung iba pa nag-wa 1-2-3 pa,” said Ronnie.
He also praised the hard work and sacrifices of public utility drivers just to be able to provide for their family.
“Mga ka-tropa, ganyan talaga. Mahirap maghanap-buhay. Kaya ‘yung mga kababayan natin na ang trabaho po ay magpasada, nagtatrabaho ng marangal at naghahanap-buhay para sa pamilya saludo ako sa inyo.
“Sa inyong ng mga sakripisyo na ginagawa para sa ikabubuhay ng pamilya, maraming maraming salamat sa iyong kadakilaan, sa pagtataguyod po ng inyong pamilya,” he added.
Ronnie, who is also a private pilot, likened driving a jeepney to flying a plane.
“Naramdaman ko na po yung pagod. Parang nagpapalipad lang ng eroplano. Alert ka, ‘di ka pwedeng magrelax-relax ng ganun lang. You really have to focus on your driving. Kasi buhay po yung nakataya dito eh. Buhay mo, ng pasahero mo at saka buhay ng mga nasa daan,” he said.
At one point in his seven-minute vlog, Ronnie serenaded his passengers with his song Ngiti.
Ronnie also tried being a service master at a gasoline station and eating street food in the previous episodes of his YouTube online show.