Wednesday, August 10, 2011

LRT forever!

I have been riding the LRT since the beginning of the training. It is the most convenient mode of transportation to reach Makati. From our place, a tricycle ride to the 5th Ave. station costs P10, and P15 for the train ride to Gil Puyat station which is in Buendia. And you're free from heavy traffic and all possible inconveniences one can experience riding a PUJ.

Yesterday, I left our house at around 4:00 p.m.hoping to reach ACM early. I was about to be checked by the guard on duty, when a train going to Baclaran came. I have my stored value ticket ready so as to give the guard the idea of my desire to get on the train. He inspected my bag and even the small pockets with zipper, and the train left the station without me.

Some security guards at LRT stations tend to require respect in an unworthy manner. They impose discipline with their excuse "ginagawa lang po namin, ang trabaho namin."

But how can you explain the inconvenience one receives at the point when all you want to do is to get on the train. I was in a mall Bangkok, when I opened my bag as I was accustomed, because here in the Philippines,  every building you enter even the dilapidated ones requires inspection, otherwise you will be refused of entry. The security personnel looked amazed as to why did I opened my bag and showing it to him, I then realized I was in another country.

Its funny to note that its only here that a company hires a security personnel yet we have the highest death toll for journalist. We were even tagged as the most dangerous place for journalist, and we have our security personnel or do we really have them or even need them?

I was 29 when I dreamed to be a security personnel. Its because I want to make sure I could keep an eye on someone. Its not the job that I want, its the position. Now, how many security personnel are doing their job because they like it and are trained to do it, how about those who are power tripping and somehow pulling the trigger and would want you to decide if you will give up on riding the LRT.

I'm sorry Sirs, but with the convenience I have with the train, no matter what meticulous, ridiculous and seemingly harassing are your styles, it wont stop me from riding the train. Well, that's as long as the fare doesn't reach P50.       

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  1. While I didn't had the privilege of experiencing that kind of public service from our respectable security personnel at the LRT & MRT stations, I somehow could relate to your story due to some irritating experiences in Park Square, Makati City.

    There was also a guard there who, despite the fact that he merely seemed to 'try doing his job well,' was nonetheless &@!*%*&$ (any derogatory term applies). Why? Because he always (yes, always) insist on us to open all the zippers of our bags. What peeves me here is that Park Square serves more as a short cut transit than an actual terrorist magnet spot.

    So one day, venting out my rage - I decided to walk the extra mile: without him telling me, I opened all five zippered flaps, pockets and hidden compartments of my laptop bag, and insisted that he check lest there be some sort of alien hiding inside. (I was about to ask if I should also strip, but some sort of dignity and common sense prevented me from doing so).

    I never saw that guard again.

  2. I guess its about time the government look at a more civilized way to educate our security personnel otherwise we're all doomed to live and be suspected as terrorists all our lives.