docu-4Did you read my post More fun in the Philippines ?
This story is not part of that, but in a way it has to do with it.

The following story I found on the Internet.
By Patrick Camara Ropeta, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau, Posted at 02/26/2011

Toughest Place to be a… Bus Driver?, this part of a BBC series exploring difficult working conditions around the world, has chosen Manila as the toughest place for drivers due to appalling road conditions in the city.
The documentary followed the experience of John West, a British bus driver from London who spent a week in Manila to try his luck as a jeepney driver. “I know about Imelda Marcos and the shoes, but not much beyond that” he said. “It wasn’t what I was expecting at all.”


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The filmmakers revealed dangerous driving conditions in Manila, exposing lack of discipline by local drivers, lack of coherent traffic rules, lack of health and safety regulations, and chronic road congestion.

The documentary is extraordinarily factual and we have high praises for the truths and realities presented,? enthused May Altarejos-Cueva from Project CARES, a Philippine initiative promoting road safety. ?We are happy that there is a direct, no holds barred documentary shown to the world about our crazy, irresponsible, uneducated road traffic conditions. It could only serve as an eye-opener for all concerned to be part of the corrective solutions to these problems. There is a lot to be done.?

docu-7She continued: The filmmakers concentrated mainly on Manila’s congested and highly urbanized road traffic conditions and, hence, not reflective of the entirety of national road conditions. They should have also included general problems of bus drivers nationwide –long working hours, lack of training and qualifications, low insurance coverage, defective buses, poor road conditions, and the lack of responsibility from other road users including pedestrians and commuters.?
There are over 300,000 jeepneys in Metro Manila, the most common mode of transportation for the majority of its 20 million inhabitants.

West lived with Rogelio Castro, a local jeepney driver struggling to escape a life of poverty. During this time, the documentary explored substandard living conditions in the poorest sections of the city.
He shouldn?t have to work so hard for the little things he?s got,? said West, who was deeply moved by the level of poverty he witnessed.

docu-01The documentary was poignant in that it was a conversation between two bus drivers: one from London and one from Manila,? observed Liezel Longboan from the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. ?While Filipino journalists have investigated various social issues confronting our country, a documentary presented from a Western person?s point of view can sometimes give us the opportunity for collective self-reflection and, possibly, collective action.?

From dangerous roads to extreme poverty, a British documentary highlighted several problems faced by millions of people in the Philippine capital city of Manila.

If this documentary doesn’t touch your heart, then you don’t have one.

Duration is almost 1 hour, so better download it and watch it later