PILA. There is a variety of ache in that word. It’s almost typical for a SABM student to fall in line for a jeepney ride from Town to Bakakeng and vice versa. For students who reside outside Bakakeng, it’s an everyday struggle. Catching your 8:30 class is the goal you would have to pray for for the entire semester.
Every year, long lines along gates 1 and 2 await students. Gate 1 caters the school service loading area while Gate 2 caters the jeepney queue. While the yellow cabs route from Bakakeng to Main, many still prefer the jeepney ride. There’s no question why long lines along Gate 2 have become everyday sights to most of us. It’s like a flea market of people. Who arrives first gets the reward to board safe and sound.
Gate 2 has witnessed everyone’s exhaustion, stress, frustration and all else, rain or shine. On warmest days, you see faces of discomfort dripping with sweat. Rainy days share the same sentiment. Umbrellas are armors with damp clothes and shoes. Let us not forget the jackets that fought cold nights. It’s in long lines where we lose temper, display attitude and show tantrums. When standing for minutes to hours, it’s somehow reasonable to lose cool especially when someone shamelessly cuts the line.
On discipline and tolerance
“Ang kukulit ng mga SABM, pag pagsabihan mo, sila pa ang galit!” outbursts Lino Suegan, one of the campus security officers. Inasmuch as our security department is concerned with students’ welfares, they try to exercise necessary measures to prevent line-cutting from occurring. Students who are in hurry and those habitual line cutters would rather look for that “friend” or “acquaintance” rather than go to the end of the line. These practices are not being tolerated by our security personnel. In fact, they have been ordered to confiscate IDs of non-compliant students. While the lack of jeepneys and traffic congestions are some of the reasons for long lines, the lack of discipline and cooperation of students are also among the culprits. Sir Lino described them as “maarte”. They are a group of students who want to ride all together at the same time, even if they are bound to separate when they arrive at the terminal. While this could be true, it’s the laughter and stories that make it worth the wait.
Comments and Rants
“Sana walang singit, walang chance passenger,” Just how everyone wants it. 2nd year BS Accountancy student Alkrizza Catacutan whines the same thing. When a group of friends cut the line right in front of you, all you could give them is a menacing look and a raising eyebrow. Just because you’re outnumbered by them doesn’t mean they reserve all the right to cut in front of you.
Marie Christine Cabal observes that lines move slowest during weekends and before long-breaks. This is when jeepneys are stuck in main roads of the city during rush hours. For Jessa Mae Pakilan, whose class ends at 7 pm on WF and 7:30 pm on TTHS, lines are manageable and jeepneys are sufficient.
The head of the campus security department Sir Ramil Mabalot believes that cooperation between students and security officers are highly needed to achieve favorable outcomes. Although the population this year decreased, jeepney patrons are still large in number and traffic congestions remain the same. When SABM moved to Bakakeng back in 2011, the demand for jeepneys continued to increase as the population of SABM increased. There have been negotiations between the administration and jeepney operators to further attend to the students’ transport needs and concerns.
Possible projects to eradicate line cutting according to our security department are the additional fencing and braces of railings at the Gate 2 as this is where students get the chance to cut the line.
It’s by properly falling in line where we develop patience among us. However, it’s also where virtue isn’t always practiced, rather forgotten. This may take a long time to materialize, but discipline and cooperation when working altogether leads to an efficient and productive result.