The next time you’re bummed and sweaty inside a jeepney on the way to work or school, remember: The person behind the wheel is stuck there for the entire day trying to earn a living.
Kapuso actor Dingdong Dantes recently got behind the wheel of a jeepney to experience life behind the wheel for his TV show, Amazing Earth.
In the clip below, Dantes receives a lesson in operating a jeepney to make ends meet. He learns about the ins and outs of the profession for real drivers—not just driving tricks, mind you, but maintaining their rides, too. Watch:
Dingdong Dantes drives a jeepney
Perhaps more importantly, Dantes and his viewers are given a first-hand account of the profession’s demand on the human spirit. The rising cost of living and a physically demanding job with meager pay? Man, and we can’t forget about the ridiculous way gas prices have been going up and down lately, either.
“Dati, kumikita kami ng mga P1,600 kada araw. Yung araw namin, ngayon, kumita lang kami ng P700, P600. P500—masaya na kami niyan. Ngayon, kumikita kami ng P10,000 sa isang buwan ng biyahe na iyan,” Rex, a jeepney driver, says in the clip above.
It’s definitely tough. Think you can handle making a living behind the wheel? Let us know in the comments.