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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Baguio City is home to the most honest taxi drivers in the Philippines

Mr. Ticobay of Karibo Rafiki taxi in returning the smartphone of a Chinese national, Mr. Wu.
Photo Courtesy || Baguio Pulisya Otso
Baguio City, - In a world where news of crimes such as robbery, snatching, rapes and killings bombard us everyday, they make us to believe that no one these days can be trusted. Surviving in this world is hard and many people people uses that as an excuse to do bad things in order to survive. These non-ending news of crimes make us question, are there people out there who still choose to live in an honest and right way despite the hardship they had in life?

Taxi drivers in Baguio are now making rounds of good news on social media of instances of being honest and trustworthy when it comes to returning valuable items accidentally left  by passengers  inside their car.

Passengers took to social media (Facebook) to extend their appreciation and give praise to taxi drivers who returned their forgotten belongings without asking any favor in return.
Some of these taxi drivers even go the distance to make a way to return a smartphone of a passenger that was left inside his car.

READ ALSO: What do tourists say about taxi drivers in Baguio City

Booking.com Just lately, according to a Facebook post from a named Sofia Wisdom, Mr. Paul William a driver of taxi with plate number AAB 3571 was recognized because of his effort to find ways to return a smartphone he doesn't know how to operate.

The owner of the smartphone said she accidentally left her phone inside the cab. She tried calling the phone through her son's phone but it just keep ringing and no one is picking it up. They tried calling the phone and after two hours, someone answered and told her to pick her phone in a store located near her house.

The reason why the Mr. William is not picking up the phone is because he doesn't know well how to operate such modern phone gadget.
Paul William finds a way to return a smartphone he doesn't know how to operate. Photo: Sofia Wisdom's FB account. 

"The driver knew well that the phone was ringing but he's not knowledgeable to operate the phone, so he just left the sound disturbed his ears that long," Wisdom wrote. "He alleged that he went twice to our residence (as far as Tam-awan) expecting that someone would be up there at the gate waiting, but to no avail. What he did was to park his vehicle beside the store and let someone answer the phone for him," she added.

Wisdom commended the driver for his action including the passenger who found the phone and turned over it to William.

"May this dear manong be showered with abundant blessings for his deed. The phone is just an item which can be replaced, but his man is commendable whose act is to be cherished. My salute too to the young passenger next to my son." Wisdom praised.

Not only Mr. William's action is a testimony of Baguio City as home of honest taxi drivers. There are countless stories that have been told with the same incidence where passengers who claimed they were able to get back their lost items because of the effort of the drivers.
Baguio Cab driver returns forgotten belongings of an Australian businessman. Photo: Ace Estrada

In can be recalled that a cab driver from Baguio was awarded a full scholarship by an Australian who had left his valuable items inside his the cab. Because of his honesty, the Australian businessman also offers him guaranteed internship with an Australian company when he finish his course that could pay him with a starting salary of up to 1.7 million pesos per year.



Well, of course, we are not saying that only in Baguio that you can encounter honest taxi drivers. It is not the place that will make you a good person. Honesty is a moral attributes rooted deep in all human beings whether you are a taxi driver or not.

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Telling stories of honest taxi drivers on social media to be shared with and read by others is a good thing. Recognizing and appreciating their efforts and good deeds will motivate them to become a model for others to follow.

Although they are not expecting any kind of reward or praise, they deserve our attention to keep them motivated and become a good example for others.

"Honesty is the best, the most noble, of all human values - and it is always deeply inspiring" a good food for thought for us to keep in mind.
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41 Comments:

  1. I agree. Not only they return forgotten belongings of their passengers but they give exact change.

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  2. Honesty is the best of all human values. Recognizing and appreciating their efforts and good deeds will motivate them to become a model for others to follow.

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  3. Wow Baguio City...Happy about this..i live there .. carry on taxi drivers...you are a pride to our city.

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  4. I have to say lucky for him. But this is not always the case. Lost my phone in a taxi, and encountered same driver but he lied and denied. Wala bumalik walang nagbalik. So this is a good scenario pero HINDI LAHAT HONEST. Karma nlng sa nagnakaw. Beast mode.

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    1. What if the driver didn't see it but another passenger does and keep it... just a second thought

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    2. i agree. baka nga passenger ang kumuha at hindi driver ��

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  5. I don't agree. Many years ago, seeing that my younger brother and I spoke English and being picked up at the bus terminals off of Session Rd, a taxi driver said his meter was broke and proceeded to overcharge us. Young and gullible as we were, we just let it slide, but it still left a bitter memory for me. I was born and raised in Baguio City, so I consider it my hometown.

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    1. Sure, it maybe not 100%. What the report said is that most honest - meaning, statistically higher percentage of honest taxi drivers or jeepney drivers compared to other place in the country.

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    2. Maam,pag igorot, highlander, cordilleran ung taxi driver, honest yan.

      Baka ung bumiktima sa iyo, dayuhan.

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  6. Pinagmamalaki ko mga taxi drivers ng Baguio. Not ony are they honest, they amiable and friendly to their passengers. Make our city proud of you. Mabuhay!

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  7. And most of them don't take tips from passengers...not saying ALL of them are honest but the examples of most if these drivers are commendable and hope others who are not that honest will change.

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  8. since they are so nice and honest all the time, I give extra cash everytime I go to Baguio and ride their taxis....

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  9. I wish Manila taxis were as honest and knowledgeable.

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  10. Actually not only the Drivers are honest. These highlanders not all though but most of them based on my experience are honest, friendly, kind, and loyal friends. And they are witty too.

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    1. most of them actually owner of the taxi yet very humble

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    2. trueness po,hindi nagmamayabang mga igorot kun anoman meron sila.

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  11. I agree... Na experience po namin.. Naiwan ng anak ko cp nia sa taxi.. Kinabukasan cnoli ni manong driver dahil hating gabi na kami dunating ng baguio..

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  12. I agree po.. Dahil na experience po namin yan. Nahulog ng anak ko cp nia sa upuan..kinabukasan cnoli naman po ni manong driver

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  13. What I can say is that, not all taxi drivers are honest since I'm living for long here in Baguio. I just experienced this type of issue where I left my phone (Iphone 6S) inside the car. We are trying to contact this for 2 days and it's just ringing only and after 1 week of locating where it is. It's just disappeared on FIND Location, so maybe they just reset it and enjoying the phone now.

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    1. nachambahan u lng cguro ind igorot un hehe

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    2. Di lahat ay honest kasi na experienced ko last month naiwan ko sa taxi cp ko eh di niniya binalik...tinatawagan hanggang sa naging unattended na ung cp

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  14. basta igorot na taxi driver honest yan. nagbabalik ng change exact amount.. magpapacensya kung di maisakay ang pasahero khit walang laman kc kakain muna.. ibang iba sa lugar ng ....

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    1. I agree igorots are best taxi driver in Baguio. Igorots have the tradition "inayan" inherited from there grandfathers long ago.

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    2. yes po,my takot sa Dios ang mga igorot po.

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  15. TULUNGAN NIYO PO AKONG MABAWI ANG cellphone ko sa isa pong taxi driver dito sa baguio..tinangay po ito ..ito po ay huawei y7 na ipinaiwan ko lng para kumuha ako ng pambayad sa knya dun sa bahay pero pagbalik ko tinakbuhan agad ako..pls patulong nman

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  16. Baguio City is home to the most honest taxi drivers in the Philippines

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  17. Yes I agree. MY first time in Manila naningil ng ng 750 ang driver ng sasakyan .Wala pang 15 minutes tinakbo ng sasakyan sumingil ng ganun. Hindi pa Niya ako naipunta sa Lugar na pupuntahan ko sana.nag tanong tanong pa ako . Sa ikalawang pagpunta ko Manila 4OO siningil ng driver sa akin .inikot ikot pa Niya sasakyan. Nadismayado ako. Pagsabihan ko Sana driver pero natakot ako Hindi ko alam kilos utak ng driver saka baguhan palang ako Hindi ko alam pasikot sikot dito sa Manila. Dito sa Baguio alam ko taxi driver dito. Dito ako lumaki .Kung sasakay walang problems lalo na Kung nanggaling sa Cordillera ang driver.

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    1. well said ading,100 percent safe ka pag talgang from cordillerans ang tao..tutulungan ka pa.they are loving ,humble and kind people..kahit sasakyan pa po sila.

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  18. I testify na friendly ang mga driver don and unlike Manila .. Baguio Taxi Driver ay hindi sila namimili nang Isa sakay all are equal to them I've been there for many years and indeed Baguio City taxi driver are very genuine at Di nakapag tataka na kahit ano pang landslide at sakuna doon ay mabilis silang nakaka bangon dahil sa may Discipline ang mga tao sa Baguio City .

    Salute!!

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  19. Kudos sa mga Baguio City Taxi Drivers.I just got back from Pinas and I notice na talagang ibabalik ang sukli mo kahit under P5 compared to Manila na sabihin na wala daw siyang sukli sa P100 kaya sa Grab Taxi na lang ako.

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  20. I remember one time,I got of from Joy Bus and went straight to a taxi in Baguio then locked my door. Taxi driver told me, "ma'am, taga maynila ka noh?'" then I asked him why, he said "nag lock ka po kasi ng pinto. Safe naman po kayo dito sa Baguio." Then it hit me. Yea. This is waydifferent from Manila.

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  21. naexperienced ko na honest ang mga taxi drivers ng Baguio,kahit piso na lng sukli ibibigay nya pa,at magagalang pa sila, malayong malayo sa taxi drivers ng Manila arogante na mukhang pera pa sila..pag may bastos na taxi driver sa Baguio..dayo yon..

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  22. I remember i was a working student when i was rushing going to work at MI.Naiwan yung phone ko sa taxi.Di ko alam plate no. Nung sinakyan ko so rining ko ng rining yung phone until may nag message san daw location ko para idaan nya.Dinala ni manong sa working place ko �� sabi ko kay manong itreat ko sya ng manok inreturn for giving back my phone pero ayaw nya kc magpapasada p daw. Thank you Manong.

    Cordillerans are mostly honest,humble,kind and hardworking.Di man sila laging nafea2ture unlike other cities or provinces kc mahihiyain sila yung mga tipical "shymango" sbi nga nla. Kung may mga gumagawa ng mga crime s city of Baguio karamihan mga "taga baba" or di taga Baguio/cordillera.

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  23. Godbless Cordillerans,❤ itultuloy tako kuma san mayat ay amag 😀

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    1. yes po,God bless them more..to God be all the Glory.

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  24. amen. uray makuna nga 3rd world country t pinas,if we remain honest and not weary doing good values..then will be an honor and God is pleased!

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    1. amen,mas bumileg pay kuma t kasta nga aramid ket tuladen dagiti new generations..wag lang mawala ang katuruan sa Bible. higit sa lahat, Give glory to God.

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  26. Well, not only taxi drivers...
    1) Wisdom commended the driver for his action including the passenger who found the phone and turned over it to William.

    2)Honest Passenger and Driver returns lost P400,000 to a former OFW

    In addition to being honest in returning items, our Baguio Taxi drivers return even a 50centavo change. (If a taxi driver doesn't give back your change ask what place/province he came from...but Number one thing owners of taxi tell their drivers, "Be honest, INAYAN to own what other people left in our taxi because the "Spirits" will punish us!"

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