HoRP#19: Joel

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(c) Trixie Bautista

Discover the story of Joel Dioquino, a 46-year-old construction worker from Fairview, as he shares his two-wheel life journey with us.

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“Talagang bike ang ginagamit ko kasi mahal ang pamasahe.”

Working in Pasay when you live in Quezon City can be daunting, time-consuming, and above all, expensive. To lessen his expenses, he uses his 8-year-old bicycle to traverse the unforgiving roads of the metro to and from his workplace. It takes him about an hour and a half to travel from Fairview to Pasay, but he would choose this over the city traffic.

The metro roads are not just famous for its never-ending heavy traffic and countless commuters during peak hours, but also for the road accidents that bikers especially can’t escape.

“Noong isang taon, November. Nasagi ako ng motor sa may World Trade Center. Hindi ko alam kung sino ang may kasalanan kasi gabi, madilim eh. Sa baba ng flyover ako dumaan. Kasalukuyang wala akong ilaw kaya nasagi ako, pero hindi naman ako hinintuan. Gasgas lang naman.”

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(c) Trixie Bautista

Having traveled the Metro Manila roads for over eight years, he has mastered the highways and byways of the city. Joel even shared some road tips with the HoRP team. 

“May mga bike lane kagaya sa Commonwealth, dito sa Roxas Boulevard meron. Sa EDSA naman kasi sa bangketa ang lane. Sa Market Market naman, walang bike lane pero bawal ang walang helmet. ‘Pag pumasok ka ng Ayala, bawal ang walang helmet doon. Sa EDSA ang pinakamahirap baybayin na highway kasi mabibilis ang sasakyan. Tsaka sa C5, ‘yung papuntang Libis, mahirap na baybayin ‘yan kasi mabibilis ‘yung mga sasakyan.”

Thanks to his bicycle, checking out different spots in the city is easier than ever. He also takes pride in being a construction worker because this job takes him to places–both literally and figuratively.

“Malayo na ang narating ko sa construction kaso lang pa-iba-iba ng kompanya. Minsan sa Visayas, Mindanao. Davao ang pinakamalayo kong narating. NCCC ang ginawa naming mall doon.”

Words by John Mervin Borja

Photos by Trixie Bautista

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