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Meet the ‘Raketero’ Who Found His Life Purpose With Esakay

A former real estate agent, baker, and business owner, Rolando Lomboya now believes he has found his bread and butter with eSakay.

In a world where the daily grind feels like a chore, it’s quite refreshing to find a job that you truly love. Rolando Lomboya has found it in eSakay—a transportation service of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) that uses electric jeepneys.

Electric jeepneys, modernized versions of the touted “king of the road,” are one of the first modes of transportations allowed as soon as the government eased lockdown restrictions. Not only are they eco-friendly, but they are also made with PWDs in mind. And with the limited transportation around Metro Manila, eSakay is one of the most viable transportation since it’s already implementing cashless transactions for its passengers. (Read: Here are the updated routes of free shuttle services around Metro Manila)

At 52 years old, Lomboya has already worked for many companies and businesses to earn income and provide for his family. Now, this “ultimate raketero” believes that he has found his bread and butter with eSakay—and he is truly enjoying the public service that he offers!

How did you start with eSakay?

I worked as a collector for Meralco, but I left for an application to be a seaman. Sadly, I didn’t get lucky and eventually went home to the province. But because I have a family to support, I decided to go back to Manila and apply for a job again at Meralco. (Read: We asked successful professionals: ‘What did you learn from your first job interview?’)

There, they told me about this new transportation project. When I learned that it’s electric, napa-wow ako! Sabi ko ‘okay ‘to!’ I became one of the pioneers of the project. Kami ‘yung nagpakilala dito sa eSakay.

Photos by Mark Baccay

What were you doing before this?

I studied to be a seaman. I also have a background in electrical engineering. I had lots of jobs before eSakay—I was a real estate agent, I worked as a baker, I started my own business but had no luck. Nag buy-and-sell din ako ng sasakyan. But for the past year, eSakay has been my bread and butter. I like what I do here. Hindi ba napakasaya kapag gusto mo ‘yung ginagawa mo? (Read: 2 Powerful Prayers for a Job Breakthrough)

What do you like about working for eSakay?

First of all, it’s electric. My background as a seaman was in radio operations, I also studied electronics. Electrical and eSakay, may controller at battery, at may knowledge ako doon. It also helps that we’re paid on a monthly basis and not on a boundary system. Nag-aaral pa ‘yung anak ko, so I need to have something stable.

I also looked into the job and I see that this project will be big in the future because it’s innovative. Lastly, it’s eco-friendly. Hindi siya nakakasira ng kalikasan. Tulong na rin sa tao kasi may kasamang serbisyo publiko. (Read: Five Healthy Habits That Will Help Save the World We Live In)

Photo by Mark Baccay

Speaking of public service, how has eSakay helped commuters so far?

Our route is Makati-Mandaluyong. It’s one of the busiest routes. If you’re a regular commuter, you have to allot time to wait for jeepneys. With eSakay, people now have an alternative and a faster way to commute. Tuwang-tuwa sila kasi umaabot sila sa oras nila, hindi tulad dati na dalawa o tatlong sakay pa sila.

Also, unlike jeepneys, the eSakay is designed with the elderly, PWDs, and pregnant women in mind. It’s also convenient because we don’t overload the passengers. It’s safe because our drivers are trained. (Read: A List of the 49 Jeepney Routes to Resume on July 3)

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