Jeepney Driver Praised for Offering Free Drinking Water to Passengers

Netizens Praise Jeepney Driver in Tarlac for Offering Free Drinking Water

TARLAC – A jeepney driver has been admired for offering free drinking water to his passengers despite challenging economic conditions, especially during the extremely hot weather.

According to Micaella Nelmida, the uploader, she rode in the mentioned jeepney and was delighted by the driver’s free drink offering. “I found it as a kind gesture po and sobrang rare po sakin na makakita ng mga jeep na may ganun,” said Micaella.

In the photo she shared, there was a water jug and free plastic cups inside the jeepney for the passengers. Some netizens have expressed hope that more jeepney drivers like him will emerge.

Drinking water during hot weather is essential for several health reasons. It prevents dehydration caused by increased sweat, helps regulate body temperature through the dilation of blood vessels, and maintains physical and cognitive performance.

Proper hydration also reduces the risk of heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps. Additionally, it supports efficient digestion and the detoxification process by helping to flush out waste and replenish lost minerals and salts through sweat. Staying hydrated is a straightforward yet vital practice to keep the body functioning optimally in hot conditions.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has reported that on Wednesday, thirty areas in the Philippines are anticipated to endure exceptionally high temperatures, potentially reaching up to 46 degrees Celsius. These areas are placed under a “danger” heat index classification, indicating a high risk of heat-related illnesses such as heat cramps or heat exhaustion.

The cities forecast to experience some of the highest indices include NAIA in Pasay with 44°C, Dagupan City in Pangasinan at 45°C, and CBSUA-Pili in Camarines Sur peaking at 46°C. Most other parts of the country fall under the “extreme caution” category, with temperatures ranging from 33°C to 41°C. The heat index, which measures how hot it feels by factoring in humidity and air temperature, emphasizes the severity of the conditions.

Due to the dangerous heat levels, PAGASA has advised the public to limit outdoor activities, stay hydrated, and prefer cooler times of the day for any necessary outdoor activities. This warning follows a recent record of a 48°C heat index in Aparri, Cagayan.

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