Metro Manila gets flooded easily thus creating heavier traffic especially in the area of Manila. More often than not, when the roads get flooded, there will be no more traffic enforcer in sight to direct traffic so the volume of traffic only adds up. Traffic Enforcer Gilbert Bautista is different. He was seen directing traffic at the middle of the road despite being submerged in floodwaters. A netizen, Laurice Gel Mariano, took notice of his actions and took a picture then posted it on social media.
The traffic enforcer can be seen directing traffic even if the flood has almost reached his knees. He didn’t mind the danger he might get from the floodwaters like leptospirosis or the possibility of having cramps or spasms. He just wanted to make sure that there will be a smooth flow of traffic and people won’t get stuck in their cars for long hours. He’s probably one of the few who believes in doing his job no matter what the conditions are.
The netizen captioned her post with a salute to the traffic enforcer for doing his job despite heavy rains. The netizens who saw the post admired the enforcer for standing there in the middle of the road because if it had been a different enforcer, he might have left his post and seek shelter to avoid getting wet.
Some commented that the enforcers should each be given boots and raincoats for situations like this. They said that the City of Manila should provide traffic enforcers with those gears. The post had reached the Mayor of Manila, Isko Moreno, who highly praised the enforcer’s act. He promised to provide the enforcers with boots and raincoats but it might just take time since it still has to go through the proper process of acquisition.