Overloaded Jeepneys with School Kids Riding on Top: No Problem in Guimaras Province

Overloaded jeepneys with school kids riding on top of them is no problem on Guimaras province where my asawa and I reside. In fact, the public utility vehicles even pass by the local Philippine National Police without even a second glance. There are laws on the books regarding this issue, but like many rules and regulations in the Philippines, they are often ignored and not enforced.

jeepney in Guimaras loaded up with school kids on top


But after almost five years in “paradise,” nothing surprises me anymore. While waiting for my asawa to purchase a new rain barrel, I counted four guys in 15 minutes taking a pee in public. Peeing in public in the Philippines, at least on Guimaras province, is as common in this archipelago as motorcyclists without helmets, driving without headlights in the middle of the night, and well, overloaded jeepneys. You roll your eyes, stifle a laugh, or simply shake your head in amusement or disgust.

But since I have Libertarianism leanings and believe in as little government, any government’s, intervention in my life, these flagrant safety violations do not concern me that much. The kids riding the top of these jeepneys are experts at this and unless you’ve had one too many bottle of Red Horse, they all probably will get home without incident.

At 62 years of age, I’ve never attempted to ride on an overloaded jeepney’s roof. My asawa would NEVER allow it. And I doubt that I could make the climb to the roof anyway. But, I have, however, ridden on the rear of a jeepney,  just outside the rear entrance like you see the students in the following picture doing.

And, I have, done this, after one too many bottles of alcoholic beverages. My spouse is not particularly fond of this behavior and since moving back to Guimaras province from Iloilo last year, I haven’t pulled this stunt again.


loaded jeepney picking up more passengers in Guimaras

I took the pictures for this post with my Samsung Galaxy Tablet as my wife and I rode in a multi-cab from Jordan Wharf in Guimaras after a shopping trip in Iloilo City. We had too much stuff to haul back on a jeepney so we rented the cab. While we were whizzing along, my wife exclaimed: “That’s your friend!”

And it indeed it was, my SPO3 amigo from the local branch of the Philippine National Police. I had even captured his image as he stood along the road as school had let out for the day with the overloaded jeepney featured in this post speeding by him. I decided not to publish that photo, but will politely ask him about the overloaded jeepneys next time I see him over at “The Crossing” in San Miguel, Jordan, Guimaras.

the jeepney keeps rolling along


But I’ve never seen any of the school girls riding on top of the jeepneys and these poor girls pictured below had to walk home. I hope it was a short walk since the sun was brutally hot that afternoon. Even a jeepney ride on the roof would have been better a better alternative than walking.


school kids in Guimaras on the way home



Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 19 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

6 thoughts on “Overloaded Jeepneys with School Kids Riding on Top: No Problem in Guimaras Province

  1. When in the province in the evening many jeepney routes shut down around 7pm for the night. Sometimes the roof is the only way home, or sleep in the jungle. Not too often, but I have ridden the top

  2. Dave,
    Never road on the roof and don’t know if I would want too. With my luck I would fall off lol. I have ridden an overcrowded bus several times. Not the most comfortable ride.

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