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A FIVE-MINUTE VIEW FROM THIS SIDE OF THE ROAD

Without any doubt, traffic congestion has become associated with feelings of disgust among the general public. The poor road infrastructure and deficient transportation system have gotten the better of us. And here is when it is imperative to practice decorum and good manners.  I must become a road habit practiced by all – motorists must know and obey traffic rules, commuters must extend common courtesy, and enforcers enforce the rules with utmost civility.  Whatever the odds, it pays to avoid unnecessary altercations. There is no justification for road rage and violence.

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The road altercation courtesy of the recent social media upload from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) says a lot.  The only problem is that does not fairly represent the two sides of the story. The video seemed obviously edited to downplay the enforcers’ bullying and highlight the hostile feat of the men in uniform whose primary role should be to serve and protect the public they serve.

 

In this regard, it is best to always observe basic decorum as well as road ethics to avoid being portrayed the antagonist in a staged confrontation.

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1)    Aggressive behavior is never acceptable.

  • Avoid unsafe and hostile manner of driving. Stay on the right lane.
  • Mind your temper.
  • Learn to safe driving strategies and take precautions.

Counter-flowing can only be done as an exception.

In case of emergency, exercise extreme caution.

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2)    Mind your car lights.

  • Use your hazard lights when needed.
  • Signal ahead of time and whenever turning, switching or changing lanes.
  • Use high beam headlights only when there is no vehicle in front of you or when there is inadequate street lighting.    Common courtesy dictates that headlights are lowered to avoid blinding other drivers on the same road.

 

TalkShop Founder Dr. Sheila Viesca emphasizes, “We can all aim to take the high road on the road and stay in control by being kind especially when it is easy and even feels right to be rude.”

 

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Its courses are designed to address a wide range of training needs. A course in Social Graces and Dining Etiquette allows the participant to emerge as a confident achiever who can impressively engage in any social situation. Corporate Protocol Training engages the participant in facilitator-based discussions and a learning experience in designing an organization’s protocol standards, safeguarding corporate culture. In Communication training, participants learn to articulate their thoughts better. Leaders in the private and mission-based organizations hone their leadership skills to be an effective and valued leader of their team. Cross-culture Communication provides the participant with a better understanding of Filipino culture, habits and values that build stronger relationship with Filipino clients and co-workers.  This program helps to minimize or completely avoid costly cultural gaps while building on the strengths of the Filipino work ethic.

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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