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Group Suffers Accident in Sagada, But Tour Agency Charged ‘Penalty Fee’ for Cancellation

The Philippines is a beautiful country with a lot of tourist spots and destinations located in many places across the archipelago. To cater to the needs of tourists and travelers, a lot of tour agencies provide services for tour packages that include the travelers’ transportation, accommodations, and a tour to the top attractions in the destinations they booked.

While booking trips through tour agencies make the vacation easier because you no longer have to worry about transportation and where you’ll go when you get to your destination, not everyone has a good experience with these companies.

Netizen Billyjoe Baronda shared a bad experience he had in a recent trip to Sagada. They had booked an exclusive trip with a tour agency to ensure they had the van to themselves, but they ended up having ‘joiners’ in the trip.

Photo credit: Billyjoe Baronda / Facebook

The tour agency changed the van they were supposed to use after they paid the downpayment. But what’s worse, instead of the seasoned driver they were supposed to have for the trip to Sagada, a replacement driver was given to them at the last minute.

This driver wasn’t familiar with the destination as this was also his first time to Sagada. This led to the group getting lost for 3 hours because the driver didn’t know the way.

But after the somewhat successful tour they had on the first day, the group noticed that the van was moving differently as they were headed back to their transient house. They told the driver about it, but the guy felt insulted by their observations. Instead of checking the vehicle like he should have done, he took selfies as ‘proof’ that he’s a good driver.

The group no longer complained as they knew they were near their transient house, anyway; though they felt a bit fearful as the van was overspeeding at 140 km/h.

About 10 minutes away from the transient house, the vehicle slammed into the road gutter, with its two wheels going over the concrete and the vehicle was half hanging at the side of a cliff!

The driver hurriedly jumped out of the vehicle. Instead of helping the passengers, however, he knelt on the road and later said he was ‘praying’ because he got out safely. The tour coordinator tried to also jump out of the vehicle but changed her mind when she opened the door and found herself nearly falling down the cliff.

Photo credit: Billyjoe Baronda / Facebook

Baronda was thankful for the locals who helped save their lives; though he felt scared as it was him and his brother who were the last to be saved from the van.

But after the accident, the tour agency offered them only two outrageous options:

Option 1: The trip goes on as planned (no extensions), with the same van and driver

Option 2: Canceled tour, refund on accommodation and half of the van rental because they managed to arrive safely at Sagada.

The group eventually chose Option 2 because they definitely didn’t want to ride the same van with that driver, but they were charged a ‘penalty fee’ for cancelling the trip! The tour agency also refused to pay for their medical fees or the items damaged in the accent. The agency didn’t even pay for their transient house.

So, the group had to cut their trip short from the supposed three days to just one day because they no longer had money to cover for the additional expenses they might incur as they had essentially been left by the tour agency to do things on your own. Still, they were happy to be alive as the van was just inches away from rolling off the side of the cliff!

Read his full account of the incident below:

An unforgettable experience in #SagadaFirst of all Thank you Lord for the another life. We are really grateful for the…

Posted by Billyjoe Baronda on Sunday, March 3, 2019

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Fake Delivery Rider Tries to Scam Frequent Shopee Buyer

A scammer tried to dupe a frequent Shopee buyer for Php3,499 but he left emptyhanded after the guy noticed that the package clearly looks so fake!

Fake Delivery Rider Tries to Scam Shopee Buyer

These days, it is so easy to buy something you need and have it delivered at home. You can shop for almost anything you want even without leaving the comforts of your home – and you don’t even have to deposit the payment first, for most cases.

Photo credit: Jay Jazon / Facebook

But the system of “cash on delivery” (COD) on many online platforms has given scammers a way to earn some quick, dishonest cash. These scammers prey on people who often make orders on these online shops and might not notice that they are paying for an order they did not make.

Netizen Jay Jazo shared the experience he had with what appears to be newbie scammers who arrived at his house carrying a package with his name written using a pentel pen. The address was incomplete, just “1200 Camba” and the amount was written out as “3499 php”.

Photo credit: Jay Jazon / Facebook
Photo credit: Jay Jazon / Facebook
Photo credit: Jay Jazon / Facebook

Jay has some pending orders that he’s waiting for, yet he also knows that he doesn’t have an order worth Php3,499. Moreover, as a frequent Shopee buyer, he knows that the package doesn’t look like something you’d get from an online store. There’s no barcode or waybill on the package. Only the supposed buyer’s name was there; no information about the seller or the order number.

Photo credit: Jay Jazon / Facebook
Photo credit: Jay Jazon / Facebook

A bit scared, Jay quickly closed the door to inspect the item before telling the fake delivery rider that he doesn’t have an order. After the guy left, they followed him and saw that he was just walking! There’s a rider who fetched him several meters away from the house, but the two appeared to have realized that the fake rider was being followed.

Photo credit: Jay Jazon / Facebook
Photo credit: Jay Jazon / Facebook

Jay shared the experience as warning to others so they won’t fall for this kind of modus operandi.

Fake Package Delivery Scam

Don’t be fooled by the fake package delivery scam. Here’s what you can do:

  • Always track your packages from online shops.
  • Don’t give out personal information to callers, even if they sound like a real delivery rider.
  • Check the packaging for clues. Real orders have a proper waybill, with information like your complete name, address, and phone number.
  • Tell family members or other housemates to never pay for orders delivered when you’re not around, unless you tell them beforehand or if they could confirm it with your first.
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Concerned Citizens Break Car’s Glass to Save Two Kids Left by Parents

Two kids were rescued from a hot car after concerned citizens broke the glass to save their lives. The two young children were left by their parents inside the car which was turned off and locked.

Kids Left in Hot Car by Parents

There are so many people who are not aware of the dangers of leaving children or pets inside a locked car with the air conditioning turned off and the windows closed. Not everyone is aware how hot it can quickly become inside that car, even if the weather isn’t too hot.

So, just imagine how hot it could become and how much oxygen will be left inside the vehicle on a very hot day!

Photo credit: Philippines CCTV & DASH CAM Spotted

In a video shared by Philippines CCTV & DASH CAM Spotted, several concerned citizens could be seen surrounding a Suzuki Ertiga that’s parked near business establishments at a still undisclosed location. It turned out that some passersby noticed the small kids inside the car and were concerned over their condition inside the locked vehicle.

The concerned citizens could be heard speaking in Visayan, telling each other that the best course of action is to break the car’s glass because doing it without damage to the vehicle was taking them a very long time. The kids inside could be seen looking weak and sweaty.

Photo credit: Philippines CCTV & DASH CAM Spotted

Acting as fast as they could to save the children, they broke the glass window at the driver’s seat. With the window broken, they rushed to remove the car seat of the baby and moved it inside an air-conditioned establishment near where the car was parked.

Another person picked up the elder sister, still a toddler, and also brought her to the establishment where they were both given water.

Photo credit: Philippines CCTV & DASH CAM Spotted

The video did not show what happened next or how the parents reacted once they learned what these concerned citizens happened. But everyone is furious at the irresponsible parents and thankful that the kids were safe.

What Happens to Kids in a Hot Car?

Kids’ bodies actually heat up more quickly, about 5x, than adult’s bodies. When left in a hot car, kids’ major organs could begin to shutdown at 40 C. You could easily lose the child as temperatures rise to 41.5 C!

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Top Advantages of Using Solar Power at Home

Just like other sources of energy, solar power has its own sets of advantages and disadvantages. But even if the costs are usually high in putting it up, there is a great return on investment and you could actually save a lot of money in the long run.

Here are some of the top advantages of using solar power at home.

Lower or Eliminate Your Electricity Bills

Depending on what system you are planning to set up on your roof and the actual usage, you could either lower or eliminate your electricity bills. It is possible that you won’t generate 100% of the electricity you need but you’ll certainly see a huge slash from your monthly bills.

Power Even on Brownouts

Not all solar power systems work this way because there are those that are still connected/tied to the power company and doesn’t store the electricity produced during the day. But if you truly want to save money and have power even on brownouts, get the one with batteries. It costs higher but will be more useful in the long run.

Harness the Power of the Sun, Save the Environment

According to SolarGain, installing a 1kW solar power system helps reduce your carbon footprint and prevents the release of 1.5 tonnes of carbon a year. This sustainable system lets you harness the power of the sun and help save the environment.

Great Investment

Most suppliers offer a warranty for 20 to 25 years on your solar power system. This makes it a great investment for your home. Moreover, having solar power adds value to your home.

In some places, the government offers a subsidy or tax breaks or even cashback options for those who set up solar power at home. Take advantage of such offers if available in your area.

Incentives may actually go away and it may not actually pay to wait for too long,” says Vikram Aggarwal, CEO of EnergySage.

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