A Roundtable Experience

By Mark Johnson C. Gil

Human beings are not things needing to be motivated and controlled. They are four-dimensional: body, mind, heart, and spirit.

Stephen Covey

Last January 27, 2023, selected Traffic Operations and Toll Operations employees were invited to have lunch with JLLB at Casie’s Restaurant in Malolos Bulacan, together with HR Head, Ms. Lea Wong. An opportunity to meet the NLEX President and interact personally in a roundtable set-up discussion wherein all participants were given equal standing to discuss their perspectives and contribute their ideas freely and fully to the conversation. A surreal experience for the invited participants who were actively engaged during the discussion and to be inspired by JLLB who’s also actively sharing his experiences and learnings throughout his career and personal life. A once in a blue moon opportunity given the operations’ tight, demanding, and shifting schedules. Here are some of the attendees’ testimonials on their roundtable experience.

Mr. Hajji Piquero, Patrol Crew

“It was a great opportunity na ma meet namin in person si JLLB. Marami po kaming natutunan sa kanyang part of that event is yung nabuong bonding mas nakilala naming ang bawat isa.”

Mr. Christian Batoon, Patrol Crew

“My experience in attending Roundtable with JLLB was fun and a good experienced. And it is also an honor to meet the President of NLEX and Madam Lea Wong in person. He discussed innovation and I learned a lot from him. Thank you NLEX Corporation.”

Mr. Glenn Arnel De Celis, Patrol Crew

“Meeting Sir JLLB last January 27, 2023 was a great experience for us. When he was speaking to us, he really valued our opinions and wanted to answer all questions in the way that would help us the most. He kept the good vibes, making jokes, letting us know something about his personal life, and happy to see the genuine, jolliness, and understanding the person behind his public appearance and policy decisions.”

Mr. John Clarence Lee Butcon, TPOA

“Mas nadagdagan po yung knowledge ko sa mga future plans po ng company and mas luminaw po yung vision ko sa mga gusting mangyari ni company for the betterment ng employees and most likely po ng ating mga customers and lastly po sa sandalling pagkakataon eh kahit papanu nagkaroon ng kaunting chance na makapagbond kami sa ibang Clusters and even sa ibang Department like sa Traffic Operations po dahil po sa activity na ginawa naming eh may nabuo kaming camaraderie sa isa’t isa at may nalaman sa buhay ng isa’t isa. And masasabi ko po na once of the best experiences ko po yung nangyaring yon dahil bihira na mabigyan ng ganong pagkakataon na itetreasure ko habang ako ay nagseserbisyo sa company. Salamat po,

Ms. Ma. Jackylyn Capangpangan, TPOA

“I would like to say thank you for the wonderful experience by attending Round table meeting with our boss. Mr. JLLB and Ma’am Lea Wong. Sobrang dami ko pong natutunan about sa company natin. At sa mga updates na nangyayare. Salamat po sa unforgettable experience”


Mark Johnson C. Gil, Human Resources and Administration. MJ is a certified ailurophile but he’s also fond of any pets and other animals. He loves to travel for foods, adventures, and natures, capturing moments and keeping memories to each destination. He may be an adventurous one, but he’s also a God-fearing person.