Why We’re Happy Working on Holidays

by Elreene Hufana

Each year, while most people look forward to added days off during the holidays, the frontliners of NLEX brace themselves for busier-than-usual days. Our Toll Plaza Operations Associates, for instance, have experienced celebrating the season’s red-letter days at work. Their dedication to their job is remarkable. We asked some of them to share their insights on working even on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and all other holidays.

Jonathan L. Garcia, Tipo Toll Plaza

“Our workplace is our second home, it’s a place where we spend most of our time. I love being at work because everyone has made me feel welcome and I know that I am valued. So, when we’re asked to work during crucial times, like during holidays, I’m fortunate enough to be ready to do so. I see it as a chance to show that I able to handle bigger responsibilities .

The good thing about working on holidays is that we get a lot of perks. Aside from being recognized for our hard work, we can get an extra vacation day or we’ll get extra pay. I don’t mind working on holidays. I feel good whenever I get to serve our customers.”

Kathleen Alyssa D. De Leon, Dolores Toll Plaza

Ang Pasko ay isa sa mga pinakamahalagang okasyon sa atin. Ang saya sanang salubungin ito with the family. Pero as I grew older, naisip ko po na hindi ko ito palaging ma-ce-celebrate with family. Lalo na po ngayon na nagtatrabaho na ako. Darating po talaga iyong araw na ang mga katrabahaho ko naman po ang makakasama kong mag-celebrate. Iniisip ko na lang po na para din sa family ko ito. Sila po iyong nagiging inspirasyon ko. Sila po iyong nag-mo-motivate sa akin. Sayang din po kasi iyong holiday, double pay din po iyon. Masaya din naman pong mag-celebrate with co-workers.”

Kenneth V. Sundiam, San Fernando NB

“My reason for working during the holiday season is to give thanks to the company. I take inspiration from my late aunt, who always reminded me, ‘Love your work, ito ang daily bread mo.” So, for more than three years now, whatever duty was given to me, I have wholeheartedly accepted it. I also don’t want it to be difficult for my superior to arrange our work schedule. It may get challenging to figure out who will be on duty if we are all unable to work during holidays. I am very thankful and grateful to the company because, in the middle of the pandemic, they have taken very good care of their employees.”

Mirasol Dela Torre, Balintawak Toll Plaza

“Aside from the duties and responsibilities of Toll Plaza Operation Associate, na-mo-motivate po akong mag-duty especially during holidays kasi kasama ko rin pong mag-duty ang mga close friends ko. Kahit malayo po kami sa aming mga pamilya, nakakapagbigay po kami ng magandang serbisyo sa mga motorista at na-mo-motivate din po namin ang iba po naming mga kasamahan, lalo na po yung mga bagong hire. At bukod po doon, meron din po kaming natatanggap na double pay. Malaking tulong din po ito sa aming pamilya dahil nakakapagbigay po kami ng extra sa kanila.

Lisette Asuncion, Tabang Toll Plaza

Ang pinaka-motivation ko po tuwing nag-du-duty ako ng Pasko ay walang iba kung hindi ang family ko po. Kahit na nakakalungkot na wala ako sa piling nila tuwing sasapit ang Kapaskuhan, iniisip ko na lang na para sa kanila yung bawat duty ko, para sa kinabukasan nila. Alam naman po natin na hindi natin maiiwasan na magsakripisyo, lalo na kung sa simula pa lang alam na natin na sa pinasok nating trabaho ay mayroong kaakibat na responsibilidad kagaya na lang ng pag-duty tuwing Kapaskuhan at Bagong Taon. Sa loob ng pamamalagi ko dito sa NLEX ng dalawang taon, nasanay na din ako na dito salubungin iyong espesyal na okasyon kasama iyong mga katrabaho ko dito. Kahit ano man iyong dumating, masaya man o malungkot, lagi lang silang nandiyan at handa kang damayan at samahan.

Our associates remind us that NLEX is our second home. Working even during the holidays can still be a happy experience because we celebrate it with our second family.

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