PAYING FORWARD A KINDNESS
A year ago, Typhoon Ondoy (international name Ketsana) hit my family and caused considerable flood damage to our house and to the 2004 Honda City A/T that my daughter drives. I was particularly worried about the Honda’s all-important computer box, which had been submerged.
I went all over Metro Manila looking for a repair shop that could fix the computer box. The Honda dealer in Marikina where we bought the car was no help and wanted to charge us so much money!
Finally, after weeks of frustration, I found someone. The only electronics technician who fixed the computer box owns a small repair shop in Makati City. This is his name and contact information:
Mr. Ramon Samonte, owner
1879 Evangelista St., cor Pasay Road, Pio del Pilar, Makati City
884-2787, fax 751-0247
I found him on the web, and got in touch with him because of positive comments on his honesty and good work.
Since he knew I came all the way from Antipolo, he readily offered to work on my computer box while I waited. He inspected the computer box with some probe instruments, cleaned it, soldered a broken contact point, and told me there appeared to be nothing wrong with the ICs, the connections, resistors, etc.
I asked him how much I should pay. After a few seconds of silence, he said I didn’t owe him anything. He felt he didn’t really do much to deserve being paid. I was stunned and speechless. I was embarrassed and again offered to pay him something but he said it was ok.
He normally charges P4,500 for repairing computer boxes — with a money-back guarantee if the repair doesn’t work, or if the client is unhappy with the repair for any reason.
My daughter’s repaired computer box has been working like a charm for a year now!
And so I would like to promote this Good Samaritan. At that time, there were so many snakes conning hapless car owners. I should know. I talked to a few who wanted to charge me as much as P50,000 for labor alone!