Bong Go files measure to protect welfare of delivery riders

Sen. Bong Go emphasized the need to strengthen the protection given to delivery riders as he filed Senate Bill No. 1184 or the proposed “Food, Grocery, and Pharmacy Delivery Services Protection Act of 2022”.

Go noted that it is undeniable how deliveries of food, grocery, supplies, and even medical supplies have become the preferred way of consumers, especially as these services allow them to receive what they need without leaving the comforts of their own homes. 

Given the increase in demand, Go stressed that the delivery service sector has helped the country survive the health crisis. 

“Tinuturing nating mga frontliners ang ating mga delivery riders dahil sinisugurado nila na maihatid sa inyo ang inyong kinakailangan habang sinasakripisyo nila ang kanilang kalusugan. Kaya naman marapat lang sa gobyerno ang mabigyan sila ng kinakailangan nilang proteksyon,” underscored Go. 

“Napakalaki po ng kontribusyon nila sa ating ekonomiya. Bukod sa mabilis na paraang makabili ng pagkain, nagbibigay rin ang industriyang ito ng maayos na kabuhayan sa ating mga kababayan sa ligtas at marangal na paraan,” he added. 

Under the proposed law, it shall be prohibited for any food, grocery, and pharmacy delivery service provider to require riders or drivers to shell out any monetary amount for the fulfillment of orders. 

In case of cancellation of orders, the service providers shall still pay the delivery riders for their services as though the transaction was successful.

More so, any service provider who will violate the prohibition on requiring monetary advances from delivery riders shall be subject to penalty fees. 

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