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An Angkas Rider’s Daily Hustle Amid Pandemic

Danilo Depio, Jr. is one of the thousands of delivery riders who risk their everyday health and safety to deliver goods and services to many Filipinos.

We often see them in the streets, donning familiar uniforms and colorful helmets. Their motorcycles are usually filled with packages that are ready to be delivered to clients who are patiently (or sometimes, anxiously) waiting at their homes or offices.

In this time when we cannot go out as usual because of the health risks of contracting a virus,  many of us rely on the service of delivery riders to help us get by on our daily lives. They are the ones who got our backs when we need to have an item (groceries, food, office supplies, you name it) shipped to or from our place, and they have almost always never let us down.

But despite their hard work amid the quarantine, delivery riders would still oftentimes get played on by customers who do not show up to claim their orders—or worse, purposely place prank orders as they think it’s “funny” to do it. (Read: Prank No More: House Bill to Penalize Cancelled Food Delivery Orders)

To help us better understand the daily hustle that a delivery rider goes through amid the pandemic, My Pope sits down with Danilo Depio, Jr., an Angkas rider who has been delivering goods to customers in the Metro despite the health risks of COVID-19.

How hard is it to work amid the community quarantine?

Di naman po siya masyadong mahirap kasi maluwag po ang kalsada at madali pong nakakarating sa destination. Ang medyo mahirap lang po kung di ka pamilyar sa area tapos sarado ang pwede mong daanan kaya maghahanap ka ulit ng pwedeng daanan para makarating sa drop off location.

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(Photo from Jonathan Cellona / ABS-CBN News/file)

What made you decide to still do deliveries despite the health risks?

Kailangan ko po kasing kumita para matustusan ang pangangailangan ng aking pamilya. Meron po akong isang anak na babae, five years old na po. Buntis din po ulit ang misis ko, seven months na po, bale magiging apat na po kami.

Alam ko naman po na delikado bumiyahe dahil baka makakuha ako ng virus at maiuwi sa aking pamilya pero proper sanitation po ang panlaban ko sa virus. Nag-aapply po ako ng alcohol every time pagkatapos ng booking at pag-uwi naman po sa bahay di muna ako pumapasok. Nagpapahinga po muna ako sa labas para pagpasok ko po diretso ligo na at yung damit ko po diretso na sa labahan.

Ang pamilya ko po ang aking motivation at nagbibigay sa akin para bumiyahe at maka-survive sa pagsubok na ito kasi po ako lang ang inaasahan nila. Kung magpapakita po ako ng kahinaan, baka pati sila ay panghinaan din ng loob.

What is your most memorable encounter as an Angkas rider?

Marami pong mga tao na tumutulong sa amin bilang mga delivery rider. Kagaya na lang po ng pagbibigay ng mga customer ng tubig, sardinas, tip, o minsan yung sukli di na kinukuha. Minsan din po bigas dahil mahirap maging isang delivery rider—minsan ang layo ng iikutan mo kasi sarado ang ibang gate na naka-pin sa maps kaya iikot ka talaga kung saan pwede dumaan. Pero nakakawala ng pagod kapag nasuklian ng customer ang iyong pagod kahit sa maliit lang ng bagay na pagbibigay ng tubig. Na-aappreciate na po namin ‘yun.

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Photo from Top Gear Philippines / PhilNews.ph

What is your wish for you and your fellow delivery riders who are working amid the pandemic?

Ang hiling ko po sa mga katulad ko na riders ay mag-ingat sa pagmamaneho. Palagi pong tandaan na may naghihintay at umaasa sa atin na mga mahal natin sa buhay. Sundin lamang po ang proper sanitation para po wala tayong mauwing sakit sa ating mga mahal sa buhay.

Magdasal muna bago umalis ng bahay para may gabay tayo sa ating paglalakbay. Wag din masyadong magmadali at sumingit nang alanganin dahil doon madalas ang aksidente.

What would you want to tell your customers at Angkas?

Marami pong salamat sa inyo dahil sa bawat booking ninyo ng padala, may isang tao po kayong natutulungan para may maipakain sa pamilya nila. Marami pong salamat sa inyo.

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Photo from CDODev.Com

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