When the pandemic began and everyone had to stay home to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading, delivery and motorcycle for hire riders became instant frontliners. They helped everyone get their daily supplies, and they also brought doctors, nurses, and other workers to their respective destinations.
In an exclusive interview with Summit OG, Angkas and Lalamove rider Chia Laron shared, "Sobrang pagtitimpi dapat yung meron ka kapag rider ka."
Chia started her career as a rider with a well-known motorcycle for hire company. From there, she eventually branched out to parcel deliveries during the lockdown. "Nakakatanggap ako nung mga ipapa-deliver na mga envelope, mga folder lang. Hanggang sa kung anu-anong delivery napasok ko—[from flower shop to parcel], doon na ako nag-start," she recalled.
At the same time, she admitted that it's not an easy job, especially for female riders like her. "Kung minsan, hindi talaga maiiwasan na merong negative comment lalo na kapag babae," she explained. There's also no shortage of people who questioned her ability to ride just because of her gender. "Wala sa kasarian ‘yan. Pagdating sa trabaho, pantay-pantay na," Chia would tell them.
She advised, "Dapat handa kang harapin yung mga iba't-ibang klase ng tao. Hindi mo maiiwasan na nandiyan yung pagdating mo pa lang, mainit na rin yung ulo niya. May iba't-ibang klase ng tao tayong makakasalimuha."
"May mga good feedback din naman akong naririnig, which is masarap sa puso," she added. Chia would often receive tips for her smooth driving, plus positive reviews for her prompt deliveries. When it comes to the money she earns, she said it all depends on how diligent you are as a rider. "Kadalasan, swerte na yung above minimum," she shared.
She has had all sorts of experiences as a rider—from delivering huge Christmas trees, to cancelled rides, and even irate passengers. "Para sa akin, lagi mong pipiliin kung ano ang tama," she emphasized. According to Chia, it's important to always choose to do good, be good, and have a lot of patience. She also mentioned, "At [dapat] masaya ka sa ginagawa mo. Kasi kung masaya ka sa ginagawa mo, hindi mo nararamdaman yung pagod. Hindi mo nararamdaman na nagtatrabaho ka."
Let Chia Laron show you what it's like to be a rider for a day. Watch the full Summit OG interview below:
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