Four PWD riders were gracious enough to share their stories of serving with pride in the food delivery service:
A victim of discrimination
A native of Negros, Christopher de Asis has been busy with delivery duties in his province. Prior to joining Foodpanda, though, he had experienced discrimination in the workplace for being visually impaired, which resulted in several reject job applications.
De Asis even recalled one time a security guard told the marketing graduate straight to his face that the company was not inclined to hire PWDs. Eventually, he had mastered the art of safe navigation after passing Foodpanda’s entrance tests. He said, “I’m happy there are employers like Foodpanda that offer equal opportunities.”
De Asis and his partner are now saving up for their future.
Feedback inspires him to do better
Another heartwarming story comes from Clark Nel Garol, who was a former construction worker and habal-habal rider before ending up as a Foodpanda rider. He takes pride in his work, especially with the positive customer feedback on his performance.
“Tuwing naririnig ko po sila na ganyan ang feedback sa akin, sobrang saya ko po. Mas lalo ko pang pinagbubuti ang aking trabaho,” he said. Garol also draws inspiration from his wife and daughter, both of whom have been appreciative of his hardwork.
Meanwhile, another PWD continues to ply the streets of Davao City to deliver food amid the strict quarantine in their area due to the spike in COVID-19 cases. Arnel Yobido shared, “Kapag sumasakit ang binti ko, pinapahinga ko muna. Mamaya nang konti tuloy lang ang laban para sa aking pamilya at mga pangarap namin.”
Yobido and his wife are expecting, all the more reason to work harder and pray for good health. The same goes with Jayson Papa, who has been grateful for the opportunity to support his family.
In recognition of their dedication, Foodpanda gave these four riders and 95 other PWDs P2,000 each, and another P500 for non-PWDs as cash incentives. “We believe that they are truly heroes, ensuring efficient deliveries and keeping us safe as we stay home. We want to thank all our Bayaning Ka-Panda and salute their efforts to support their families,” said Jao Manahan, Foodpanda operations manager for riding experience.
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