On Instagram, the actor-businessman shared that a number of Dingdong PH partner-riders, who were onboarded pre-enhanced community quarantine, have now become full-time fleet riders.
He wrote, “When we started our Dingdong Riders Professionalization Program same time last year, I was hopeful that our humble collective effort will make a difference in the life of even just one person, who wants to stand back up amidst the pandemic.”
According to Dantes, the company values excellent service as much as its relationship with employees. Dingdong PH hopes to help its riders through career and personal development, as well as sustainable livelihood opportunities.
He added, “We aim to create a path where individual subcontractors or freelancers will have the chance for a more regular engagement with Dingdong, and succeed in other fields such as rider training, emergency response and rider deployment, among others.
“Indeed, I look forward to delivering to more doorsteps with excellence and ‘professional malasakit’ through our empowered Dingdong riders.”
This move is a pretty big deal, especially amid debate over the treatment of food delivery riders in the Philippines. Senator Joel Villanueva once again pushed for a Freelancers Protection bill following the recent Foodpanda fiasco.
Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III also noted in an advisory that couriers who are considered employees of the online platform companies are entitled to some benefits under the Labor Code.
However, “those deemed as independent contractors or freelancers shall be governed by their respective contracts or agreements with the digital platform company,” he pointed out.
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