Valenzuela City is known as an industrial hub where small- and medium-scale businesses have been developing alongside factories and warehouses. As such, cargo trucks and delivery vans have become a regular fixture in the area.
However, the series of lockdowns triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has added a new player in the community—the motorcycle delivery service. Recently, the city council of Valenzuela passed a resolution requiring medium- to large-scale businesses to adopt a set of health protocols aimed at protecting the delivery riders from virus infection.
City Ordinance No. 914 Series of 2021, or the ‘Bayaning Delivery Rider Welfare Ordinance,’ obliges business entities with investments amounting to P3 million or more to implement a six-point health plan for delivery riders:
1) Seat allotment
Seats with enough space in between must be provided, and waiting areas can accommodate up to 10 riders at a time. Seating areas should also be equipped with physical barriers with high-efficiency air filters.
2) Handwashing stations
There should be accessible washing stations at all times to allow riders to sanitize and disinfect. Footbaths are also required at the entrance of a commercial establishment.
3) Clean drinking water
Purified drinking water and disposable cups must be provided at waiting areas.
4) Charging stations
Riders have to stay connected so the city council has also obliged the mall and store owners to provide charging stations for smartphones and other electronic gadgets.
5) Safe parking space
Riders should have safe parking places for their motorbikes within or in surrounding areas of commercial establishments. Outdoor waiting areas must have canopies to serve as protection from heat or rain. It should also be located 10 meters away from the building and is not prone to flooding.
6) Proper ventilation
To prevent the virus from spreading, the city council has required the mall and store owners to equip waiting areas with effective ventilation systems. The place must also be well-lit.
Small home-based enterprises like sari-sari stores and karinderyas are exempted from the ordinance. However, the city council didn’t specify the penalties that await companies for failing to follow the health plan.
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