We all know being a delivery rider is no walk in the park. But being a female in a predominantly male industry? That makes the job a bit more difficult. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a lady delivery rider, take a look at the day in the life of Chia Laron.
Laron is an Angkas rider who also doubles as a Lalamove delivery partner. She started delivering packages for Angkas when the government put the motorcycle-taxi pilot run on hold.
“Doon ako nag-simula mag-deliver. Nakakatanggap ako ng mga pa-deliver, ’yung mga envelope, mga folder lang, hanggang sa kung ano-anong delivery na ’yung pumasok,” Laron shares. “Flower shops, parcels—so ayon, doon ako nag-start.”
Laron says the daily earnings of a delivery rider really depend on just how many bookings one can take in a day. On good days, she gets to earn above the minimum wage. And as a female rider, Laron also shares that it’s almost inevitable that she gets negative comments from other people. That said, she also often gets positive feedback.
“Kadalasan, sinasabi nila na ‘Wow, nice, buti ka pa nakakapag-deliver.’ Tapos na-a-amaze sila na mas maaga pa ako [or] on time sa [expected] deliveries.”
She says she just brushes off any negative comments she receives because she likes what she does. “’Yun naman ’yung importante, masaya ka sa ginagawa mo.”
“Sa mga kumu-kwestyon diyan sa kakayahan ng isang babae bilang rider, wag niyo i-base sa gender,” Laron adds. “Wala na sa kasarian yan. Pagdating sa trabaho, pantay-pantay na. Kapag kaya ng babae, hayaan niyo.
“Salute ako sa mga delivery rider tulad ko na naghahangad maging mabuti at maayos ang buhay para sa’ting lahat.”
If you want to learn more about Laron’s story, you can watch the full video below: