During the lockdown in Metro Manila, which was one of the world’s longest, Willy said his earnings increased because demand from customers surged and there was a limited number of riders. He’s happy if he can take home $32 a day, which can add up to a little under one thousand dollars a month, though it fluctuates.
“We are not rich so we can’t be choosy.”
But one day, a delivery was cancelled when he was already on the way to bring the food. He suspected it was a scam or what they call “fake booking.” With permission from the Grab Philippines office, “I ate it and I actually enjoyed it. It was delicious.”Francis dreams of taking his family to eat out at a buffet Korean BBQ restaurant, which has become a trend in the Philippines.
“We go to all of these expensive restaurants to pick up food, but I haven’t eaten them myself.”
“But now that people are allowed to dine-in, the delivery people get discriminated against and look at as if we carry the virus around with us. They would tell us to wait outside, or if we have to deliver at a building, some of them would even have a separate elevator for us. Some shopping malls won’t let us in unless we take off our work jacket.”