After a Whole Day of Being a Delivery Rider, Dingdong Dantes Realizes How Difficult It Actually Is

After spending Valentine’s Day moonlighting as a delivery rider for his own delivery service, DingDong, 40-year-old actor Dingdong Dantes has come to realize just how difficult the job actually is.

He took to Instagram to share his reflections on having spent nearly six hours on the road, under the blazing heat of the sun and pushing through city traffic, just to accomplish his scheduled deliveries.

“I finished 6 deliveries this Valentine’s Day. But on an average, delivery riders accomplish around 8-10 transactions on good days like this one,” he began. “I started at 9:30 am and ended before 3 pm, and as I sit here at home waiting for early dinner, I realize how difficult this job is.”

He enumerated all the obstacles that delivery riders go through every day and expressed admiration for their tenacity, all for the sake of their loved ones.

“There are so many factors to consider: heat, dehydration, heavy traffic, wrong addresses – which can cause panic and delays, customer’s temperament, plus the danger of getting into accidents especially if you have not been properly trained,” he said. “And yet, our riders out there try to wear a smile at all times, and make everything look bearable. Maybe it’s because of their clear “why” and strong motivation. Ginagawa nila ito para sa mga mahal nila sa buhay. (They are doing this for the people they love most in their lives.)”

Kaya hanga talaga ako sa lahat (across the board) ng delivery riders na araw araw ay tapat at magalang na naglilingkod at tumutulong sa pag-arangkada ng ekonomiya ng bansa. And today, mas lalo pang tumindi ang paghanga at respeto ko sa inyong lahat,” he added.

“That’s why I will never get tired of my mission of professionalizing this industry, especially for those who want to be successful in this field.”

Dingdong launched his delivery app last year with the goal of creating more job opportunities for those who lost their livelihoods because of the pandemic. Among those he employed were retrenched employees from ABS-CBN Network after Congress refused to renew their franchise.

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