DOLE welcomes MOA between QC, foodpanda for displaced workers

October 27, 2021 People's Tonight 233 views

LABOR Secretary Silvestre Bello III welcomed the signing of an agreement between the Quezon City government and foodpanda Philippines for 200 workers displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic to train and become freelance food delivery riders for the country’s leading food delivery online platform.

“We are really thankful to our local governments because they have been very active in extending assistance to workers displaced by the pandemic,” Secretary Bello said.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) donated bicycles to the Quezon City government through its BIKECINATION project to help workers recover from the pandemic’s impact.

The bicycles donated by DOLE were key to the ‘pandaBIZikleta’ project of foodpanda in partnership with the Quezon City government which enables displaced workers to earn as food delivery riders.

“We commend our partners—the Quezon City government and foodpanda Philippines—for embarking on this noble initiative,” said Bello.

He affirmed DOLE’s commitment to further strengthen and expand its BIKECINATION project and other innovative livelihood projects as part of the department’s mandate to ease people’s suffering during the pandemic.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte and foodpanda Philippines managing director Daniel Marogy have agreed to work with the DOLE to ease the economic hardship of workers displaced by the pandemic.

“We continue to innovate and look for solutions to ease the suffering of hardworking employees who, through no fault of their own, have lost their jobs due to this pandemic,” said Belmonte.

One of the ways to do this, she said, was through a partnership with private sector projects such as pandaBIZikleta which “will enable the unemployed to gain the financial stability needed to get through these difficult times.”

Marogy said the pandaBIZikleta project is part of the company’s corporate social advocacy and sustainability programs.

Marogy said the signing of the agreement between foodpanda and the city government coincided with World Sustainability Day which signifies the importance of caring for the environment. “We are promoting the use of bicycles as part of foodpanda Philippines’ Sustainability Program because it helps promote clean air and good health which are vital factors in making communities more sustainable,” Marogy said.

“We are helping our displaced workers and at the same time protecting our environment through this joint partnership,” Belmonte said of the agreement with foodpanda.

To qualify for the program, displaced workers should be referred by the Public Employment Service Office, be at least 18 years old with NBI or police clearance, and residents of Quezon City.

Belmonte said the beneficiaries would be admitted as independent contractors for foodpanda for at least three months.

Under the agreement, foodpanda Philippines would schedule the recruitment and entry of the 200 beneficiaries for orientation and training. The company would provide discounted biker kits and extend the same benefits it gives to its other freelance delivery service providers.

The Quezon City government, through its PESO, will help project beneficiaries with online registration as independent contract bikers and in securing work permits and clearances.

“We are excited to witness the growth and expansion of the pandaBIZikleta project throughout the country,” said foodpanda’s Dan Marogy.

Leopoldo de Castro Jr., finance director of foodpanda Philippines represented Marogy during the signing ceremony held this afternoon (Wednesday, October 27) at the Office of the Mayor in Quezon City Hall.