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Senator Lito Lapid seeks to protect food deliverers from Grab, Food Panda and other delivery services, saying it is “not fair and appropriate” to tax them financially due to false bookings and cancellations unjustified delivery orders. At Tuesday’s Senate Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship hearing on Tuesday, Lapid spoke about the need to protect food delivery drivers who fall prey to unreasonable customers who cancel confirmed orders or even fail to do so. not show up at the delivery address, despite the fact that the rider had already paid for the items ordered. Meanwhile, Senator Richard Gordon has suggested amendments to Senate Bill 2057, or the COVID-19 Vaccination Program Act 2021, to allow the purchase by international humanitarian organizations of vaccines in order to ensure that the most vulnerable can be vaccinated. Gordon wants the bill to include a provision stating that international organizations such as the Red Cross Movement, in particular the Philippine Red Cross, can procure vaccines for use from individuals who comply with the list. priorities. Lapid’s Senate Bill 1677, or the Food and Grocery Delivery Service Protection Act, describes deliverers of food and grocery delivery service applications as “the front lines that take the risk and continue to work and meet our needs during the quarantine and community lockdown. Macon Ramos-Araneta “Food and grocery delivery men play a crucial role in our day-to-day lives, especially during the current health crisis,” said Lapid. “As such, they are considered one of the most important frontline workers as they provide convenience and access to a large percentage of our population despite all the health and safety risks they face just for the sake of it. win their life.” Lapid’s measure aims to oblige service providers “to establish a compulsory reimbursement system for the cancellation of orders and for customers to present proof of identity and domicile”. The bill also provides that a customer who cancels their orders three times a month will face a maximum of six months in prison and a fine of 100,000 P. At the same hearing, the service provider of Food Panda Philippines said that since it started operating it has not reimbursed passengers to cover the amount of goods demanded by customers. Nicka Hosaka Grab told the committee chaired by Senator Koko Pimentel III that they had removed advance payments made by their riders in August 2020. They paid their riders who were experiencing this problem. According to Hosaka, Grab had a system before that once a “No show” was reported within an hour, they would refund the payments to their riders.