Lalamove comes to the aid of the family of a biker found dead on a parked motorcycle

Motorcyclist stock photo by Jusdevoyage via Unsplash

Courier service provider Lalamove said he was in constant communication with the family of the late delivery passenger Christmas Escote who was found dead while resting on his parked motorcycle on November 1.

The courier said he was “deeply saddened” by the situation and contacted the biker’s son to provide immediate assistance after being informed of the tragic incident.

“From what we understand Mr. Escote was not fulfilling orders on the day of the incident, however, we understand that Lalamove is a crucial source of income for his family and the immense impact of the tragedy” , he said in a statement.

“We are in ongoing conversation with the family to understand their situation and have provided additional assistance and financial support, to help them through the difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Lalamove added.

Reports say Escote, 40, was found lifeless on his motorbike parked along United Street in the village of Kapitolyo in Pasig City on All Saints Day.

He was taken to Pasig City General Hospital but was pronounced dead around 7:14 a.m. that day.

Escote was suspected of having COVID-19, but a medical examiner has yet to confirm the actual cause of his death.

“During a cursory examination, no external injuries were noted, and furthermore, the corpse was lifted by the city sanitary section,” reads a police report, quoted by .

According to a letter written by Jennifer Bocboc and sent to Sen. Risa Hontiveros, Escote was already not feeling well that fateful day. Bocboc was his life partner.

She said Escote decided to work in hopes of getting a reservation despite the holidays.

“Nagtambay po [siya] make Kapitolyo take care of booking, booking, booking support. Natagpuan na po siyang wala ng buhay and nakasaad sa police report is indeterminated ang cause of death at suspicion Covid raw,” Bocboc said in the letter.

“Ringtone on alarm clock” for the legislature

Following this, Hontiveros again called for the passage of the bill giving enhanced protections to delivery workers following the incident.

“Let his death be a wake-up call to our colleagues in the legislature to act immediately on pending bills that will ensure the rights and welfare of the growing number of workers in the economy are respected. demand,” she said in a statement Monday. .

Hontiveros also asked Lalamove, Escote’s company, to help his family.

“Noel is an example of a Filipino who tries to deliver to meet the needs of his family. I therefore ask Lalamove, together with Noel’s family, to provide assistance to his orphan so that he can at least have a decent burial,” she previously said.

Last month, the opposition MP introduced Senate Bill 1373 or Protektadong Online Workers, Entrepreneurs, Riders at Raketera or the POWERR law.

It aims to protect the rights and well-being of workers in the gig economy, including delivery workers and freelancers facing low wages and precarious working conditions.

Under this measure, skilled workers are enrolled in government welfare programs such as PhilHealth, SSS, Pag-ibig, among others.

Online platforms under the bill will also be held liable for injuries sustained by workers, including delivery people in the line of duty.

“Currently, couriers are categorized as “independent contractors” as opposed to employees. Therefore, they are not qualified to receive social protections under our labor laws. There is also no clear policy on accident and sickness insurance, so it is good to pass the law to close these loopholes,” Hontiveros said.

“Let no more lives be sacrificed until their grievances are satisfied. Immediate action is needed to prevent such incidents, especially as more and more people enter this type of occupation,” she added.

Earnest L. Veasey