In a densely populated country like the Philippines, heavy traffic on major highways is a big problem. Over the years, the government has probably thought of hundreds of ways to avoid getting the streets clogged by cars. Today, they have yet to find the ultimate solution to Metro Manila Traffic.
Traffic is a big issue for Filipino car-owners. It seems like the typical working Filipino spends more time on the road every week than at home. But if traffic is a problem for those who can afford their own cars, then it is an even bigger one for those who can't.
Commuters tend to suffer more from the traffic problem because they have to figure out efficient routes to work. Additionally, they also need to think about what to ride to get to their destination. On top of all that, they also have their safety to think about. Goodness knows public transportation is not exactly the safest way to go.
This is why companies like Uber and Grab are a godsend to commuters. It gives them the opportunity to travel comfortably without having to buy their own cars or worry about their safety. It all sounds like a good deal from the commuter's point of view. But for the drivers, it's not always as simple as what people think.
Ever since dynamic pricing was ticked off, Uber drivers started earning a lot less. This is not exactly fair given that the service was not meant to be cheap to begin with. People tend to forget that Uber drivers have their own lives too. They also have families to feed, and bills to pay.
An Uber driver named Nathan Solpico recently came out with a letter to the public that explains what Uber drivers like him have to go through every day.
Here is what Nathan had to say:
"Dear Uber, Riders, LTFRB-NCR and Partners.
I'm Nathan, 28 years old, single. I've Been driving uber for the past 6 months 65-80 driving hrs/week, experienced good times, bad times and worst situations. I just want to share my first booking this nine o'clock in the morning. he's a businessman together with his two employees they put the food and the things they use in their catering business inside the trunk, they are nice, they even gave me packed lunch for me to eat after. Their destination is not that far, it's only 5 kilometers away so I guess there would be no problem at all. But the heavy traffic took as an hour and a half to get to their place. (Judge Nyo na lang yung picture.)
I'm not mad at the rider, I just believe that I helped a person to get his business done, I suddenly remembered that Lola from that Government hospital which I even lifted to get inside the car because of the lack of nurses to help us, also the kids and their Yayas which I brought to their school safely, the pregnant employee that badly needs to get home because they can't even get a taxi during rush hours, the Parents who are excited to still see their kids awake even if it's almost late, the OFW who have lots of pasalubong to bring to their loved ones, the Parents with four small children going to the mall during stormy days, also the couples who went to Victoria Court (nagalit sila sakin dahil di ko makita Pick up point nila for 10mins), also the Lolo who's 93 years old traveling alone just to check his store in Binondo. And many many more experiences to share!
You see, Uber is not for everybody, drivers does not pick our destination where we want to go, we always give an extra mile to our services for you and your love ones to get to the destination safe and sound, DYNAMIC PRICING gives us motivation to work harder, we're not forcing anybody to take an Uber ride, I believe that people who choose Uber daily are those who value more their time, their family and their security. Uber is not supposed to be cheap like this. Drivers also have a family to feed, bills to pay and body to take care. PLEASE PAKI BALIK ANG DYNAMIC PRICING!
Please share if you appreciate your Uber Drivers. #UberPh #dynamicpricing #LTFRB #Uber #Grab #GrabPh #GrabCar"
The post came with 2 photos, screenshots of Nathan's earnings for the first ride he mentioned in his letter.
Nathan's letter has garnered about 8,600 reactions and 2,166 shares within just a few days.
It looks like people are starting to recognize the hard work that Uber
What do you think of Nathan's plight? Do you frequently use app-based transportation like Uber or Grab? Give us your own stories about these modes of transportation in the comments section!
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