The Senate has just passed a bill criminalizing “hoax ordering”, which works in the interest of delivery riders. According to Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, who chairs the Senate trade committee, such incidents were a disturbing occurrence and must be acted upon.
“The recent incidents of fake booking and hoax orders are quite alarming,” he said. “Those acts must be criminalized. Nagtatrabaho ang ating mga riders nang maayos. Yung iba ay inaabot pa ng madaling araw sa kalye para kumita ng pera. Hindi sila dapat linoloko.”
Proposed law, contained in Committee Report No. 273, aims to outlaw several other acts apart from hoax ordering, cancellation of confirmed orders and refusal to pay for unpaid orders.
These include using another person’s personal information in registering for a goods delivery service and food, grocery and pharmacy delivery app providers requiring riders to advance money for payment of orders.
Moreover, app providers will be required to “establish a mandatory reimbursement scheme in favor of delivery riders and drivers in case of cancellation of confirmed orders.”