The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued an advisory on Tuesday (July 27) saying delivery riders and couriers are entitled to benefits and minimum pay. 

In its announcement, the department specified that riders for digital platforms are covered under the Labor Code, the contract or agreement they have with their respectively digital platform company, depending on the existence of an employer-employee relationship.

DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III explained that riders who are considered employees of the digital platform company are entitled to the benefits stipulated under the Labor Code, which includes minimum pay.

Meanwhile, those who are independent contractors will be governed by their respective contracts or agreements with the company.

The advisory was released after delivery service company Foodpanda suspended dozens of riders after they staged a protest in Davao City. 

The company also failed to show up at a dialogue on Monday (July 26) with its suspended riders.

The issue has sparked lawmakers into action, who want similar delivery service companies such as Grab, Lalamove, and others to be investigated, specifically on how they treat their riders. 

Trade Union Congress Party Rep. Raymond Mendoza has already filed House Resolution No. 1974 to get the inquiry on the issue going. 

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