Not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes, they wear helmets and ride motorcycles.
Three delivery riders, in particular, were recently recognized as “hero riders” for their hard work, dedication, and contributions on the field every day. These three are Edison Awa, Daryl Ocenar, and Ricky Frias who were awarded during a Facebook and YouTube livestream from e-commerce logistics company J&T Express for their “J&T Heroes: Bayani sa Makabagong Panahon” event last July 2.
Edison Awa, a delivery rider based in Muntinlupa for two years now, garnered the top spot out of the final seven nominees and was aptly named “Hero of the Year.” According to his branch supervisor, Awa could deliver 100-300 packages in a day, or five or sometimes six days a week, making him one of the top couriers in his branch.
As a breadwinner for his aging parents and siblings in the province as well as his own family of four, Awa used to rely on uncertain odd jobs in construction and agencies, but now finds fulfillment and steady income from being a delivery frontliner.
Photo: Edison Awa
“Napakahalaga po ng delivery riders kasi kami ang nagdadala ng pangunahing pangangailan ng mga tao sa panahon na takot pa silang lumabas. Kahit natatakot para sa sarili, tinataas ko na lang sa Diyos ang aking kaligtasan para hindi bumigay sa hamon ng buhay,” he said regarding his win.
“Ang mensahe ko sa aking co-riders, kahit gaano kahirap ang trabaho sa araw-araw, kahit gaano karami, isipin na ginagawa natin ito para sa ating mahal sa buhay.“
Meanwhile, Daryl Ocenar from Tacloban and Ricky Frias from Taguig won second and third place respectively. Each of the heroes was also given prizes.
Photo: Daryl Ong
Photo: Ricky Frias
The other finalists, namely Raniel Pawilan (Quezon City), Russel Agullo (Makati City), Alan Guillen (Cebu City), and Jecel Beniga (Davao City) also took home gift certificates and special items.
Congratulations to these frontliner heroes!
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