A 58-year-old jeepney driver recently went viral after becoming a Lalamove delivery driver amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Tatay Lauro Paredes has been a jeepney driver for decades but when the COVID-19 crisis affected the country, he was among those greatly affected.
They were unable to go out on their routes again – and even when the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ), he was still unable to work because his jeepney is old. As the government rolls out the jeepney modernization program, Tatay Lauro couldn’t use his old jeep to pick up customers.
Thankfully, he was among those who were chosen as partners by Lalamove. From his home in Quezon City, Tatay Lauro would begin his day by waiting for a booking – and would grab the chance to earn some good, honest cash by picking up goods to deliver.
At his age and lack of background in using gadgets to navigate the busy streets of Metro Manila, Tatay Lauro often has a hard time using Waze to find his customers’ address. His jeepney is also too big for many of the metropolis’ small streets. Thus, there are times when he would get off the vehicle and walk around neighborhoods to find his clients’ address!
But even with these challenges, Tatay Lauro continues to smile and feel cheerful with his work. With that kind of attitude, he earned the admiration of one of his customers – and this would help turn his life around.
Chammy Pasumbal Jalique was at the second floor of their home when Tatay Lauro arrived. He was carrying their order but even when he thought no one was watching, he was smiling. It was clear that this old jeepney-driver-turned-Lalamove-rider has excellent work ethics. No matter his work, he is doing his best and is happy with it.
The customer wrote on her Facebook page:
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY PO!
Siya si Mang Lauro.
Nakakatuwa nung tinawagan nya ako para iconfirm ung order ko. Sabi nya, “Good afternoon po Ma’am ako po ang inyong Laladriver!”
Kitang kita sa kanyang mga ngiti ang tuwa na makabyahe ulit sa pamamagitan ng pagdedeliver. Kahit nagkandaligaw-ligaw sya dahil hindi pa raw sya sanay sa pag gamit ng WAZE ay masaya nyang inihatid ang order ko ♥️ Mabuhay ka!
The post would go viral, with Tatay Lauro earning praise from the community. Soon, people reached out to Chammy to send help for this admirable driver! They didn’t even know the inspiring story behind that smile, but everyone was ready to help out.
Watch Tatay Lauro amazing story in this video:
58-ANYOS NA TSUPER, NAG-DELIVERY MAN SA ISANG ONLINE APP DELIVERY SERVICE!Dahil sa pandemya, nahinto sa pamamasada si Mang Lauro. Pero hindi siya pinanghinaan ng loob. Para kumita, naging delivery man siya sa isang online app delivery service! Panoorin ang kanyang kuwento.Para sa mga nais tumulong kay Mang Lauro, maaaring magdeposito sa:BDO000251336948SHIELA MAE AQUINO
Posted by Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) on Sunday, June 28, 2020