Before becoming a full-time female delivery driver, Evelyn Gurango was a typical Filipina housewife and a sari-sari store owner. She was dreaming of driving around and exploring yet uncharted territories in Metro Manila while earning a little money on the side. “Noong una gusto ko rin maging driver [ng Transportify] Kasi wala akong alam na mga daan e. Sabi ko gusto ko ma-explore yung daan para malaman ko lang”.
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After registering as a female driver for Transportify for more than two years now, Evelyn can finally easily navigate her way in and out of Metro Manila, has regular delivery bookings, and has another steady source of income aside from her sari-sari store. All of these while exerting power in the Philippine logistics industry and continuously surprising her clients who never expect a female delivery driver. To have an idea of how much she earns, you can check out the table below our
fleet & prices for manila.
|Column 1||Column 2||Column 3||Column 4|
|Vehicle Type||Cargo Dimension||Capacity||Base Price|
|Economy (Sedan/Hatchback)||L: 3.5 ft|
W: 2 ft
H: 2.5 ft
|Economy Extra Space (SUV/MPV)||L: 5 ft|
W: 3.2 ft
H: 2.8 ft
|L300/Van||L: 7 ft|
W: 4 ft
H: 4 ft
|Pickup Truck||L: 10 ft|
W: 6 ft
|Pickup Truck Extra Space||L: 14 ft|
W: 6 ft
|Closed Van (4W)||L: 10 ft|
W: 6 ft
H: 6 ft
|Closed Van Extra Space (6W)||L: 14 ft|
W: 6 ft
H: 6 ft
|Long Pickup Truck||L: 18 ft|
W: 6 ft
|10-W Wing Van||L: 32 ft|
W: 7.8 ft
H: 7.8 ft
|Reefer Truck||L: 14 ft|
W: 6 ft
H: 6 ft
|Mini Dump Truck||L: 10 ft|
W: 6 ft
The same goes for Abegail Mangabat, a former call center agent who initially signed up as a female driver for Transportify in order to have something to do during her free time instead of just whiling it away inside malls. She also adds that it’s a very good source of income. “Nagpe-pay ng cash si customer, mas maganda. May mga times lang talaga na kailangan ng extra power kasi medyo mabigat ang dadalhin pero they pay for it naman.”
Evelyn and Abegail are just some of the first female delivery driver applicants of Transportify who continue to empower the Philippine logistics industry. Additionally, Transportify also aims to lessen business delivery costs for general merchandise and belongings by charging less than 40% of what regular delivery services offer. It comes with a mobile application where clients and drivers alike can book and confirm services, as well as to connect clients with drivers with each other.
Among Transportify’s main objectives is to further revolutionize the Philippine logistics industry by including female driver-partners into the highly-masculine world of delivery services, where the majority of drivers have to deal with carrying parcels of varying sizes in addition to incessant driving to and from various destinations. This will show how the Filipina women can be just as strong as men in many ways.
Before joining Transportify as a partner driver, Raquel ran a computer shop as her business. She feels nonetheless empowered as a woman every time she drives and does her deliveries for the day, despite the many challenges and difficulties that women delivery drivers face in the industry. “Nagagawa na rin namin yung nagagawa ng mga lalaki. Dati mga lalaki lang yung mga driver. Kaya nga yung mga customers nagugulat, natutuwa.”
Evelyn also states that customers are more appreciative of their extra care for delicate deliveries, such as flowers and food. “Halimbawa dine-deliver ko flowers, tapos sasabihin ni Ma’am, “dito natin ilagay sa sahig.” “Ay Ma’am, no! Kasi sayang ‘yan bulaklak ‘yan e. Mas gusto ko ‘yan dito sa upuan kasi kumbaga siya ang pasahero ko.” In addition, Abegail also says that most of her customers are in awe, especially when she handles deliveries all by herself. “Nakaka-amaze daw. Unusual din kasi ‘pag girl driving then at the same time nagbubuhat ng delivery.”
Abegail also adds that being able to inspire other women as a driver in a predominantly male industry has got to be the most fulfilling part of her job. She now talks to her clients and tells her female friends to prepare the requirements and try out Transportify as a source of extra income. “Transportify is something that really changed the things we didn’t try in the Philippines. Nakakatulong talaga siya.”
Female Delivery Driver Changing the Philippine Logistics Industry
The effort to include women in industries where they, traditionally, are not a part of isn’t just a bid to include them for inclusion’s sake. There is always value in introducing something new to growing industries, especially ones that empower those to seek opportunities in different fields. The benefit might not always be apparent at first, but as the industry grows and changes, the impact of the initial change can impact not just the industry but other businesses as well. That being said, let’s take a look at how the presence of women can create a chain effect in the logistics industry:
What does the presence of female delivery mean for the Philippine logistics industry?
When businesses expand, they could create more storefronts, provide more services, or cater to more locations. There are no shortages of delivery and transportation jobs. When the logistics industry hires more women in the workforce, it generally means more employed Filipinos. Empowered women in a growing sector get the best of both worlds. The potential of having both female and male drivers mean that the delivery jobs have people with skillsets that can better address their needs. The testimonies of the women seen above can be an example. Their stories highlight care and attention to detail as something their clients noticed. With more time we will see a logistics industry that can serve the Filipino public more efficiently. It is a service that goes beyond the bare minimum.
What does it mean for the women who are employed?
When a new industry accepts more women this expands the job opportunities for them. In a country like the Philippines where gender norms put the male as the breadwinner, job opportunities for women can bring a modern spin on old society. A full-time or part-time gig can make a world of difference in households that rely on one source of income or have inconsistent salaries. The added financial security guarantees a new level of comfort for the person employed and their dependents.
Besides the financial aspect, there is an intangible value with the empowered woman. They become good female role models for the children in their lives, especially young girls. The hard work, grit, and pioneering spirit of these women in the logistics industry can teach the next generation that gender limitations are not hard rules. Any limit can be broken with a lot of effort and the right partner.
What does the presence of women mean for your business deliveries?
Businesses who work with Transportify can feel the effect of female drivers too. Brand identity is not just about what you do, but also who you do it for—who are your target markets? Environment-conscious brands cannot push the narrative of being green if they do not ethically source their products. A child-friendly brand no longer becomes child-friendly if they have products made harmful chemicals, or have hazardous objects. Feminist or women-driven companies benefit from working with services that reflect their business values. The consistency of partnering with other inclusive companies helps solidify their brand identity and advocacy. It could also influence other businesses in their given industry to do the same.
There will always be an initial learning curve with new changes. There might be objects that they cannot lift on their own. There might not be as many women in the industry, even if the opportunity is presented. There could be prejudice from other clients who are accustomed to working with male drivers. It is only natural for people to pushback; they aren’t used to it. It is too new. Time will only chip away these problems, so while it is still very much a male-dominated industry—it won’t be for long. It is because of pioneers, the efforts of the minority, that continue to diversify and grow the industry. Evelyn, Abegail, and Raquel show that there is fulfillment when you go against the grain, and extends to the people around them.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How typical is it to see female delivery drivers?
👩 In this day and age, it’s not unusual to see more females doing men’s jobs. More and more women are becoming successful in traditionally male-dominated professions today. Most can argue that it is better to have women in specific roles than men. As far as delivery goes, Transportify is open to all who wish to do business and earn a little extra. Female delivery drivers are often doing deliveries on their platform.
Are female drivers usual in the logistics industry?
👩 Yes. Though there are a lot more men doing cargo deliveries, female drivers have proven time and again that they are capable of doing the job. The logistics industry has shown that they are willing to give equal opportunities to anyone. Powerful, strong women lead even some of the big logistics companies.