About a year ago, MotoPinas.com reported on a rule of private subdivision, Greenwoods Executive Village in Cainta. One of their particular rules forces non-resident motorcycle riders to leave their helmets at the village gate. This is to allow security to identify the faces of these motorcycle riders in the village's CCTV cameras as part of their security policy.
Now, the village finds itself talked about once again with yet another controversial ruling. Despite the current situation that finds many homes even more dependent on motorcycle delivery services, Greenwoods Executive Village's new security rule seems to make deliveries more difficult, especially for the riders tasked to deliver the packages.
In a social media post by May Cruz, she shares that delivery riders (from services like Lalamove, MoveIt, and Lazada) are now barred from entering their village on motorbike. They are allowed, however, as pedestrians. Unfortunately, that means leaving their motorcycle at the gate and walking their way to the recipient.
“Diko alam kung ano trip ng hoa officers dito sa greenwoods, sobrang pahirap sa mga homeowners at mga sa mga riders na nag dedeliver (I don’t know what the Greenwoods Homeowner’s Association hopes to achieve. They're only giving their residents and delivery riders a harder time),” said Cruz in her post.
She added that, although the delivery rider was allowed entry to the village to perform his job, the rider was forbidden from riding his motorcycle to do so.
“Diko gets, pinapasok nyo na rin lang naman bakit 'di pa pinadala un motor para maideliver ng mas mabilis (I don’t get it. Since they allow the rider entry, why not allow him to enter with his motorcycle to perform his job faster)?”
The delivery rider in the photo walked from the subdivision's main gate up to Cruz's home. The distance is more or less 3-kilometers. Doing so in a heavy downpour, all his other packages were soaking wet as a result. Then, the rider has another daunting walk back to the main village gate, 3-kilometers away where his motorcycle is parked.
While rules like these intended for the homeowners' security are common in many private subdivisions, they usually involve more trivial conditions like the banning of the use of helmets while inside the subdivision.
Though intended to improve security and reduce the likelihood of motorcycle related crime, unfortunately, it makes the job of hard-working, law-abiding delivery riders far more difficult.