Richard Bergonia can’t claim to have seen everything.
But as someone who worked abroad on a ship for more than a decade, he has definitely seen a lot more than the rest of us.
As a security staffer of a cruise vessel, he has encountered poseurs masquerading as guests, would-be stowaways trying to board, and people without papers hoping to clear immigration.
But all that is behind him.
After all, Richard is now a Grab partner-driver, grateful that he has been able to finally come home and earn a living, thanks to the ride-sharing industry.
Besides picking up and dropping off passengers, the former overseas Filipino worker has also been elected president of a Grab drivers group in Quezon City.
In this podcast, which is produced in collaboration with Grab, Richard also offers tips to both drivers and passengers alike to make trips more enjoyable despite the heat, the traffic, and the struggle of living in a city as big and as colorful as Metro Manila.