Grab to hire drivers, motorcycle and bicycle riders belonging to urban poor communities

Published August 7, 2019, 5:02 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Alexandria San Juan

Ride-hailing firm Grab Philippines inked on Wednesday a partnership with the Presidential Commission on Urban Poor (PCUP) to provide livelihood opportunities to at least 1,000 potential drivers, motorcycle riders and bicycle riders from urban poor communities.

Motorcycle riders maneuver along a street in Muntinlupa Friday, March 15, 2019. (CZAR DANCEL / MANILA BULLETIN)
Motorcycle riders maneuver along a street in Muntinlupa.

“As we continue to grow, we are humbled that we are in a rather unique position to influence inclusive growth across multiple sectors, and do our part to ease poverty in the urban communities of the Philippines,” Grab Philippines President Brian Cu said during the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) in Navotas City on Wednesday.

Present in the MOA signing ceremony with Cu were PCUP chairperson Alvin Feliciano, PCUP Commissioner Melvin Mitra, Grab Philippines Drivers Acquisition Head Arnold Wayne Jacinto, and Grab Philippines Public Affairs Head Leo Gonzales.

Under the memorandum, the transport network company agrees to join PCUP’s nationwide jobs caravan as one of the government’s partners from the private sector.

Grab will also take part in PCUP’s nationwide caravan, including cities outside Metro Manila where the ride-hailing firm operates such as Baguio City, Pampanga, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Davao City, and Cagayan de Oro.

To further help the urban poor sector, Cu has vowed to “incentivized” performing partners from PCUP-endorsed communities.
“The price of success is hard work — and with Grab, the perseverance of our partners is always being reciprocated,” the Grab Philippines president pointed out.

For the part of PCUP, Feliciano said that they are also now “courting” private firms aside from government agencies to partner with their projects to help the urban poor in the country through providing livelihoods.

“Ang target ng ating pamahalaan ay mabawasan ang kahirapan sa bansa kaya’t patuloy tayong naghahanap ng private partners para sama-sama nating iaangat ang antas ng pamumuhay nila (The target of our government is to reduce the poverty in the country so we continue to look for private partners to raise their standard of living),” Feliciano said during the event.

The PCUP chairman added that the committee has put up a one-stop-shop caravan where residents from urban poor communities can process documents and at the same time choose prospective employers or livelihood partners from the private sector such as Grab.

“Nagpapasalamat kami na sa dami ng ating nilalapitang kumpanya, isa ang Grab sa mga nagpaunlak sa amin. Malaking tulong ito sa mga mahihirap na gusto rin ng pangkabuhayan,” Feliciano added.

The caravan will also help applicants to process some requirements needed for job application such as birth certificates and NBI clearances among others.

Applicants who would want to work under Grab platform shall submit the complete requirements during the caravan which includes a professional driver’s license (21 days before expiration), NBI Clearance (21 days before expiration), driver’s Valid Email Account (Gmail only), an android phone version 6.0 up, a medical clearance (if the driver is 60 years old and above), and a drug test result.

For motorcycle rider applicants, additional requirements includes motorcycle OR/CR, an authorization letter from the owner of the motorcycle (if the rider is not the owner), and a taxpayer identification number.

Grab shall also conduct and facilitate a driver’s training and onboarding sessions during the caravan.

“Successful applicants who have submitted complete documents and have undergone required training from Grab will be matched with operators looking for Grab Car and Grab Taxi drivers, while motorcycle riders will be assigned to Grab Food and Grab Express delivery services,” Grab said in its statement.