By Alexandria San Juan
Ride-sharing firm Grab Philippines has launched “GrabBayanihan” as part of its community-wide initiative program amid the month-long enhanced community quarantine in Luzon due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
According to Grab, this community-driven initiative will focus on offering safe mobility solutions for healthcare workers, providing economic security to thousands of driver-partners, and providing access to daily essentials while safeguarding the wellbeing of everyone on the platform.
“More than a public health crisis, the COVID-19 outbreak has been a call for all sectors to band together for the common goal of providing meaningful services to the Filipino people,” Grab Philippines President Brian Cu said.
“For us at Grab, the last few weeks have been a testament to our innate ability to innovate for all and to use our platform to help our community endure this period of uncertainty and disruption.”
For its transport service, Grab and its community of driver-partners formed a specialized fleet for healthcare workers through a GrabBayanihan Car service that will provide round-the-clock, free-of-charge transportation service for healthcare workers.
Each GrabBayanihan Car, the firm said, will ferry up to two healthcare workers at a time in line with the government’s social distancing guidelines, while volunteer driver-partners will undergo hygiene and infection prevention training and will be provided with necessary personal protective equipment to safeguard their health and well-being.
The transport network company added that GrabBayanihan volunteer driver-partners will each receive a minimum daily income of P550 for 8 hours of service, on top of the P300 in gas vouchers sponsored by several oil companies. They will also receive free communication top-ups from telecommunication firms Globe and PLDT-Smart.
Grab said its GrabBayanihan Car will begin operating with at least a hundred volunteer driver-partners, following official approval from the Inter-Agency Task Force.
Interested health workers are encouraged to approach their hospital administrators to request the GrabBayanihan Car service for the entire hospital.
Hospital administrators may fill up https://go.grab.com/grabbayanihan to indicate their interest to join the ride service and a Grab representative will be in touch with the hospital to help them set up the service.
GrabWheels for mobility
Meanwhile, Grab also deployed around 50 GrabWheels e-scooters to the city governments of Manila, Quezon City, San Juan, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Marikina, and Pasig.
These e-scooters, Grab explained, will improve short-distance commutes for health care workers and barangay officials in these cities. At the moment Grab has more than 300 e-scooters that are ready for deployment to other LGUs, should the need for a mobility solution arise.
Meanwhile, Grab said its food delivery service is still operating to help provide essential needs such as food and medicine for the public as the enhanced community quarantine is in effect.
To also aid in the social distancing measure, Grab introduced a new contactless delivery option that limits contact between consumers and delivery-partners.
“Consumers are encouraged to pay using cashless methods and opt for contactless delivery by informing delivery-partners to drop off the order outside the door or at specific locations using GrabChat,” the firm explained.
To encourage cashless adoption and to avoid the spread of COVID-19 through the exchange of cash, GrabRewards points will only be applied to services paid through GrabPay.
“GrabRewards points that would have been earned from cash transactions will go towards supporting GrabBayanihan efforts. Additionally, we have partnered with Red Cross where consumers can use their GrabRewards points to donate for our healthcare frontliners,” the firm explained.#