By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
Grab Philippines has expanded the presence of its delivery service to provinces in a bid to help people outside Metro Manila access their basic needs despite the ongoing quarantine period.
In a statement on Saturday, the transport network company said that its delivery service option, GrabExpress, is now available in Iloilo City, Davao City, specific locations in Bacolod including Bacolod City, Talisay City, Silay City, and in Angeles and Mabalacat Pampanga.
“The expansion of GrabExpress aims to help more Filipinos get their essential needs and allow delivery-partners and small businesses to thrive despite the ongoing enhanced community quarantine in the country,” it explained.
According to Grab, users in these areas can avail of two services offered under its delivery service option which are GrabExpress Instant and GrabExpress Pabili, formerly GrabAssistant.
GrabExpress Instant is an on-demand delivery service that allows users to send essential items such as food, medical supplies, and essential documents instantly with real-time tracking.
GrabExpress Pabili is the firm’s concierge, or “pabili,” service that lets consumers buy up to P2,000 worth of items from their chosen store without having to go out of their homes.
In line with the government’s social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease, as well as to safeguard communities, Grab assured that its delivery-partners will strictly adopt contactless delivery by keeping at least one-meter distance when delivering the order.
Consumers are also encouraged to use cashless transactions for full contactless experience and safer transactions, the company added.
Grab’s ride-hailing operations in Metro Manila have been hampered by the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine as public transportation services have been shut down to enforce strict home quarantine.
Despite this, Grab’s food and delivery service options have continued its operations with a smaller, skeletal delivery fleet to serve customers who are also affected by the lockdown.