Manila, Philippines, 21 March 2020 – Grab, together with partners from the public and private sectors, have come together to launch GrabBayanihan – a community-driven initiative focusing on three core areas: 1) offering safe mobility solutions for healthcare workers, 2) providing economic security to thousands of driver-partners, and 3) providing access to daily essentials while safeguarding the wellbeing of everyone on the platform.
Fully sponsored transport service for health workers
Grab and its community of driver-partners have come together to form a specialised fleet for healthcare workers. Fully sponsored by Grab, the GrabBayanihan Car service will provide round- the-clock, free-of-charge transportation service for healthcare workers. Each GrabBayanihan Car will ferry up to two (2) healthcare workers at a time in accordance with the government’s social distancing guidelines. All GrabBayanihan Cars will be marked so that healthcare workers and public order officials can easily distinguish them from other private vehicles.
GrabBayanihan Car volunteer driver-partners will also undergo hygiene and infection prevention training, and will be provided with the necessary personal protective equipment to safeguard their health and well-being. Each GrabBayanihan Car will have a clear plastic sheet to separate the driver from passengers and lessen chances of further contamination.
GrabBayanihan volunteer driver-partners will each receive a minimum daily income of PhP 550 for 8 hours of service, in addition to PhP 300 in gas vouchers sponsored by oil and gas giants including Unioil, Phoenix Petroleum, Seaoil, and Caltex. In addition, they will receive free communication top-ups from telecommunication leaders Globe and PLDT-Smart.
The GrabBayanihan Car will start with 100 volunteer driver-partners, following official approval from the IATF.
Interested health workers are encouraged to approach their hospital administrators to request for 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. A Grab representative will be in touch with the hospital to help them set up the service.
Grab has deployed around fifty (50) GrabWheels e-scooters to city governments of Manila, Quezon City, San Juan, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Marikina, and Pasig. The e-scooters 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.
Economic security to thousands of partners during this time of need
Safeguarding the livelihood of driver-partners remains Grab’s utmost priority. With public transportation services, including for TNVS, suspended for a period of time, Grab will provide alternative income opportunities to driver-partners. From next week onwards, Grab will host virtual training sessions to onboard driver-partners onto GrabFood and GrabExpress, which will immediately connect them to consumers who are increasingly relying on food and parcel delivery services. Additionally, we are extending driver loyalty tier qualification for the duration of the quarantine – no driver will lose their benefits by missing qualification targets due to the quarantine.
GrabFinancial Philippines together with our institutional partners such PSBank, EastWest Bank, BDO, Security Bank, BPI, RCBC, Union Bank, Robinsons Bank, Metrobank, UCPB and Toyota Financial Services, have rolled-out loan payment breaks for driver-partners.
Likewise, Grab has rolled out preliminary assistance programs in the form of financial and medical assistance, and an emergency loan fund for GrabCar driver-partners who have been severely affected by the recent transport suspension. Grab will continue to work on exploring other means of aids to support driver-partners in these trying times.
Providing access to daily essentials while safeguarding the wellbeing of everyone on the platform
With enhanced community quarantine in effect, accessing daily essentials is a challenge for many Filipinos. Grab – through its GrabFood and GrabExpress services – continues to deliver everyday essential needs such as food, medicine, and others, while providing livelihood opportunities for delivery-partners amidst this period of disruption.
To aid in social distancing, 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.
Grab also encourages merchant and delivery partners to set up contactless takeaway stations for delivery-partners so that they can pick up orders without coming into contact with restaurant staff. Merchants are also encouraged to conduct regular temperature checks, increase cleaning frequency of food and preparation areas and delivery-bags, and more.
To encourage greater 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 GrabBayaninhan efforts. Additionally, we have partnered with Red Cross where consumers can use their GrabRewards points to donate for our healthcare frontliners.
“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. 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. We hope that now more than ever, other players will help carry out this vision of bayanihan while preventing the spread of COVID-19,” said Brian Cu, Grab Philippines President.
In the coming days, Grab will continue to collaborate with government agencies, private partners, and its community, to ensure the safety and welfare of all its stakeholders while generating measures to address the developing COVID-19 situation.
Grab is the leading everyday super app in Southeast Asia, providing everyday services that matter most to consumers. Today, the Grab app has been downloaded onto over 185 million mobile devices, giving users access to over 9 million drivers, merchants and agents. Grab offers the widest range of on-demand transport services in the region, in addition to food, package delivery, digital payments and financial services, across 339 cities in eight Southeast Asian countries. For more information, see: http://www.grab.com.