Grab Philippines is opening a new feature! Of course, this will provide free transport services for health workers who remain the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). They implemented GrabBayanihan Cars, helping medical employees reach hospitals while public mass transportation remains suspended during the Luzon-wide quarantine.
Grab helps healthcare workers through GrabBayanihan Cars.
In a statement released on March 21, Saturday, the ride-hailing app explains the whole concept to potential riders and passengers. This will provide round-the-clock, free-of-charge transportation to healthcare workers. They also pointed out that they launched this community-driven initiative to focus 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.”
How will Grab protect passengers from COVID-19 transmission?
Every GrabBayanihan Car will ferry up to two (2) medical employees at a time to follow the government’s social distancing guidelines. All GrabBayanihan Cars have a mark that can be easily distinguishable to healthcare workers and public order officials. Grab, coming together with their community of driver-partners, fully sponsored this specialized fleet for medical employees.
“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.”
Grab properly compensates volunteer driver-partners.
No worries for the driver-partners as every volunteer will receive a minimum daily income of Php 550 for eight hours of service, in addition to Php 300 in gas vouchers which oil and gas giants like Unioil, Phoenix Petroleum, Seaoil, and Caltex have kindly sponsored. Aside from that, they will also have free communication top-ups from Globe and PLDT-Smart.
How can medical employees join the free-ride service?
Interested healthcare workers are encouraged to approach their hospital administrators to request for the GrabBayanihan Car service for the entire hospitals. Administrators may fill up through this link: https://go.grab.com/grabbayanihan. This will indicate their interest to join the free-ride service. After filling up, a representative from Grab Philippines will contact the administrator to set up the service.
Aside from the GrabBayanihan Cars, Grab has also deployed fifty (50) GrabWheels e-scooters to city government 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.”
Angela Grace P. Baltan is a Communication graduate from Colegio de San Juan de Letran. She doesn’t hesitate to be opinionated in analyzing movies and television series. As a writer, she uses her articles to advocate for feminism, gender equality, and mental health among others.