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Grab Announces GrabBayanihan Initiative for Frontliners

Grab will ferry frontliners to and from registered hospitals and medical facilities

As part of its many initiatives in adapting to the new normal, Grab announced GrabBayanihan, which is a service that will transport a healthcare worker to and from registered hospitals and medical facilities. “Since the beginning of the fight against COVID-19, Grab has always been working on ways to support those who are working on the frontlines most especially our healthcare workers who have been central in this fight against the pandemic,” Grab Philippines President Brian Cu said.

Under the pilot run, Grab will have 400 volunteer drivers. Each driver will ferry a healthcare worker to and from registered hospitals and medical facilities one at a time. The service will be available from 5AM to 10PM in compliance with the government’s mandated curfew hours.

Each GrabBayanihan Car will have a non-permeable acetate barrier to separate the driver from the passenger and will be required to undergo daily deep disinfection at the sanitation hubs. Those part of the service will not receive bookings made from other GrabCar services and are required to keep the utmost level of hygiene and sanitation.

GrabBayanihan drivers will be provided with free face masks, disinfectant, monthly hospital assistance, monthly MedPadala allowance, one prepaid HMO health card, life insurance, fully-subsidized vehicle disinfection, and unlimited consultation in Family Doc clinics, on top of undergoing hygiene and infection prevention training. On top of that, they are guaranteed eight hours’ worth of earnings per day, along with a reduced commission from Grab to allow them to earn more.

Interested health workers are encouraged to approach their hospital administrators to request the GrabBayanihan Car service for their entire hospital. Hospital administrators may apply here 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.

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