To support the continuity of economic and employment activities, the Quezon City local government partners with Grab Philippines to provide livelihood opportunities for displaced workers, tricycle drivers, and small businesses.
The city government collaborated with Grab, one of the leading digital platforms for their GrabBayanihan program which was created during the early part of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis to assist residents who were affected by the nationwide community quarantine.
“As we transition to the new normal, one of our priorities is to address the needs of our residents whose sources of income were badly affected. Through GrabBayanihan, we will be able to provide jobs for our residents and in return, they can continue to provide for their families,” QC Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
The lady mayor added that partnerships with digital platforms are part of their recovery plan to support micro and small entrepreneurs and come up with livelihood opportunities.
“With responsible use of technology as well as our enduring partnership with the Quezon City Government, we hope to continue helping our kababayans in Quezon City who have been greatly affected by the pandemic, get back on their feet through the many livelihood opportunities available on our Grab platform”, Grab Philippines President Brian Cu said.
“We are thankful for the trust and confidence that the city government has placed on us, as its partner in helping this great city through its residents, recover from the pandemic and navigate the new normal,” Cu added.
Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office (SBCDPO) Head Mona Yap explained that 500 displaced workers and tricycle drivers will be trained and on boarded as GrabFood and GrabExpress delivery-partners while 500 small businesses will be provided with market access through the Grab app.
“Aside from displaced workers, it is important also to expose small businesses to a wider market through online applications such as Grab. As they start their businesses or continue their operations after three months of hiatus, they will need a platform in order to launch and introduce their products,” Yap said.
QC residents who are at least 21-50 years of age can be part of Grab’s Food or Express Delivery fleet.
They should know how to operate a smartphone, and owns and operates a tricycle, motorcycle, or a bicycle.
Meanwhile, QC registered small businesses should also have business permits and other requirements in order to qualify for the program. Interested parties are highly encouraged to prepare their documents and to visit their Public Employment Service Office (PESO) for an initial assessment.