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Grab spearheads book donation

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Users of the ridesharing application of Grab Philippines (Grab) may now donate books to those in need following the launching of its GraBuklat app on Wednesday.

In cooperation with another private organization, Teach for the Philippines, Grab said its users may donate their used or new books from Sept. 18 to 25 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. through the app, to be picked up by the company’s riders and dropped off at the nearest GrabBuklat donation point.

Every fare collected from the GrabBuklat service will be matched by the company and total proceeds will be used to purchase school supplies for chosen schools, the company said.

Grab Philippines president Brian Cu said the initiative aims to help shape the minds of young Filipinos into becoming future leaders of the country.

“Through this initiative, we aim to use our technology and community leadership in providing meaningful learning to young minds, and help them be more and do more in the service of the Filipino people," Cu said.

On its website, Grab said storybooks and reference books for children ages six to 10 years old, young adult books for ages 10 to 16, and reference books for high school students are welcome for donation.

It added that the service is only available within Grab’s servicing areas and the maximum total package weight is 20 kilograms.

Arvi Persan Lopez, Grab public relations officer, enumerated the other social initiatives of the ride-sharing company.

These include GrabIgib, which helped alleviate the recent water crisis in parts of Metro Manila; provision of relief goods and services following a fire in Cebu and an earthquake in Pampanga through GrabBayanihan; building of classrooms in partnership with HOPE; and the deployment of six teaching fellows in Marikina City in another initiative with Teach for the Philippines.

He said Grab has also partnered with several government institutions such as the Commission on Elections to aid in voter education, the Highway Patrol Group of the Philippine National Police through the provision of a shooting simulator for its personnel, the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor to provide livelihood to the urban poor, and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas to help fight human trafficking in the country.

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