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Grab vows to hire 10,000 new drivers

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The Philippine Commission on Urban Poor (PCUP) said it teamed up with transportation network vehicle services provider Grab for the hiring of 10,000 drivers among the urban poor.

This, after a memorandum was signed yesterday to finalize the partnership between the government agency and the transport provider.

PCUP held yesterday a caravan in Navotas, bringing representatives from a number of government offices to offer assistance to the public. Among services rendered were a job fair, advise for legal and labor concerns, vehicle registration, and sales of food packs at discounted rates.

Grab was tasked to ensure that its drivers from the urban poor are properly trained, oriented, and compensated.

For its part, PCUP will contribute in delivering needed government services, from medical services to livelihood opportunities.

“In Grab, our drivers earn at least two times the minimum wage,” said Brian Cu, Grab Philippines president.

“You know, we don’t have funds here at PCUP, but we could tap private companies to solve urban poverty. So far, 15 firms have volunteered to join our caravans all over the country aside from government offices,” said PCUP chairman and chief executive officer Alvin Feliciano.

A total of 70,000 drivers are now affiliated with Grab.

When asked, Cu revealed that Grab Food delivery is now a big hit, saying most of the food orders consisted of milk tea, which is now a booming business in the local food industry.

During the signing, about 2,000 urban poor flocked to the Navotas Sports Complex to process their birth certificates, get clearance from the National Bureau of Investigation, have medical and dental checkups, and get their requirements in applying for a job.

Cu said Grab only requires from its drivers hard work and a mindset dedicated to serve commuters.

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