Quezon City News
Quezon City taps Grab to employ residents
Quezon City teamed up with ride-hailing and delivery service company Grab Philippines to provide work and livelihood opportunities to displaced workers, tricycle drivers, and small businesses affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.
Mayor Joy Belmonte said the local government’s priority is “to address the needs of our residents whose sources of income were badly affected” with the help of GrabBayanihan, a community-driven initiative launched by Grab.
She added that the partnership with the company, along with other digital platforms, is part of the city’s recovery plan for micro and small entrepreneurs.
For his part, Grab Philippines president Brian Cu expressed gratitude to the Quezon City government for their “trust and confidence” and vowed to help more Filipinos affected by the crisis.
“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,” he said.
Mona Yap, head of the city’s Small Business and Cooperatives Development and Promotions Office (SBCDPO), said 500 displaced workers and tricycle drivers will be trained 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,” she said.
City residents aged 21 to 50 are qualified to be part of Grab’s Food or Express Delivery fleet. They should also know how to operate a smartphone, and own and operate a tricycle, motorcycle, or a bicycle, according to the local government.
For city-registered small businesses, the local government said, they should also have business permits and other requirements in order to qualify for the program.
Interested individuals may visit the city’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) for an initial assessment and preparation of necessary documents.
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