To further encourage people to get their vaccines, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) have partnered up with Grab Philippines.
Grab also provides a fleet of vaccinated drivers to ensure a safe ride to and from vaccination sites
In order for this to happen, people who are getting their jabs will be able to enjoy discounted ride fares. Specifically, people going to and from vaccination sites will have a 15 percent discount on their fares, and they will be driven by vaccinated Grab driver-partners. Of note, this is a part of the GrabCar Bayanihan project.
The said project was also extended so that it can provide safe rides for transport stakeholders who are getting their vaccine doses at the DOTr’s vaccination hub located at the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).
On top of that, the transport company is also introducing the “Vacced Ka Na Ba?” nationwide campaign. Through this, people who have already been vaccinated will be rewarded with promo vouchers as well as a chance to win up to Php 250,000 through their Grab accounts.
And finally, Grab Philippines will continue to share its insights and relevant data with the LTFRB and the DOTr. Doing so will aid the said agencies in making policies and regulations surrounding public transport. This is especially true with vaccination-related policies.
Sec. Tugade at the DOTr's PITX-based vaccination hub
With regards to this partnership, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said that there is a need to bring back the people’s trust in using public transportation. The partnership with Grab Philippines and LTFRB will be instrumental in doing this, and so he thanks the said agencies.
He also added that this partnership with Grab will also aid in accelerating the government's vaccination efforts especially for those who are stakeholders in the transport sector. The agency is also “working for them to gain necessary access, information, and means to get vaccinated so that together, as one strong transport community, we can help win the fight against COVID.”
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Cesar G.B. Miguel