MANILA, PHILIPPINES, April 2021 – Grab, the leading superapp in Southeast Asia is bringing its food and parcel delivery and cashless payment services to more cities in the Philippines. Grab aims to help more Filipinos access daily essentials more easily, particularly amidst the ongoing pandemic situation.
Grab has been focused on national expansion in the Philippines since January of 2021 when it introduced GrabFood, GrabExpress and GrabPay to Zamboanga. Services have since rolled out to Sta. Rosa, Laguna; Concepcion and Capas towns in Tarlac; General Santos City in South Cotabato; Legazpi, Albay; and Butuan, Agusan del Norte.
The superapp also intends to expand its presence in Zambales by introducing its GrabFood, GrabExpress and GrabPay to the Subic Bay Freeport Zone this month.
“We’re pleased to make more services available to more cities across the Philippines. As part of our GrabForGood initiative, we’re committed to helping as many people as possible leverage our offerings to help them safely and easily purchase and pay for essential items, especially as they continue to face the challenges of the global pandemic. At the same time, we can empower Filipinos who need to maintain their livelihood by giving them opportunities to earn supplemental wages by joining our community of driver- and delivery-partners. Access to digital tools supports not just individuals but entire communities, and we’re excited to see the new cities we’re reaching- and those we will reach in the future- flourish with more opportunities and options for both workers and consumers,” said Cindy Toh, Head of Grab’s Cities and Expansion
EMPOWERING SMALL BUSINESSES THROUGH ON-DEMAND FOOD AND PARCEL DELIVERIES
When news broke about the government’s implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) last year, Laguna-based entrepreneur Rowena Aguilar was immediately worried about the future of her business. Before the pandemic, she regularly transported her custom handicrafts to various vendors in and around the town of Sta. Rosa, but the quarantine limited her ability to make deliveries. Even after restrictions were relaxed, she was still worried about her personal safety due to the prevalence of COVID-19.
However, when Grab expanded to Sta. Rosa, Rowena was able to resume her business, leveraging Grab’s safe and fast deliveries to meet client demand. “I was able to breathe a sigh of relief because I was able to fulfill my handicrafts orders without delay, and without worries. It was also more convenient because customers were able to digitally pay for their orders in advance,” she said.
Rowena is one of thousands of small businesses and customers who have benefited from Grab’s cities expansion.
With communities still coping with the effects of the pandemic, consumers can rely on Grab for these essential services:
- GrabFood: Enjoy a wide selection of cuisines (including homegrown and local favorites) and have them delivered right to your doorstep anytime thanks to Grab’s fast and reliable delivery service. You can also look for sulit, affordable meals that you can enjoy year-round.
- GrabExpress: Send gifts or parcels to friends and family using the app’s reliable and secure delivery options.
- GrabPay: Whether you need to order food or make quick parcel deliveries, you can use Grab’s in-app digital wallet for your payments. GrabPay can also be used in-store at partner merchants such as SM, Starbucks, Uniqlo, and Ace Hardware. GrabPay is accepted at thousands of merchants nationwide. As an added bonus, each transaction earns reward points that can be redeemed for store discounts and selected vouchers.
For details on Grab’s operations, visit the Grab Facebook page.