Grab Philippines has trained and prepared almost 7,000 taxi drivers across the country to adapt to cashless payments in support of the government’s mandate for cashless transactions for public transportation.
Aside from mitigating the spread of infection brought about by the exchange of cash, adapting cashless payments will also allow for improved contact tracing capabilities especially in public transportation such as taxis.
Starting May 22, Grab will resume operations of its GrabTaxi services in Baguio and Naga, piloting with almost 400 drivers to help ferry workers as community quarantine guidelines relax in these cities.
Grab Philippines President, Brian Cu, said:
”As we move towards the new reality, we would need to make significant adjustments in many aspects of our lives so that we can protect both the lives and livelihoods of our kababayans.
”Over a short period of time, we were able to help our taxi drivers – who are previously cash-based and meter-based, embrace digitalization, and adapt to cashless.
“We believe that by adopting cashless payment for public transportation, we will reduce the risk of spreading the infection through cash, but likewise improve our contact tracing capability.”