Popular food delivery service in the Philippines, Food Panda, has expanded its pandaTODA project with a new partnership with Pasig City after its initial introduction in Manila on May 11.
The pandaTODA project aims to help and support thousands of displaced tricycle drivers and their families in Metro Manila who lost their means of livelihood during the (COVID-19) pandemic.
This partnership with Pasig City will recruit and train 500 Pasigueño tricycle drivers to become Food Panda partner riders.
These drivers will also have a choice of continuing their engagement with the food delivery app even beyond the ECQ period.
“As we all know, we are in a health crisis right now and a lot of our ‘kababayans’ are having a really hard time. One of the sectors that are really affected by this crisis is our tricycle drivers. In Pasig we have over 13,000 tricycle drivers. All of them have been hit by this crisis and a lot of them don’t know where to get their next meal from. With the help of foodpanda, we will be able to help hundreds of tricycle drivers who have no source of income right now.” said Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto.
“Not only are we helping these tricycle drivers, but we are also going towards the ‘New Normal’–reducing the number of close contacts and amount of travel that ordinary citizens need to take,” added Sotto.
Drivers employed for ‘pandaTODA’ will be given proper trainings to ensure the highest standards of safety protocol.
This includes the contactless delivery system.
“All the tricycle drivers who will be recruited will undergo training to ensure the highest standards of safety protocol and contactless delivery system. As part of the partnership, they will be provided with uniforms and thermo bags, free of charge. We hope that we will be able to help ease their burden of providing for their families during this difficult time. We are honored to take part in the initiatives of the Pasig City government to provide secure, safe, and sustainable livelihood for its constituents,” said Daniel Marogy, the tech company’s Managing Director for Philippines.
To support the local businesses and the community, the food delivery app currently offers free delivery throughout the month of May.
Participating establishments include, Jollibee, Pancake House, Max’s, Teriyaki Boy, to Army Navy and other local businesses such as TCapital, Opteamist, Mamita’s Inasal, and Muramen.
Apart from providing livelihood to hundreds of tricycle drivers in its partner cities, the ‘pandaTODA’ project will also help promote physical distancing by encouraging citizens to just have their food delivered instead of going out to buy.
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