Wednesday, March 20, 2024

‘Kayang-kaya rin namin 'yan!’, say top women drivers, riders on Grab and MOVE IT

“Ang ganda po ng kita ko sa MOVE IT. Dito ko po kinukuha ang pang-dialysis ng aking tatay at ang pangangailangan naming sa araw-araw. Ang mga kagaya ko pong female MOVE IT riders na nandirito ngayon ang patunay na ang kalsada at ang pangraride-hailing ay di lamang para sa mga kalalakihan.” ~Sheryl Barrantes from MOVE IT
 More than 20 women driver and riders from Grab and MOVE IT were recognized at the recent Babae Ako, Babiyahe Ako: Women’s Month Event 2023

On Sunday, March 17, at the Babae Ako, Babiyahe Ako: Women's Month Event, Grab Philippines and partner motorcycle taxi company MOVE IT honored their top female drivers and delivery partners. Acknowledged for their exceptional work, high order and ride completion rates, and favorable customer feedback, the honorees represent the epitome of female excellence in the driving world. 

Veronica Arabe, a 66-year-old Baguio City resident and partner driver for GrabTaxi, is one of the recipients. "Aling isang single parent, nag-GrabTaxi ay nagabago sa aking buhay buhat po naman. This is one of the things that makes using GrabTaxi so much easier for me than taking my own child to the grocery store. It's a blessing for us as parents, says Arabe. Arabe, who began using the Grab platform in 2019, notes that Grab has.

66-year-old Veronica Arabe proudly represents the Grab fleet from Baguio City, which she has been a part of since 2019

Joining Arabe in the roster of women driver honorees is the youngest GrabCar driver-partner in Iloilo City – 22-year-old Arianne Hinara Claire Geguera. Having just finished her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminology at the St. Therese MTC- Colleges, Geguera immediately joined GrabCar as she prepares for the next chapter in her career. “After graduation, sumali po ako agad sa GrabCar para maging driver-partner. Ito po ay para makapag-ipon ako pang-review at board exam. Nagiging stepping stone ko po ang Grab sa pag-fulfill po ng aking pangarap na maging parte ng Tri-Bureau.” Geguera shares she appreciates the flexibility of time being a GrabCar driver. Being her own boss, she gets to balance her own time as she allots some days for her board exam review. 

Arianne Hinara Claire Geguera joined the GrabCar fleet in Iloilo right after graduation to save up for her board exam expenditures

The top two-wheel women drivers also took center stage during the event, and one of them is Sheryl Barrantes from MOVE IT. Barrantes reveals that even though she has been with MOVE IT for just under a year, she has already seen  how she is able to achieve optimal earnings on the moto-taxi platform, which she uses to support her family.

Sheryl Barrantes (center) supports the medical needs of her father through her earnings on the MOVE IT platform

Hailing from different backgrounds yet these brave, dedicated female drivers and riders share a loud and clear call for all current and aspiring women Ate Grab and Ate MOVE IT: “Kayang-kaya rin namin 'yan!”. Besides the awardees, thousands other women drivers from all over the Philippines flocked to the Metro Tent Convention Center in Pasig as the leading superapp and the homegrown moto-taxi company reiterated their commitment to creating inclusive livelihood opportunities for every Filipino – shaping a more gender-neutral transportation sector. 

Grab Philippines, together with MOVE IT, has recently rolled out a comprehensive Women Program under the social-upliftment campaign GrabAsenso. The key facets of the program include a series of trainings on topics like vehicle maintenance, first aid, and preventive servicing co-facilitated with agencies TESDA, MMDA and Philippine Commission on Women. The leading superapp has also officially activated its Women Preference Toggle – a new tech feature on the Grab driver app that is exclusive to women driver-partners. The Women Preference Toggle prioritizes the pairing of women drivers with female passengers, singinifcantly increasing the confidence of driver-partners in safely plying the roads of the metro. 

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