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Grab keeps thousands of workers cool on Labor Day

Grab keeps thousands of workers cool on Labor Day

Conch Tiglao
The leading superapp provides relief to street workers and delivery riders enduring the summer heat in Quezon City, Cebu, and Davao
Thousands of street workers cooled down at the Grab Palamig Spots, enjoying refreshments as they take a much-needed break from the intense heat of the sun.

This summer proves to be the hottest one yet in recent memory. Riding in summer weather or working under the heat of the sun is certainly no joke, especially if the heat index reaches 39 to 40 degrees celsius. Now, imagine riding all day long in the heat (and often times, in traffic, too)–because it’s your job to deliver food and goods to customers.

In honor of Labor Day, Grab Philippines decided to help cool down thousands of street workers, delivery riders and other skilled professionals at its Grab Palamig Spots in Quezon City, Davao and Cebu. Last May 1, several Grab Palamig Spots were strategically stationed in high-traffic and accessible locations in Quezon City Memorial Circle, Agdao Public Market in Davao, and the SM City Cebu Terminal. The spots served as cold and convenient rest stops for street sweepers, traffic enforcers, delivery riders, and other workers who spend their days under the heat of the sun. 

Grab Palamig Spots maintained soothing temperatures as low as 16°C in its mini-lounge areas. And in a world where ‘cooling down’ is typically associated with the color blue, the leading superapp has reimagined it in a vibrant shade of green – offering green summer coolers like flavorful avocado and buko pandan ice cream, and crowd-favorite sodas and sweet tea drinks to its Palamig guests.

Various refreshments were given away for free to the Grab Palamig Spots guests

Grab worked with the local government units of Quezon City, Davao City, and Cebu City to send invites to street workers to visit and take a refreshing break at the Grab Palamig Spots. To encourage its own delivery-partners to recharge at the spots, the leading superapp also activated special push notifications and GrabMap Pins guiding them to the exact location of the cold rest stops.

The Grab Palamig Spots, an initiative under Grab’s No Sweat Summer campaign, is a manifestation of the superapp’s commitment to enabling all Filipinos to go through the hot season conveniently and hassle-free – with much-needed breaks and moments of respite in between. 

Showing up for the community

Understanding the impact of the intense summer heat on workers who make their living on the road, Grab’s very own delivery-partners volunteered to help in the distribution of the coolers to the guests at the Grab Palamig Spots. The Grab Ugnayan Advocates – a network of delivery-riders focused on community outreach, scoured the areas where the Grab Palamig Spots are located, to invite and assist street workers as they cooled down with Grab.

The Grab Ugnayan Advocates are volunteer delivery riders focused on conducting community outreach activities

Big Daddy, an Ugnayan Advocate, shared how he empathizes with the country’s street workers. “Ang laking epekto sa amin ng init, lalo na madalas kaming nakababad sa init ng araw. Kaya saludo ako sa mga kapwa ko rider at mga kagaya naming mga naghahanapbuhay sa kalsada. Noong narinig ko na may ganito tayong espesyal na kaganapan para sa amin at sa iba pang manggaawa sa daan, agad-agad naming napagdesisyonan na tumulong kahit sa papaano mang paraan,” Big Daddy shares. 

Prior to volunteering at the Grab Palamig Spots, the Ugnayan Advocates have been going around in select pit stops that are famous among delivery riders to give away free refreshments to their colleagues – regardless of platform affiliation. 

Now that’s one way to spread cheer–and the spirit of cool to fellow Filipinos.

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