GrabFood and Foodpanda to Keep Delivering

The food delivery apps have been allowed to continue operations by the DTI.

( It seemed bleak there for a second, didn't it, readers? But we have some good news today: app-based delivery apps may continue to operate, according to Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez in a report by ABS-CBN. This comes after the temporary suspension of their services yesterday in line with the imposed "enhanced community quarantine" in Luzon implemented on the evening of March 16.

Alllowing these delivery services to operate will help small entrepreneurs and in limiting people going outdoors to buy food, added Lopez in the same report.

Food delivery service GrabFood  and package delivery service Grab Express have resumed delivery operations as of 1:30 p.m. today, March 17, with skeletal delivery fleet.

An announcement from GrabFood and GrabExpress states, "The decision was made to support the food establishments that will continue to operate and maintain continuous flow of goods to serve the essential needs of Filipinos during these trying times." They also assure the public that they continue to exercise strict safety measures such as contactless delivery and sanitation procedures.


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Foodpanda, on the other hand, "continues to operate as usual with free delivery on every order." In a Facebook statement, Foodpanda shares that they are in "constant communication with our restaurant partners over the latest World Health Organization notices, advising them on the health and safety practices that go beyond our already high food hygiene expectations." They are also encouraging users to switch to online payment.

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