Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform, recently expanded its current app-based transportation offerings in Cebu with its launch of GrabCar. GrabCar is the newest transportation service to be offered to Cebuanos, allowing passengers to book a chauffeured ride for a fee.
During the press conference held at the SM Seaside Cebu, Grab Philippines’ Country Head Brian Cu said that as Metro Cebu steadily grows, the transportation needs of the public grow with it as well. Cu shared that nowadays Cebuanos suffer from 2-3 hours of traffic jams because of lack of efficient transportation platforms, among others.
“As transportation serves as catalyst toward sustained development and improvement of people’s quality of life, Grab is committed in making transportation readily available to Cebuanos. GrabCar is a car-booking app that revolutionizes the way you move by sending a private vehicle along your way at the tap of a button,” Cu said.
With the introduction of GrabCar, Cu said that Cebuano passengers can now choose between two (2) hassle-free riding options around the Metro Cebu, in addition to the current transportation offering GrabTaxi. Cu also said that the company is now accepting applications for GrabCar accreditation. Full-time drivers can earn from P50,000 to P60,000 a month.
Explaining the features of GrabCar, Cu said that once the passenger has placed their pick-up and drop-off locations, the Grab app automatically computes the fares at fixed rate– regardless of route and trip duration. As one of the safety components of GrabCar, Cu also added that once a passenger is matched with a driver, the passengers can see their driver’s name, license plate number, and photo, so they know who’s picking them up ahead of time.
Meanwhile, Country Marketing Head Khriz Lim said that Cebu remains a priority regional market with its growing consumer base and increasing usage of on-demand services.
“Since we launched GrabTaxi in Cebu two year ago, the city has remained one of our biggest markets. With the anticipated robust market opportunity, it’s really about time to bring in GrabCar to offer Cebuanos more services and the experience GrabCar is known for” Lim said.
Lim shared that with the recent launch of GrabCar, Cebuano passengers will get to enjoy PHP 100 off on 5 GrabCar rides when they use the promo code CEBU. To avail of the discount, passengers just need to follow these steps:
1. Open the Grab app.
2. Tap the GrabCar icon from the list of services.
3. Input the pickup and drop-off points.
4. Input “CEBU” as promo code.
5. Confirm booking.