MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Grab Philippines recently joins the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) in the fight against human trafficking and other exploitative conditions thru a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing in Makati.
In the partnership inked on Wednesday, SECRETARY FRANCISCO P. ACOSTA and UNDERSECRETARY ASTRAVEL P. NAIK represented the Commission, while Grab’s country advisor CHRIS TAYLOR, and Public Affairs Head LEO GONZALES represented GRAB.
Human trafficking is a deep-seated social issue, which both the government and private sector should address. As the country’s leading everyday superapp, Grab acknowledges its unique position through its technology, in helping put a stop to human trafficking.
In the MOU, Grab pledged its support to the Philippine government’s long-standing policy against human trafficking, while strengthening its commitment to preserve safety and security in the transportation sector.
“Human trafficking is a long standing issue not only in the Philippines but across the world, and we at Grab recognize our responsibility to lead the Filipino community to a safer and more secure Philippines,” says Taylor.
“We hope that with this partnership, we will be able to create a better sense of awareness among the Filipino community, and bring an end to this prevailing problem. With Grab drivers on the road 24-7, this initiative can save someone’s future, someone’s life,” Taylor added.
Subject to technical specifications, Grab shall provide means for drivers and passengers to access the 1343 Actionline against Human Trafficking, which operates under the supervision of the CFO as the Chair of the Advocacy Communications Committee of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT). Through the 1343 Actionline, Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) drivers and passengers can report any suspicious acts related to probable human trafficking activities.
“We may be celebrating the World Day Against Trafficking this July, but we all must continue the fight year-round,” CFO Secretary Acosta said.
“All sectors must join in the advocacy of raising awareness about human trafficking and initiate action throughout different communities, this time, including players in the transportation industry such as Grab, which is the leading transport network company,” Acosta added.
Grab has always made it its mission to improve the quality of lives of millions of Filipinos. This time Grab will also share in CFO and other IACAT member agencies’ mission of “Saving lives thru 1343 Actionline.”
The proper use of the 1343 Actionline shall be taken up in the training provided by CFO to Grab’s management, staff, and TNVS driver-partners.
Aside from this partnership with the CFO, Grab has also previously partnered with the Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group’s road marshall project, where TNVS drivers serve as civilian informants on street crimes.