Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor Chairperson and CEO Undersecretary Elpidio Jordan Jr. and Grab Philippines Public Affairs Manager Carole Malenab during the courtesy visit at the PCUP Central Office. (Photo courtesy of the PCUP)

MANILA – The Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor (PCUP) and Grab Philippines are set to renew their partnership to provide livelihood opportunities to the country’s marginalized and underprivileged sectors.

In a news release on Tuesday, PCUP chairperson and CEO Undersecretary Eplidio Jordan Jr. said the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between PCUP and Grab is expected to coincide with the celebration of Urban Poor Solidarity Week next month.

“Ang renewal ng memorandum of agreement sa pagitan ng PCUP at Grab Philippines ay kasalukuyan ng inaayos at inaasahan na mapipirmahan kasabay ng selebrasyon ng Urban Poor Solidarity Week 2022 sa susunod na buwan (The renewal of the memorandum of agreement between PCUP and Grab Philippines is currently being finalized and you can expect it to be signed in conjunction with the celebration of Urban Poor Solidarity Week 2022 next month),” Jordan said.

Jordan said the continuation of its partnership with the ride-hailing company is aligned with the Marcos administration’s poverty alleviation programs.

He likewise expressed hope that the renewal of the PCUP-Grab deal would pave the way for more partnerships with other private groups and non-government organizations (NGOs) in the future.

“Inaasahan namin na mas lalakas pa ang pakikipag-ugnayan ng PCUP sa iba’t ibang mga indibidwal at grupo o organisasyon para maitaguyod ang adhikain ng ating Pangulong Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marco Jr. na malutas ang problema ng kahirapan sa ating bansa (We hope that PCUP will have a stronger partnerships with various individuals and groups or organizations to promote the cause of our President Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos, Jr. to solve the problem of poverty in our country),” he added.

Grab Philippines public affairs manager Carole Kaye Cabahug-Malenab, for her part, assured Jordan that her company will be all-out in supporting PCUP, especially in its upcoming UPSW and the agency’s four banner programs that are scheduled to be launched next year.

The meeting between PCUP and Grab Philippines was also attended by the Commission’s project and policy development unit head Yvelen Moraña and special assistant for internal and external affairs Jimmy Uy.

PCUP and Grab have previously provided out-of-school youth from urban poor families with access to bikes from the latter and training as Grab delivery partners.

They have also conducted upskilling programs through training and non-training certificates to enhance their competitiveness. (PNA)