Friday, May 8, 2020
Toyota PH Now Operates a Free On-Demand Shuttle Service for PGH Medical Front Liners
Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is now supplementing its fleet of lent out media units to medical front liners with the help of Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF). Starting in mid-May, they will be providing sanitized, just-in-time transportation services for health care front liners at the Philippine General Hospital.
Under this free-of-charge mobility support, up to 10 connected and sanitized shuttles are provided around the clock to cater to the different shifts of the workers to ease their burden. Equipped with a “Just-in-Time” booking app, this service allows greater certainty in the pick-up time and at locations close to home for workers for enhanced security.
To reduce the risk of infection, these shuttles will also be installed with air purifiers and disposable seat covers replaced periodically, in addition to being frequently cleansed. Drivers and cleaning crew will don personal protective equipment as well. And in keeping with guidelines for social distancing, passenger seating capacity will also be observed accordingly.
Mr. Atsuhiro Okamoto, President of TMP, commented, “To express our appreciation to the front liners for their courage and sacrifice, Toyota partners with the Department of Transportation to support our modern-day heroes. As a good corporate citizen of the Philippines, we will continue with our commitment to improve the quality of life of Filipinos, especially in these trying times.”
Mr. Pras Ganesh, Program Director for Asia Region of TMF, added, “Using our expertise in mobility solutions, TMF aims to support the Philippines’ health care workers in their daily commute, by providing a solution that offers peace of mind to maintain their well-being with this sanitized, just-in-time free shuttle service.”
The shuttle service will start from mid-May and operate for a period of three months, with the potential to be extended based on necessity.
Aside from lending out 49 vehicles to various government hospitals, local government units, and other volunteer groups to transport front liners, healthcare workers, and other essential workers, TMP, through Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation (TMPF) donated PPEs to local hospitals, and also distributed essential goods to families in certain communities. TMP employees also pooled personal resources voluntarily to provide more PPEs to healthcare workers, basic food supply to the less privileged, and monetary support to non-regular employees. Metrobank Card Corporation is also giving Petron fuel rebates to front liners who are Toyota Mastercard holders.