Foodpanda, the leading digital food and fast-commerce platform, and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) have partnered to help foodpanda’s delivery partners access government mandated health benefits as per implementation of the universal health care program.
According to Lhecks de Castro, CFO of foodpanda Philippines, the idea for the partnership began at the height of the pandemic when the government launched the massive COVID-19 testing initiative in which PhilHealth membership is required for testing. free.
“As we looked after the safety and well-being of our Ka Panda partner runners at the start of the pandemic in 2020, we looked for ways to make testing easier and more accessible – and it was essential to integrate as much of our runners to PhilHealth services,” de Castro said during foodpanda and PhilHealth’s joint courtesy visit to Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III at DOLE headquarters in Intramuros.
“By delivery partners, we mean the thousands of motorcyclists and cyclists (and even walkers and scooter riders in CBD areas) nationwide who will benefit from this initiative,” de Castro added.
A suitable backdrop
The courtesy call to Secretary Bello served as the venue for the ceremonial presentation of a PhilHealth ID to a delivery partner to symbolize the partnership between foodpanda and PhilHealth.
Patricia Jacinto, COO of foodpanda Philippines, noted that it was fitting that Sec. Bello witnessed the handover ceremony, as it was the DOLE that published Labor Advisory 14, which provided guidance to platforms to ensure better working conditions for couriers in food delivery and courier businesses under separate contractual arrangements. One of the provisions was guidance for platforms to make it easier for self-employed delivery workers to enroll and access government social security programs, including PhilHealth.
“At foodpanda, we are committed to providing a safety net for our Ka Pandas nationwide, with their health and safety being a top priority,” Jacinto said. “The partnership with PhilHealth, evidenced by no less than Sec. Bello, is the key to our success and shows we mean business when we say we take care of our riders. »
“It’s a win-win initiative for us. In the same way that it helps foodpanda’s delivery partner wellness program, it will help PhilHealth finally reach this sector,” de Castro also added.
Special incentive for runners
As part of this partnership, foodpanda will work with PhilHealth to verify the membership status of its partner runners. It also provides the ability for PhilHealth to enroll non-member runners as mandatory individual members as provided by the Universal Health Care Act.
The two organizations have also committed to jointly conduct outreach activities to educate delivery partners on the benefits and value of PhilHealth membership, as well as to encourage delivery partners to become mandatory individual members, by running monthly raffles for six months (May through October), and a grand raffle in December 2022. “We hope more and more runners understand and appreciate the benefits of PhilHealth
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