Foodpanda grows rider, restaurant partners in new normal

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2020 09:52 AM | Updated as of Jun 03 2020 10:01 AM

Foodpanda riders are seen on Metro Manila streets at the height of the pandemic lockdown in this photo taken on March 26, 2020. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA -- Foodpanda is growing its stable of rider and restaurant partners as the coronavirus pandemic continues to keep people indoors despite the loosening of lockdowns.

Before the enhanced community quarantine in mid-March, Foodpanda had "north of 5,000" riders and was present in 47 cities. It continued to add drivers during the 11-week lockdown, said Foodpanda Head of Expansion and Business Development Argie Muyco.

"We're seeing some happy faces now given they're able to operate," Muyco told ANC's Market Edge.

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Foodpanda's grocery delivery service is being rolled out slowly, depending on the location and availability of merchant partners, Muyco said.

Metro Manila shifted to a general community quarantine or GCQ on June 1, after nearly 80 days under ECQ which was one of the world's longest virus lockdowns.

The GCQ allows more businesses to reopen and limited train, bus, taxi and ride-share services.