Toyota Philippines deploys sanitized vehicles for PGH health care frontliners

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Toyota sanitized vehicles for frontliners
PGH health care frontliners will be shuttled beginning mid-May on Toyota Mobility vehicles. Photo from TMP.

Toyota Motor Philippines is collaborating with Toyota Mobility Foundation to deploy sanitized, just-in-time shuttle transportation dedicated to safely shuttle health care frontliners at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).

The company’s initiative addresses the need to provide transportation to frontliners to ensure their safety while battling in the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

Toyota’s free-of-charge mobility support allows up to 10 connected and sanitized shuttles around the clock to cater to the different shifts of the workers to ease their burden.

The vehicles are equipped with a “Just-in-Time” booking app that 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 are also installed with air purifiers and disposable seat covers replaced periodically, in addition to being frequently cleansed.

Drivers and cleaning crew don personal protective equipment as well. In keeping with guidelines for social distancing, passenger seating capacity are also be observed accordingly.

Toyota Mobility Foundation will route these sanitized vehicles assigned to shuttle PGH health care workers. Photo from TMP.

Atsuhiro Okamoto, President of TMP, said the collaboration was done, “To express our appreciation to the frontliners 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.”

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.

Separately, TMP has also allocated 49 vehicles to various government hospitals, local government units, and other volunteer groups to transport frontliners, healthcare workers, and other essential workers.

Other efforts to help the community include Toyota Motor Philippines Foundation’s (TMPF) donation of PPEs to a local hospital and distribution of rice and grocery packages 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.

In addition to this, Metrobank Card Corporation is giving Petron fuel rebates to frontliners who are Toyota Mastercard holders.

Toyota Motor Philippines has been involved in various local causes, among them the care for the country’s coastal areas and drivers’ safety.

SEND CHEERS to Toyota Motor Philippines for providing shuttles to PGH health care frontliners!

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