During the press conference on March 16, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that under the enhanced community quarantine, food preparation and food delivery services, and other establishments providing basic services such as groceries and pharmacies shall remain open. Food delivery services such as Foodpanda and GrabFood were temporarily unavailable on the morning of March 17, Tuesday.
According to ABS-CBN News, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez in a televised press conference on March 17 said, “Food delivery services may continue to operate during Luzon’s month-long enhanced community quarantine as they help keep people indoors.”
In Facebook posts on March 17, both FoodPanda and GrabFood PH posted on their Facebook pages the return of its food delivery services under certain conditions in cooperation with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
According to Foodpanda, its operations will continue with their restaurant partners. It also highly advises switching to its online payment system to support contactless interactions.
According to GrabFood, its operations together with GrabExpress are also back online to coincide with its partner restaurant schedules. GrabFood also highly encourages contactless delivery transactions as well as other preventive measures for its delivery people.