The Department of Tourism (DOT) has partnered with Grab Philippines to offer tourists in Intramuros a more eco-friendly way to go around Manila’s Walled City.
DOT and Grab Philippines recently launched GrabWheels, a two-wheel personal mobility device (PMD) that tourists can use to roam around Intramuros. Under a memorandum of understanding with the Intramuros Administration, Grab Philippines said it would deploy 30 GrabWheels units in Intramuros which the public can use free of charge for a three-month period.
“It’s a trial period for three months, we’re offering it for free, then after three months we can look at the uptake and decide whether we extend it for the free period or we start charging,” Grab Philippines president Brian Cu told reporters.
“This is keeping with the efforts of the DOT to inculcate a culture of sustainable tourism. This is what we envision to do to some, and ideally, to all of our destinations. We want visitors to have access to an eco-friendly but fun mode of transportation,”Department of Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat
The GrabWheels eScooters that were first piloted in Manila will make 30 units available for public use free-of-charge for the next three months within the popular travel destination of Intramuros.
The eScooters will provide an exciting and leisurely tour with a lower carbon footprint through green commuting using non-fuel motorized vehicles. To use the GrabWheels eScooters a traveler only needs to scan to unlock the PMD and park to end the trip.
Meanwhile, Grab Philippines also signed an MOU with the DOT to promote the country’s natural wonders, tourist attractions, heritage and culture to both local and foreign tourists. Puyat said she hopes the partnership would help raise more awareness for sustainable tourism practices. “Sustainability demands that our planning and resources management must be responsible. Conversely, it should also maintain a high level of satisfaction and ensure a meaningful experience of our tourists,” she said. With additional reports from Aurora Quadra-Balibay, goodnewspilipinas.com, philstar.net