*UPDATED - 2:30 p.m., March 17, 2020
As approved by the Deparment of Trade and Industry, both Foodpanda and GrabFood will once again be allowed to resume their operations to help provide basic necessities such as meals during the enhanced community quarantine.
Both food delivery services have announced the good news on their social media pages.
"As clarified by the leadership of the Department of Trade and Industry, Foodpanda is allowed to operate along with other food services platforms as providers of basic necessities," Foodpanda announces via IG Story.Likewise, GrabFood took it to Instagram to announce that they are back in business, along with GrabExpress. Grab transport services, however, remain temporarily suspended.
*ORIGINAL ARTICLE — "GrabFood and Foodpanda Will Temporarily Suspend Food Delivery Services," Published 12:40 p.m., March 17, 2020
In line with President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of the "enhanced community quarantine" in Luzon, GrabFood and Foodpanda have suspended their food delivery services today, March 17, until further notice.
In a Facebook post by Brian Cu, President of Grab Philippines, he says, "Alinsunod sa directive ng DOTr regarding sa Enhanced Community Quarantine na ipapatupad sa Luzon, nais po naming ipagbigay alam sa inyo na lahat ng ating mga Grab services—GrabCar, GrabTrike, GrabFood, GrabExpress, etc. sa buong Luzon ay pansamantala po nating ihihinto starting March 17, 12 [midnight] upang pahalagahan ang kalusugan at kaligtasan ng bawat isa."
Foodpanda has also suspended its services as seen on a notification when you open their application.
In a press conference addressing the nation on March 16, the President said that Luzon is now under an "enhanced community quarantine" from March 16 until April 12, 2020.
*This original story appeared on Yummy.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.
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