First-ever affordable employee transport officially launches in Cebu

(Photo by KBC)
(Photo by KBC)

TRAFFIC has always been an unaddressed problem in our country, especially now that face-to-face classes and work have slowly resumed, which has led to longer and more expensive commutes for employees in Cebu. Commuters are also faced with the challenge of fare hikes in the province. With the help of an advanced tech solution developed by SWAT Mobility, a Singapore-based mobility tech firm, this problem is sufficiently addressed.

Mobility is a close-to-door, direct shuttle service that operates on a pay-per-ride basis for employees.

OfficePartners360 (OP360), a U.S.-owned global BPO company with multiple offices in the country, partners with SWAT Mobility (Tech provider), Cebu Trip Rent-a-Car (Fleet operator) and Hagibis Ventures, Inc (Implementation).

OP360, as an employee-centered company, seeks to reduce its employees’ struggle in commuting to work. Thus, in collaboration with the other three aforementioned brands, OP360 introduces Mobility as OP360 Mobility, a pay-per-ride employee shuttle service, to its 3,000 employees.

The company considered its employees’ comfort, convenience, cost-savings and efficiency in search of a solution, without having to purchase their own fleet and hire more staff. It is the first BPO company in Cebu to pursue an innovative solution to employee transport.

In its effort to make its employees' lives more convenient and cost-effective with the shuttle service, OP360 also consequently promotes sustainability and a greener, environment-friendly approach to accessible commuter transportation by reducing private car usage. Li Jun Ang, marketing manager at SWAT Mobility shared, “With our service, greener transport is promoted. We become active agents of reducing pollution and congestion on the roads.”

For OP360’s employees, commuting to work is now easier. They would just have to log in to the SWATBiz mobile application using their company code and they can book a ride to work from anywhere within the areas of Liloan, Minglanilla, Cebu City and Mactan Island.

Seats are guaranteed and rides are easy to manage and track in real-time via the app.

Tess Tan, the legal and compliance director for OP360 shared that in the official launch of OP360 Mobility, it will finally help OP360 employees in reducing their fare expenses. “It is a cheaper and much more convenient alternative for our employees.”

The Mobility service is affordable as the price is based on the air distance traveled between the pick-up and drop-off points, instead of the road distance traveled. This keeps the fares charged to employees in check, allowing them to take advantage of the ease and convenience of a short, simple journey while avoiding exorbitant surge fees.

The latest fare hikes in Cebu is undeniable but as Theresa Busmente, head of SWAT Mobility Philippines shared, SWAT Mobility’s best interest is geared toward the employees who will utilize the service. The company has always envisioned an affordable service that employees of any partner company could utilize with ease.

SWAT Mobility’s target at the moment is solely BPO company employees. However, SWAT Mobility expressed that it will soon expand to other industries.

The SWAT Mobility service is expected to be available to about a 40,000 employee headcount across eight to nine BPO companies after the first phase roll-out in Cebu. SWAT Mobility, along with its partners: Cebu Trip Rent-a-Car and Hagibis Ventures, Inc, has already launched with three other companies to date.

Busmente adds, “We are heartened by the uptake in Cebu and we plan to expand this service with more BPO, manufacturing and FMCG companies in the coming year.” (SPONSORED CONTENT)


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