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It’s official. Uber is giving up its operations here in the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries.

We’d like to share some exciting news with you! Uber will be joining Grab in Philippines and across Southeast Asia, as…

Posted by Grab on Sunday, March 25, 2018

In a statement posted on Monday, March 26, Uber Technologies Inc. has agreed to sell its Southeast Asian business to its regional rival Grab.

“Today we announce an important milestone in the ridesharing industry — Grab has acquired Uber’s business in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. Two of the biggest TNCs in the Philippines have come together to serve Filipinos better.”

“I would like to reassure the government and the public that we will continue to work in a collaborative and open manner. We will keep our commitment towards quality of service. We will continue to adhere to regulatory guidelines on activations and pricing,” Grab Philippines’ Country Head, Brian Cu said.

According to the statement, passengers will get to enjoy shorter waiting times, more convenient and affordable rides through one platform. They can also use GrabRewards, an in-app loyalty program that allows them to instantly earn points that they can use to redeem offers such as vouchers for mobile load, food, shopping discounts and more. It can also be used to redeem points for discounts off your next ride.

Driver-partners will get access to Grab’s driver support services, incentives and offers, and additional services to protect and enhance their welfare — from personal accident insurance to micro-financing.

After this announcement, netizens expressed their dismay regarding the merging of Uber and Grab. Here are some of the tweets that we’ve seen:

The Uber service will be available in Southeast Asia for two more weeks until April 8. Thery are also encouraging their riders to download and use the Grab app to book rides for your traveling needs in Southeast Asia.

Thank you so much, Uber Philippines! We will miss you!

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