Following Uber’s farewell to Filipino riders and the growing concern over Grab’s monopoly in the ride-sharing market, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has accredited three new transport network companies (TNCs). They are also reviewing other applicants.
Here are the new TNCs currently operating in Metro Manila, and the others still pending approval from LTFRB:
GoLag, Inc., is a TNC based in Laguna. (Its name is short for “Go Laguna.”) It will serve riders in Bulacan, Cavite, Metro Manila, and Rizal. While no launch date has been set, the company expects to accept drivers by May. Its rates are lower than other TNCs, especially during rush hour. The company employs a multi-tier incentive program with loyalty rewards that assure drivers of a decent take-home pay. Sedans will have a base rate of P40. Additional charges are at P14 per kilometer and P2 per minute. The surge rate is limited to x 1.5.
Davao-based HirNa launches in Metro Manila on May 26. The company has a 24/7 customer service and booking hotline open for all passengers. Rides can also be booked through a phone call. The app also allows contact to the LTFRB hotlines. HirNa does not have a booking fee and its units use a meter to determine the fare.
Like Grab, Hype uses private cars for its services. It launches on the same day as HirNa. The public can book rides through text. Drivers are also expected to earn from advertisements inside the vehicles, and profits are split with the company. No fare table is available as of writing, but there is no expected per-minute charge.
While Cebu-based MiCab’s application to operate in Davao and Metro Manila is still with the LTFRB, the company said it will follow a rigorous accreditation process for drivers. They are required to go through training until they can manage the platform well. The management also keeps a copy of the drivers’ security documents. The drivers can see the riders’ destinations as a safety measure, but the company is open to tweaking it. Micab, like HirNa, uses a taxi meter.
OWTO has yet to receive a license to operate from the LTFRB, but will field private cars for its services. The company claims that they will get a “small” commission from their drivers in a system where they can work less hours but earn more. OWTO will have a fixed rate of P12 per kilometer. Surge rates will be limited to twice the current fare.
Metro Manila-based service U-Hop allows ride-sharing, partnering with companies who group their workers into a carpool. Services were opened to the public a little over a week ago. Pre-agreed pick-up and drop-off points are set. Forty prioritized rides may also be availed through paying a monthly membership fee, and exceeding the allowed number of rides entitles the user to free services. Ride credits may also be transferred and stored. In case of emergencies, a 24/7 command center is open to monitoring the drivers and passenger as well as accepting reports. U-Hop’s monthly membership fee for companies is at P3,999. Riders booking through the app can expect a base fare of P40 for a Sedan, P70 for an SUV, and P100 for a van. Additional charges are at P14.75 – 15.75 per kilometer and P1 per minute.