The taxi industry, specifically Transport Network Companies r TNCs will benefit from the digital revolution that has been happening in the Philippines for a few years now. Filipinos are becoming more and more open to technological advances-especially in the mobile arena. More often than not, one will see a pedestrian looking at his mobile phone while walking along the streets of Manila, checking out his social-media accounts or his e-mail.
Now, people could use their mobile phones to pay for their bills, connect with loved ones in abroad, book for airline tickets, play games—and even order a cab or a private car. This phenomenon drove companies, such as Uber, GrabCar, Tripda, Easy Taxi and taxi almere schiphol and others to partner with telecommunications providers, such as Smart Communications Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc., to further boost their popularity.
“What happened after that was a revolution in transport. People want affordability, reliability and safety. They don’t want to haggle or worry about whether they will be taken down to some dark alley. And they want to know that whatever time of the day it is—whether it’s raining or snowing or sunny or there’s floods like sometimes happens here in Southeast Asia—they can count on their transport to be there for them,” Brown said.
According to Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio A. Abaya, these applications give people a new option to navigate our cities in a manner which makes people feel safe, and is convenient for their purposes. He also added that technology is indeed necessary to improve the transport industry and that technology is evolving at such a rapid pace in any industry.
The technology is helpful, yes. However it did not address the solution to the growing congestion in Metro Manila’s major arteries.
The traffic in Metro Manila is horrendous especially during rush hours. In fact, Manila is the second most-congested city after Jakarta in Southeast Asia.
“Everyone is affected by the traffic congestion in Metro Manila. These apps are not an answer to the traffic situation, but answer to the need for land transportation,” Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Winston M. Ginez said.