LTFRB encourages public to file complaints against abusive TNVS

admin   •   August 22, 2017   •   6685

MANILA, Philippines — Some netizens have expressed dismay over the high fare of the transport network company Grab following Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) suspension order against Uber.

As several complaints have already reached their office, LTFRB Chairperson Martin Delgra III is still encouraging the public to file their complaints to agency against abusive transport network vehicle services (TNVS).

And if Grab indeed committed unfair surge pricing, it will also be penalized by LTFRB.

“I was told about it and we have been monitoring it.  And we told Grab to stay on the cap that we have imposed as early as December 27, 2016, where they are allowed a surge of twice as much as the basic rates. I will have to call their attention as regards that and if need be, we will penalize Grab as well,” said Delgra.

Grab mentioned that surge pricing will be normal since there is higher demand from commuters after the suspension of Uber.

However, the increase is inevitable not only during peak hours and rainy days.

“There might be some slight increase because what happens now is if before there was only surge during peak hours there might be more times during the day that it is the surge algorithm and prices will adjust,” said Grab Philippines Country Head Brian Cu.

Meanwhile, Delgra addressed an online query of a netizen asking if pooling a ride with friends who volunteer to shell out cash for a gasoline expense is considered a colorum ride.

The LTFRB chief said this falls under the public service law and should follow the regulation on public transportation.

However, it is a  different case if the ride is not free.

“When you take in a passenger for a fee, then you undertake a public transportation service,” said the LTFRB chairman. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

DOT, Grab sign deal for sustainable PHL tourism

Robie de Guzman   •   August 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Tourism (DOT) and Grab Philippines have signed an agreement to promote national tourism.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) inked on Wednesday, tourism materials developed and produced by the DOT showcasing the Philippines’ destination sites will be promoted and disseminated by Grab through its partner vehicles and mobile application.

DOT, Grab and the Intramuros Administration also launched “GrabWheels,” a two-wheel personal mobility device (commonly called e-scooters) that tourists can use to roam around the Walled City.

Around 30 units of GrabWheels will be made available for public use within Intramuros, free of charge for at least three months.

“This is in keeping with the efforts of the DOT to inculcate a culture of sustainable tourism. This is what we envision to do to some, and ideally, to all of our destinations. We want visitors to have access to an eco-friendly but fun mode of transportation,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said during the MOU signing. 

“Sustainability demands that our planning and resources management must be responsible. Conversely, it should also maintain a high level of satisfaction and ensure meaningful experience of our tourists,” she stressed.

The Intramuros Administration also noted that these e-scooters will provide less carbon footprint and significantly reduce traffic congestion, which is a major problem in the area.

“This is just a pilot test. After a month, we will review its reception and determine the necessary mechanisms and setting of fees to make it sustainable,” Atty. Guiller Asido of the Intramuros Administration said.

Puyat also expressed hope that DOT’s partnership with Grab PH will help raise awareness among the public about the environmental issues facing the country.

“This partnership, hopefully, will raise their awareness about environmental issues and allow them to experience first-hand these sustainable tourism practices,” she said. 

MMDA: Sevilla bridge to be closed on Aug 10

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced that Sevilla Bridge in Mandaluyong City will be closed to traffic on August 10.

According to MMDA, the “contractor of Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 – Section 2B will move two 180 tonner cranes to be used for the installation of the coping beams.”

The bridge will be closed from 10:00 p.m. and will reopen to traffic at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday (Aug 11).

The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is an 18.68-kilometer elevated expressway starting from Buendia in Makati to Balintawak in Quezon City.

The said project aims to reduce travel time up to 20 minutes from the usual 2 hours.—AAC

Oil price rollback set next week

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 9, 2019

Oil companies are set to implement an oil price rollback starting next week.

According to industry players, there will be a possible P1.20 per liter rollback in diesel prices while P0.50 per liter rollback in gasoline prices.

The rollback is due to the fuel price movement in the world market.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday (Aug 7) prices of auto LPG also dropped by P1.00 per liter.—AAC (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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