UBER Philippines – Uber, the San Francisco based Uber Technologies, operator of a wildly popular smartphone application that connects drivers and passengers, is keen on expanding its presence in the Philippines.
Sorry, I can’t believe. Driving a taxi or being a customer of a taxi in the Philippines is an adventure. We wrote about taxis and taxi drivers already some years ago. Here is the updated information.
Because of the Philippines “Pare-Style” Jurisdiction neither the taxi drivers nor their customers are safe. What can a taxi driver do, if a customer cheats, runs away or menaces? Nothing! What can a taxi-driver do, when his boss doesn’t pay? Nothing!
The customer’s side isn’t better. Once in the taxi, you have to trust the guy driving the car.
And now – UBER Philippines
We compared UBER Philippines with the standard taxi fares in Manila. As test run we chose a trip from Manila International Airport NAIA to the bus terminal in Cubao. UBER Philippines automatically translated NAIA into NAIA terminal 3. If you need a trip from terminal 1 or 2, then you should explicitly enter NAIA-1 or NAIA-2.
The calculated taxi trip costs a bit more.
We think that Uber Philippines indicates too low fares. Only a real test could prove the difference. Uber Philippines Regional Manager Michael Brown says the price of an Uber is about 1.25 times the cost of a taxi but that’s a conservative estimate. Expect your Uber ride to cost up to 2 times of what you’d normally pay for a cab ride and about 1.3 times the cost of app-based taxi booking services like GrabTaxi and Easy Taxi.
Uber Philippines, which was formally launched in the Philippines last a year ago, likes to stress that it is not a transportation company but a platform that allows passengers to link up with drivers of private vehicles looking to make extra cash.