Apologies if this is reaching you a week after it happened, but we saw the news statement in our mailbox just now, buried deep in an avalanche of other messages.
On August 19, Uber Manila finally secured what the company calls "landmark accreditation" by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board as a legitimate Transport Network Company. This took place just two days after Uber, represented by its legal counsel Atty. Grace Ann Lazaro, had filed its application for said accreditation.
"We are thrilled to announce that within 48 hours of our submission, we have been granted complete accreditation as a TNC by the authorities," Uber said in its e-mail. "We are proud to have worked closely with the LTFRB and the Department of Transportation and Communications to make the Philippines the first country in Asia to legalize app-based ride-sharing services. The accreditation was announced by LTFRB executive director Roberto Cabrera."
We guess all's well that ends well--even after the ignorant disinformation that was propagated by individuals who tried to pass it off as genuine concern for the public.
"We are extremely proud of the result of our work with the government to lay the groundwork to pass regulations for app-based ridesharing services," Uber Manila general manager Laurence Cua is quoted as saying. "We will continue to pave the way in the Philippines with new technology that will help commuting in Metro Manila safe and convenient for the community. Together with the local government, we are fully committed to reducing traffic congestion and providing Filipinos with a safer and reliable way to connect with their city."
So there. No more drama. No more social-media histrionics. You may now take Uber vehicles with absolute peace of mind.
Photo from Uber