During yesterday's Senate committee hearing to discuss legislations for ride-sharing services, representatives from Uber, Grab, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), and various sectors aired their sides on the issue.
Following the hearing, both Uber and Grab shared their thoughts on the proceedings. They emphasized that the government should adapt to changing technology.
We reached out to Uber's Philippine office, who shared the following statement: “This is an opportune time for the government to develop 21st century legislation and regulations that promote the best interest of the riding public by allowing technology-based mobility options such as ride-sharing to achieve its full potential. We thank the Senate Committee on Public Services for giving us the opportunity to discuss our policy positions, and look forward to continuing the discussion with all government stakeholders, in our mutual pursuit of solving the country’s traffic and transport challenges.”
Grab Philippines country head Brian Cu, meanwhile, took to Facebook live to give his take. He stressed that his company is not opposed to the legislation measures being proposed by the Senate.
"Narining po natin mga hinaing ng taxis na eight years na po hindi nagbabago ang price ng meter. Having GrabTaxi in our platform, we know it helped but yes, increasing the fairs—again, we will support that fully. We want even our GrabTaxi partners to be able to earn a decent living on the platform. Aside from that, yung sinusuggest na payagan sila mag surge pricing, we're very happy to provide them with the technology. Ngayon po may dynamic pricing na po tayo sa GrabTaxi sa booking fee, which acts similar to the surge pricing on GrabCar. We'd like to bring that technology in and spread that more to the taxi providers," Cu said.
In its presentation to the Senate, Uber shared that around 200,000 ride requests go unfulfilled each week due to the supply-demand gap. On average, the platform is unable to service 20-30% of hourly rider demand due to the current regulatory situation.