ICYMI: Undas traffic, Grab holiday fares, Boracay’s reopening

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by TopGear.com.ph | Oct 28, 2018
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1) Grab PH: Expect fares not to spike up this holiday season

“During the recent Grab Philippines ‘Safer Everyday Tech Roadmap’ event, one of the inevitable questions asked during the Q&A portion was what Grab planned to do to better serve its customers during the Christmas rush.

“The good news is the company recognizes the looming transport situation, and it plans to manage rates so that clueless commuters don’t flood social media with posts about insane surge pricing.”

2) Boracay will now have an integrated transport system

“The assistant secretary explained that the new transport system will use contactless payment cards and wristbands, which tourists can purchase and use across the jeepneys and e-trikes on the island. The tap cards and wristbands can be bought as daily or weekly passes. The modern PUVs will come from Grab, while the e-trikes can be booked through Hirna. Solar-powered shuttles will also be available from Southwest.”

3) Will suspending the fuel excise tax have an effect on inflation?

“Will the suspension of the fuel excise tax next year (more on that here) help mitigate inflation? It’s a burning question that lawmakers and taxpayers alike want answered.

“Senator Win Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate Committee on Economic Affairs, has filed Senate Resolution No. 917 following President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement that he will suspend the scheduled fuel excise increase next year.”

4) Authorities will be on heightened alert for Undas 2018

“To help Filipinos deal with this year’s Undas traffic rush, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) has instructed all of its attached agencies to be on heightened alert from October 27 to November 5, 2018. This move comes in a bid to ‘ensure the safety, security, reliability, and comfort of drivers and passengers during the long break,’ the agency said in a statement.”

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5) Grab’s massive campaign to make rides safer for driver and passenger

“The Singapore-based company will do this by partnering with government agencies like the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), the Philippine National Police–Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to tap their expertise and capabilities. Grab will also use its technology to encourage safer user habits and drive long-term changes in road behavior. Regarding the latter, ‘long-term’ is the perfect term considering how deeply entrenched bad behavior is in the ‘professional’ drivers that ply our roads.”

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