Do you miss Uber like us? Don’t worry! The long wait might finally be over as there are other ride-hailing choices that will be available for commuters.

According to a survey, one in every five commuters in Metro Manila alone are using ride-hailing apps for their daily commutes. This means there’s a huge demand that needs to be filled, and unfortunately, Grab cannot do it alone.

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has approved the accreditation of other transport network companies. Some of these new networks are already available and operational, giving you more choices when it comes to reaching your destination.


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Many commuters were affected after the lost of Uber. [Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons]
Get to know the new ride-sharing apps you can use as Grab alternatives!

Hype

Hype is a 100% Filipino-owned company. Its name stands for the company’s values: Honest, Young, Professional, and Empowering.

Car Type: Private and Taxi
Fare Rate: P40 base plus P12 per kilometer
Location: Metro Manila
Surge Cap: 2x
Cancelation Fee: None
Launch Date: May 27 (soft launch)

hirna

hirna is a homegrown taxi-hailing app from Davao developed by car rental companies Avis Philippines, Avis Global, and Metro Davao Taxi Association.

Car Type: Taxi
Fare Rate: via Taxi Meter
Location: Davao, Iligan, CDO
Surge Cap: None
Cancelation Fee: None
Launch Date: May 26

OWTO

Another Filipino-owned TNVS company, OWTO only uses private vehicles. You have the option to choose from subcompact, sedan, hatchback or SUV. The difference with this service is that they have an in-app surveillance system for riders and drivers’ protection. It enables them to accurately investigate when a rider files a complaint.

Car Type: Private
Fare Rate: P40 base plus P12 per kilometer
Location: CAMANAVA, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite
Surge Cap: 2x
Cancelation Fee: P50
Launch Date: Launched

Go Lag

Go Lag has a similar service to any rent-a-car and regulated taxis in the country. Its name is short for “Go Laguna,” where the service is based. The owners behind the Go Lag guarantees to charge lower than other companies, especially rush hours. They also promised that they would not allow their drivers to cancel bookings which were already accepted.

Car Type: Private
Fare Rate: P40 base plus P14 per kilometer or P2 per minute
Location: Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan
Surge Cap: 1.5x
Cancelation Fee: None
Launch Date: TBA

micab

Car Type: Taxi
Fare Rate: via Taxi Meter
Location: Cebu, Iloilo but will expand to Metro Manila and Davao
Surge Cap: None
Cancelation Fee: None
Launch Date: Launched

Founded in Cebu, micab is the transportation service with the largest scope in the country. It uses a taxi meter to determine the fare and guarantees no surge pricing.

U-Hop

Launched back in 2016, U-Hop has already expanded its services and includes taxis, sedans, and SUVs to cater to their riders’ needs. They also provide car rental, leasing, and corporate transport services.

Car Type: Private
Fare Rate: P3,900 per month, Ride Credits
Location: Metro Manila and Cebu
Surge Cap: None
Cancelation Fee: None
Launch Date: Launched

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