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Manila Taxis May Soon Charge Higher Fares That Match Ride-Hailing Apps' Tariffs. Will Better Service Follow Suit?

LTFRB starts re-calibrating meters of taxis in Metro Manila to reflect fare hikes approved in 2017

After a delay lasting all of seven months, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) finally started re-calibrating meters of taxicabs operating in Metro Manila on July 31 to reflect higher fares approved way back in November 2017.  The process was ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | August 03, 2018 06:00:00
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Why You Can't Get a Taxi or Car Using the New Ride-Hailing Apps in Metro Manila

Micab's founder rails against what he calls Grab's unfair competitive actions that ultimately hurt consumers

Eddie Ybañez is the co-founder and CEO of taxi-hailing app MicabWhen you try to book a cab or a private car through one of the new transportation network companies (TNC) granted approval to operate in Metro Manila recently, and have trouble getting ...

by Eddie Ybañez  | July 26, 2018 10:00:00
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PH Taxi-Hailing Startup Helps China’s Huawei Tap New Markets for Tablet PCs

The Chinese giant will develop similar products based on experience customizing the device for Micab

(L-R) Micab Co-founder and CEO Eddie Ybanez, Huawei Tablet & PC Global GTM Director Andy Zhao, Huawei Tablet General Manager Gavin Mingang Yi and Huawei Device Marketing and Service Account Manager Henry Hsiao pose in front of a Micab taxi after announcing ...

by Roel Landingin  | June 20, 2018 09:00:00
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Fail Fast, Learn Fast: How Micab Scaled Up From Cebu Towards Nationwide Expansion

The Cebu-based cab-hailing startup tried several business models to find out what works with the taxi industry

Kenneth Baylosis is the co-founder of Cebu-based taxi-hailing service MicabIf tech startups are supposed to address a pain point for a sizeable part of the population, then it’s somewhat of a mystery why MiCab, the taxi-hailing company, was founded in Cebu City.Geographically, ...

by Jaymes Shrimski  | June 15, 2018 09:00:00
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In the Journey from Engineer to Entrepreneur, Little Knowledge is Not Always a Bad Thing

The founder of Cebu-based Micab taxi-hailing startup recounts what it took to make the transition

When I first started taxi-hailing application Micab in Cebu back in 2012, I had a romantic idea of who tech founders were and what they did. Like every other person who is not from Silicon Valley, I looked to the tech mecca ...

by Eddie Ybañez  | May 26, 2018 08:00:00
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How Hirna’s Taxi-Hailing App Has Changed the Way Davao Residents Commute

President Duterte’s hometown is one of the first PH cities to implement the LTFRB’s taxi modernization program

Hirna is a ride-hailing service with roots in Davao City that charges no booking fees or surge prices. Passengers only pay for the metered fareDavao City, the hometown of President Rodrigo Duterte where he was mayor for decades, is known for safety and ...

by Chiara U. Mesiona  | May 07, 2018 02:00:00
Startup Tips

Davids Need Goliaths: Why PH Cab-Hailing Startup Founder Welcomes Grab’s Rise

”?"Competition in the tech arena should always inspire founders to bring their best and aspire for greatness”

After months of rumors and speculation, Grab announced on March 25 its acquisition of Uber’s Southeast Asian operations, leaving the former as the only major ride-hailing application in the Philippines and most countries in the region. Some have hailed this merger as ...

by Eddie Ybañez  | April 11, 2018 10:00:00
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Why I Took 1,175 Taxi Trips Last Year, and How That Helped Me Build a Better Cab-Hailing App

The founder of Micab shares his unique experiences in search of solutions to pressing transport problems

Taxi-hailing app Micab's goal is to make it easier for taxis to find passengers and for passengers to find taxisIn the startup community, common wisdom holds that rather than simply latch onto a lucrative business opportunity, founders need to find a problem ...

by Eddie Ybañez  | March 24, 2018 09:00:00
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Whatever Happened to the LTFRB’s Plan to Push Taxis to Modernize as Condition for Fare Hikes?

Order requiring cabs to install hailing apps, GPS, dashboard camera and even free Wi-Fi has yet to be implemented

When the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) approved petitions filed by various local taxi operators for a fare hike in October 2017, the agency also turned the occasion as an opportunity to push cab operators to modernize and upgrade their ...

by Elyssa Christine Lopez  | March 19, 2018 09:00:00
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