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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
News and Events

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
Startup Tips

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
Startup Tips

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
News and Events

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
Startup Tips

From Startup Weekend to Cebu's Streets: How to Turn a Business Pitch to a Sustainable Venture

Advice on leveraging business competitions to build lasting enterprises from the founder of a taxi-hailing startup

Over six years ago, in November 2012, I signed up for Startup Weekend Cebu on a whim, not knowing the competition would change my life as a Filipino entrepreneur. For those unfamiliar with Startup Weekend, it’s a 48-hour competition that involves attendees ...

by Eddie Ybañez  | February 07, 2018 11:00:00
Run & Grow

Reinventing PH’s Notorious Taxi Cabs: A Case for Taxi 2.0

New transport startup founder says re-training and customer reviews of drivers’ performance may work wonders

As a fellow commuter in Metro Manila, I understand the frustration others have with the state of our taxi cabs in the city. To put it bluntly: Some of our drivers may not be the best at customer service. This frustration is ...

by Eddie Ybañez  | January 25, 2018 10:00:00
Business Ideas

A Homegrown Alternative to Uber and Grab Coming Soon in Manila

Developed by a Cebuano, Micab is already present in Cebu and Iloilo

Eddie Ybañez (second from left) during the signing ceremony with representatives of the two biggest taxi companies in Metro ManilaThere are continuous efforts to work on innovations in mobility and transportation to ease commuters’ woes, especially in Metro Manila. While transport vehicle ...

by Paul John Caña  | September 07, 2017 10:00:00
Business Ideas

Grab-a-Cab: A new and convenient solution for taxi operators and commuters

The Grab-a-Cab solution includes GPS tracking for each unit in the taxi fleet, mobile data terminals, data airtime, automated dispatch and faster call processing and dispatch times.

A huge percentage of the Philippine population uses different modes of public transport every single day. Taxis, buses, tricycles, trains, and pedicabs are responsible for bringing Pinoys from Point A to Point B, but even with this variety, much can be said ...

by KC Calpo  | March 30, 2012 10:00:00