Category Archives: Transportation

Jeepney 50-Cent Fare Increase Starts Tomorrow, June 14th

Jeepney Driver’s will ask you an additional 50 cents for your regular Jeep fare tomorrow because the government agency in charge of regulating our public utility vehicles has approved the jeepney drivers’ petition on Friday, 30th June to increase the fare by that much for the first four kilometers. Here’s what will change:

Here's how our Jeepney Fares in Metro Manila, Region 3, and Region 4 will look like starting June 14
Here’s how our Jeepney Fares in Metro Manila, Region 3, and Region 4 will look like starting June 14

The Transport hike, which was approved on May 30th, is in effect in the following regions:

National Capital Region (Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela);
Region 3 (Provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales),
and Region 4A & 4B (Provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena, Quezon, and Rizal;  Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Puerto Princesa, and Romblon)

Note: To take effect, Jeepney Drivers must display Fare Matrix inside their jeep. No Fare Matrix, no right to ask fare increase (photocopy of fare matrix is allowed).

Consumers can report their complaints with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) online or calling their numbers in these offices:

  • Metro Manila Complaints
    +63 (2) 929 6789, +63 (2) 929 7366, +63 (2) 926 6346
  • Region 3
    (045) 961 7046
  • Region IV-A and IV-B
    (043) 756 1520

You can also email them pictures of your complaints to: complaint.ltfrb.gov.ph@gmail.com
Related Articles: LTFRB enforces Discounts
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/05/31/1329326/jeepney-fares-go-50c/june-14-ltfrb
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/222723/news/nation/ltfrb-reminds-puv-drivers-on-fare-discounts-for-students

Image Credit: manilastandard.com

12 Notable Facts: EU, USFAA’s Actions to PH

Yes, The Philippines Can! Headlining in my head knowing the sheer benefits my constituents will reap out of these upgrades our aviation industry agency and airlines  received over the week — and just before the Holy Week.

To know what these upgrade means, we scoured the web and found eight noteworthy facts that will paint a picture of our aviation industry and what it means for our tourism and our economy as a whole.

FC US-EU picture
Hardwork, shining through. We just need consistency.
  1. Higher and much competitive salaries for immensely technical staff of PAL and CebuPac
  2. Philippines, as a country, is still partially black-listed in EU since we still have ZestAir and SEAir as air carriers in the country
  3. Cebu Pacific was taken out of the ban along with Air Astana, Swaziland’s national air carrier
  4. There are twenty countries banned in EU, fourteen from Africa and six in Asia – Philippines and Swaziland still included because we still have registered air carriers that were not cleared by EU
  5. To lift the whole nation from the ban, the European Commission will also begin the process of assessing Philippine aviation including internal aviation later this year with the prospect of lifting the ban on Philippine aviation as a whole.
  6. Cebu Pacific acquired Tiger Airways Philippines in February 2014 and is just awaiting Congress’ and SEC’s approval of the said deal — Cebu Pacific currently operates over 2,200 flights per week with 49 aircraft to 24 international and 33 Philippine cities; Tigerair Philippines will add 118 flights per week. Its fleet consists of five aircrafts that goes to 11 domestic and international routes coming from either Manila and Clark airports.
  7. The USFAA upgrade of CAAP to Category one means the country’s airlines in addition to flag carrier Philippine Airlines can now fly to the US, which includes CebuPacific, ZestAir, and SEAir.
  8. Cebu Pacific intends to fly to Hawaii and Guam first after the USFAA announcement
  9. PAL will intuitively return flights to Hawaii, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and all the way to New York — its prime destinations back in 2008 before the US agency took it away from our flag carrier
  10. DOTC and CAAP is reaping the accolades out of its hard work in keeping airliners accountable and at par with global standards
  11. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was the lead American agency that evaluated CAAP over a course of five years and assess its standards of operations
  12. The EU Air Safety Committee is US’ (ICAO) counterpart that approved Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific to fly to the 28-member bloc of the European Union.

This is one painful lesson we all need to learn that if we want to be recognized as a nation of first class, we should change our ways of thinking and our actions that meet the standards — not of the world but — of honor and respect. It’s like keeping your house clean because you have guests coming over and have different and varying needs that should be met.

I could only hope other PH agencies will follow suit.

Congratulations Mr. Hotchkiss of CAAP and for Sec. Abaya for accomplishing this feat. Two thumbs up.
Notable Quote:
“When countries do what it takes to ensure the safety of their aviation industry, it is important that the EU recognises these efforts,” said the European Commission’s vice president for mobility & transport, Siim Kallas.

links
http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/news/top-news/30408-european-union-lifts-ban-on-cebu-pacific
http://www.traveldailymedia.com/206163/eu-boost-for-cebu-pacific-air-astana/
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/04/10/14/eu-lifts-ban-cebu-pacific-flights
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/02/21/14/cab-approves-cebu-pacific-tigerair-deal
http://www.rappler.com/business/industries/171-aviation-tourism/55190-cebu-pacific-europe-us-aviation-upgrade-eu-ban

Five Reasons Apple CarPlay may not Work in the Philippines

Newest Infotainment System from Apple
Newest Infotainment System from Apple

Awesome isn’t it? This online and dashboard entertainment system is called Apple CarPlay. Aside from Mercedes Benz, Volvo, and Ferrari, CarPlay will also be available in Honda and Hyundai cars. This is certainly a big hurrah for a lot of Apple users (and stockholders!), who according to Apple’s demographics are the ones that are influential and manages their own businesses — but not The Philippines.

Apple users here are more likely wanting it for social status. Every Apple fan would really, as an expression, starve themselves to death just to be able to have an iPhone. In fact, whatever data Apple HQ in Silicon Valley has cannot be compared “apples to apples” (no pun) with the market it has in The Philippines, which brings me to my post as to why Apple CarPlay won’t work as well in The Philippines as Apple-US may tout it to be globally. Now, the reasons here is geographically and culturally related so I don’t expect this to be the same for other regions like Europe, The Middle East, of even in Southeast Asia.

Drivers have advantage: Well-to-do folks hire drivers, ergo, boss won’t use it
Expect posh village residents to think twice in letting their drivers use that sleek Volvo or would they? The traffic in Manila is horrendous and those who can afford a driver would rather have someone drive them around but then again, no…this is perplexing.

First is good but is Android far behind?
First is good but is Android far behind?

Android Country, Philippines Is
91% of Smartphones sold in The Philippines run on Android and therefore you have a pretty small margin to sell a car that carries Carplay. Android has majority hold of this country and also of America and how. Local mobile phone brands like Cherry Mobile, Star Mobile, myPhone, and others that are cashing it in, focusing on the ‘masa’ (lit. mass) market who can dish out a smartphone that sells for as low as US$40.00, Jelly Bean or even Kitkat OS to boot. Where’s iOS? Ask Android.

Voice Command Challenge
Carplay will run Siri but like other posts that have reviewed the voice-operated system, it can only understand the American accent that Filipinos sometimes overdue or says it with such a hard tongue. Blame it on our teachers who pronounces the vowels only as “aahhh” “eh” “eeeee” “o” and “oooooo” and by the way, have I told you that our Visayan accent can also get in the way?

Supports only iPhone 5 platform
This will really make a lot of iPhone fans in the Philippines go postal (go mad crazy) because if you know the Filipinos culture, if it ain’t broken, continue to use it because you bought it with hard-earned money and mostly the problem is with Apple who always come up with new models every one or two years. Who has iPhone 5? Not all has it because such a novelty phone is hot on thieves lurking in the dark looking for the next victim. Might as well get a phone that no one will dare steal, right?

Limited Features
Android boasts of publishers that will offer free apps or even ones that are bought at an affordable price. On the side of using Apple’s Maps, it still has a lot of catching up to do with its competitor Google Maps and the biggest letdown of all is that The Philippines has yet to be included in its 3D view or even to its service.

Expect Apple Carplay to hit our shores in probably three-years time when they finally map our country providing accurate information and when they finally have an alternative for Siri that can understand Filipino-English. For now, though it plans to launch in Honda and Hyundai cars (aside from Volvo and Ferrari), I don’t expect that such a feature will be launched in The Philippines some time very soon. Nonetheless, it’s an innovation worth waiting for, which I’m sure Google is looking at intently and waiting for blogs like mine to show Apple’s Achilles Heels and create a similar infotainment system that can be more than just a dashboard screen or tablet but something an owner can control from the back of the driver’s seat and enjoy.

Other vides
Volvo’s Ad

Ask Men (a Review)

Credits
http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/
http://www.zdnet.com/the-philippines-continues-to-embrace-android-7000024072/
Apple Maps: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Maps

GrabTaxi Seizes ‘Apportunity’

 

The newest way to hail cabs
The newest way to hail cabs

GrabTaxi is the newest app for your smartphone and tablet. The app lets you conveniently get a taxi in the fastest time possible and in the most ‘unholiest hours’ of the day – rush hours.

Operationally, how does it work?

Taxi Operators signs up with GrabTaxi for accreditation. Once authorized they show up in your app. There are about a hundred taxi operators with fleets of a hundred and more cars for public service. These taxis ply their

regular routes and once they’re free and they’re within your three kilometer spot, they respond back and all you need to do is to choose which of the available cabs you can avail immediately according to the time you want them to arrive.

The Highs — Having GrabTaxi spells convenience for those looking for transportation when it’s tough to get one during rush hours. It’s also favorable for commuters during rainy seasons when you can’t even go to your street corner and hail one for yourself. It’s also advantageous for those living. (b) Even without a smartphone you can still contact them and get your taxi, just call 642-3525; 641-4532; 640-2318; or txt 0939-1533495; 0927-8384833 for pickups. (c) Security and Safety – all accredited GrabTaxis are registered cabs that should maintain their unparalleled customer service

How-to-GrabTaxi

The techie taxi drivers of Metro Manila
The techie taxi drivers of Metro Manila

The Lows — (a) GrabTaxi though is asking for PhP70.00 service charge/booking fee and this is how the developer company gets its income by charging commissions from Taxi Operators at the end of every month. (b) Bidding, when there’s no chance any driver will pick you up, you can bid for a driver to come pick you up. We’re not used to this kind of practice and it’s usually frowned upon because drivers lose their integrity because such exercise is deemed as Bribery. (c) Location. The service is only available in the National Capital Region (NCR) and would probably be available in Baguio, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao in much later months in 2014 and 2015.

Overall, the concept GrabTaxi app is offering is still growing and surely they’re making more people use the app by lowering booking fees: Globe Telecomm post-paid subscribers get booking for free so that’s a plus. So we’ll see if people will prefer this way of hailing cabs or the traditional one during the holidays. It’s an acid test indeed for the Malaysian-born app and we’ll see how it fares after this season.

I haven’t tried GrabTaxi myself because I drive my own car but if there’s a group of two or three, using this app the cost of paying the booking fee would be much worth it considering the hassles of hailing cabs during very busy times.

Do you have questions? Get your answers in GrabTaxi’s frequently asked questions.
Contact
GrabTaxi Philippines, 2nd Floor Loyola Plans Building, 849 A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
+63 (2) 8450943
support.mnl@grabtaxi.com

SOURCES
research
http://grabtaxi.com/manila-philippines/

photos
http://thecityroamer.com/grabtaxi-convenience-safety/
http://www.wazzuppilipinas.com
http://rodmagaru.com