Uber files for accreditation with PH gov't
MANILA, Philippines – Ride-sharing service provider Uber Manila filed for accreditation as a Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LFTRB).
“Today, we can confirm that Uber's application has been submitted and has been well received by the authorities,” said Laurence Cua, Uber Manila's general manager said in an official statement released Monday, August 17.
Karun Arya, Uber head of communications for Southeast Asia and India, said the company expects to be officially accredited by the end of the week.
“I believe the review process of the application takes a few days. I imagine we would know the outcome before the end of the week. We don't foresee any issues or complications,” Arya said in an email to Rappler.
Below is Uber Manila’s statement in full:
"A few months ago, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and LTFRB demonstrated tremendous vision by creating the first-of-its-kind national dedicated framework for ridesharing.
That was an important milestone and a fantastic example of what could be achieved through collaboration between government and industry.
In recent weeks, there has been heated debate (in the news and social media) about the deadlines imposed by the authorities. Over the past few months, Uber has been preparing our submission for TNC accreditation with the expert guidance of the DOTC and LTFRB.
Today, we can confirm that Uber's application has been submitted and has been well received by the authorities. Since the beginning, Uber has always had one goal – to provide access to reliable, affordable, and safe transportation options anytime and anywhere to all Filipinos at the push of a button and we look forward to the continued support and leadership of the government of the Philippines in achieving this."
– Laurence Cua
General Manager, Uber Manila
On August 11, the LFTRB announced that operators of Uber, and competitor GrabCar will be apprehended starting Friday, August 21, if they are unable to secure the necessary franchise or provisional authority from the LTFRB.
The announcement sparked a furious reaction from netizens that intensified as reports about the LFTRB’s planned Premium Taxi service began circulating a few days after the clampdown on Uber and GrabCar was announced.
LFTRB has since clarified that the Premium Taxi category is not new and is neither owned by the board nor the DOTC.
It further clarified that it will only regulate Premium Taxi operations, not own it.
Here is a timeline of events leading up to the announced clampdown:
- October 22, 2014 - LTFRB apprehended partner cars of ride-sharing service Uber
- October 30, 2014 - LTFRB stopped apprehending Uber units
- January 2015 - LTFRB mulls new transport category for app-based ride-sharing service providers, Businessworld reported
- March 2015 - LTFRB mulls new transport category called Premium Taxi, Businessworld reported
- May 2015 - DOTC, LTFRB formally introduced 4 new transport categories
- May 2015 - LTFRB laid out rules for new transport categories
- June 2015 - Philippine taxi industry protests new rules
- July 2015 - GrabCar became the Philippines’ first transport network company
- August 2015 - LTFRB announced scheduled clampdown on unregistered Uber, GrabCar units
– with reports from Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler.com