LTFRB accredits ride-hailing companies Hype and Hirna

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) approved on Wednesday, April 18, the accreditation of two ride-hailing companies.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III and Board Members Aileen Lizada and Ronaldo Corpus signed Accreditation Numbers 2018-TNC-001 and 2018-TNC-002, allowing Hype Transport Systems Incorporated and Hirna Mobility Solutions to operate for two years.

Lizada said the ride-hailing companies can begin operations once they receive their accreditation papers, giving commuters other options for ride-hailing services aside from Grab Philippines.

Hype is among the ride-hailing companies that the LTFRB was expecting to apply for accreditation, after Uber sold its Southeast Asia operations to Grab. Uber formally closed down last Monday, April 16.

Hirna is a ride-hailing app for taxis currently available in Davao, but is looking at expanding across the country.

The other companies waiting for approval are Owto, Go Lag, and MiCab. –

Aika Rey

Aika Rey covers the Philippine Senate for Rappler. Before writing about politicians, she covered budget, labor, and transportation issues.