Meet the new TNCs in the Metro

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED May 7, 2018 01:04 pm | UPDATED May 7, 2018 01:07 pm
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(Inside Manila) The ride-hailing market in the country has been on a free-for-all following Uber’s pullout from the picture. The Philippine Competition Commission, which launched a review of the Grab's Uber buyout, estimates that the withdrawal will give Grab 93.22% shares of the Philippines’ ride-hailing market.

In response, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) accredited five new transport network companies (TNCs) and are reviewing other applicants to compete with the market’s regional giant.

Who are these new players? What can they do for the riding public? Read to know the new players in the Metro!


MiCab was the latest addition to the TNCs lineup. It is created by Cebuanos Eddie Ybañez and Kenneth Baylosis.

It claims to be the only taxi booking app in the Philippines that is available in five key cities: Cebu, Bacolod, Baguio, Iloilo, and Metro Manila. MiCab also has a feature that allows drivers to see riders' destinations.

As a taxi-hailing service, it is a good alternative to surge-riddled transportation apps as it uses taxi meters for fare computation. It has a P40 minimum base fare that will increase P13.50 per kilometer.

MiCab is already operating since May 2.


Hype, like Grab, uses private cars. It is set to launch on May 26 with a base fare of P40 and an additional P14 per kilometer. It caps its surge at two times and does not charge riders per minute.

Its flagship feature is its Short Message Service (SMS) booking option which is free of charge for both rider and driver.

It also said that it will launch an in-vehicle digital signage display so that drivers and operators can earn extra money.


Tracing its roots from Davao, HirNa will also launch in Metro Manila on May 26. It is almost similar to MiCab as a taxi-hailing app. Unlike GrabTaxi, HirNa does not have a booking fee and its units use a meter to determine the fare.

HirNa takes pride in its 24/7 customer service and booking hotline.

If Hype has its SMS booking option, HirNa has its own unique booking feature through phone calls. This feature makes passengers who do not have the app or a smartphone can book a ride with HirNa through a phone call.


OWTO will also use private cars and will have a fixed rate of P12 per kilometer. Like Grab, it will limit its surge rate to twice the current fare.

OWTO branded itself as a TNC that would give riders “reasonable value-for-money fares.” It also empowers its driving partners with equitable take-home pays through the company’s lower commission take-out schemes.


GoLag, short for Go Laguna which is named after the province where it’s based, has yet to announce its launch date but it will reportedly accept drivers starting this month.

Aside from Metro Manila, GoLag is also eyeing to expand operations in Bulacan, Cavite, and Rizal.

GoLag’s Sedan cars will have a base rate of P40, with additional charges of P14.00 per kilometer and P2.00 per minute. Its surge rate is limited to 1.5 times.



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