‘Ride-share as business model OK’

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Advisor buddy Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade (fourth from left), in tandem with Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion (front row, center), sit down with ride-hailing and logistics stakeholders to try to resolve their differing views on how the businesses are conducted. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

There is no doubt in the mind of Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion that the future of commuting in the Philippines involves the innovation called ride-sharing.

This is a view that Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade also happens to share as both met with ride-sharing and logistics platform executives looking to harmonize their entrepreneurial goals with existing government regulations.

“Ride-sharing is the way forward,” Concepcion said as he met with ride-sharing companies Angkas and Grab as well as with logistics firms Lalamove and Quad X officials.

At the meeting, the Presidential Adviser acknowledged that events in digital space are proving to be game-changers and threw his support on the players that are already serving the market.

He also said the digital marketplace helps create opportunities for many micro- and small-scale entrepreneurs across the country.

In that same meeting, Tugade told the gathered entrepreneurs in the ride-sharing and logistics business the ongoing digitalization of the various business models “is not only pro-poor but pro-all.”

As for the agency’s policy leaning on the issue of Angkas as a legitimate mode of public transport, Tugade clarified the Department of Transportation totally supports any mode of public conveyance as long as this was efficient, safe, comfortable and the business model is so crafted as to not be at the expense of anyone.

Tugade pleaded for understanding that the agency’s stance on putting on hold government recognition of Angkas as a public utility vehicle until all the issues have been studied thoroughly forms part of their mandate as gatekeepers to public safety or convenience.

He also said they should not be seen as an enemy but as a partner and emphasized that doing business is fine as long as it is not at the expense of anybody.

Concepcion commended Tugade’s action of forming a technical working group that will resolve the issues touched by current policy, laws and judicial decision.

The task force formed is a clear indication that government is open to working with the industry concerned and its openness to work with the private sector that Concepcion has pushed actively since assuming the adviser role to the President.

At the meeting Tugade and Concepcion were Transportation Undersecretary Mark Richmond de Leon, Land Transport Office Chief Assistant Secretary Edgar Galavant and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairman Martin Delgra III.

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