Grab and Uber drivers appeal to President Duterte: Help us

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  • Drivers and operators of two TNCs appealed for president to intervene in tussle with LTFRB
  • They are urging him to compel LTFRB to lift its suspension on applications
  • DOTr official promised to take matter up with LTFRB execs

MANILA, Philippines – Drivers and operators of Grab and Uber are urging President Rodrigo Duterte to intervene and resolve the deadlock between them and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).

In a press conference, Bobby Coronel, head of TopSpeed, appealed to Duterte to order the LTFRB to lift is moratorium on applications by Grab and Uber drivers.

“Tatay Digong, we are calling on you to help us. We fully support your programs. We only want to have a good and proper job,” Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying.

Coronel’s group also delivered to the LTFRB office a petition containing more than 120,000 signatures supporting their cause.

“We, leaders of transport network service providers, respectfully ask the [LTFRB] to give amnesty to our colleagues who have no provisional authority and to lift the suspension order on Transport Network Vehicle Service applicants,” he said.

Coronel also blasted their classification as “colorum” by the LTFRB; saying he and his peers undergo rigorous screening as well before being accredited.

“After undergoing stringent screening, training, and drug tests, we received our accreditation from our TNCs. Even though many in our ranks do not yet have a PA, it is hard to consider us as fly-by-night ‘colorum’ drivers. Remember we underwent screening, training, NBI clearance, and drug tests,” he said.

For his part, Transportation Undersecretary Tim Orbos said he will try to have the drivers included as part of the technical working group of the LTFRB, Grab and Uber so their concerns can be heard.

“I will take it up with the LTFRB. The drivers are stakeholders. So, definitely. I am not saying anything, that’s a decision that the LTFRB needs to make, but definitely they need to be heard,” he said.