A commuter group yesterday called on the public and the government to watch out for the entry of Indonesian-based ride-hailing firm Go-Jek in the Philippine market.
Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection (LCSP) group founder Ariel Inton Jr. said Go-Jek showed “aggressiveness” to enter and provide transport network vehicle service (TVNS) in the Philippines so the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) must carefully review the firm’s operations to protect other industry players and the public.
“Kami sa LCSP, walang gustong mangyari kungdi gumanda at mapaganda pa ang serbisyo ng transport industry sa bansa para higit na mapagserbisyuhan ang publiko,” Inton stressed.
“We are hoping the government agency responsible in the transportation industry, hindi basta na lang papasukin ang mga dayuhan dahil may mga batas tayong dapat sundin. If they accredited to operate in the country, we wish that everything is in order dahil ang objective naman natin ay ang magandang serbisyo para sa lahat,” Inton pointed out.
Meawhile, LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada said the agency will carefully review the firm’s operations.
“GoJek is big, we need to study well as we need to protect the local players,” Lizada added.
Grab Philippines currently dominates the local ride-hailing industry after its parent bought Uber’s operations in Southeast Asia.
In an effort to boost competition, the LTFRB has accredited smaller players such as Micab, Hirna, Hype, LagGo and Owto.
Lizada explained that Indonesia does not regulate ride-hailing companies.
On May 24, Go-Jek announced that it will invest at least US$500 million to move into four new markets in the next four months -- Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines.