Unlocking Manila with UBER

I’ve been riding with UBER since 2014. I still prefer to drive but certain situations leave me with no choice. UBER is my solution when:

  1. It’s coding day and I have to work someplace I need to drive to.
  2. There’s no parking space at the place I need to be at.

I normally choose to stay put when it’s coding day, except if it’s work-related. I also avoid venues with no parking space, again except if it’s work-related. Then there’s the horrible traffic. It gets worse and worse every year. If I could do everything from home I would.

Uber ManilaIf not for UBER I would have ended up letting go of a lot of opportunities where work is concerned. Commuting via bus, jeepney, MRT, and taxi are all out of the question after all the horror stories people I know have shared. Either there’s some lecherous maniac, robber, or some other undesirable element who’s out to do bad things to people. For me, nothing is worth that risk.

uber_unlock_manila2A recent survey commissioned by UBER across 9 of Asia’s biggest cities have confirmed that people are stuck in traffic jams an average of 52 minutes a day. In Manila, we’re stuck for 402 hours a year.

So how do we free up the roads, unlocking Manila in effect? By unlocking Manila, we get people to go around and enjoy what the city has to offer without the endless waiting time.

“Ridesharing can be an important complement to public transport and private cars when reducing congestions as well as freeing up city space today used for parking spots. By putting more people into fewer cars, we can unlock our cities and their full potential. But it requires that we all work together”, said Brooks Entwistle, Chief Business Officer, Asia Pacific at UBER.

When we choose to share our ride (in effect, carpool), we get more people and less cars on the road. There are over 2,300,000 vehicles in Manila. If rides are shared, they all don’t need to be out at the same time. Less cars running means less traffic and pollution. This is possible if everyone work together to share their ride.

But what about people who buy more cars so they can turn it into an UBER fleet? I think that defeats the purpose of ride-sharing. UBER assured me that this is not how they operate. One driver is limited to registering three (3) cars, I’m not sure if only he/she can drive it. I think that for this to be effective, all ride-sharing apps, not just UBER, should discourage the taxi mentality of registering several cars for business. Actual ride-sharing will occur if only the car owner is allowed to drive the one vehicle he/she is allowed to register. That’s what I think anyway.


Check out UBER’s new video which accurately illustrates our traffic situation. For more information, log on to https://www.unlockingcities.com/. If you still haven’t tried riding with UBER, download the app on Google Play or the App Store and use my referral code yetbk to score some free rides.

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2 Comments

  • Reply B November 17, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Husband and I hate driving in Metro Manila. Every time we do, we end up spending at least an hour looking for parking space, not to mention getting stuck in traffic. So we really take Uber if we’re just gonna be in Metro Manila (unless Alabang, since it’s more difficult to book there).

    • Reply animetric November 20, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      I don’t like commuting in general kasi kaya kahit hassle I still prefer to drive. 🙂

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