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I was a guest and co-host for this segment of Brigada to feature Maragondon as the next travel and adventure destination near Manila. Go watch and discover what the town can offer for tourism.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

GrabTaxi launches taxi booking service in Iloilo City

Grab Taxi launches taxi booking service in Iloilo City

GRABTAXI INVADES ILOILO CITY
GrabTaxi, a mobile booking taxi app service finally launched their 4th city here in the Philippines. After Manila, Cebu and Davao, they now reached the land of Iloilo City to service the locals and also tourist who visits Iloilo City. The launched in Iloilo City was last March 11, 2015 at the Venue Function Rooms in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. The noise started during the morning of March 11 as the GrabTaxi’s partnered taxi fleet GDR taxi paraded the street of Jaro to inform everyone that Grab Taxi is here in Iloilo City.

Iloilo City is a big island with a rich culture, heritage, tourist spots and beaches. Taxi is one of the reliable transportation around Iloilo and its easy to roam there if you want to go to Jaro going to Lapaz or to the city proper.

Launched in 2013, GrabTaxi is the first and largest taxi app in the Philippines that help passengers book a cab with safety, speed, certainty and convenience.

WHATS NEXT AFTER ILOILO?
I asked Ms. Natasha Bautista, acting GM of GrabTaxi for the next invasion of GrabTaxi, as of now they are looking for a new city here in the Philippines to cater the Grab Taxi booking service. She mentioned a possible launch in Baguio City and Bacolod City. I asked what’s the basis for selecting a city to have GrabTaxi, she answered that the they will do a study and research first for the number of taxis needed, the destinations and get a partnered taxi operator to carry their service.

GRAB TAXI AS A TOURIST CAR FOR YOUR TRAVEL
I asked if its possible for a GrabTaxi and its driver to be my tourist guide if ever I got to Cebu, Davao or Iloilio City. GrabTaxi GM Natasha said that its possible but its not part of their booking app service, but the driver is a good source of information for your “what to eat”, “where to visit”, “where to stay” inquiries.

During our tour in Iloilo City, our GrabTaxi drivers brought us around the city and we visited some old churches, pasalubong centers and restaurant. They also picked us from the airport and brought us to our hotel in Injap Tower with a smooth and no hassle transpo service.

TAXI FARE METERED FOREVER
If you are using GrabTaxi booking app and hop on a GrabTaxi partnered taxi, you’ll never worry for any fixed taxi fare to reach your destination. GrabTaxi is in compliance with the LTFRB taxi fare policy, all taxi booking are purely metered. If you arrived in Iloilo City International Airport and want to go to Molo province, you just have to book a taxi and hop on with no hassle. Its up to you if you want to award your taxi driver a tip.


ZERO BOOKING FEE IN ILOILO CITY TIL END OF MAY 2015GrabTaxi GM Natasha mentioned that they will offer a zero booking fee in Iloilo City, all commuters can take this advantage by booking a taxi using their Grab Taxi app. The offer is up and good til end of May 2015.

GrabTaxi app can be downloaded for free and its available for iOS and Android OS devices.

Normally, here in Manila, the booking fee is PHP70, they haven’t mentioned yet on how much is the booking fee there in Iloilo City. Also, its up to the commuter if they will reward their driver with an incentive or tip.


HOW GRAB TAXI DRIVER EARNS?

I’ve learned that taxi drivers earn some incentive thru the GrabTaxi program. Normally majority shares of the taxi earnings for a day goes to the operators, then the booking fee awards the driver and also give a share to GrabTaxi. But GrabTaxi organizes an earning scheme like the driver keeps the tip and also GrabTaxi pays the taxi driver if there are special events hosted by GrabTaxi. For normal taxi drivers they just earn via boundary earnings.

Just like the Grab Car driver we met in Makati, we learned that he earns at least PHP20k per month.

If you want to be a GrabTaxi driver, visit the address below and call the contact numbers.
Tel: 883-7100 / Globe Hotline: 0917-8450941
Address: 9 San Marcos st., San Pedro, Molo, Iloilo City

GRAB CAR NEXT???
I asked if special private cars will be available in Iloilo City. We just got an answer that GrabTaxi have plans already to bring Grab Car in Iloilo City.

Awesome!!!


GRAB TAXI
Website: https://www.facebook.com/GrabTaxiPH
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrabTaxiPH
Download GrabTaxi App for FREE on the following:
Android: http://bit.ly/grabtaxi-Android
iOS: http://bit.ly/grabtaxi-iOS
Windows: http://bit.ly/GrabTaxi-Windows

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

“GrabTaxi aims to improve taxi markets by introducing simple, cost effective mobile-based technology to both supply (taxi fleet and drivers) and demand (passenger) that will optimize the matching process between both. The vision is to revamp the taxi industry and to provide public transportation mobility for all by developing a sustainable solution for a very real social pain. By combining top talent and disruptive technologies and innovation, GrabTaxi wishes to create a high potential, self- sustainable social enterprise that will help bring Philippines to the forefront of the technological development wave.”


Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

The parade of GrabTaxi cars in Jaro, Iloilo City

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

GDR Taxi is the 1st taxi fleet partner of GrabTaxi


Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

GrabTaxi acting GM Natasha Bautista at the event launch of GrabTaxi. She answers all questions from the Iloilo media


Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

A quick visit by Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

Announcement of the zero booking fee

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

Details on how to be a GrabTaxi driver

Grab Taxi launches taxi booking service in Iloilo City

Happy, the GrabTaxi mascot meets the Dinagyang Festival tribe dancers

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

Our manong taxi drivers of GDR taxi is happy to be with GrabTaxi


Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

Spotted a Huawei smartphone used by a GrabTaxi driver, preloaded with a GrabTaxi app and powered by Globe Telecom.


Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

Ride this taxi when you see the GrabTaxi sticker

Grab Taxi launches taxi booking service in Iloilo City

Parade of GrabTaxi cars around Iloilo City

Grab Taxi launches taxi booking service in Iloilo City

All are from GDR Taxi


Grab Taxi launches taxi booking service in Iloilo City

Happy driver…..because he is now in partner with GrabTaxi

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

A photo….to immortalize my first arrival in Iloilo City

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

3 way directions….to Lapuz, Jaro and city proper

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

Luncheon session with the PR of GrabTaxi

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

Statue in the middle of the roundabout

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

The Jaro Cathedral Church in Jaro, Iloilo City

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

The belfry of Jaro Cathedral Church

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

Biscochio Haus, an original pasalubong center in Iloilo City

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

A short visit in San Jose Church

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

A must try food here in Iloilo City.
The original Lapaz Batchoy in Lapaz….we dined in here in a small resto called Deco’s that serves the modern Batchoy

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

GrabTaxi is indeed fast….. fast booking..and fast to reach your destination

Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

Ted of www.wazzup.ph approves the GrabTaxi service


Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

My first time to meet the Iloilo bloggers!!
shout out to Greg, Tisha and company


Grab Taxi launches in Iloilo city

Selfie-ing with Natasha…..

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.


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