The Bacolod business sector is backing transportation network company, Grab, in gaining access as transport service inside the Bacolod-Silay Domestic Airport in preparation of MassKara Festival in October, Frank Carbon, regional governor of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Western Visayas and Negros Occidental, said yesterday.
In a meeting held Tuesday, Carbon said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines Bacolod Office, Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, Grab company representatives and taxi concessionaires discussed the possible entry of the TNC at the airport.
Carbon said the group has decided that the transportation service in the airport needs improvement after comparing the services in Mactan–Cebu International Airport and Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Grab taxi and cars are now only allowed to deliver commuters to the airport, but are restricted from taking those heading to Bacolod and nearby cities, Carbon said.
Aside from gaining permission, the company will also propose to install a loading booth in the terminal to serve customers who are not subscribed to Grab's mobile phone application, he said.
Only about 100 taxis and cars are Grab registered. Once the proposal is approved, the next step will be recruiting more vehicles to register in the TNC.
The same thing has been done in malls, hotels and the BREDCO Port in Bacolod, he added.
Carbon said the entry of Grab will improve the quality of transport services in the airport, as tourist will be served better during peak seasons.
The tourism business will also benefit from this added service, he said. This will raise the income of drivers because tourists and visitors will see an improvement in services, and it will ultimately be beneficial to other businesses in the value chain, he added.
Taxi operators will not be disadvantaged by the proposal, he said, adding that the vehicles can also register as Grab cars/taxi.
“We're helping them to improve the service, and the business sector in Bacolod and Negros Occidental are supportive of this step up,” Carbon also said.*KBC
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