Ten MLhullier Taxi units were launched on July 11, 2019, in Ormoc City as part of the Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) Modernization Program. This happened just a few days after the local government unit, here, launched the PUVMP with a total of 10 Star8 Green Technology e-jeepneys and 15 Davao Metro Shuttle buses.
MLhuillier Group of Companies representative Jay Jumapao stated that the newly launched taxis are expected to provide Ormocanon commuters safety, comfort, and convenience. “Rest assured that out service would be very professional. This is metered taxi so you don’t have to worry about drivers doing deals with the passengers,” Jay added.
Rev. Fr. Elrico Fabiolas officiated the blessing of the taxi units and the additional Star8 Green Technology e-jeepneys and Davao Metro Shuttle buses. Other personalities present during the event include Ormoc City Councilor Tomas R. Serafica, President and CEO of Davao Metro Shuttle De Carlo L. Uy, Star8 Green Technology Representative Ronald T. Laurel, and OIC Chief Transportation Development Officer Veronica Reposar among others.
MLhuiller Taxi Operations Manager Julius Joseph Polea revealed to Krusada that there would be a total of 50 taxi units to be dispatched before the year ends. He said that the taxis would have the same flag down rates with those operating in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu, which is at the P30.00 to P40.00 price range. Additional integer kilometers adds P13.50 to the fare with P2.00 per minute waiting fee.
Julius revealed that the company is planning to partner with transportation application Grab Philippines in the future. He said that Southeast Asia’s leading internet-based ride-hailing and booking company would only operate in Ormoc City after all 50 taxi units are launched. The MLhuiller exec added that drivers to be hired should come from #theCityOfBeautifulPeople.
For starters, Grab originated in Singapore under the MyTeksi brand. At the moment, it is operating in various parts of Asia including Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia, and in the Philippines, where it is operational in major urban centers like Manila, Cebu, Davao, Bacolod, Iloilo, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, Angeles City, and Balanga, Bataan.