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Motorcycle taxi company EsetGo awaits regulator’s OK to start ops


EsetGo founder and CEO John Alexis Revilla. Ted Cordero, GMA News
EsetGo founder and CEO John Alexis Revilla. Ted Cordero, GMA News

Motorcycle taxi player EsetGo Corp. is now waiting for the green light from transport regulators roll out its operations.

“We are awaiting for instructions on how to move forward,” EsetGo founder and CEO John Alexis Revilla said during the company’s press launch in Parañaque City on Tuesday.

The Department of Transportation’s (DOTr) inter-agency Technical Working Group (TWG) on motorcycle taxis has recommended extending the six-month pilot run of motorcycle ride-hailing operations to allow the participation of new players.

The present pilot run involving DBDOYC Inc.’s Angkas will end on December 26.

The department heard proposals on November 20, 2019 from motorcycle taxi companies Citimuber, JoyRide, MoveIt, EsetGo, Sakay, and VroomGo, the DOTr noted in a separate statement.

Revilla said once the DOTr gives the go signal then EsetGo will start accepting rider applicants and have them undergo safety training.

He said the company will have its initial operations in Metro Manila with an option to expand its reach to other areas of the country.

EsetGo intends to follow the fare system set by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for motorcycle taxis.

The fare system in place prescribes P50 for the first two kilometers, P10 for each succeeding kilometer up to seven kilometers, P15 per kilometer if the ride exceeds seven kilometers, and a 1.5 times fare surge.

The company is not established to challenge pioneer Angkas, but to offer riders and commuters an alternative in the market place.

“We are not asking them to switch, but we are asking them to just try,” Revilla said.

The EsetGo app is available for download via the Google Play store.

Asked how many riders EsetGo is targeting to enroll on its platform, Revilla said the company is not focusing on the numbers at this point but is more focused on developing the quality of service it will be offering the commuters at large. —VDS, GMA News