How to safely commute in the Philippines
Going out and not in the mood to take your car or crammed with the other commuters in the bus, jeep or train? Then hailing a taxi is the best option for you.
In the Philippines, it is a habit of commuters to text a relative the plate number of a taxi before boarding it as a precaution. But for those who feel like this preventative measure is not enough to ensure your safety, you can follow these six tips the Philippine National Police (PNP) released for a safe taxi ride:
- Always consider doubts when riding a taxi. Always check the taxi first and make sure no one is hiding on the floor or between the seats.
- Sit on the backseat and keep a distance from the driver.
- Check if the doors can be locked from the inside.
- Memorize the plate number and name of the driver.
- Insist that the driver uses the regular or usual route you take towards your destination.
- Report any defective plate or meter and driver’s discourtesy to the land transportation franchising & regulatory board (LTFRB): 0921448777 and 4262515.
In addition to these precautionary tips you can also download a new app called ‘pasahero’, developed by television network ABS CBN. It ensures the safety of the commuter by broadcasting trip details on social media. Through its panic button, the app also sends emergency notifications and location to the user’s trusted circle of contacts and relevant agencies for assistance in case of an accident.
Avail the pasahero app through the App Store of iTunes.