Manuel Buenaventura is just an ordinary guy. He is a father to two kids, basically keeping up with his day job top provide food and shelter for his family. He has this new-found job that gives a wonderful payoffs for people who are masipag (diligent) and matiyaga (persevering), just like Manuel.
Manuel, 44, reveals to us that he earns up to Php 20,000 every month, when we took the passenger seat of a Hummer H3 which he is driving for GrabCar+, an off-shoot of GrabCar car-booking app from GrabTaxi, the first taxi-booking app in the Philippines launched in June 2013 headed by Anthony Tan. GrabTaxi is a platform supported by a mobile application (available in Android and iOS devices).
Read our first article about the launch of GrabTaxi here to know more about it.
GrabTaxi’s mission is to solve a real problem by matching taxi drivers and passengers through the latest smartphone technology.
Since the launch of GrabTaxi in 2013, there are about 3 million downloads of the app on mobile devices. On top of that, 6 bookings are made for every second that counts. More than 60,000 taxi drivers registered with the network. Currently, there are 620,000 people in six countries that used GrabTaxi at least once a month. GrabTaxi is presently available in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
In May 2014, GrabCar was formally introduced in Manila, and yes, we were also there at the launch. GrabCar co-exists on GrabTaxi mobile app and is a car-booking service that provides an authorized on-demand private driver for anyone without the hassle of owning a private car. It also provides a new option for passengers and also expands the benefits of GrabTaxi to a new network of drivers. Like GrabTaxi, GrabCar offers private car drivers the opportunity to build on their income by providing them with a much wider userbase and an efficient driver-to-passenger matching. During the early stage, GrabCar only acquired less than ten (10) car units from reputable car service company. These are sedans with fixed fare and ‘no booking fee’ service.
Check our full GrabCar launch story here.
The birth of GrabCar+
“The GrabCar business model has been successful over the past year. We’ve been getting good reviews as well as requests to include more premium cars. This is where we got the idea for GrabCar+. We’re also opening the business to those who are interested to partner with us through the LTFRB-acknowledged GrabPeer system,” says Natasha Bautista, Grab’s Acting General Manager.
GrabCar+ offers chauffeur-style transportation service with luxury car options such as Fortuner, Montero, Camry, Tucson, and the Hummer.
According to Manuel, he earns a regular monthly salary from the company who owns the transportation service. On top of that, he gets Php 50 incentive for every successful booking transactions. According to Manuel, he could do 9 rounds of booking per day. GrabCar+ is a 24/7 service and Manuel do work shifts every week with one day-off from duty. On rush hours, where GrabCar+ is allowed to double-up the fixed fare rate, he sometimes gets ‘bonus’ from passengers who opt to give tips, an extra income for Manuel, for faster booking confirmation.
In a nutshell, salary + incentives + tips equates a total of what Manuel is earning every month since he began driving for GrabCar+.
GrabTaxi made an impact in the local taxi industry in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao. The Grab Team has revolutionized not only the specific problems but also gives job and business opportunities to people who want to become part of the Grab community. They really have come a long way ever since that launch in 2013.
Being part of the Grab community gives GrabPeers access to the country’s widest car-booking user base. In exchange for the use of the software, GrabCar+ charges 20% of the total fare, while GrabPeers keep 80%. It’s a simple logic for those who have vehicles just lying around the garage, why not use it and enroll to GrabPeers where the owners can earn extra income from it.
“We a re excited to open GrabCar+ to our GrabPeers. Together, we can offer more travel options to our customers and bring them to their destination in the fastest, most convenient, and safest way possible,” Bautista added.
To those who are interested to sign up as a GrabPeer, visit www.grabcar.com and click “How to be a GrabPeer“.
Booking one of the luxury cars is possible through the GrabTaxi app, which is now available at the App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android), and Blackberry World. Once the app is opened, just click on the GrabCar+ option. The app detects your current location and shows how many GrabCar+ drivers are in the vicinity. As soon as the destination is entered, the app displays the fixed fare. Passengers have the option to pay with cash or to go to cashless transactions via credit or debit cards.
If you happen to book a ride with Manuel, say hi to him from us and tell him you’ve read his story on our blog.
For more information, visit www.grabtaxi.com. Follow @GrabTaxiPH on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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