Carpooling in the Philippines

Hello everyone,

In order to move around in the Philippines, you will have to spend time on the road; for your work commute, to drop your children off at school or for everyday trips. Carpooling could be the right option for you. We would like to know your views on carpooling as a means of transport, and whether it is a practical and cost-effective option.

Is carpooling and cost-sharing common practice in the Philippines? What about the regulations in force?

For which types of journey does carpooling seem more suitable in the Philippines? How much is the cost of a carpool trip?

Is there an app or other means available to connect people looking to carpool? How do you find other carpoolers?

If you are carpooling in the Philippines, what precautions should you take to travel safely?

According to you, what are the advantages and disadvantages of carpooling?

Thank you for sharing your experience,
Diksha

That's what God made jeepnies and tricycles for. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Car pooling in PH. is about family and the availability of a member of that family who has wheels whether car or bike to accommodate.
Uber eat your heart out.
Good thoughts though Diksha, BTW OMO.

Cheers, Steve.

Like Steve mentions, carpooling is done informally here. Or people take a taxi, jeepney, or habal-habal (motorbike transport). Mostly jeepneys and taxis here in the city. We have a car and generally use Grab, which is like Uber, if another vehicle is necessary. We rarely ride jeepneys, trikes or habal-habal due to the bad air quality here in Cebu traffic but I do ride a jeepney once in a while and I have to admit it is fun.

Our idea of car pooling is loading up 15 people in our van and traveling to Luna or Baguio or both.  If more than 15 want to go, then someone else also drives their van or SUV.

Tricycle is my favorite.

pnwcyclist :

We rarely ride jeepneys, trikes or habal-habal due to the bad air quality here in Cebu traffic but I do ride a jeepney once in a while and I have to admit it is fun.

My little girl also thinks it is fun.  When she's at my office, and I need to do a quick run to the mall (less than 10 mins from my work), she asks if she can go with me and insists on riding a jeepney instead of taking the car. It's a novelty for her. She enjoys the bumpy ride, the wind messing up her hair, sharing a bench with other people, squeezing into a tiny space, all of which, to her, makes up for the bad air quality. We've taken a jeepney together 4 times. I think if a chance of riding a jeepney presents itself, she will insist on it.

Here's a few lines from the poem "King Goodheart":

The end is easily foretold,
When every blessed thing you hold
Is made of silver, or of gold,
You long for simple pewter.

(When it's not novelty, but reality: It's not fun to ride a jeepney when it's something you need to do almost every day.)

Out here in rural Ilocos Sur we see very few public trans jeepneys these days.  From what I have seen the people are getting taller but the jeepneys are the same size as always.  The last three years vans have replaced a lot of jeepneys and smaller buses.

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