Uber exec lauds Abaya for being first DOTC chief to roll out ride-sharing regulations in PHL

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Nov. 16 (PNA) — Uber Vice President of Policy and Strategy David Plouffe on Monday praised Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya for being the first secretary to implement ride-sharing regulations in the Philippines.

On his official Twitter account, Plouffe shared a photo of himself and Abaya. Earlier the same day, he briefed reporters during the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit.

“Great to spend time with Sec Abaya in Manila. His leadership and vision led to first nationwide ride sharing regs (regulations),” he said via Twitter.

During an insight session with Plouffe, he stressed the importance of Uber’s technology as a driver of growth which he said “comes from people driving themselves.”

”We see people using the core of what Uber is: Technology,” Plouffe said. “It’s not just they (Uber drivers) control the hours they work, it’s how long they do it.”

At present, Uber plans to expand its operations to other cities in the country. Uber offers ride-sharing services in the National Capital Region only.

Plouffe is also the former campaign manager and White House adviser to US President Barack Obama. (PNA)