Here’s why Sarmiento thinks Diokno’s advice for gov’t workers to ‘go Grab/Uber’ won’t work


House Transportation Committee Chairman, Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento reckoned that Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s suggestion to government workers to use transportation network companies (TNCs) instead of buying their own cars won’t necessarily lessen vehicle volume.

“Secretary Diokno is just being practical in advising the use of Uber and Grab instead of buying new cars,” Sarmiento said Sunday (April 23), referring to the two dominant TNCs in the country.

The House politiko went as far to say that TNC services are “convenient and traffic-friendly.”

However, Sarmiento said that such move from government employees will only lead to the deployment of more TNC vehicles on local roads. In short, the perennial traffic problem might even worsen.

“If more will patronize these Uber and Grab, it might encourage the deployment of more cars to meet the rising demand for it and the effect might be the same,” explained the Bicolano solon.

“Bottomline really is to have an efficient mass transport system,” he further said.

Grab Philippines earlier welcomed Diokno’s suggestion and offered to conduct a pilot project involving the Department of Budget’s (DBM) employees.