Hitchhiking is a foreign idea and is not common to Filipinos. Made popular by westerners, hitchhiking for many Filipinos seems “dangerous “, “risky”, or “unsafe”. And because of the self-reproducing discourse of the dangers in the country, many Filipinos have raised the issue of security on traveling with strangers. And when our fellow Filipinos have tried it, we tag them as “adventurous“, “liberated”, or even “crazy”. And many think that this is something that they cannot do. Like carpooling, hitchhiking has a stigma that it is strange or unsafe to ride with strangers.
Carpooling in the Philippines is not a foreign idea but something our culture needs to cultivate. For many years, the culture of carpooling in Metro Manila was initiated by local communities to combat the horrible traffic in the city. A trust-based initiative, a number of Filipinos are still hesitant to ride with someone they barely know. But why is it that many Filipinos are so afraid to ride with strangers when they ride with strangers daily? Is it because the city is so unsafe or is it because we exaggerate these incidences in our minds. Moreover, it is often evident that many Filipinos do not trust each other.
Ride-sharing in other countries
Ride-sharing is nothing new but a concept popular in many countries with different terminologies – ride sharing, carpooling, lift giving or car sharing. But whether you are anywhere around the world, ride-sharing helps passengers and car divers to give someone a lift.
Safety is one of the biggest concerns in carpooling, regardless of whether you are a driver or passenger. It’s one of the reasons why Tripid was born–to offer people a safer and more efficient way to meet fellow carpoolers.
While there are many precautions you can take before joining one, you can never be too careful. That’s why we have forged a partnership with ABS-CBN’s Digital Media Division to promote the PasaHero app. Available on iOS and Android, it’s the first passenger safety app in the country. And it boasts of two important features: