GLOBE TELECOM Saturday denied that the company has backed out of the ‘Hirna’ taxi hailing app project of the Metro Davao Taxi Operators Association, Inc. (MEDTOA) and Avis Philippines as headlined by Edge Davao in its January 18, 2018 issue.
The story was based on a statement texted to Edge Davao editor Antonio M. Ajero by lawyer Rogelio Largo, president of MEDTOA. Largo said that the taxi operators was expecting Smart to ship the cellular phone units to be installed to taxi units in the city for use in the implementation of the ‘Hirna’ taxi hailing app project.
Asked why he mentioned Smart when Globe was the one presented as cellphone unit provider during the launching of the project at City Hall in the presence of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio and Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Martin Delgra, Largo said that the group opted to deal with Smart after Glone backed out.
In a statement emailed to Edge Davao, Globe stated:
“We wish to clarify our position on an article that came out in Edge Davao stating that Globe Telecom has backed out of the Hirna taxi hailing app project. Contrary to what was written, we were invited by Avis Philippines to be a partner for the project. Currently, Globe and the Hirna proponents – Avis Philippines and Metro Davao Transport Operators Association (MDTOA) are in the process of negotiating the terms of the project. As such, both parties have not arrived at any conclusion regarding the agreement.
“We were surprised to learn that Smart was announced to be the new partner for the Hirna proponent through the Edge news report. While this came out quite suddenly for us, we respect the decision of the partners even as we remain open for any collaboration in the future.
“Globe deeply values the trust of its partners and clients so we always make sure that we uphold our commitments to them.”
Largo was in Singapore at this writing Saturday heading a delegation of 37 Davao lawyers conducting a legal aid mission for the benefit of some 200 overseas Filipino workers. He is expected to react to the Globe statement. He is heading the legal aid mission as newly inducted president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Davao City chapter. Lawyers Caesar S. Europa and Edgar Ilagan, past presidents of the IBP-Davao City chapter joined the group. Angie Saveron and Antonio M. Ajero