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  • Lawrence Ng

Commuters In The Philippines Turn To Dating App For Their Daily Grind

Some commuters in the Philippines are turning to the dating app Grindr to arrange transportation to and from work as a result of the government's tight grip on ride-hailing licences.

Troy Tolentino, a Twitter user, said that he had used the dating app Grindr to get a ride from a total stranger. According to Philippines News5, he knew he needed a strategy and went looking for a member with a vehicle in their profile photo.

This strategy is not exclusive to Troy Tolentino. Many others, it seems, have also used the dating app to arrange transportation and many have since follow suit after hearing about this method. 

This is the only reason I'll download Tinder and Bumble," tweeted one user.

Another Twitter user quipped, "Maybe it's time for me to download too haha."

Ingenious commuters will even use parcel delivery services like Lalamove as their primary source of transportation but the company has since come out to notify its customers against such usage as their drivers are not authorised to ferry passengers.

With traffic in Manila City only getting worse, the Philippines authorities has been sluggish to issue more licences to ride-hailing drivers.

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