Uber tests cash payment in Metro Manila

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The Philippines is the second Southeast Asian country next to Vietnam and the fifth country worldwide where Uber introduced its cash payment option.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Uber rolled out a cash payment option for its riders in Metro Manila on Tuesday (November 3) to make it "more accessible."

“Since our launch in Manila, Uber has quickly become the preferred choice for hundreds of thousands of commuters. But, there were many who never had the chance because to use Uber meant cashless payments,” the app-based transport company said on its website.

Prior to this, the option was already launched in 27 other cities. The Philippines is the fifth country worldwide where Uber introduced cash payments after India, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam.

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Passengers with a valid Uber account could choose this new payment scheme through the “CASH” option in the app.

The option, however, is still in the experimental stage. So not everyone has access to it for now.

But Uber explained that it would be rolled out to more riders in the coming weeks.

"We have worked hard to create a seamless cash payment option that is truly Uber to better serve the community," it said, adding that the Philippines provides the right environment to conduct the cash payment option.

"The Philippines, as the first country with a dedicated national ride-sharing regulatory framework, provides us  with the right environment to conduct this cash experiment."

Last May, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) issued a department order which covers app-based transport service providers.

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Uber said that fare adjustments would not be possible for the cash option and that there would be no booking fee or additional charge to riders.