Tourist headed to Puerto Princesa as an entry point to explore the wonderful island of Palawan will soon have easier ways to get around the city and beyond as an online transport system is set to launch its service at the end of the month.

In a recent development, online transportation network company (TNC) U-Hop has announced that it will begin operating in Puerto Princesa on May 30 and will initially introduce its service with affordable shuttle vehicles.

“U-Hop will be a big help to residents of the city and the tourists, who come here on limited budget. It will also cater to employees and students, whose work and school areas are rather distant from their homes,” said U-Hop Chairman and CEO Marvin dela Cruz.

Mayor Lucilo Bayron and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod have agreed to the proposal by U-Hop and is looking forward to its positive effect on the mobility in the island of Palawan.

When it begins operation on May 30, owners and operators of vehicles will be provided with franchises by U-Hop until they get their own from the LTFRB in order to avoid being labeled as ‘colorum.’

Drivers will be in uniform, wear an I.D. and will be instructed to strictly follow traffic rules and regulations.

“All will be subjected to drug test because we want residents to be safe under their care, added dela Cruz.

U-Hop currently operates in 11 key cities around the Philippines and plans to open in 27 more cities in the near future.