A Palaweño-made mobile app to connect all services available in Puerto Princesa City and the province Palawan will be launched within the year, its developers said recently.
Called RiVeph, the mobile app can also be used to track disobedient tricycle drivers, particularly those who will overcharge and mistreat their passengers.
Fheter John Calanday, one of the developers of the RiVeph, said Tuesday it could help businesses save time and money from developing their own mobile apps.
A mobile app is a software application developed for mobile devices such as a smart phone, tablet or watch.
Calanday said businesses in the city and province need only to collaborate with them to be included inside the application.
“Yong RiVeph, ‘yan ang platform na ginagawa namin ngayon kung saan in mobile form din siya na doon na mag-co-connect ýong lahat ng services dito sa Puerto Princesa pati sa Palawan. So, meaning to say kahit nasa IloIlo ka, kung may services ka, magsa-sign up ka lang sa website namin tapos lalabas ka na sa mobile app, mas mabilis siya,” he said.
Calanday has sent the RiVeph to be incubated at the Palawan International Technology Business Incubator (PITBI), which recently launched the Innopreneurs Creating Innovative Solutions to Advance the Nation (I CAN) Business Competition for startups with innovative business solutions to help the community.
He explained that originally, the purpose of the mobile app is to help track erring tricycle drivers in the city by enlisting their details to be given mobile codes.
The app will also show the distance of their trip with the corresponding tricycle fare that the passenger must only pay.
“Ang unang purpose talaga ay para sa mga tricycle natin na pasaway para at least, pag-scan mo ng mobile code na nakadikit sa tricycle, tatanungin ka kung saan ka papunta at saan ka galing, lalabas na doon kung magkano nga ba ang pamasahe,” he added.
Calanday added this will also help the tourists who want to avail the regular fare rate.
Using the mobile app, passengers can also rate the drivers through their reviews that will serve as a reporting system.
Continuous bad reports that will be accumulated by the driver will lead to deactivation of his enlistment to the mobile app and will result to his case being forwarded to concerned offices, such as the City Council for the review of his franchise.
Reactivation to the mobile app, he said, will only be effective after the investigation.
He mentioned that according to the communication they had with the City Tourism Office (CTO), the Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) at the Puerto Princesa City International Airport (PPCIA) will be the first to test the mobile app.
He stressed that their team envisions that the certification of the drivers under RiVeph could be included during the renewal and application of their franchises.
If the government will not allow their suggested end goal for their startup, Calanday added that they would find another way to provide peace of mind to tourists and locals while commuting.
“Ang end goal niya, ang vision namin doon is kung pupuwede ba siya isama kapag nag-apply at nag-renew ka ng franchise para additional benefit sa mga tricycle drivers, certified ka, may sticker ka ng RiVeph, ‘yon ang vision namin kung papayagan ng government. Kung hindi nila payagan, tignan natin kung anong ibang way ang magagawa natin para mabigyan din ng peace of mind ang mga travelers natin, mga commuter, hindi lang tourist pati mga local,” he said.
The application, he said, will also be beneficial to students and women who can be victims of crimes. As passengers, they can include the contact of their parents, close friends, or any individual related to them who would receive the details of their trips.
The RiVeph can also be used by mobile device owners to look for wedding cars, nearest restaurants, food chains, accommodations, and other services.
The RiVeph is on development with the help of two other Palaweños working to complete the mobile application.
Calanday assured that services uploaded inside their mobile application are going to be verified, as they will undergo the verification process for two to three days to confirm their existence.
The enrollment of businesses is free and charges will only be added for customization of each site every month.
Calanday, along with his co-developers, is also helping other aspirants such as students who are interested to develop their own mobile games.
“Ang gusto lang namin talaga ay dumami ‘yong mga innovators dito para mas mapa-boom natin ang pamumuhay natin, kasi grabe ang convenient ng Grab. Iyon ang gusto namin na maranasan natin na magri-rely tayo sa mobile app na nandoon na lahat, tapos alam mo na verified din,” he pointed out.
Calanday said young innovators should continue to think about novel solutions to the problem of their communities because living in the province must not limit their capacity to go outside the box and expose themselves to ideas that can be helped by the Internet.
“Ang mag-i-inspire sa atin ay i-solve muna natin ang problema ng community natin once na ma-solve na natin ‘yon, pwede na tayong ilabas. Sa mga kabataan, kahit hindi kayo technological, di kayo technology-based or wala kayong knowledge sa technology, hanap kayo ng partner na marunong sa technology,” he pointed out