Butuan City in the Philippines is about to have their first ride-hailing mobile app for tricycles. The new app was developed by students to help solve the issue of finding a tricycle that wasn't always charging too much for a ride.
Informations Systems student and team leader Angelito Cagulada Jr and IT instructors Ernest Jay Cubillas and Lemar Arnego from Caraga State University - Butuan (CSU-Butuan) created the app Transeek – short for transportation seek – in 2018 to aid Butuan commuters.
The trio began Transeek while enrolled in Navigatú - a Technology Business Incubation (TBI) hub funded by the Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).
Navigatú, taken from the word "navigation" and inspired by Butuan’s "balangay" boats, offers an idea incubation program and business skills course for startups in the region. Just recently, Navigatu acquired P2 million in funding from an investor.
Aside from providing a safer commuting alternative for the public, the application also hopes to increase the income of tricycle drivers. Users can quickly book a ride with a few taps, while Transeek will search for the nearest available tricycle using GPS (Global Positioning System).
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