MANILA – Taxi hailing app MiCab said Thursday it would partner with as many as 7,000 cabs in the capital this year, hoping for an easier time with regulators.

The service, available only in Cebu and Iloilo, is aiming for an initial 3,000 taxis in Metro Manila by October, MiCab founder and CEO Eddie Ibañez told ANC’s Early Edition.

MiCab is expanding as Uber and Grab struggled with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board on the scope of regulation on ride-sharing services.

The LTFRB suspended Uber for 1 month from Tuesday for violating a moratorium on the registration of new cars.

But unlike Uber and Grab, MiCab only connects passengers to a network of regular taxis with franchises, not private vehicles, Ibañez said.

MiCab, however, also allows users to give feedback about their taxi ride and rate their driver.