|A white taxi in Manila|
The measure, considered long overdue by locals and international travellers to the Phillippines alike, is an attempt to reduce long lines for authorized taxi at the country's busiest airport.
"While yellow airport taxis are readily available in the NAIA arrival area, commuters prefer the regular taxis with a flag down rate of P30, resulting in long lines in the departure area, the only area where they were previously allowed. Airport taxis have a higher flag down rate of P70". [source]
The change was made by Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA)'s new general manager, Ed Monreal. Monreal's objective is:
"...to give the passengers the wide option and at the same time address the insufficiency of cabs to accommodate and ferry the number of passengers that need them." [source]
Exempt from the accreditation process required of other airport transportation operators, the regular white taxis will use new designated lanes at all four NAIA terminals. Meters must be used, and passengers are to be given a slip with the taxi plate number, the driver's name, the operator's name and a hotline number.
NAIA allows regular taxis to pick up passengers in arrival area - Inquirer.net
Regular taxis could soon be allowed to pick up airport passengers, says chief - Coconuts Manila
Taxi prices drop in Manila... or do they? - IHateTaxis
Manila's latest colorum taxi scam - IHateTaxis
10 Things to Know About Using Taxis in Manila - Badladz (dated, but still highly relevant!)
Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) transportation guide
Updates since the above story was written:
LTFRB suspends processing of new Uber, Grab, Uhop applications - Rappler
A nation of criminals? - The Phillipine Star, CTalk (opinion)