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27,000 Angkas riders to undergo retraining before 6-month pilot run

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Ride-hailing app, Angkas, targets to retrain 27,000 riders before the six-month pilot run in Manila and Cebu starts around the third week of June.

This was after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) approved the pilot operation of the motorcycle-hailing app.

“Currently, we have re-trained 12,000, so kulang pa tayo ng additional 15,000 more to fully train the 27,000 before we can launch the pilot (we still lack additional 15,000 more to fully train the 27,000 before we can launch the pilot),” Angkas head of operations, David Medrana said.

Medrano added that the retraining will help the bikers to be aware of the standards set up by the transportation department.

The DOTr will asses motorcycle taxis during the six-month pilot operation to check if they are safe for passengers.

Angkas also launched several new items for riders including vests for riders to place their identification card on, and a side strap for passengers.

Passengers will also be given a hairnet and face mask for additional protection.

“We need to retrain those bikers and to remind them kung ano iyong napagkasunduan sa pilot syempre maraming hinihingi ang government sa atin and basically we have to adhere sa standard na binigay ng government sa atin (what was agreed upon during the pilot. Of course the government has standards for us and basically we have to adhere to the standard given by the government),” according to Medrano.

He also assured that there will be no fare hike despite the new equipment. In case of an accident, passengers will also receive insurance. If the accident leads to the death of the passenger or severed body part, the insurance will amount to P450,000 while, P100,000 will be reimbursed for the hospitalization.

Depending on the result of the pilot operation, the DOTr will submit their recommendation if they will allow motorcycles as public transportation.

However, Congress have yet to approve a bill for motorcycles to become public transportation.—(with reports from Joan Nano)

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DOTr allows motorcycle ride-hailing firm Angkas to legally operate

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, May 10th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Motorcycle ride-hailing company Angkas may now operate legally in the country beginning next month, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced on Friday.

After months of public clamor, motorcycle taxis can start picking up passengers again without fear of apprehension.

In a statement, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said he had approved the pilot operations of motorcycle taxis in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu from June until the end of 2019.

“Inaasahang magsisimula ang pilot implementation ng motorcycle taxi operations, katuwang ang ride-hailing service na Angkas, sa unang bahagi ng Hunyo o isang buwan matapos lagdaan ni Secretary Tugade ang General Guidelines sa pilot implementation, at kasunod ng pagpapatupad ng naaayong public awareness campaign,” he said.

However, Tugade clarified that the operation is just a test run for six months to help lawmakers finalize proposals on motorcycle ride booking.

“Importante ang pilot implementation na ito upang ma-refine pa natin ang general guidelines, at masilip ang mga posibleng problema sa proseso o sa standards, nang sa gayon ay makatulong tayo sa pagbabalangkas ng batas na talagang akma sa mga pangangailangan at kaligtasan ng ating mga commuter,” Tugade said.

He also reminded motorcycle taxi drivers to follow safety requirements, like wearing helmet and reflectorized vest; observing the 60-kilometer per hour speed limit and maintenance of motorcycle’s condition.

Mariin naming binabalaan ang mga ride-hailing servicena sumunod sa safety requirements sa kanilang operasyon. Huwag ninyong sayangin ang tiwalang ipinagkaloob namin sa inyo sa pagbibigay ng serbisyo publiko sa mga commuter,” Tugade said.

The management of Angkas and its over 27,000 motorcycle units have welcomed the good news.

“We are very happy that Secretary Tugade is looking into this… We will definitely provide all the necessary updates on the application and also on the information campaign to the public,” said George Royeca, the head of Angkas regulatory and public affairs.

Angkas’ operation was suspended in November 2017 by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) for operating without business permit and violating the land transportation and traffic code.

Angkas challenged the suspension order before the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court, which issued a preliminary injunction against the order in September 2018.

After it resumed operations, the Supreme Court issued in December a temporary restraining order against Mandaluyong court ruling, suspending Angkas’ operations. (with details from Joan Nano)

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Supreme Court issues TRO vs Angkas operations

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday (December 12) issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against a Mandaluyong court’s decision that allowed the operation of motorcycle-ride hailing service, Angkas, to continue.

The Supreme Court’s order states that the authority and mandate of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to regulate all public transport operating in the country should not be disregarded.

In line with this, the LTFRB has set a special board meeting on Wednesday afternoon to create a resolution that will authorize traffic law enforcers to apprehend Angkas motorcycles operating in the streets.

Last September, the Mandaluyong Regional Trial Court Branch 213 ruled in favor of resuming the operation of Angkas in Metro Manila. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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LTFRB’s job fair for drivers of “habal-habal” and former “Angkas” drivers, unsuccessful

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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MANILA, Philippines – A total of 47 companies including Grab, U-Hop, various customer service companies and manpower agencies joined the job fair, Wednesday, organized by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Labor and Employment for “habal-habal” and former Angkas drivers.

However, the target sector seems to have no interest in the opportunities offered by the said companies.

What they want is to be allowed to return to their previous operations.

Rod Taguban said he earned enough for his family’s needs when he was still working as an Angkas driver.

Rod used to earn up to P13,000 a month when he was still working as an assistant pharmacist.

When he started as an Angkas driver, his income increased to around P60,000 a month just by driving.

“Sa Angkas po kasi hawak mo yung oras mo.  Wala kang boss, walang nagmamando sa’yo. Sana po maisabatas ito kasi malaking tulong po ito sa mga commuter sa mga Angkas po  (With Angkas, you manage your own time. You don’t have a boss to order you around. I hope this will be enacted into law because it’s a big help to commuters),” Taguban said.

Rod is among the 15,000 members of the motorcycle ride booking service, Angkas which the LTFRB suspended operations last November 9.

But the LTFRB said the job fair aims to help them find an alternative source of income.

“Ito yung best effort ng government para doon sa mga displaced Angkas and habal-habal to get a job na ligal na livelihood. Hinihingi nila kahapon pagbigyan sana sila ngayong pasko. But after Christmas what happens? Balik na naman magpapatintero na naman tayo sa daan?” LTFRB Board Member Atty. Aileen Lizada said.

(This is the government’s best effort for displaced Angkas and habal-habal [drivers] to get a job that is legal. What they were requesting yesterday was free-pass this holiday season. But after Christmas what happens? We’ll be back to playing ‘patintero’ on the road?)

LTFRB appeals to the habal-habal and former Angkas drivers to cooperate with the policies of the government while Congress is still studying possible amendments in the law that will consider motorcycles to operate as public transportation.

“Kung hahayaan namin kayong magpatuloy (if we allow you to continue operating), we are not helping you. Let us go through a positive effort,” Lizada said.

“What we are going through now, medyo may suffering ng konti (though there may be a little suffering involved), but there will be light at the end of this and that is when Congress comes in,” she added.  – Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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