Angkas operation to be expanded nationwide

Maris Federez   •   October 4, 2019   •   1214

With the worsening traffic condition in Metro Manila, motorcycle taxi service such as Angkas has become a catchword among commuters.

For some passengers, riding a motorcycle taxi is way better than riding a transport network vehicle service (TNVS) that still get stuck in traffic.

They say it is safer, faster and convenient — and the riders are professional.

Angkas Operations and Public Affairs head, George Ortega, said that based on their monitoring, their passengers have increased in the past weeks.

“Especially now that it’s going into the BER months. So it’s really traffic going into nearing December so it’s really more people are trying it out,” he said.

To date, Angkas has 27,000 member riders in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu.

The motorcycle taxi riding service is now under the 6-month trial run which will end in December.

The result of the trial will determine whether it will be given the approval to continue to officially operate.

And this early, Angkas is already planning its expansion nationwide once its operation is legalized.

It is targeting to extend service in Davao City, in Cagayan de Oro City, and in Batangas.

“Traffic is not exclusive in Metro Manila. It’s not just a Metro Manila problem. It’s a problem for every city progressing. Every successful city will experience congestion at some point in time,” Ortega said. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf

Angkas implements safety protocol in light of COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 13, 2020

Angkas has implemented safety protocols in light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation in the country.

In an official statement, Angkas laid out the safety guidelines and encouraged passengers to practice social distancing.

Angkas management advises its patrons to minimize unnecessary travel.

Nevertheless, passengers will have to follow the safety protocols.

Passengers are reminded to bring their head caps and face masks. They are also encouraged to bring their sanitizer and sanitize the helmet, handles, and bike seat.

Angkas bikers are also advised not to travel if they are not feeling well.—AAC

MMDA closes 2 southbound lanes of EDSA-Balintawak; heavy traffic seen

Maris Federez   •   February 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has effected the closure of two southbound lanes of EDSA in Balintawak, Quezon City.

This is to give way to the construction of the Skyway Stage 3 Project – an elevated 14.82-kilometer expressway that stretches from Buendia in Makati City to Balintawak.

The project contractor on Monday (February 24) started installing the girder in the area that will serve as the foundation for the portion of the skyway.

This caused a heavy traffic build-up to early morning southbound motorists and commuters from Balintawak to Monumento area in Caloocan City.

MMDA EDSA Traffic chief Edison Bong Nebrija said they expect this scenario to take place as about 40 percent of the area will be occupied by the project.

“Traffic talaga mabigat. Na-foresee na namin yan even before the start. Ang problema kasi talaga diyan sa EDSA Balintawak na yan. Wala ka naman talagang alternate route. Malayo,” Nebrija added.

The heavy equipment that will be used in the project is also seen to cause traffic congestion in the area.

The MMDA said operation of the heavy equipment may start from 11 o’clock in the evening to 4:00 o’clock in the morning.

The agency, however, warns the project contractor that they will be meted out penalties if any of the heavy equipment will be seen outside of the designated area during rush hour.

“Walang maiiwang equipment outside the area that we have given them. Halimbawa may crane na silang nakalagay sa two lanes ngayon. Baka magkaroon sila ng additional equipment in building that crane. Ang sa amin lang maalis nila yan during rush hours 2 lanes lang tayo,” Nebrija said.

The said lanes will be closed for 20 days while authorities are still ascertaining the date when road closure will be implemented for the EDSA northbound lanes.

The MMDA advises motorists to look for alternative routes or plan their trip ahead to avoid the heavy traffic.

Motorists are advised to take the following alternate routes:

  1. Light vehicles going to NLEX and Monumento may take the Balintawak Interchange Ramp going to Cubao and take the U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.
  2. Light vehicles going to Novaliches and NLEX may take zipper lane at the left immediately before the construction site towards destination.
  3. Light vehicles from NLEX (going to Manila/Caloocan) may take the Balintawak Interchange Ramp going to Monumento via EDSA then left to A. De Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination. — (with details from Joan Nano) /mbmf

Recto confident Duterte will support motorcycle taxi bill

Robie de Guzman   •   February 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto has expressed confidence that President Rodrigo Duterte will sign into law the proposed Motorcycle Taxi Bill, which seeks to lift the 56-year ban on two-wheelers as a public utility vehicle (PUV).

In his speech sponsoring Senate Bill No. 1341 Tuesday — which proposes to legalize motorcycle taxis such as Angkas, JoyRide and MoveIt — Recto referred to Duterte’s fondness for motorcycles, saying this had shown the motorbike as a safe ride.

“The motorbike is the ride of choice of the President,” he said.

“So, what is good for the president must be good for the ordinary citizen,” he added, before laying down the stringent conditions on how to make for-hire motorcycles “safe for the driver, for the passenger, and for the other vehicles on the road.”

The measure seeks to amend Republic Act 4136 or the Land Transportation and Tariff Code, which prohibits the use of motorcycles as public transport.

The proposal defines motorcycles-for-hire as any two-wheeled motor vehicle registered with the Land Transportation Office, which transports passengers and goods on a for-hire basis, and which may utilize online ride-hailing or pre-arranged transportation platforms.

The bill states that the motorcycle should weigh less than 1,000 kilograms, can travel faster than 50 kilometers per hour, has a minimum engine displacement of 125 cubic centimeters, and a backbone-type built.

Along with the vehicle registration, the motorcycles for hire will also be required to secure a certificate of public convenience or a special permit issued by the LTFRB.

The measure also states that motorcycle taxis fall under a classification of public utility automobiles along with public utility trucks, taxis and auto-calesas, garage automobiles, hire trucks and trucks owned by contractor and customs brokers and customs agents.

Recto urged his fellow legislators to pass the bill.

The Senate committees on public services and the local government earlier approved a committee report allowing the use of motorcycle taxis as a form of public transport in the country.

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