THE House of Representatives, through the Congressional Committee on Metro Manila Development, and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) have agreed to a pilot run for motorcycle ride-hailing service Angkas as a test case for motorcycle taxi operations in the country.
DOTr Undersecretary Mark de Leon revealed that the proposed pilot run of Angkas is part of the efforts of the technical working group (TWG) created by the department to assess the viability of motorcycle taxis as public utility vehicles as well as to test the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) that the group is drafting.
“The TWG has met twice already and we are planning for a third meeting to finalize the IRR and the proposal to have the pilot run,” Undersec. De Leon said. Once finalized, the IRR will be submitted to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade for his final approval.
Manila Rep. Cristal Bagatsing revealed that her constituents have been asking her for updates on the Angkas legalization. “Lagi akong tinatanong ng aking mga constituents sa mga barangay sa Maynila kung kailan ba magiging legal ang Angkas dahil iyon lang ang kanilang hanapbuhay,” Rep. Bagatsing revealed. “Ano ba ang kailangan naming gawin para mapabilis ang lahat dahil matagal nang naghihintay ang aking mga constituents,” she added.