By Jan Carlo Anolin
George Royeca, Angkas head of regulatory and public affairs, started an online petition last August 2018 addressed to LTFRB Chairman Martin B. Delgra III and honorable justices.
The request aimed to #SaveAngkas and to get aid in pushing the regulation of motorcycle taxis in the country.
As of posting, it already reached almost 35,000 supporters.
The petition resurfaced on its Facebook page following the Supreme Court’s issuance of Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against the motorcycle-ride hailing app last December 12.
With the TRO, SC halted the operation of Angkas and the implementation of the writ of preliminary injunction issued by the Mandaluyong City regional trial court (RTC) on a case filed by DBDOYC, Inc, “Angkas” online operator.
This also means that the authority could apprehend motorcycles drivers and passengers who continue to operate.
The petition also stated that “Angkas’ safety record currently stands at 99.997%, above and beyond the rates cited by government agencies to claim otherwise.
“The LTFRB continues to insist that safety is its top priority, yet we beg to insist otherwise: their first priority should be moving the Filipino people, then figuring out how to make them safe while doing so,” the petition read.
“Habal-habal has been around for decades, and will continue to exist so long as Filipinos continue to lack decent transport options. And while the LTFRB insists their crackdowns will fix this dismal situation, we ourselves have already trained and educated over 70,000 motorcycle drivers – free of charge – all over the country in less than 2 years,” added on the statement.
Also, according to the statement, there are over 14 million motorcycle drivers in the country and “most without any formal training.”
“Only by working together can we hope to make more of them better and safer, without having to take away their only means of transportation.”
Meanwhile in Angkas’ Twitter account, the app also asked video submissions from netizens to show their support. (with reports from Rey Panaligan and Alex San Juan)