In a rare event, several senatorial candidates came together for the Angkas Safety Fiesta and called for the resumption of the app-based ride-hailing service while pushing for the rights of motorcycle riders.
Senatorial candidates Grace Poe, Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Bato dela Rosa, and JV Ejercito joined the Safety Fiesta to support Angkas’ efforts to propagate the proper safety training of motorcycle riders in the Philippines.
The senatoriables were joined by Rep. Winston Castelo, the chair of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, and wife Councilor Precious Hipolito-Castelo.
The senatoriables and the other candidates agreed that it was high time for the government to carry out the legalization and regulation of motorcycle taxis.
They also called for the resumption of Angkas’ operations, stressing that the non-action on the part of the concerned government agencies constitutes a continuing violation of motorcycle riders’ rights especially since Angkas has been providing a decent source of livelihood for thousands of motorcycle owners in the country, aside from helping Filipinos in their daily commuting woes.
The Angkas Safety Fiesta is a series of events that aim to promote motorcycle road safety among Filipinos. The most recent event was held at Vertis North, Quezon City and featured a safety seminar, an earthquake response briefing, and preventive maintenance discussions—all presided by Angkas trainers.