Source: Angkas official Facebook 

Motorcycle ride-hailing service Angkas announced on Aug. 7 a partnership with the government to provide free rides to medical frontliners amid the mass transport suspension in Metro Manila due to the enhanced community quarantine. 

“This endeavor will ensure that our medical frontliners can perform their tasks and not be hampered by the lack of transportation on their way to work, and back,” Task Force Covid Shield commander Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said.

Angkas announced the partnership with Interior Secretary Eduardo Año and top police officials at Camp Crame in Quezon City.

Angkas chief transport advocate George Royeca said the company would deploy 1,000 riders to serve medical frontliners until Aug. 18, the end of the strict quarantine.

“Angkas stands by our HCWs (healthcare workers) in the 10 hospitals given by the Department of Health. After the shift, makakauwi sila ng maayos,” Royeca said. 

Under the Free Motorcycle Ride Project for Medical Frontliners program, Angkas riders will be stationed near participating hospitals: Philippine General Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, Ospital ng Sampaloc, East Avenue Medical Center and Tala Hospital.

Riders will also be near the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Quezon City General Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Ospital ng Maynila and Fabella Hospital. 

Healthcare workers may approach Angkas riders and present their identification cards to get their free ride, Eleazar said.

Medical frontliners are required to bring their own helmets in observance of Covid-19 protocols.

Angkas also donated 1,000 protective barriers, which will be distributed to frontliners and other civilians who will use motorcycles as their means of transportation. Jayziel Khim Budino