Angkas Hits LTFRB: ‘2 Non-Working Days Not Enough to Trim Bikers Down to 10,000 from 27,000’ - TeknoGadyet

Friday, December 27, 2019

Angkas Hits LTFRB: ‘2 Non-Working Days Not Enough to Trim Bikers Down to 10,000 from 27,000’


Angkas has released its official statement, clarifying the claim of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) that they only have 2,500 registered bikers. Moreover, the company highlighted that the said government arm asked them for a partial list on Sunday, December 22, which was due on the very same day.

Angkas Hits LTFRB: ‘Two Non-Working Days Not Enough to Trim Bikers Down to 10,000 from 27,000’
Angkas Hits LTFRB: ‘Two Non-Working Days Not Enough to Trim Bikers Down to 10,000 from 27,000’

In case you missed it, the Department of Transportation (DOTr)’s Motorcycle Taxi Pilot Run Technical Working Group (TWG) released its official record, claiming that Angkas only has 2,204 registered bikers amid its claims that it has a total of 27,000 riders.

Now, the motorcycle taxi app revealed that the LTFRB didn’t give them enough time to start evaluating who will be placed on the 10,000 cap list.

“How can two non-working days be enough time to conduct an evaluation and trim the bikers down to 10,000 from 27,000? We ask the LTFRB to not take the 17,000 livelihood so lightly. These are 17,000 families that will be displaced,” George Royeca, Angkas’ Chief Transport Advocate, addressed.

Here's the full statement released by Angkas:


The Truth About the 2,500 ANGKAS Registered Bikers Claim of the LTFRB:

To provide clarity on the issue of the registration of riders: The order from the LTFRB to have 10k riders registered for the extension of the pilot came just last Friday, Dec 20, stating that it will be effective merely 2 non-working days after, which is on Dec 23, Monday.
We got a message from the office of LTFRB Board Member PMGen Antonio Gardiola Jr. (Ret.) at 11:52 AM on Sunday, Dec 22, asking for a partial list, which was due on the very same day.
As you all already know, we strongly do not agree to the riders cap and the resulting list right from the start. We believe that preparing and submitting that list will make it unfair to the 17k who will not be part of it but have trained hard and have been serving our commuters for the last six months, some even longer.
The LTFRB did not give us enough time to even start evaluating who will be placed on the 10k list. How can 2 non-working days be enough time to conduct an evaluation and trim the bikers down to 10,000 from 27,000? We  ask the LTFRB to not take the 17,000 livelihood so lightly. These are 17,000 families that will be displaced.
But while we do not agree with the cap that’s been deemed uncompetitive by the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC), we will comply with the list asked by the LTFRB.
We pray that the LTFRB will provide the proper context to their statements so that we can prevent the dissemination of misinformation that will only serve to muddle the truth.
George Royeca
Chief Transport Advocate
ANGKAS

DOTr Reveals Actual Number of Authorized Drivers Submitted by Angkas, Joy Ride and MoveIt
DOTr Reveals Actual Number of Authorized Drivers Submitted by Angkas, Joy Ride and MoveIt

As a quick recap, the LTFRB recently announced its new provision, putting 17,000 Angkas bikers at risk of losing their jobs. Yesterday, DOTr's TWG released the actual number of authorized drivers submitted by Angkas, and the two new players – JoyRide and MoveIt.

See Also: Over 30K Angkas Bikers Rally Against LTFRB’s New Provision, 17K Riders at Risk of Losing Jobs

Here are the actual number of authorized drivers submitted by the service providers as of December 26, 2019 (9AM):

  • Angkas – 2,204
  • JoyRide – 1,438
  • MoveIt – 1,414

What can you say about this official update? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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