Aside from Christmas and the holiday break, December, at least for this year, is set to hold another milestone: the end of Angkas’ six-month trial run.
To recap, the ride-hailing service was previously placed under a six-month trial run back in June by the Department of Transporation (DOTr). This was to give commuters some relief while legislators finalize bills that will recognize motorcycles as a legit mode of public transportation.
Angkas, which has faced government scrutiny and shutdowns since 2017, has been lauded by the pvblic as the answer to the ever-worsening traffic congestion in Manila.
And as the deadline inches closer with each passing day, Angkas’ uncertain fate has now become a subject of paranoia among its patrons.
Regardless of the real date, #SaveAngkas once again trended, with people voicing their support for the service.
On Dec. 15, all Angkas operations will stop because of LTFRB, according to my rider.
Angkas cuts my commute time to work by 80%. Also, 30,000 riders will lose their jobs if this pushes through.
RT this or tweet #SaveAngkas or RT anything Save Angkas-related. Let's help.
— IU stan (@DreiMolero) December 2, 2019
Remember when some of the stations of LRT-2 were broken for a few days? They saved a lot of commuters and offer FREE rides!! You already took away uber, one of the cheapest and convenient transpo you can use. No, not this time and not again LTFRB. #SaveAngkas pic.twitter.com/Yi1mWQIglM
— Pëëjäÿ🌹리사 (@peejthecat) December 3, 2019
not just angkas saves a lot of time, thousands of people will also lose their jobs. #SaveAngkas
dont. touch. angkas.
— ʜᴀɴ. (@ijohannahcry) December 3, 2019
Angkas is my main ride for a months now and even though it’s more expensive than taking the bus and jeep, it saved me so much time—time I can never take back.
— deegee (@anuna_deegee) December 3, 2019
— Emyfer Mae (에이미) (@emyfermae) December 3, 2019
— ➰ (@kntafford) December 3, 2019
But in case Angkas’ potential demise adds another layer of gloom to the rainy weather, things do look promising for the service.
Top Gear claims that DOTr will look to extend the trial run ‘based on Angkas’s stellar record for rider discipline, road safety, and quality of service’. While both parties have yet to confirm the news, the two have reportedly mutually agreed on the ruling in November.
Outside of rumors, Angkas is keeping their fingers crossed for a favorable decision, based on a statement back in November.
‘The most that we can do now is hope that the DOTr and our other stakeholders were able to see the merits of our service and how we are able to help alleviate the struggles of our countrymen in their daily commute so that they can finally allow the legalization and regulation of our service.’
Here’s hoping everything works out for the pvblic