Angkas Prepares For Pilot Run With The Support Of The PNP HPG.

With the motorcycle taxi service Angkas gears for their pilot run, they found an ally on the road with Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group (HPG). With the problem of traffic still growing in various metropolitan cities, their partnership aims to make sure that traffic rules are followed as  well as safety and law enforcement are also maintained.

Led by HPG chief superintendent Roberto Fajardo, he said that the HPG’s mandate is to ensure the safety of the metro’s highways for the benefit of commuters and motorists alike and part of that mandate is to help ensure the smooth and safe flow of traffic in the streets. 

“We support Angkas, as well as all the transport operators legally franchised by the LTFRB, because it is a service that helps the commuters in safely going to and from their destinations,” Fajardo declared. “The HPG and Angkas have the same objective and therefore we need to support each other,” he added.

The HPG is also tasked along with other government agencies like the MMDA to reduce traffic as soon as possible with a promise that travel time from Cubao to Makati be reduced to just 5 minutes. With the current situation, it would take an hour and thirty minutes for that same travel.

HPG Chief said in the press conference that they will do everything that they can to comply with the President’s Orders. Angkas on the other hand would be a good alternative for commute as it assures rider and passenger safety.

Angkas founder and CEO Angeline Tham, and Angkas Regulatory and Public Affairs head George Royeca, personally turned-over the  50 brand new and high quality helmets for its riding enforcers as part of their safety advocacy. The helmets also complement their gear as they will also have new BMW bikes they will also be driving soon.

“HPG is out every day protecting our streets and since safety is also paramount to Angkas, we join them in their effort to make the street safer for the general public.”  Tham said.

“We have always been vocal about our advocacy for the safety of both the bikers and the passengers. Our donation to the HPG is in line with that advocacy, and which we hope will, in some way, contribute to the safety of our friends from the HPG as they patrol our highways and make them safe,” Royeca said. 

Gen. Fajardo also described the HPG’s partnership with Angkas as a joint effort to work for the benefit of the commuters and the motorists. “We work hand in hand for the safety, security and discipline of the motorists,” Fajardo stressed.

He also commended Angkas’ own safety training program. “Maganda nga ang may training dahil magiging katuwang natin sila, magiging example of a disciplined motorcycle rider,” Fajardo stressed.

Fajardo also said that Angkas bikers have also been participating in the HPG’s own Motorcycle Riders Safety training program. “In their own little way, and in line with Angkas’ social responsibility, they send their own riders to join our safety training,” Fajardo noted.

With Angkas now done with their safety training for their riders, they are now getting ready for the actual pilot run that will run for six months. Their operations are closely monitored and organized by a Technical Working Group (TWG) that will oversee all its functions, efficiency, safety, and protocols.

Now everything is good with all parties, we are now awaiting for the actual green light for riders to roll out and be the alternative commuting solution for the public.

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