Angkas underscores new COVID-19 guidelines as riders face ‘challenging’ first day back on road

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 25)— As Angkas bikers start to ply the metro roads anew, the motorcycle ride-hailing firm reminded passengers to take note of the new COVID-19 guidelines in order to ease the booking process.

Speaking to CNN Philippines, Angkas Chief Transport Advocate George Royeca said it has been a “challenging” first day back on the roads for bikers, with many booking requests coming in. He also advised passengers to abide by the helmet requirement.

“It’s been challenging. Marami po talagang nagbo-book, pero marami pa ring sanay na magbu-book lang po sila, sasakay,” Royeca said in an interview with The Source.

“Despite the numerous advisories that have been provided on having their own helmets or buying their own helmets, siguro ngayon lang po nagsi-sink in sa ating mga pasahero,” he added, expressing confidence that the process would ease up in the next few days.

[Translation: It’s been challenging. There are lot of people trying to book, but there are also passengers who got used to our normal booking process. Despite the numerous advisories that have been provided on having their own helmets or buying their own helmets, perhaps it's only now that it's sinking in among the passengers.]

Angkas has been allowed to resume operations in Metro Manila following the provisional authority granted by the motorcycle taxi technical working group (TWG), which is only valid until Dec. 9.

The TWG, however, stressed that Angkas still needs to comply with the requirement to provide insurance to riders and passengers and the mandatory use of thermal scanners, which remains under discussion with the National Task Force Against COVID-19.

Aside from the required helmet with visor, Angkas passengers would also have to enroll in the cashless transaction system in a bid to limit interaction with the drivers. Health declaration forms and safety advisories have also been placed in the application prior to booking, Royeca noted.