Angkas in Cebu City to ask help from To­mas

The Freeman - - NEWS - — An­toinette O. Mar­quito/USC In­tern/MBG

Angkas driv­ers in Cebu City will be ask­ing city gov­ern­ment to help them re­solve the is­sue on the or­der of the Land Trans­porta­tion Fran­chis­ing and Reg­u­la­tory Board's (LTFRB) stop­ping their op­er­a­tion.

Delfin G. Adolfo, act­ing of­fi­cer of the Two-wheeled Mo­tor­ized Ve­hi­cle Mon­i­tor­ing Co­or­di­na­tion and As­sis­tance Unit (TMV-MCAU), hopes that Mayor To­mas Os­meña and Ar­nel Tanc­inco, head of TMV-MCAU, can help them ad­dress the prob­lem as this will cause the driv­ers big loss in in­come.

“They will be ap­pre­hended as soon as the or­der will be im­ple­mented. I hope, the is­sue will be re­solved as soon as pos­si­ble as driver will surely lose their liveli­hood,” Adolfo said in Ce­buano.

TMV-MCAU is a mon­i­tor­ing body that was es­tab­lished through an ex­ec­u­tive or­der is­sued by Os­meña to over­see the mo­tor­cy­cle-for-hire or “ha­bal-ha­bal” op­er­a­tion in the city.

The LTFRB has ear­lier ques­tioned the le­gal­ity of Angkas' op­er­a­tion due to lack of per­mits from the agency.

Os­meña said the com­mut­ing pub­lic ben­e­fits from Angkas as driv­ers will pick up pas­sen­gers in their cur­rent lo­ca­tion in­stead of hav­ing them walk to ter­mi­nals or standby ar­eas.

“What Angkas is do­ing is re­ally good for us be­cause we have to live with the re­al­i­ties that ha­bal-ha­bal is a nec­es­sary pub­lic ser­vice. It is bet­ter if it is reg­u­lated in some way, which Angkas has been able to ac­com­plish for the ben­e­fit of the city. There are no load­ing sta­tions in Angkas. They do not block the roads in other ar­eas be­cause they are on call. It will help im­prove traf­fic,” Os­meña said.

“If they make a rule in Manila, we can­not defy that. But it's not my pri­or­ity to im­ple­ment. I will not say I will not ar­rest them, I'm just say­ing it's not my pri­or­ity,” he added.

TMV-MCAU over­sees over more than 2,000 mo­tor­cy­cle­for-hire driv­ers in the city who are reg­is­tered in Angkas.

Adolfo said that most mo­tor­cy­cle-for-hire driv­ers have reg­is­tered with Angkas since they can earn more in the ride­hail­ing ser­vice.

“They have bet­ter in­come be­cause Angkas looks for pas­sen­gers for the driv­ers. That's the ad­van­tage as com­pared to be­ing an or­di­nary ha­bal–ha­bal driver,” he said.

Driv­ers who are mem­bers of Angkas earn as much as P800, which is higher than the P500 that they earn when they were only reg­u­lar ha­bal-ha­bal driv­ers.

The pay­ment of Angkas also has a fixed rate un­like ha­bal­ha­bal when the driver and pas­sen­ger ne­go­ti­ate on the price.

Adolfo said that ha­bal-ha­bal driv­ers tend to take ad­van­tage of this, hence there should also be a fixed rate im­ple­mented for them.

This is al­ready im­ple­mented in barangays like Kasam­ba­gan, Bani­lad, and Guadalupe.

As of yes­ter­day, Angkas is still op­er­at­ing in the city, said Adolfo.

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