Angkas to LTFRB: We are open to regulation

MANILA, Philippines – Angkas is open to regulation.

This was the response of the popular app-based motorcycle-hailing service, after the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) announced that Angkas is now "considered closed."

"On behalf of its bikers, Angkas has always been open to regulation. We believe that the motorcycle taxi industry will benefit greatly from proper regulation to ensure standards of safety, training, and covered with the proper insurance to protect the riding public," Angkas said in a statement on Thursday, November 9.

This comes after the LTFRB inspected Angkas' papers and found that it does not have a mayor's permit to operate.

The LTFRB has also long been calling for the regulation of the company, issuing a statement as early as January 2017 ordering it to halt operations.

Angkas said on Thursday that its top executives have been meaning to talk to the government, but they were not present when LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada went to the company's office.

The transport company also called for unity in the regulation of habal-habal, or motorcycle taxis.

"If left unregulated, habal-habal and other informal motorcycle-taxi operations will continue to flourish without the benefit of safety processes, training standards, and insurance coverage," Angkas said.

It then appealed for sympathy, saying its drivers are "low-income earners." –

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.