Angkas seeks legal recognition as support swells


Posted at Jan 15 2019 09:50 AM

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MANILA -- The founder of bike-hailing app Angkas said Tuesday she was fighting for legal recognition to provide commuters an alternative and give jobs to more motorcycle drivers.

A technical study at the Department of Transportation is underway to determine how Angkas can operate. A House of Representatives committee on Monday declared its support for the startup. 

"It's definitely more fun in the Philippines, for better or for worse," Angkas founder and CEO Angeline Tham told ANC.

"That's just the life of a startup we believe we are really fighting something that is beneficial to our riders as well as the public, This is something we are happy to go through to get something positive," she said.

Singapore-born Tham said people often approach her to thank her for starting Angkas. She said a third of the service's driver pool were previously unemployed.

Tham said she expected the Department of Transportation's study to finish in 2 weeks. A similar effort allowed for the use of private cars with ride-hailing services Grab and Uber.
The 55-year-old Land Transportation and Traffic Code is "antiquated," said Tham, adding she refers to it as the "calesa law" because it recognizes horse-drawn carriages over motorbikes.

"What we are asking for us equal protection of the law," she said.