Angkas Food takes precautions vs coronavirus: official

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 26 2020 10:15 AM | Updated as of Mar 26 2020 11:38 AM

Angkas riders are shown in this pohot taken before the Luzon lockdown. The ride-hailing service has shifted to food delivery during the 1-month long quarantine of the Philippines' most populous island. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/file

MANILA -- Ride-hailing firm Angkas' food delivery service observes safety measures such as wearing protective gear, physical distancing and contactless payments to halt the spread of the coronavirus, an official said Thursday.

Angkas doesn't take commission from the deliveries, a temporary service, while Luzon is on lockdown due to the pandemic, said its chief transport advocate George Royeca.

Since its launch early this week, Angkas Food has expanded to 80 food outlets. It secured approvals from transport and local government officials, Royeca told ANC.

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Angkas riders wear gloves and face masks. They are constantly reminded to wash their hands, avoid touching their faces and practice physical distancing. They are told not to open food packages, Royeca said.

"We're trying to see how to tweak the app a little bit to accommodate the service. This is just because of the lockdown. This is not a core business. Anything we can do to help the community," he said.

Motorcycle deliveries are exempted from the Luzon lockdown, which required half of the Philippines' 100 million to stay at home and restricted transportation to food, medicine and frontline workers.