Technology makes transportation inclusive, says Angkas CEO

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 30 2019 11:01 AM

MANILA -- Technology makes services more inclusive, the head of ride-hailing service Angkas said, as she pushed for motorcycles as an alternative means of transportation.

One of Angkas' goals is to remove the "stigma" that motorcycles are "killing machines," CEO Angeline Tham told a young entrepreneurs' summit.

A digital platform also professionalizes motorcycles as an alternative to cars, she said. The Department of Transportation in December announced a technical study on classifying motorcycles as public transport.

"Technology allowed us to make mobility inclusive in the Philippines," she told the 2019 GoNegosyo Entrepreneurship Summit.

"People were having a difficult time commuting for a variety of reasons and we wanted a safe and reliable way to move people around," she said.

Tham earlier told ABS-CBN News that said she got the idea for Angkas when 5 years ago, she was late to several meetings with 6 hours spent on the road.

Singapore-born Tham, a mother of one, used to work for ride-hailing firm Grab.