MANILA -- (UPDATE) An inter-agency body on Saturday belied claims that fewer motorcycle taxis will be made available to the public and said it added more bikers from 2 other firms to avoid Angkas' monopolization.
This after Angkas appealed to the public to help "save" some 17,000 drivers who are expected to lose their jobs after government limited the motorcycle-hailing app's drivers to 10,000 from 27,000.
In a statement, the inter-agency body described Angkas' statement as "untrue and without basis," saying there will be a total of 39,000 motorcycle taxi riders, including bikers from Move-it and Joy Ride, who will join the pilot run from the original 27,000 Angkas riders.
“Nagdagdag tayo ng dalawang TNCs (transportation network companies) upang hindi ma-monopolize ang mga datos ng mga kalahok sa pag-aaral na ito,” said Antonio Gardiola Jr., chairman of the inter-agency for motorcycle taxis.
“Hindi ekonomiya o kita o trabaho ng mga riders ang pinag-aaralan dito kaya kailangan 'yung angkop sa pinagaaralan ang kailangan talakayin sa mga usapin."
The inter-agency body had extended the duration of the motorcycle taxis' pilot run from Dec. 23 to March 23, 2020.
Thousands of Angkas riders gathered Sunday at the People Power Monument to express their grievances against the inter-agency's ruling.
George Royeca, Angkas' chief transport advocate for Angkas, questioned the body's decision despite the company's high performance.
“Paano po nangyari 'yun? 'Yun ang gusto natin malaman," he said.
-- With a report from Kevin Manalo, ABS-CBN News