MANILA - The transition period for the proposed reduction of Angkas riders to 10,000 from 27,000 is too short, a lawmaker said Monday.
In an interview with DZMM, Senator Grace Poe, chair of the Senate Committee on Public Services, said the decision released on Dec. 20, or a few days before Christmas, was "untimely."
"Dec. 20 nila binigay ang desisyon ukol sa pagbabawas ng mga riders effective Dec. 23, parang napakaikli naman ng panahon na binigay nila for transition," Poe said.
(They gave the decision on Dec. 20 on the limit on riders effective Dec. 23, it seems like the transition period is too short.)
"Kung mamarapatin ng LTFRB [Land Transport Franchising and Regulatory Board] na bigyan naman ng pagkakataon magpapasko na ngayon pa sila mawawalan ng trabaho at wala naman silang matinding violation, di ba," she added.
(I hope the LTFRB can give them a chance, it's almost Christmas and people will lose their jobs. [Angkas] doesn't even have a grave violation.)
The Senate could invite Angkas, the Land Transport Franchising and Regulatory Board, and other motorcycle ride-hailing operators but it cannot reverse the decision of the agency, she said. However, Angkas and passengers can file for a temporary restraining order, Poe said.
Angkas on Saturday appealed to the public to help "save" some 17,000 drivers expected to lose their livelihood after the LTFRB's proposed regulation to reduce its riders to 10,000 from 27,000.
Thousands of Angkas riders gathered in EDSA last Dec. 22 in protest of the proposed regulation.