In a bid to further reopen the economy and increase transportation capacity, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque, interior secretary Eduardo Año, testing czar Vince Dizon and National Task Force vs. Covid19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. supported the return of ride-hailing motorcycle service, Angkas.
This followed the endorsement of the Inter-Agency Task Force to the House of Representatives transportation committee to extend the pilot test period for motorcycle taxis, upon the request of Metro Manila mayors.
The decision was largely influenced by task force findings showing that no virus transmission was reported when Angkas gave healthcare workers free rides in the past few months.
In a meeting with Pres. Duterte, Roque, Galvez and Año agreed to allow a one-seat-apart distance in mass transport systems and also hike up the number of these motorcycle taxis. The move is meant to “provide services to more than 400,000 workers.”
Malacañang is currently revisiting the proposal to further shorten the 1-meter social distancing measurement to 0.75 meter. According to Roque, the one-meter distance keeps transportation capacity at 30%, while 20% more is needed to reopen the economy “if we will remain [under] general community quarantine.”